Senior Program Associate – Technical Leadership

Internews Network
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 17

Position description

Internews is currently recruiting for the position of Senior Program Associate with the Technical Leadership Unit (TLU). The SPA is a key position in this newly established unit that drives inter-departmental collaboration around technical expertise, monitoring and evaluation, organizational learning, and knowledge management within Internews.

From project design to proposal development, from project launch to inception, and from implementation to monitoring and evaluation, the TLU is responsible for building sectoral and thematic technical expertise, guiding the application of Internews Theory of Change, ensuring the organization’s strategic framework is reflected in daily practice, establishing and evolving fundamental Internews program design principles, and for leading in M&E and impact measurement. The TLU has a special mandate to mainstream excellence in gender programming throughout Internews global work.


The SPA has a wide and exciting brief that requires initiative and excellent writing, organizational and communication skills.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following, other duties may be assigned:

Knowledge Management and Learning (approx. 75% LOE)

  • Actively participate in the design, launch, monitoring and learning of Internews’ new five-year strategic framework, updated Theory of Change and associated initiatives
  • Collate best practices around our areas of work, including guiding subject matter experts through the creation and ongoing management of online communities of practice
  • Support the development of new learning products, such as methodologies, toolkits and curriculums, with the relevant technical experts within or outside Internews
  • Create communications materials for projects as needed, such as two-pagers, presentation decks, positioning papers etc. Develop and maintain up-to-date briefing and PR materials for active projects
  • Compile and write monthly updates about the department for sharing internally with Internews staff
  • Attend external events in DC to keep abreast on latest thinking and implementing in our field, and to share learnings more broadly
  • Conduct research on new thematic areas and ideas, including creating positioning papers, sourcing talent and driving both internal and external discussion and learning
  • Research and communicate with other NGOs domestically and abroad on issues involving the media, civil society, freedom of press, health, environment, children’s rights and women’s issues
  • Maintain department-related micro-sites on our internal knowledge sharing platform, the HIVE, including updating content, creating new content, driving traffic to the sites etc.
  • Provide data analytics for the HIVE, including compiling dashboards and regular updates
  • Provide support to Global Initiatives team, including humanitarian, environment and health portfolio, as needed and requested by the VP of Global Initiatives
  • Act as lead on overall implementation of Internews’ Gender Strategy

Administrative and logistical: (approx. 25% LOE)

  • Assist with portfolio reviews, including building presentation deck and creating visuals
  • Session planning, preparation and set up for all regional and annual conferences, or internal and external events, associated with the TLU
  • Prepare proposals/reports/budgets, including writing, editing, proofreading, revising and assembling finished materials as required
  • Document meetings as requested
  • Coordinate travel logistics, assist with visa applications, and arrange accommodations for TLU team members
  • Provide support to Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN), including:
  • Overseeing EJN contracts, making monthly payments by preparing and submitting WTRs
  • Working with EJN staff to set up sub-grants and story grants, helping to collect required documentation, arranging installment payments and collecting reports
  • Arrange travel for journalists and other participants attending EJN events, typically Fellowship programs and occasionally workshops.
  • Help manage the regular collection of EJN project indicators and the spreadsheets that document them



  • Relevant University degree required such as International Relations or Journalism; master’s preferred
  • Knowledge of the media development sector, and global information landscape/challenges
  • Strong background in social media
  • 2-4 years development project experience, including field experience
  • Superior analytical, organizational, editing and writing skills
  • Familiarity with, and interest in, gender programming
  • Excellent oral communication and presentation skills
  • Experience with MS Excel and Word
  • Proven ability to multi-task and prioritize with a shifting workload
  • Proven ability to operate effectively in a multicultural environment
  • Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values.


  • Technical experience/expertise in a relevant thematic area, such as media, social media, data journalism, disinformation, gender, health, etc.
  • Experience in Web design; Skills in layout and design
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign and other desktop publishing a plus
  • Familiarity with Office 365 tools, including Outlook, Teams, SharePoint and Yammer
  • Experience preparing expense reports and budgets

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