Project Coordinator (Media/Journalism/Grants Management background desired)

Job Summary

Internews is seeking a Project Coordinator to be based in Nairobi for a project that will provide expertise, financial and technical capacity, and collaboration and coordination to local civil society and media organizations in Kenya in order to boost their ability to adequately respond to the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description/Requirements

Project:     INSPIRES Flexible Response Fund to Coordinate Media Responses to COVID-19 in Kenya
Location:        Nairobi, Kenya (Kenyan Nationals are encouraged to apply)
Reports to:         INSPIRES COVID-19 Program Associate, Washington DC
Contract Type:    5-month consultancy with possible one-month extension, on an hourly and as-needed basis up to a maximum of 40 hours per week

Internews is seeking a Project Coordinator to be based in Nairobi for a project that will provide expertise, financial and technical capacity, and collaboration and coordination to local civil society and media organizations in Kenya in order to boost their ability to adequately respond to the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These challenges include the need to report accurate and scientifically founded information; to hold institutions accountable for secrecy, corruption, and abuses of power; and the imperative of civic participation in shaping the response to the pandemic. Internews, as lead member of the USAID-funded INSPIRES consortium, will oversee media-focused activities to be administered as subgrants to local media organizations. Based on a coordinated co-design effort with local stakeholders, activities will include trainings for bloggers and journalists, story production campaigns, and legal documentation efforts.

The Project Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing coordination with consortium colleagues, partners, and local stakeholders to ensure a strategic ensemble of localized efforts that avoids duplication of, and instead complements, other local efforts. They will plan and execute virtual events for coordinated design and progress evaluation, oversee the administration and financial management of subgrants, including periodic reporting, and assistance with monitoring and evaluation. They will also play a strategic role in identifying or relaying opportunities and ideas for sustained or future interventions to bolster the civic and media response to COVID-19 in Kenya, as well as the health of Kenya’s information space more broadly.

This position requires expertise in media and civic space as well as project management, and is fit for a passionate, motivated individual with stellar coordination and communication skills. The Project Coordinator will need to be at ease in collaborating efficiently with global and regional Internews colleagues, US government donors, and consortium partners, as well as with local media and civil society.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES may include the following (others may be assigned):
•    Provide general oversight and efficient, responsible administration of the program, including program management, work-planning, budget planning and management, fiscal integrity, compliance, sub-grant management, and coordination with partners;
•    Manage Internews team of trainers/consultants that provide technical assistance to local Media partners;
•    Responsible for the quality, cost, and timeliness of performance of all work performed under the funding contract;
•    Responsible for the Monitoring and Evaluation of the Project in coordination with INSPIRES consortium partners;
•    Prepare monthly and quarterly programmatic reports;
•    Communicate challenges facing the project to the relevant colleagues at the Regional Office and the US-based INSPIRES team and, where appropriate, to the donor, and articulate the project’s successes in meeting those challenges;
•    Organize and execute virtual events to coordinate activities across partners and local stakeholders;
•    Together with colleagues from the Regional Office and INSPIRES teams, strategize new directions for Internews to support local community-based organizations and local media in Kenya, and other related tasks for project continuation;
•    Develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of local media and developments around the public response to COVID-19 in Kenya; Develop and maintain contact with local stakeholders;
•    Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values.
•    Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

•    5 years of professional experience as a working journalist, editor, media manager; media development expert;  OR  Relevant professional experience managing capacity building projects preferably in Kenya or Eastern Africa;
•    Preferably 5 years of professional experience working on issues affecting civic space;
•    Strong knowledge of the media and civic space landscape in Kenya, with awareness of specific challenges in the COVID-19 era;
•    Experience in working in community-based communication and information projects and community-based media initiatives with a strong focus on participation, community engagement and accountability-related activities;
•    Substantial experience working as a Project Manager, preferably in media development, with a successful track record in supervising, designing, managing, and implementing donor-funded media projects and proven ability to develop project plans, monitor and evaluate implementation, and assemble reports;
•    Strong interpersonal skills, necessary to maintain good relations with relevant stakeholders;
•    Demonstrated ability to coordinate between international, regional, and local colleagues, partners, grantees, and consultants;
•    USAID or USG donor experience is preferred;
•    Strong English writing and oral communication skills, as well as analytical skills;

Work hours are moderately flexible, but generally, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
Due to the circumstances of the pandemic, staff are currently working from home.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

If you feel that you are driven, challenged and motivated to join our organization in this particular role, can contribute to the fight against poverty, and have the necessary requirements, kindly send your application that includes cover letter and updated CV attached as one document or before 31st December 2020 with the subject title “Project Coordinator

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