Program Specialist, The Open Society Program on Independent Journalism (fix-term)

Posted by: Open Society Institute

London, United Kingdom

  • Please not that this role is a maternity cover with a fix-term contract*

The Open Society Program on Independent Journalism supports creative, talented, and open-minded groups, networks or media organizations producing verifiable, trustworthy information on any platform, especially in the places where such content is not only scarce but also difficult to produce.

We are interested in the development of new ideas and taking advantage of the digital revolution in the production of news. We wish to secure a free and safe environment, focusing on activities that protect journalists, citizens practicing journalism and sources or information from physical and legal harassment. We aim to improve global and regional connections, facilitate knowledge circulation, exchange ideas and learn from various contexts. We work in a warm, horizontal atmosphere, with a participatory and creative team culture.

The Program on Independent Journalism seeks to hire a Program Specialist for one year to do programmatic work in the “knowledge-sharing” portfolio and implement activities for the program in order to achieve the goal of informing the field and, grantees, in particular, about how journalism is innovating, around the world.

This program specialist will support grant-making to regional organizations producing and distributing stories that reflect how journalists in many parts of the world are shaping the field. The candidate will also have to produce information about journalism initiatives and use tools to share best practices in journalism and foster a space for conversation and exchange of know-how and ideas among our community of journalists around the world.

Job Profile

The Program on Independent Journalism seeks to hire a Program Specialist for one year to do programmatic work in the “knowledge-sharing” portfolio and implement activities for the program in order to achieve the goal of informing the field and, grantees, in particular, about how journalism is innovating, around the world.

This program specialist will support grant-making to regional organizations producing and distributing stories that reflect how journalists in many parts of the world are shaping the field. The candidate will also have to produce information about journalism initiatives and use tools to share best practices in journalism and foster a space for conversation and exchange of know-how and ideas among our community of journalists around the world.

Essential duties and responsibilities will include:

  • support grant-making to journalism organizations;
  • organize meetings and/or workshops for grantees and partners;
  • coordinate online communities and expand online learning;
  • produce monthly multilingual newsletter;
  • keep abreast of new trends in journalism, following the development of new tools and resources for journalists and sharing them;
  • travel to do scoping, meetings or attend journalism conferences;
  • managing day-to-day activity on social media channels and following social media metrics;
  • generating ideas to commission or write stories on best practices and journalism issues around the world for Open Society Foundation’s website.

Candidate Profile

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study or equivalent level of experience with 3-5 years of relevant work experience;
  • be curious and excited about the latest developments in digital media and journalism and be well-aware of sources of information in this area;
  • organized and self-directed, with strong project management skills and the ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines;
  • digital savvy: must be very familiar with social media and have had recent experience in managing social media channels for at least one year, a journalist who has worked as a community manager of a media outlet would be an ideal candidate;
  • have competence in the use of tools to analyze community engagement with social media;
  • show creativity and skill in engaging virtual communities and facilitating online knowledge exchange, as well as ability to produce and edit text, video or images;
  • have a very good command of English and a good command of at least another language (preferably French or Arabic);
  • demonstrate ability to work well with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds;
  • be a team player, energetic and good–humored.

Work Environment and Physical Demands: Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations, and we welcome and actively seek applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.

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