Job Title: Project Manager
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Rooted in Trust project works to combat COVID-19 rumors and misinformation in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Colombia, Brazil, Mali, Sudan, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, and DRC. We work to create impact at the local level and inform approaches to rumor management at the global level. The project is supported by a Global Technical Advisory Team made up of media, humanitarian, data science, and information management experts. In Phase I of the project, we collected more than 19 thousand rumors in 14 languages and supported more than 30 local trusted information providers. In this phase of the pandemic, we will build on these efforts to listen and respond to the information challenges faced by vulnerable groups in humanitarian contexts, encouraging open dialogue between citizens and scientists and stronger and more collaborative partnerships between information providers (such as local media) and humanitarian and health sources.
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
The Project Manager - Iraq will lead a team of data analysts, community engagement experts, journalism mentors, and researchers to implement rumor management activities at the country level. Providing strategic oversight of the country team, the Project Manager will support staff to ensure activities are delivered on time and according to budget requirements, liaise and promote the project with senior stakeholders, and actively look for opportunities to expand and improve activities. This position will be closely supported by the Global Technical Advisory team and will liaise closely with Project Managers for other project countries to share resources and experience.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Internews' headquarters and global offices are closed or partially remote. Internews staff are currently working remotely until at least 1 July 2021. Ultimately, this position will be based remotely in or near Kurdistan.
You must have work authorization in your location that does not require sponsorship from Internews.
DAY-TO-DAY TASKS will include:
- Provide overall strategic leadership to the country team, including hiring and onboarding team members and ensuring they receive ongoing training, mentoring, and support;
- Work closely with the Project Director and Regional Manager to formulate and implement project strategy. Be prepared to pivot operations to respond to emergencies at short notice;
- Actively manage the budget for field operations including the provision of regular budget projections for field costs;
- Provide regular reporting to Internews, funders, and other stakeholders as required;
- Maintain and develop excellent working relationships and strategic engagement with a wide range of senior figures within the humanitarian relief community, local government, local media, civil society, donor community, and other stakeholders as required;
- Lead on all fundraising efforts on the ground, including liaising directly with donors, in coordination with Internews headquarters;
- Ensure that field operations comply with all financial, bureaucratic requirements, donor regulations that pertain to staff or consultants who are deployed;
- Other duties as assigned; and
- In all duties, an understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews' Core Values.
- Ability to live and work near Kurdistan and willingness to travel
- Experience managing diverse teams and a talent for creating a welcoming and productive work environment
- Strong interpersonal communication, organizational, teamwork, facilitation, and presentation skills
- Excellent interpersonal and networking skills, and the ability to liaise authoritatively with figures from the humanitarian community, local media, local government, and other relevant actors when required
- Demonstrated experience in partner and relationship management
- Experience managing budgets, including producing forecasts and reports
- Extensive experience working in relief operations in challenging environments, preferably with a deep understanding of local media and/or community engagement activities
- Experience in field security planning and procedures in hostile environments/conflict zones
- Excellent knowledge of the mandates and modalities of the international humanitarian sector, including the UN cluster system. Experience working in health emergencies a plus;
- Interest in, and familiarity with, new media and new digital applications for citizen journalism and information access
- Must be self-reliant, resourceful, a good problem solver, and flexible
- Strong writing skills and proven ability to produce high quality work under tight deadlines
- Fluency in written and spoken English
- Professional proficiency in additional regional languages a strong asset
Interested candidates need to send their CVs to
IQ-Recruitment@INTERNEWS.ORG with the subject title "Project Manager " not later than (02 August 2021)
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview, applications sent beyond that date will not be considered.
CVs in formats other than PDF and Word will be disregarded.