Programme Coordinator Latin America


Beschrijving van de vacature

Free Press Unlimited based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands strongly believes that all people are entitled to have access to unbiased, reliable and timely information. This enables them to assess their own living conditions, influence these and make better decisions. Press Freedom and freedom of information are vital for gathering and spreading reliable, unbiased information. Media play a crucial role in providing people free and unrestricted access to information. 

By supporting media professionals and journalists, we want to make and keep objective news and information available to everyone, especially to people in countries without or with limited (press) freedom. 

We are currently looking for a Programme Coordinator Latin America (32 - 38 hours a week) 

You will be responsible for the implementation of media development projects in collaboration with local partner organisations in Latin America. You will have oversight of financial management and financial reporting aspects of all grants, including budget management and cash flows in line with donor requirements. The position is based in the office in Amsterdam. 

Preferred starting date is January 1st, 2020


Main tasks & responsibilities: 

  • Examine the demand for support in the field of journalism, sustainable media development and freedom of expression; 
  • Design project proposals that meet that demand (including the financial, personnel and logistics interpretation), where necessary according to the prescribed guidelines of donors involved; 
  • Design, in consultation with clients and partner organisations if necessary, the content of project activities, assesses potential participants and is responsible for the development of appropriate educational materials; 
  • Plan, monitor and coordinate the implementation of projects. Steer external parties and check the work delivered according to the proposals; 
  • Steer on the basis of the budget and addresses project staff about reporting on the depletion of the budget (both financial and in hours); 
  • Prepare the narrative and financial project reports for the benefit of donors, and take care of the necessary (internal and external) information/documentation; 
  • Convince external parties to reach agreement to accept fully fledged proposals and programmes. (acquisition); 
  • Signal new developments, opportunities and threats and advises management with regard to the strategy and policy to be followed; 
  • Deepen and broaden your knowledge and experience in the area of one or more core competencies of the organisation and stay up-to-date on current developments; 
  • Display within the established policy framework, operational leadership to internal (project officers) and external staff involved; 
  • Supervise a focused progress of the work and compliance with guidelines, procedures and standards. Guard and safeguard the quality of the work; 
  • Signal bottle necks in work processes. Deliver input for more efficient work processes and methods. 


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • University of Applied Sciences/University level of working and thinking; 
  • At least 5 years’ experience in journalism, media and/or capacity building; 
  • Experience working in an international environment;
  • Knowledge in project management and knowledge of relevant accepted methodologies; 
  • Experience in EU and/or US grant management is highly desirable; 
  • Excellent command of English and Spanish; 
  • Affinity with journalism and press freedom is a must; 
  • Good communications skills and quality oriented. 
  • High level of integrity and accountability; 
  • A real teamplayer 
  • Available to travel on a regular basis to the region. 


We offer:

A position in a dynamic, international environment based in Amsterdam. An appointment for one year, with the possibility of extension depending on performance, 25 paid holiday days a year (on full-time basis), 8 % holiday allowance and a pension plan. 


Free Press Unlimited uses fair selection criteria based on equal opportunities. 


Interested? Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply before November 13 to Tamara Lunacek (HR Officer) via the following application form. Please make sure to upload your English CV and short cover letter (preferable in PDF format). 


If we appoint a suitable candidate before the given closing date, we reserve the right to remove the vacancy from our website before that date. 


Non-EU candidates need to have a valid work permit to be considered for this role. 


An assessment and screening can be part of the selection process.