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Program Director – Latin America

Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) is seeking to appoint a full-time highly competent and organized media professional for the position of Program Director for Latin America.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Working with MDIF’s Standing Investment Committee (IC), develop strategies for and manage MDIF’s work in Latin America, taking account of needs of local media and risks and opportunities presented by the local political and economic environments.
  • Build MDIF investment pipeline in Latin America by identifying potential loan and equity candidates.
  • Prepare materials for initial assessment by IC and for programmatic decisions by MDIF Board of Directors, including analysis of applicants in respect of their importance, impact, compatibility with MDIF mission, business prospects, and other relevant criteria.
  • Research and prepare materials for country updates and approvals by MDIF Board of Directors.
  • Be a point of contact for candidates and clients on non-financial issues; working with other MDIF staff in and outside Latin America, be responsible for managing all non-financial elements of the investment process for projects in Latin America.
  • Lead the monitoring of the mission-related aspects of clients’ work.
  • In close collaboration with MDIF Media Advisory Services (MAS) co-ordinate technical assistance for MDIF clients and candidates in Latin America; in cooperation with project teams identify needs of specific candidates and clients and cohorts of similarly situated clients.
  • Provide strategic advice to clients within the areas of Program Director’s media management expertise.
  • On a case-by-case basis, sit on investees’ boards of directors as MDIF’s nominee.
  • Network, build relationships, and drive partnerships with other media support organizations in Latin America, and represent MDIF at events.
  • Participate in fundraising efforts with local funders and media investors; prepare program reports to funders and investors.
  • Initiate and manage special media programs in Latin America on behalf of MDIF.
  • Proven experience in management of a news organization and in journalism. Additional experience in finance and/or media support is a plus.
  • Understanding of media environment in some Latin American countries with a strong interest in deepening it further.
  • Degree in media, journalism or similar is preferred.
  • Fluency in spoken and written Spanish and English; knowledge of Portuguese an advantage.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a part of an international team. The Program Director shall be based in Latin America, in a location of their choosing which must allow easy communication with clients and stakeholders in the region, including the ability to make frequent company visits.
  • A passion for press freedom.
About MDIF:

MDIF is a not-for-profit impact investment fund specializing in the media sector, principally in the news businesses. MDIF works in countries where the press is not free.

Since 1995 MDIF has invested $282 million in 143 independent media businesses in 46 countries, typically where the independence of journalism cannot be guaranteed and access to information is under threat. MDIF’s financing helps independent media companies to fulfil their commercial potential while safeguarding their editorial independence.

MDIF works with a range of businesses from early-stage ventures to established players seeking to expand audience or diversify revenues, often with companies that lack access to investment capital and always with companies committed to the highest standards of independent, quality journalism. In addition to its regular investment activities, MDIF operates country/regional programs targeting support at building the management capacity and/or innovation of independent media in locations including Southeast Asia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Myanmar. Central to all MDIF’s work is a conviction that working closely with media over the long term, supporting media to build self-sufficient businesses which can thrive independently, produces the best results for MDIF and its media partners.


The Program Director shall report to the Chief Operating Officer and will work closely with MDIF’s Investment, Legal and Media Advisory Services team.

Deadline: December 15, 2022.

MDIF is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please click here.

Status: Closed

  • Employment

Organisation: Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF)

Deadline: 15/12/2022

Location: Latin America


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