Now Hiring: Programme Manager – the Philippines

Now Hiring: Programme Manager – the Philippines

International Media Support (IMS) and the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) are seeking an experienced Programme Manager to be based in Manila for a media development programme in the Philippines.

International Media Support (IMS) is a non-profit organisation working to support media in countries affected by armed conflict, human insecurity, and political transition. Across four continents, IMS helps strengthen professional journalism and seeks to ensure that media can operate in challenging circumstances. In Asia, IMS works with partners in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and elsewhere to improve the safety of journalists and promote media reform as well as independent and ethical journalism.

AIJC is a Knowledge Management Center engaged in continuing education in journalism, communication, and knowledge management. It is also a research and project management firm advocating policies and implementing programmes and projects that address media development issues and concerns both at the level of national decision-making and at the community level.

In the Philippines, a joint IMS and AIJC programme will be implemented to promote and support multi-stakeholder initiatives in strengthening safety and protection structures, policies, and mechanisms for journalists and media workers under a regime that adheres to press freedom and the rule of law.

Job summary
IMS and AIJC are looking for an experienced Programme Manager based in Manila with in-depth knowledge of Programme Cycle Management and media development in the Philippines. The Programme Manager will be joining a team of dedicated and experienced advisers and programme staff in Manila as well as in Copenhagen.

The Programme Manager will work closely with both IMS and AIJC to ensure programme management, development, supervision, and support of the joint IMS and AIJC programme in the Philippines. The Programme Manager will report to and consult with a joint IMS and AIJC Steering Committee, be anchored within the IMS Asia team, and work under the daily supervision of the President of AIJC.

Supported by the Liaison Manager of IMS HQ, the Programme Manager will be responsible for the implementation of the programme within the IMS/AIJC programme portfolio and provide guidance to IMS/AIJC partners with frequent trips to the field.

Main responsibilities 
• Ensure effective and efficient implementation of the IMS/AIJC programme through appropriate response to context changes, mission, programme, and target groups’ needs, donor positioning, lessons learned, and best practices;
• Through use of internal systems, maintain regular programme monitoring, evaluation and learning tools to ensure that programme objectives are being pursued and quality is maintained;
• Assist in developing and implementing country strategies, and provide feedback on identified country programme directions;
• Remain up to date on key donor priorities and interests, and ensure that country strategies align;
• Perform problem solving and mitigation as needed;
• Help ensure programme sustainability through the use of new funding mechanisms, new programme concepts, and the adaptation of new programme techniques;
• Ensure continuous monitoring and evaluation of the programme, including follow-up and documentation of learning, as well as revision and updating of the logical framework, if necessary;
• Provide quality and timely narrative and financial reports to the donor;
• Monitor and maintain financial overviews and make sure programme and partners comply with donor and IMS requirements;
• Engage in capacity building of partners, including assessment of needs, setting targets, and following up with a view to ensuring long-term effects and sustainable results;
• Ensure compliance with donor’s communication and visibility plan; and
• Provide inputs to the IMS Communications Unit and AIJC on programme updates for their respective websites and publications.

Qualifications and skills
• Background in international development and media/journalism studies or related fields;
• Experience in programme and project cycle management in countries challenged by the political environment;
• Knowledge and experience in the combination of aid management and media development;
• Experience with implementation of EU funding (an advantage);
• Knowledge of the Philippines, including politics, situation on civil and political rights, and media development;
• Personal network of media and civil society actors in the Philippines (an advantage);
• Outstanding self-motivation skills;
• Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced and constantly changing environment;
• Strong analytical and research skills; and
• Willingness and ability to travel extensively.

Personal skills
• Strong teamwork skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks while working independently;
• Strong English language skills – oral and written is a prerequisite;
• Strong interdisciplinary and intercultural teamwork skills;
• Excellent communication, organisational and planning skills;
• Ability to work under pressure and to meet targets and deadlines;
• Flexibility and ability to cope in stressful situations; and
• Creativity and solution-orientedness.

Everyone with the required qualifications and skills is encouraged to apply, regardless of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Duration and location
The position is full time. The period of the position is one year, with the possibility of extension. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and IMS policies. Duty station is in Manila, Philippines. Frequent travels must be expected. Starting date is on 1 April 2018.

How to apply
Please submit a brief written application and curriculum vitae in English to no later than 20 February 2018. Kindly mark the application “Programme Manager – the Philippines” in the subject heading. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for a follow-up interview. Interviews with selected candidates will take place mid-March 2018. Applicants’ knowledge of the Philippine context, as well as their language skills, may be tested during the interview.

For further information about IMS, please visit or contact Head of the ASIA Department at

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