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Emergencies Associate

Status: Open

  • Employment

Organisation: Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

Deadline: Ongoing

Location: New York, New York

CPJ is looking for an Emergencies Associate, an integral part of the Emergencies Department and reports to the Deputy Emergencies Director.

Position Overview:

Against a backdrop of worldwide press freedom violations, entrenched conflict, and threats against journalists globally, CPJ’s Emergencies Department stands on the frontline to deliver life-saving safety information, assistance, and grants to journalists and media workers who need support.

This position works closely with the Journalist Assistance Coordinator and Journalist Assistance Consultants, as well as members of regional and editorial teams to ensure that the day-to-day operations, outputs, and logistics of CPJ’s journalist safety and assistance work run as smoothly and impactfully as possible.

Excellent judgment, a practical problem-solver with the ability to work independently and proactively, comfortable with fast-paced work and operating at times with limited information, a people-focused nature, and a commitment to press freedom are essential to succeed in this role. A background in humanitarian aid, assistance, or logistics is an asset.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The primary function of this role is to support the CPJ Emergencies team in creating and disseminating relevant safety-related resources and reporting and to support and advance journalist safety worldwide. This position will also directly support their journalist assistance work through the vetting and processing of individual cases.
  • Assist the Journalist Assistance team in the research of cases and administrative support in the delivery of emergency grants to journalists in distress.
  • Provide tailored logistical and research support in response to crises, key events, and journalist safety issues as they arise. Provide logistics and coordination support with setting up and carrying out safety workshops, seminars, meetings, and events.
  • Cultivate new and maintain existing local and regional relationships, coalitions, and partnerships in an effort to both strengthen CPJ’s ability to respond to crises in a more targeted and impactful way, and to increase awareness of CPJ and the services and resources they offer. Provide logistical and material support when needed to broader partnerships and initiatives.
  • Maintain and help to expand the CPJ Emergencies contact lists and coordinate with regional teams on the inclusion and organization of regional safety contacts where possible.
  • Work with CPJ’s safety experts and the editorial department to draft relevant materials for publication, including Safety Advisories and Safety Notes. Report and write periodic blog posts and other reports on key safety issues. Manage the publication and distribution of CPJ Emergencies materials.
  • Help the Emergencies Director and Deputy Director to manage crisis-specific projects, ensuring that deadlines are met and that there is effective communication between CPJ Emergencies and the regional research programs.
  • Support external workflows with partners and journalists through the coordination of events, meetings, roundtables, or events with partner organizations and stakeholders.
  • Bolster the daily operations of the department by helping to monitor the Emergencies inbox, and helping to send out email blasts.
  • Represent CPJ at relevant events, public engagements, and media appearances.

Education/Qualifications and Work Experience:


  • Experience working internationally or with colleagues from a range of backgrounds. Non-profit or humanitarian aid experience is a plus.
  • An interest and commitment to press freedom.
  • Experience pertaining to logistics, safety, or crisis coordination.
  • Strong writing, editing, note-taking, and organizational skills. Attention to detail is a must.
  • Ability to work independently and in teams, including with remote management and staff.
  • Capable of working with minimal supervision
  • A BA or equivalent in journalism, international relations, or a related field. Ability to work nights or weekends on an occasional basis


  • International experience and/or a regional area of expertise
  • Written and oral fluency in at least one U.N. language in addition to English
  • Comfort working with Google Suite and WordPress. Creative approach to capturing or visualizing data in new and engaging ways
  • Familiarity or experience with grant writing

Additional Qualifications, Characteristics, and Competencies Include:

  • Strong attention to detail, highly organized, comfortable working with data
  • Deadline oriented and able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • An excellent communicator
  • Excellent judgment, with  a keen understanding that discretion and confidentiality are an essential part of the work
  • Ability to maintain high standards of work independently; possessing the ability to handle sensitive and challenging material
  • Comfortable operating at times with limited information
  • A people-focused nature
  • Commitment to press freedom

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands of this position are reflective of work in a typical office setting. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

This position is part of a collective bargaining unit represented by the Writers Guild of America, East.

CPJ is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. The organisation does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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