Regional Journalism and Media Programs Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean

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The Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) is an independent not-for-profit organization that works with media and civil society to promote positive change in conflict zones, closed societies and countries in transition around the world.

In anticipation of final donor funding approval, we are seeking a Regional Journalism and Media Programs Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean with experience in journalism and management to oversee all journalism support staff, including experts in media development, disinformation, and investigative reporting as well as support and oversight of consultants, partnering media outlets and civil society organizations.

The role, which can be located in Mexico City or remotely, will enable IWPR’s LAC Office to build a greater understanding of the needs of journalists, the threats faced by independent media, including local forms of disinformation in the region, physical and digital attacks and financial insecurity, amongst others. The Coordinator will report to the Regional Program Director.

The Regional Journalism and Media Programs Manager for LAC will coordinate all of the regional office’s activities related to journalism training and mentoring, supervising a team of journalism and media experts, as well as institutional partners, and ensuring excellence is delivered in terms of beneficiary selection, quality of education service and mentoring services and international standard publications. They will be in charge of coordinating with IWPR Project Managers to ensure that all the journalism-related training and publication deliverables of their team are delivered on time and to the highest standard. They will also build ties with national, regional and international media outlets for republication opportunities and with other international and local civil society partners to articulate work and coordinate activities.

In a chief editor role, they will approve all final outputs for publication and distribution, as well as maintain editorial oversight to ensure international standards of journalism and consistent professional norms are upheld in every editorial decision. They will ensure timely and high-delivery of services by all staff, contractors, partners and beneficiaries, as well as support and troubleshoot programmatic and administrative issues. The selected individual will also manage a Regional Security Coordinator ensuring journalist protection activities consistently meet the evolving needs of journalists and media outlets in LAC.

They will support staff and consultants to ensure ongoing monitoring and evaluation of their programs’ results. They are expected to remain abreast of the latest global discussions and academic research around journalism and media development incorporating evidence-based approaches into program design as well as sharing lessons learned with key stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with LAC Project Managers and the Regional Program Director to ensure that staff are delivering appropriate services, workloads are manageable and products of high-
  • quality.
  • Supervise different thematic area specialists within IWPR’s LAC journalism team to ensure that they deliver excellent service, in areas including but not limited to investigative
  • journalism, countering disinformation, journalist security, media professionalisation, social media reach and journalistic quality.
  • Coordinate with partner organizations and consultants to ensure that they are delivering high quality services to IWPR’s beneficiaries and that actions and strategies are well thought out
  • and coherent with overall program goals.
  • Think creatively and build innovative ideas that respond to the changing needs of media outlets and journalists, helping to promote media freedom and access to information across
  • the region.
  • Coordinate with MEAL staff to ensure that the journalism and media programs in LAC are capturing impacts and change within institutional strategic areas, and that stakeholders are
  • continually learning and adapting strategies based on experience.
  • Ensure appropriate working conditions and consider at all times the safety and security of project beneficiaries, staff and consultants.
  • Support communications efforts to ensure that the work in programmatic areas related to journalism and media development is promoted and well known.
  • Work with global and regional teams to ensure that staff are continuously updating their knowledge and learning from each other, while also helping to ensure lessons from IWPR’s
  • work are also shared to support work across the globe.
  • Recruit and oversee consultants and/or subawards related to delivery areas not covered by IWPR staff.
  • Support regional and global institutional development efforts, including the creation of new project ideas and presentation of proposals to donors.
  • Provide cover for managers and other area specialists during periods of absence to ensure effective continuation of program delivery.


  • BA in Journalism, International Development, Human Rights, International Relations or relevant field required. MA in relevant field desired.

Required Experience

  • Advanced English and Spanish are essential; Portuguese is beneficial.
  • Experience working as a journalist or editor at a reputable media outlet, with a minimum of 8 years professional experience working in projects focused in journalism or media
  • development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience managing staff in media outlets, NGOs or similar environments.
  • Successfully overseeing the production of content for publication: reviewing contents, developing strategies and style guidelines.
  • Project management in a relevant field including drafting comprehensive reports, managing and tracking budgets and compliance with donor regulations.
  • Experience in media development, freedom of the press, freedom of expression or human rights programming.
  • Training journalists and overseeing learning processes, including remote learning.
  • Experience in media worker security or combatting disinformation is desired.

Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of best practices for journalism and media development and a good critical grasp of the latest thinking in the sector, tools, codes, standards and practice.
  • Adept decision maker and solutions based problem solver with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to effectively influence at all levels both within the LAC office, IWPR’s global staff and outside the organization.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to facilitate effective discussions and maintain productive relationships with a broad and diverse group of colleagues, donors and
  • partners.
  • Advanced computer literacy in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and applications relevant to their work.
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally as required (and as possible due to COVID precautions and restrictions).
  • Willingness to work with colleagues remotely across time zones.
  • Creativity, flexibility and persistence to ensure project objectives are met, even when confronted with setbacks.


Commensurate with experience. Salary Range $3,200-$4,400.

Job Location

Mexico City or remote complying with business hours from 9:00 to 17:00 CST.

Application & Deadline

To apply: Please attach your latest CV, a cover letter, at least two professional references (including at least one recent direct supervisor) and your salary expectations. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The deadline for application is October 17, 2021

IWPR is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership. We encourage applications from suitably qualifies candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds who can help continue to evolve our culture and contribute to an inclusive environment.

Principals only. No calls please. Only those who have been selected for interviews will be contacted. IWPR will never ask for payment for recruitment.

The Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) is an independent not-for-profit organization that works with media and civil society to promote positive change in conflict zones, closed societies and countries in transition around the…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in Mexico
Associated Location
1156 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005, United States

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