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Senior Program Associate, Multi-Regional Program Management Unit

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Local voices. Global change.


At Internews, we believe everyone deserves trustworthy news and information to make informed decisions about their lives and hold power to account. We conduct our work in partnership with local communities — who are best placed to know what works.

Internews tackles the most pressing digital security issues facing journalists, human rights defenders, and other at risk groups around the world. By fostering a global digital security community for civil society and equipping individuals and organizations with the tools and knowledge to defend themselves against targeted attacks, we empower our partners to operate safely in an increasingly dangerous online environment. You can learn more about our work here:

This position works across multiple digital safety projects, including our work to improve journalist security in Central and Southeastern Europe and our work to make open source privacy and security tools more sustainable and easier to use.


Come join a team of dynamic colleagues and partners who are passionate about promoting digital rights and Internet Freedom. Internews is seeking a full-time Program Associate to support our efforts to promote digital safety for human rights defenders and vulnerable populations across the globe. This is a unique, multi-faceted early career role that offers the opportunity to develop administrative and project management skills and build your understanding of how human rights and technology intersect.

You’re an ideal candidate for this position if you have excellent written and oral communication skills; strong attention to detail; a knack for keeping things moving and on track; the ability to prioritize competing tasks; comfort with taking initiative; a voracious desire to learn; and the desire to help protect human rights defenders, journalists, and marginalized people around the world. We dress casually, laugh easily, and cheer each other on.

This position reports to the Senior Program Officer of Digital Safety.


Internews has US offices in Arcata, CA and Washington, DC which support a hybrid workforce with staff working remotely, fully in-office or partially remote. Ultimately this position may work remotely from the US, partially remote from our Washington, DC office, or fully in-office for candidates based in the DC area.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so candidates are encouraged to apply soon.

This is a limited duration position, with an expected end date of 30 September 2023.


We are an organization of dynamic, mission-driven individuals who are passionate about our core values and about supporting positive change in the world. We pride ourselves on our commitment to innovation and flexibility. We believe that diverse teams are strong teams and work to support an ethic of belonging, dignity and justice for all people. Our current team includes a mix of genders, parents and non-parents, and people of multiple races, nationalities, ages, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are an EEO employer and encourage candidates of all races, genders, ages, orientations, ethnicities, and national origins to apply, and welcome those with alternative backgrounds and experiences.

DAY-TO-DAY TASKS will include:

Administration & Finance:

Providing administrative support to ensure that program implementation complies with funder requirements and Internews’ policies and procedures;
Ensuring the smooth processing of contracting and payment requests and financial compliance by communicating regularly with headquarters’ Accounting and Administration teams;
Preparing invoices, wire transfer requests, expense reimbursements, and completing credit card reconciliation on a monthly basis;
Compiling forms and documentation related to subgrants, including payments and reports;
Facilitating and/or coordinating with the implementation of contracts.
Communications & Reports:

Leading day-to-day communication with international and local partner organizations;
Contributing to the writing and compiling of program reporting, including quarterly reports and other project-related reports;
Helping track metrics that serve to measure the success of the project;
Supporting proposal development for new projects, including research, copy-editing, and supporting the development of draft budgets;
Drafting project-specific content for internal and external communications, including blog posts and programmatic highlights;
Reviewing and copy-editing project materials, which may include training content.
Events & Presentations:

Organizing meetings, webinars, and other events across time zones with international partners and fellow colleagues;
Supporting events and partner meetings, including coordinating agendas and travel logistics;
Attending relevant local events (panels, presentations, etc.) upon request and sharing notes with team.
Values & Flexibility:

In all duties, an understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values;
Completing other duties as assigned.


Prior experience in international development or non-profit sector (including field experience) OR relevant skills OR a relevant degree;
Excellent written and communication skills;
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;
Willingness to learn and adopt secure communication tools;
Proven ability to balance and effectively prioritize multiple assignments and deadlines, show sensitivity and understanding for diverse perspectives in a multicultural environment, proactively communicate any challenging you’re facing to your supervisor and ask for help;
Professional-level fluency in English;
Optimism, a sense of humor, and excitement at supporting and elevating voices of people across the globe.

Note: Candidates who do not have these preferred qualifications but are interested and willing to learn are still encouraged to apply.

Non-profit experience and/or familiarity with US Government rules and regulations;
Experience working in or interest in Central, Europe, and East Asia regions;
Experience with event planning and/or arranging logistics for project implementation abroad;
Interest in the intersection of open-source software, digital security, technology, and human rights;
Experience using secure channels for communication;
Experience using project management tools (e.g. Trello, Airtable, etc.);
Language skills in one of the primary Internews languages (Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian) or a prevalent language in Central or Southeastern Europe.

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume through the Taleo application portal. The cover letter should be no longer than one page and explain why you’d be a great fit for this position and what drew you to it.

Candidates with the strongest cover letter and resume will advance to the next round of review, at which point we will conduct phone screenings to identify 3-5 top candidates for panel interviews. We will review applications on a rolling basis; as such, it benefits you to apply as soon as possible if the position is of interest.


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