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Internews Recruiting Global Internet Freedom Chief Of Party

Internews is seeking a Chief of Party (COP) candidate for a three-year, $15,500,000 global Internet freedom initiative (outlined here).

The Chief of Party will be responsible for overall program management and will be expected to interact regularly with a diverse range of actors such as program staff, USAID/DRG staff, USAID mission staff, civil society organizations, media organizations, private sector actors, other donors, and all program stakeholders.

Internews is seeking a skilled, creative leader whose expertise in managing complex foreign assistance programs is matched by their dedication to defending and promoting Internet freedom. The ideal candidate will be resourceful and solutions-driven, and will thrive in a creative environment with a highly distributed, multi-lingual, and multi-cultural team. Internews dress casually, laugh easily, and like to cheer each other on, so they will also seek a Chief of Party who is good-humored and collegial. The Chief of Party will report to Internews’ Vice President of Global Technology Programs. The position will be based in Washington, DC for the duration of the project, with substantial international travel.

Internews works to ensure access to trusted, quality information that empowers people to have a voice in their future and to live healthy, secure, and rewarding lives. They envision a world where everyone can communicate freely with anyone, anywhere, and exchange the news and information they need to shape their communities and the world. Over 35 years, they have cultivated and supported partners, people, and offices in more than 90 countries. They operate in the hardest places on earth, helping build deeply local solutions that incorporate technologies appropriate to each local context. They are committed to reducing information darkness over the next five years, testing and iterating new solutions, and asking ourselves repeatedly, “What more can be done?”. Read more about Internews’ work here.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (other duties may be assigned):

  • Provide overall leadership management and general direction of a multi-year, global program, ensuring extremely close collaboration with programmatic staff and stakeholders;
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge of internet freedom issues globally and a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing human rights defenders and CSOs;
  • Supervise the overall day-to-day management and administration of program operations, ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of program operations;
  • Ensure the project is in compliance with all grant and cooperative agreement rules, requirements and regulations as well as with Internews internal policies and procedures;
  • Represent the program and Internews before different stakeholders, including industry sector actors, government entities, peer organizations, partners, and donors;
  • Ensure coherence and consistency throughout the entire program implementation;
  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with local partner organizations and ensure that implementation is responsive to the needs of partners and beneficiaries;
  • Oversee program monitoring and evaluation to ensure effective implementation and to measure the impact of activities;
  • Serve as the primary budget authority over the project, responsible for ensuring all costs charged to the project are allowable, reasonable and correctly allocated;
  • Accept fiduciary responsibility for all funds advanced for the purpose of this project;
  • Serve as designated project ‘key personnel,’ and primary funder point of contact; and
  • Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values;
  • Be an enthusiastic member of a fun, talented, thoughtful team that’s committed to changing the world for the better.


The Vice President for External Affairs supervises all communications, private development staff and consultants, including a direct team of 6 professionals, based in Washington, DC and London, UK.  The Vice President of External Affairs carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.



  • Visionary leader able to inspire others to achieve and believe in project goals;
  • Master’s degree in social sciences, community development, media and communications, cybersecurity, business, international development, or other related field;
  • Previous work experience in managing donor-supported programming in social sciences, community development, media and communications, cybersecurity, business, international development, or related fields, including experience in internet freedom programming in an international context;
  • Demonstrated experience working with marginalized groups;
  • English proficiency;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed;
  • Optimism, a sense of humour, and excitement at joining a supportive, skilled, multi-cultural team; that is devoid of rock stars and distributed across the globe.


  • Experience in information security, digital security, digital rights, internet governance, emerging technologies, and/or human rights in the digital age, with a focus outside the U.S.;
  • Experience living and working outside of the United States;
  • Demonstrated expertise in integrating gender effectively into programs;
  • Proficiency in at least one language other than English.

Full details about the position are available here.

Status: Open

Deadline: Ongoing


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