Project officer


ARISA: Project officer

Opportunity closing date:
Friday, 19 March, 2021
Opportunity type:

Contract Type: Full-Time (12 Months)
Reporting to: Internews Youth Media project coordinator (South Africa): Advancing Rights in Southern Africa (ARISA) Program
Start Date: 15 April 2021

ARISA/INTERNEWS: Project officer: Youth Media Literacy


The Advancing Rights in Southern Africa (ARISA) Program is currently implementing a 5-year programme in the Southern Africa region. Internews, a consortium partner in the ARISA (Advancing Rights in Southern Africa) project seeks to appoint Project officer: Youth Media Literacy

The position is situated within the Programs Department at Internews in the ARISA project. The Project Officer is responsible for the program implementation of the youth media literacy project and contributing to the broader objectives of Internews in the ARISA consortium. This position is a fixed term contract for 12 months.

Duties and responsibilities include the following, but not limited to below (other duties may be assigned)

  • Design, plan and execute programme activities among them trainings, hackathons and other relevant program activities – both offline and online
  • Responsible for overseeing and designing of manual for trainings for university journalism students on media literacy.
  • Identify and supervise Internews consultants that provide technical assistance, trainings and mentorship to local media partners in SA and in SADC region
  • Write, edit, proofread, revise and assemble project reports and communication material for the program
  • Coordinate with universities, partners, and program staff to ensure project deliverables are on track
  • Assist the Program Coordinator with project oversight, including financial tracking and progress towards program deliverables
  • Assist the finance and administration officer in procurement, documentation and subgranting as requested
  • Responsible for collecting the Monitoring and Evaluation data of the Project;
  • Managing subgrantees
  • Travel for project related events as and when required in SA and SADC region;
  • Responsible for establishing and managing strong partnerships with universities, youth focused NGOs and other appropriate partners in the area of youth and media literacy
  • Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values.
  • Any other work of Internews in the ARISA consortium as delegated by the project director.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Willingness to travel for program related events where needed
  • Proven ability to multi-task and prioritize efficiently
  • Proven ability to operate effectively in a multicultural environment
  • Training and facilitation skills
  • Strong interest in youth, media literacy, misinformation and disinformation
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.
  • Ability to work in a team and in collaboration with other project components.

Qualification and experience:

  • Minimum 5 years working experience in media development areas of project implementation
  • Past experience or involvement in journalism trainings or lecturing
  •  A relevant advanced degree in development, journalism, communications or media
  • Experience in organizing journalists’ trainings, mentoring and or / webinars
  • Experience in projects involving the media, civil society, misinformation and disinformation projects
  • Experience in managing USAID projects will be an added advantage

Please email your C.V and a one-page cover application letter to no later than 5pm, Friday, 19 March 2021