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Senior Program Officer

Status: Open

  • Employment

Organisation: Internews

Deadline: Ongoing

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Internews is looking for a Senior Program Officer to lead the implementation of activities aimed at increasing quality media content and engagement between CSOs, media & key stakeholders focused primarily on religious freedom, human rights, and ethnic/religious identity. The Senior Project Officer will report to the Country Representative.


  • This position is based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Please note that candidates must have independent work authorization that does not require sponsorship from Internews; relocation support is not available.

DAY-TO-DAY TASKS will include:

  • Lead the implementation of capacity-building and networking programs.
  • Assist with project oversight and planning, including progress towards program deliverables.
  • Develop, organize, and maintain information and project tracking systems (e.g., shared drive, user database).
  • Ensure that all programmatic reports are provided to Internews from partners and offices in a timely manner.
  • Conduct review of partners’ narrative reporting and assist in review of financial reporting.
  • Develop first drafts of key project documentation (reports, workplans, and internal documents); proof, revise, format, and assemble finished materials.
  • Compile and distribute notes from key meetings.
  • Support implementation of project assessments, surveys, and M&E activities as needed.
  • Work with consultants/trainers to manage trainings, seminars, and workshops.
  • Provide updates and briefings on programs and maintain correspondence with partner networks.
  • Occasional in-country travel and possible international travel.
  • Support strategic communications efforts of Internews to promote and publicize project activities.
  • Attend relevant partner network meetings and external events on behalf of Internews.
  • In all duties, uphold Internews’ Core Values and demonstrate commitment to fostering a culture of Belonging, Dignity, and Justice.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 8+ years of programmatic experience, including project management experience.
  • Experience in media or managing media development projects is highly desirable.
  • Fluency in English and at least one local language.
  • Critical thinking skills and ability to follow documented procedures; ability to take direction and work independently to complete tasks on time.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including report-writing experience.
  • Proven organizational skills, with good attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to operate in a multicultural and remote work environment.
  • Proven ability to prioritize and handle multiple ongoing assignments.

To apply, please submit your CV and optionally a cover letter via email: LK-info@internews.org

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