Internews is seeking a candidate for the position of the Senior Director of Technology, Media & Democracy. The Senior Director of Technology, Media & Democracy will serve as Internews’ global expert on the role of information in expanding democracy and human rights and countering digital authoritarianism, with a core emphasis on mis/disinformation and technology. The SD will join a group of technical directors within the Technical Leadership Unit, each responsible for continuing to drive Internews’ thought leadership and expertise within their sectors of responsibility.
- Leading as Internews’ expert in mis/disinformation, including refining Internews strategy and framework for addressing disinformation and harmful speech, surfacing approaches, methodologies and lessons learned from Internews projects around the world;
- Leading a team of advisors to advance our work in specific areas of focus, including corporate platform accountability, digital rights and safety, and the viability of media outlets, supervising a portfolio of bespoke projects that focus on pilots, research, and specialized knowledge;
- Continuing to drive Internews’ thought leadership and expertise within the media, democracy and technology sectors through consistent and proactive representation, authorship, innovation and learning.
The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, mission-driven expert in a broad range of democracy and technology issues within the media and information realm, with a depth of expertise in dis/misinformation through research, implementation and innovation. The ideal candidate is a powerful and passionate speaker, a deeply connected networker, and a thoughtful, strategic speaker.
Technical Expertise & Coordination
- Lead as Internews’ global expert on mis/disinformation, including refining Internews strategy and framework for addressing disinformation and harmful speech, surfacing approaches, methodologies and lessons learned from Internews projects around the world.
- Supervise specialist/advisory teams to establish, advance and support the “Internews approach” to each area of specialized expertise in the technology, media and democracy team.
- Collaboratively engage with Internews’ regional staff and portfolio of projects to ensure the specialized expertise of the team is provided to projects as needed.
- Identify tools and methodological approaches, and coordinate with the Technical Leadership Unit (TLU) to complete and socialize them across the organization.
- Cultivate external consultants and technical experts who are familiar with Internews’ work, our evolving approaches and tools and Internews’ mission, and who are able to support, train or deploy as needed.
- Identify and maximize synergies between regional programs and other areas of expertise within Internews.
- Manage and serve as budget authority over the department portfolio budget.
- Prepare annual workplans and budgets, with an eye towards advancing Internews’ overall mission and supporting growth.
Strategy & Representation:
- Develop and maintain a keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the democracy sector, specifically on all aspects of information access, the impact of harmful speech and disinformation, tech sector accountability and the intersection of these issues on communities around the world. Based on this understanding, build and drive department strategy and programming to maximize effectiveness and impact.
- Cultivate relationships with major democracy, technology and media partners, academics, policymakers, donors and supporters around the world, with the goal of growing our network of partners and supporters.
- Lead in advocacy around core democracy and technology issues, including speaking engagements, media interviews, authoring research and publications; elevate team members and Internews staff around the world to represent in these areas as appropriate.
- Organize and manage the team to ensure Internews has clear and timely processes to tap into representation needs from relevant team members as needed.
Development & Program Design:
- Work with the Global Development team, evaluate trends in donor (including USG, foundations, private funders and European donors) policy and strategy for department programming; devise funding strategies that respond to these trends and communicate these strategies to senior Internews management, especially the program implementation teams.
- Lead the team to support the design and implementation of global and HQ-based programs, consortia and mechanisms that allow us to increase our capacity, research, pilots and learning in the DRG sector.
- Support single region or country level programs with overall technical approach to the design, including program approaches and methodologies, budget recommendations for these program approaches, and serving as part of project design teams, as requested. Recommend and help recruit the specialized skills necessary to support that design.
- Supervise advisors and consultants, support their professional development and skill building, and coordinate their support to Internews programs around the world, ensuring momentum on deliverables/activities is maintained.
- Serve as a core leader within the TLU, reporting to the Senior Vice President and collaborating strategically with other technical program leads as well as regional and country-based leads.
- Serve as a member of the senior staff group of Internews.
- Work closely throughout with the TLU’s Business Manager, Program Officer and Program Associate, as well as collaboratively with colleagues across Internews.
- In all duties, demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values.
- At least 8 years experience in democracy, human rights, technology and/or international media development
- Demonstrated expertise in dis/misinformation through research, publications, innovation, implementation, development of methodologies & approaches, and public speaking
- Substantive understanding of trends in international media development and their relationship to democracy and technology
- Strong strategic thinking capacity, and ability to turn strategy into relevant programming and keep teams on task and on target
- Relevant contact networks amongst key actors in the technology, democracy and media space
- Proven experience providing senior-level management of staff and remote teams
- Proven experience in business development and fundraising, including partnership development at the local and international level
- Proven experience of working within consortia, including with other international development agencies
- Proven ability to deliver tasks on deadline, individually and through management of team members
- Excellent interpersonal and networking skills
- Excellent communication and reporting skills, both written and oral
- Experience writing successful proposals for both private and government funders
- An understanding of the vision/mission, core values and objectives of Internews
- Psychological resilience and a sense of humour
- Fluency in spoken and written English; additional languages a plus
Internews has offices in Washington, DC and London, UK which support a hybrid workforce with staff working remotely, fully in-office, or partially remote. Ultimately, this position may work remotely from the US or UK, partially remote from our Washington, DC or London office, or fully in-office for candidates based in the Washington, DC or London area. This position is not eligible for relocation assistance; additionally, the candidate must have work authorization in a location that does not require sponsorship from Internews. To apply please click here.
Organisation: Internews Network
Location: Remote in United Kingdom or United States