CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

HEAD OF ADVOCACY

About IPI

The International Press Institute (IPI) is a global network of editors, journalists and media executives who share a common dedication to quality, independent journalism. Together, we promote the conditions that allow journalism to fulfil its public function, the most important of which is the media’s ability to operate free from interference and without fear of retaliation. Our mission is to defend media freedom and the free flow of news wherever they are threatened.

IPI was founded in 1950 by a group of 34 editors from 15 countries who believed in the power of the free flow of information to promote peace. Today, IPI is an association of media professionals representing leading digital, print and broadcast news outlets in more than 100 countries. The organisation’s work is managed by a small professional secretariat in Vienna.

Location and term

The location for this position is Vienna, Austria, at IPI’s headquarters. All nationalities are eligible to apply. A successful candidate who is not a citizen of the European Union/European Economic Area will be eligible for a work permit in Austria.

The start date for this position is 1 February 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Position description

IPI is seeking an enthusiastic, dedicated and creative Head of Advocacy to drive the organisation’s global advocacy and campaign work in support of press freedom and independent journalism. The Head of Advocacy will play a leading role in shaping IPI’s priority thematic and geographic advocacy goals and in identifying and implementing specific strategies to achieve goals, in coordination with IPI members, donors and partners. He or she will aim to ensure that IPI’s advocacy work has a strong practical impact and reaches the necessary audiences.

Duties and responsibilities include:

– Coordinating, in cooperation with IPI’s members, directors and other significant stakeholders, IPI’s overall advocacy work in the defence of press freedom and the promotion of independent journalism
– Coordinating IPI’s public advocacy work, including, but not limited to, the development of online and offline campaigns designed to reach and engage with a broad public audience and the organisation of public events
– Managing advocacy components of ongoing and future IPI donor-funded projects, including by overseeing the work of project coordinators
– Conducting direct advocacy efforts with government and other official actors, including by organising and participating in press freedom missions and official meetings carried out by IPI as well as in coordination with partner organisations
– Overseeing advocacy efforts with respect to courts, including through the coordination of amicus curiae briefs in support of cases at the European Court of Human Rights and other international legal bodies
– Liaising with the members of IPI’s network to identify and respond to particular advocacy needs as these arise
– Managing IPI’s submissions to international human rights mechanisms, including the Universal Periodic Review, the Council of Europe Platform for the protection of journalists, UNESCO’s Secretary General report, EU enlargement progress reports, etc.
– Managing IPI’s Death Watch, which tracks the killings of journalists around the world, ensuring that the database is kept up-to-date and accurate
– Developing and implementing IPI’s activities with respect to key dates, including World Press Freedom Day (3 May) and the International Day to End Impunity (2 November)

In carrying out these tasks the Head of Advocacy will work closely together with IPI staff members coordinating the organisation’s communications, events and membership work. The Head of Advocacy will be expected to work closely with IPI’s membership network and with its National Committees.

From time to time, the Head of Advocacy will also be expected to assist with tasks in other areas of IPI’s work that may benefit from his or her particular skill set.

Skills

The Head of Advocacy:

– has proven familiarity with press freedom issues and a solid understanding of freedom of expression as a fundamental human right
– demonstrates a sincere interest in and commitment to the overall aims of the International Press Institute and to journalism as an essential democratic good
– is a very strong communicator comfortable with developing and publicly presenting arguments in a convincing and professional manner, including in front of individuals hostile to press freedom
– is able to engage actively and enthusiastically with IPI’s various stakeholders, including members and partner organisations, in the pursuit of common goals
– has very good knowledge of the journalistic profession and of the various challenges that the profession faces
– has excellent oral and written communication skills in English; knowledge of other languages is considered an advantage
– is familiar with international human rights law related to freedom of expression and with the workings and activities of international and regional courts and bodies tasked with defending human rights, including freedom of expression
– is able to represent the International Press Institute and pursue advocacy aims with confidence and professionalism in various fora, including at public speaking engagements and direct dialogue with government officials
– is familiar with the work and culture of non-governmental organisations
– has a proven track record of project management, including the management of budgets, and is comfortable setting and meeting deadlines
– demonstrates a strong work ethic, is able to generate ideas, and proactively pursues goals
– is able to work independently and efficiently, making the most out of limited resources
– is comfortable working in a diverse, multinational environment
– demonstrates a collegial attitude toward others

Please note that this position is expected to involve regular travel.

Work experience and education

The Head of Advocacy should have at least five years of relevant professional experience. Journalistic experience and experience working for a human rights organisation in areas related to campaign and advocacy activities are highly valued and will be considered a clear advantage. The Head of Advocacy holds at least a master’s degree in journalism, politics, international relations, law or other related field. Additional qualifications are considered a plus.

Remuneration

Salary will be determined based on experience and qualifications. Net (take-home) salaries are paid 14 times per year in accordance with Austrian employment law. Benefits include participation in the Austrian national health, pension and workplace accident insurance schemes. The salaries of IPI employees are exempt from income taxation in Austria.

Holiday allowance is 25 days per year, in addition to Austrian national holidays.

Application procedure

If you meet the qualifications above, and wish to join IPI’s passionate team, please send a cover letter and CV to IPI Deputy Director Scott Griffen (sgriffen@ipi.media) with the subject line “Head of Advocacy”. Please include the names and contact information of at least two references. Applications must be received by no later than 18 December 2017.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview, which can be conducted at IPI’s offices in Vienna, or via Skype or other video telephony software. Kindly note that IPI is unable to reimburse travel costs for those wishing to have an in-person interview in Vienna.

Turkey Advocacy Officer

About IPI

The International Press Institute (IPI) is a global network of editors, journalists and media executives who share a common dedication to quality, independent journalism. Together, we promote the conditions that allow journalism to fulfil its public function, the most important of which is the media’s ability to operate free from interference and without fear of retaliation. Our mission is to defend media freedom and the free flow of news wherever they are threatened.

IPI was founded in 1950 by a group of 34 editors from 15 countries who believed in the power of the free flow of information to promote peace. Today, IPI is an association of media professionals representing leading digital, print and broadcast news outlets in more than 100 countries. The organisation’s work is managed by a small, professional secretariat in Vienna.

Location and term

The location for this position is Vienna, Austria, at IPI’s headquarters. All nationalities are eligible to apply. A successful candidate who is not a citizen of the European Union/European Economic Area will be eligible for a work permit in Austria.

The start date for this position is 1 February 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. An earlier start date is possible upon mutual agreement. This is a three-year fixed-term position.

Position background

In recent years, Turkey has seen a toxic combination of legal, regulatory and economic pressure on independent, critical media and journalists, weakening checks and balances, eroding respect for human rights and stifling criticism. The rights to free expression and media freedom in the country have consistently been stifled in recent years, a situation that has reached its present nadir following the attempted coup in July 2016 and the ongoing state of emergency that followed it. The state of emergency has given the president and the government power to rule by decree and has effectively abrogated the ability of Parliament or the Constitutional Court to challenge overreaches.

Over 150 journalists are behind bars in Turkey at the time of this writing. The vast majority were detained on little or no real evidence, have been deprived of adequate and unmonitored access to lawyers, and hold little faith that they will receive a fair trial. Some 170 media outlets have been shuttered by the government since the July 2016 coup attempt.

In partnership with its Turkey National Committee, and in close cooperation with editors, journalists, media lawyers and civil society organisations in Turkey, IPI has engaged deeply in Turkey over the past five years to support journalists under threat and ensure international awareness of violations of freedom of expression in the country. This work has included systematic monitoring of press freedom violations in Turkey, in-depth reports on attacks on the press, several IPI-led international missions to the country, and the launch of IPI’s global #FreeTurkeyJournalists campaign. Most recently, IPI’s work has focused on exposing the broader breakdown in the rule of law in Turkey and the subsequent impact on journalists’ rights.

Position description

The Turkey Advocacy Officer will be responsible for driving IPI’s advocacy and campaign work in support of the defence of press freedom and independent journalism in Turkey. A significant focus of this work will involve raising awareness about the breakdown in the rule of law in Turkey and the subsequent impact on legal guarantees for the free exercise of journalism. The Turkey Advocacy Officer will seek to ensure that IPI’s work in and regards of Turkey has a strong practical impact and will be responsible for identifying and pursuing key advocacy opportunities and targets both internationally and within Turkey itself.

Duties and responsibilities include:

– Coordinating IPI’s #FreeTurkeyJournalists campaign, which will involve developing prominent on- and offline tools aimed at keeping the situation in Turkey in the public eye
– Coordinating strategic efforts with international and local organisations carrying out advocacy related activities around press freedom in Turkey for maximum impact
– Researching cases of imprisoned journalists in Turkey and ensuring that IPI’s #FreeTurkeyJournalists database is kept up-to-date with new cases and/or developments
– Monitoring developments in ongoing legal cases against journalists and media houses in Turkey, and attending trials as an international monitor
– Working to identify and support applications involving Turkey-based journalists and media outlets to the European Court of Human Rights
– Assisting in direct advocacy with the Turkish authorities aimed at urging those authorities to fulfil their international obligations with respect to media freedom and freedom of expression
– Assisting in direct advocacy with EU governments aimed at building international pressure on Turkey to fulfil its international obligations with respect to media freedom and freedom of expression
– Participating and assisting in organising international missions in Turkey and other events related to press freedom in Turkey
– Regularly monitoring and reporting on press freedom violations and developments in Turkey and assisting IPI’s communications team in publicising such developments via IPI’s website, social media accounts, newsletters, member communications and third-party platforms such as the Council of Europe’s Platform for the Protection of Journalists

In carrying out these tasks the Turkey Advocacy Officer will work closely together with IPI’s advocacy, communications and events teams. The Turkey Advocacy Officer will also collaborate closely with IPI’s Turkey National Committee.

Skills

The Turkey Advocacy Officer:

– has proven familiarity with the current press freedom situation in Turkey and a solid understanding of the rights to press freedom and freedom of expression as fundamental human rights
– has experience in advocacy and campaigning
– demonstrates a sincere interest in and commitment to the overall aims of the International Press Institute and to journalism as an essential democratic good
– has excellent oral and written communication skills in English and, ideally, Turkish.
– has good knowledge of the journalistic profession
– is familiar with international human rights law related to freedom of expression and with the role and workings of the European Court of Human Rights
– is familiar with the work and culture of non-governmental organisations
– has a proven track record of project management, including the management of budgets, and is comfortable setting and meeting deadlines
– demonstrates a strong work ethic, is able to generate ideas, and proactively pursues goals
– is able to work independently and efficiently, making the most out of limited resources
– is comfortable working in a diverse, multinational environment
– demonstrates a collegial attitude toward others and works collaboratively with outside stakeholders to achieve common goals

This position is expected to involve travel within Europe and to Turkey. Candidates for this position must have a valid passport and should be currently eligible to travel to Turkey.

Work experience and education

The Turkey Advocacy Officer should have at least six years of relevant professional experience. Journalistic experience, legal experience and experience working for a human rights organisation are highly valued and will be considered a clear advantage. The Turkey Advocacy Officer holds at least a bachelor’s degree in journalism, politics, international relations, law or other related field. Additional qualifications are considered a plus.

Remuneration

Salaries are paid 14 times per year in accordance with Austrian employment law. Benefits include participation in the Austrian national health, pension and workplace accident insurance schemes.

The salaries of IPI employees are exempt from income taxation in Austria.

Holiday allowance is 25 days per year, in addition to Austrian national holidays.

Application procedure

If you meet the qualifications above, and wish to join IPI’s passionate team, please send a cover letter and CV to info@ipi.media with the subject line “Turkey Advocacy Officer”. Please include the names and contact information of at least two references no later than 29 December 2017. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview, which can be conducted at IPI’s offices in Vienna, or via Skype or other video telephony software. Kindly note that IPI is unable to reimburse travel costs for those wishing to have an in-person in Vienna.

PRESS FREEDOM AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

Location: IPI Secretariat (Vienna)

Deadline for applications: Rolling basis

IPI welcomes applications for non-paid internships in our press freedom and communications department. IPI internships require a high degree of initiative and an ability to work independently and in a diverse environment. Candidates should have a keen interest in human rights, particularly media freedom.

IPI generally seeks undergraduate or graduate-level students, or recent graduates seeking experience in an international human rights NGO environment. Interns should be available for approximately 20 hours per week for a term of two to three months.

Candidates must have a very strong command of verbal and written English. Proficiency in additional languages – particularly Turkic, Slavic or Romance languages, or Arabic – is preferred. IPI is also interested in candidates with experience in video production or use of social media.

Responsibilities will include monitoring developments worldwide impacting media freedom; conducting research and interviews; drafting statements, articles and other materials for use by IPI in its advocacy work; and other related tasks.

Candidates should contact IPI Deputy Director Scott Griffen, sgriffen[at]ipi[dot]media, with a resume/CV, a cover letter indicating dates of availability and two writing samples (under 10 pages) demonstrating ability to write in English. No calls, please.