Project Manager (12-month contract)

Thomson Foundation
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jan 08

Position description

Thomson Foundation is a British non-profit devoted to encouraging truthful and unbiased journalism as a way of promoting civil society. It has a 50-year track record of training journalists in ethical standards and quality reporting in more than 100 countries. It works with media organisations, governments, civil society organisations and commercial bodies, principally in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, who wish to sponsor professional standards in communications. The foundation is independent and non-political.

Thomson is looking for a full-time project manager to organise the planning, implementation and reporting of donor projects for the Thomson Foundation and its associated German entity, Thomson Media gGmbH.

Reports to: Operations Manager.
Key working relationships with Director of Development and Head of Finance. Based: London (flexible working. 37.5-hour week).
Key responsibilities:

  • Set up and manage logistics and financial support framework for projects funded by governmental, philanthropic or commercial donors.

  • Monitor performance against budget and work with key stakeholders to keep projects on, or below, budget.

  • Provide assistance in planning and scheduling of accounting/payments for managed projects.

  • Draft and issue contracts for project consultants

  • Ensure projects work to optimum efficiency by accurately capturing the use and

    allocation of all internal and external resource – staff, contractors and equipment,


  • Coordinate and manage project teams both remotely and on-site

  • Provide technical backstopping, reporting of results, financial and staffing usage

    internally and to donors/funders.

  • Share learning and good practice between projects

  • Assist with preparing and writing proposals for donor-funded media projects.

    Key skills:

• At least 2+ years of first-hand experience of project management of large-scale media-related projects for governmental, philanthropic or media industry funders – ideally all three.

  • Highly organised and able to work independently, keep oversight of multiple projects, with ability to keep calm under pressure.

  • Advanced knowledge of spreadsheet skills, budgeting and financial reporting requirements for governmental, philanthropic or media funders.

  • Maintain regular communication with both internal and external stakeholders.

  • Good people skills, and collaborative working style.

  • Appreciation of different national and regional cultures globally.

    Desirable skills:

    • Strong interest in media and media development

    • Fluent in English and at least one other language, ideally German, Russian or


    • Prepared to work flexibly during peak and off peak times.

    • Ability to support media development projects in other practical ways, as


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