Program Manager - Media Development


  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Date Posted: November 4, 2019
  • Application Deadline: November 30th, 2019
  • Job Type: Full-time 


The Project Manager (PM) is responsible for management, technical and financial oversight of a State Department funded project that focuses on countering mis/disinformation in selected countries in the Middle East. The ideal candidate demonstrates good understanding of the Middle East political dynamics and general operating context. S/he ensures the integrity and quality of the project deliverables that meet or exceed industry best standards. In addition, this position will support expanding EF’s portfolio and expertise in relevant programming areas such as media freedom, media literacy and internet governance to name a few.  The PM actively participates in pursing new business that aligns with EF’ priorities and strategic vision for future growth. 

The position is based in Washington DC, with up to 25% expected travel.  EF staff represents the agency both during and outside of work hours when travelling on a work-related assignment. Staff are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and EFs policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.



Management and Technical (anticipated 85% of the time)

  • Manage the project implementation in accordance with its objectives, activities, detailed work plan, and performance monitoring plan. 
  • Liaise and coordinate with international and local partners to ensure a coherent vision for implementing the different activities.
  • Oversee the development of relevant training materials on investigative journalism and ensues the integrity of the training methodologies and related learning outcomes
  • Advise on the project supported content development and monitor the performance and impact of such content
  • Lead knowledge dissemination and moderate forum discussions and webinars on topics relevant to mis/disinformation
  • Lead the preparation of quality program reporting and budget revisions when needed. 

Business Development (BD) (anticipated 15% of the time)

  • Support BD efforts to expand EF programming in the Middle East and other priority regions. Contribute to ongoing contextual analysis of broader developments related to free and independent media programming. Advise on EF’s positioning in this field. 
  • Support analysis of funding opportunities and work with the BD team to respond to opportunities that advance and align with EF’s strategic priorities.  
  • Lead the development of specific proposals when assigned, working closely with the BD team and provide support to all proposal development efforts. 


  • Represent EF at workshops, briefings, meetings, working groups, and other outside events.  
  • Supervise, mentor and guide junior staff


  • Bachelor degree in related fields such as investigative journalism, media development, international development, political science, international relations…etc. Master degree preferred. 
  • Minimum 5 years of management experience in projects with similar scope
  • Good knowledge and understanding of federal rules and regulations for assistance programs
  • Experience in external representation to a diverse range of local and international stakeholders such as officials, civil society organizations, technical experts, the media and the public. 
  • Proficiency with MS Office software required (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Experience with monitoring, learning and evaluation of media development programming. 
  • Experience with proposal development desired
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with evidence in building effective partnerships with diverse stakeholders such as donors, counterpart organizations, subject matter experts. 
  • Preference given to candidates with prior work experience in Middle East and/or Arabic language skills. 


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to with PMMD in the subject line. 

No phone calls, please. 

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