CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

PROJECT MANAGER: NEWSSPECTRUM FELLOWSHIPS

Location: Europe (flexible)

Deadline for applications: March 15, 2021

The International Press Institute (IPI) is seeking a Project Manager for its NewsSpectrum Fellowship programme, which encourages working partnerships between minority-language media, including migrant-language media, and their majority-language counterparts across the EU. The programme was launched in February 2021 in partnership between IPI and the European Association of Daily Newspapers in Minority and Regional Languages (MIDAS).

NewsSpectrum will provide grants to media professionals working in minority- and majority-language media outlets through two fellowship programmes, the Collaborative Reporting Fellowships and the Professional Placement Fellowship. The Collaborative Reporting Fellowships will fund specific reporting projects between minority- and majority-language media professionals on topics of public interest. The Professional Placement Fellowships will support short-term placements of minority-language media professionals, including journalists and other members of the news organization, at a host majority-language media outlet. The NewsSpectrum programme will also include a series of networking sessions and expert webinars open to minority-language media professionals focused on various issues related to professional development and the digital transition.

The NewsSpectrum fellowships aim to enhance cooperation between the two groups and support the professional development, innovation and sustainability of minority-language media as crucial members of a free and pluralistic media environment in the European Union. They also seek to support media coverage that reports knowledgeably on minority issues and includes the perspective of representatives of minority groups in news coverage.

The Project Manager position is an exciting opportunity to take the reins of a brand-new fellowship programme, build it up, and ensure that it becomes a widely recognised and credible support programme for independent journalism in Europe.

IPI is looking for an experienced Project Manager to lead the management and implementation of NewsSpectrum, including the following tasks:

  • Manage the application process for both fellowship schemes, including preparing application requirements and application criteria.

  • Manage the selection process for both fellowship schemes.

  • Carry out outreach to minority- and majority-language media outlets to build a network of interested applicants and answer questions about the fellowship.

  • Design and implement a communications strategy to raise awareness about the NewsSpectrum fellowships, including calls for applications, application results, and results of fellowships. Communications outputs are expected to include social media, newsletters, website, individual outreach, and information sessions.

  • Manage NewsSpectrum website.

  • Oversee progress of fellowships, remaining in regular contact with NewsSpectrum fellows and providing advice and assistance where needed.

  • Organise training/networking sessions for minority-language media professionals.

  • Work to build a strong reputation of NewsSpectrum as a credible and professional source of funding for minority-language media organisations in Europe.

Qualities and criteria we’re looking for:

  • Significant professional experience in project management for a non-governmental/human rights organisation. Experience managing donor-funded projects is a clear advantage.

  • Strong communications skills.

  • Self-motivation and willingness to take ownership of a project. Demonstrates a strong work ethic, is able to generate ideas, and proactively pursues goals.

  • Good understanding of the media environment in Europe and, ideally, experience managing journalism-related projects. A background in journalism is not a requirement, but can be a plus. Candidates should at least have a grasp of the challenges facing journalists. The Project Manager needs to feel comfortable conducting outreach to members of the media community, including senior journalists and editors.

  • An interest in language diversity is not a requirement, but is welcome. However, the Project Manager should understand and be able to demonstrate familiarity with the value of media pluralism and independent journalism.

  • Strong English-language skills. Abilities in other languages are welcome.

  • Familiarity with the work and culture of non-governmental organisations.

Start date, location and term

The Project Manager is expected to begin no later than May 1, 2021.

IPI’s headquarters are in Vienna, Austria. Candidates based anywhere in Europe will be considered for the position. All nationalities are eligible to apply.

This is initially a limited-term position until January 31, 2022. A continuation of the position will depend on the availability of funding.

How to apply

Applicants should provide the following:

  • Current CV, including at least two professional references

  • Cover letter

Please send your application by email to info@ipi.media by no later than March 15, 2021. Please include “NewsSpectrum Project Manager” in the email subject line.

About IPI

Founded in 1950, the International Press Institute (IPI) is a global network of editors, journalists and media executives, dedicated to defending press freedom and independent journalism. IPI members are 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.

CALL FOR TENDERS: IJ4EU PROJECT FINAL EVALUATION

Location: Europe (flexible)

Deadline for applications: March 12, 2021

Purchase of services for an external evaluation of Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) – Funding cross-border investigative journalism in Europe

A consortium led by the International Press Institute (IPI) and including the European Journalism Centre (EJC) and the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) seeks tenders from potential providers to conduct a final evaluation of the IJ4EU programme, which supports cross-border investigative journalism in European Union Member States and Candidate Countries. With funding from the European Commission and several co-donors, the current IJ4EU project period runs until April 30, 2021. Please see https://www.investigativejournalismforeu.net/ for more information.

The final evaluation is scheduled to take place during the final month of the project period, from March 20 to April 20, 2021.

Terms of Reference

  1. Background

The programme’s overall objective is to continue the facilitation and development of serious cross-border journalistic research within the European Union, following IJ4EU’s pilot implementation in 2018 and in line with the EU’s objective of encouraging journalistic work on issues of common interest to its citizens and therefore strengthening the European media and the public sphere.

The specific objectives and expected results of the programme to be evaluated are:

  • Contribute to a vigorous news ecosystem across Europe by providing the financial resources to enable cross-border investigative journalism. Indicators: A series of cross-border investigative journalism projects are published/broadcast;

  • Stimulate and/or bolster collaborative working partnerships among teams of journalists working in different EU members states and/or candidate countries. Indicators: Teams of journalists based in different countries come together to act as watchdogs on issues of cross-border public interest and as shields of solidarity when a colleague faces risks associated with their investigative work;

  • Promote a diverse media landscape. Indicators: Grantees publish their stories in emerging media outlets, widening the public perception of trustworthy sources of information;

  • Build up journalists’ knowledge and resilience through training and by fostering networking engagement across borders. Indicators: Grantees undergo in-depth training and participate in the IJ4EU conference on investigative journalism in Europe;

  • Contribute to foster debate on common issues across borders, creating a more pluralistic coverage of issues of public interest. Indicators: The publication of cross-border investigations is followed by engagement from the public perceptible through social media, namely by sharing the hashtag #IJ4EU; and

  • Stimulate innovation in the field of European investigative journalism. Indicators: Prizes are awarded to innovative cross-border investigative journalism projects; journalists receive training and mentoring on how to make their storytelling more attractive to the audience and use such techniques in their work.

The activities conducted under the programme consisted in 1. The design and implement a cross-border investigative funding scheme, 2. The selection of grantees ensuring a geographical and thematic balance, 3. Providing practical support and training to the journalists involved in the funding scheme, 4. The disbursement of funds and sound financial management, and 5. Ensuring the dissemination of results and communication with the grantees.

  1. Objectives of the evaluation

An indicative list of the areas of assessment is provided below. The evaluation questions can be further refined by the provider carrying out the evaluation.

Relevance: Assess whether the funds from the European Commission (and other co-donors) contributed to the development and implementation of serious cross-border investigative journalism across Europe.

  • To what extent did IJ4EU achieve its overall objectives?

  • To what extent did IJ4EU contribute to the development of cross-border investigative journalism projects?

  • To what extent did the two funding schemes achieve their specific goals?

Effectiveness: Assess whether the grant was implemented effectively and efficiently by the partners in the consortium to fulfil the planned deliverables, especially amid upheaval caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

  • To what extent were the planned activities carried out and were these delivered within the planned budget and timetable?

  • Were risks properly identified and managed?

  • How effective was the programme’s design in the success of the project? (Elements of the programme’s design include the roles and responsibilities of consortium partners; the model of IJ4EU as an intermediary organisation distributing public and philanthropic money to journalistic projects without compromising editorial independence; the selection of projects; the work of the independent jury and so on.)

Impact: Assess the changes resulting from the programme (positive/negative, direct/indirect, intended/unintended).

  • What measurable impact, if any, did IJ4EU-supported investigations have on policy, public discourse or any specific outcomes?

  • How did IJ4EU help to consolidate collaborative work between journalists across the EU?

  • To what extent did IJ4EU help build trust in fact-based, impartial watchdog journalism?

  • To what extent has IJ4EU acted as a proof of concept that public and philanthropic money can support quality journalism without infringing on editorial independence?

Sustainability and Replicability: Assess whether the impacts achieved through the programme are likely to be sustained after the current funding period and if they are replicable in other regions.

  • What are the prospects of the programme being sustained?

  • To what extent has a combination of government (EC) grants and private philanthropy been successful in contributing to the production of independent journalism in the public interest?

  • To what extent are the outputs of the project (i.e., supported investigations) likely to continue fostering debate across borders and result in progressive change?

Learning Review: Identify and expand upon lessons learned that have not been drawn in the sections above.

  • This section will cover any key areas that have not featured in the sections above and that may surface throughout the evaluation process.

  1. Methodology and Deliverables

The selected provider will:

  • Review all grant-related documents;

  • Assess the impact of published/broadcast investigations that benefitted from the support of IJ4EU;

  • Interview staff from the consortium organisations involved in the project, including project managers and senior management;

  • Interview a broad cross-section of IJ4EU grantees;

  • Other relevant activities.

All interviews with grantees will remain confidential and anonymised. During all contacts with stakeholders, the independent evaluation provider will clearly identify themselves as independent consultants and not as an official representative of the consortium behind IJ4EU.

The consultant will provide one draft report (approximately 30 pages long) covering all areas noted in Section 2. It shall be submitted to IPI by April 20, 2021. The final report – which incorporates or has responded to any internal feedback provided on the draft version – should be submitted to IPI by April 30, 2021.

  1. Eligibility Criteria

The selected provider will need relevant subject knowledge and experience conducting journalism-related evaluations.

The independent evaluation provider must be strictly neutral, and they will not have had any involvement in the project prior to this activity, so as to avoid any potential conflict of interests.

Award criteria

  • Quality of the offer (60%), including:

    • Methodology proposed;

    • Previous experience in evaluating journalism-related projects/programmes;

    • Technical competence and experience in conducting evaluation from a distance/by video conference.

  • Financial offer (40%).

Eligible tenderers will be invited for an interview to discuss their credentials and proposed plan. All tenderers will be informed about the outcome of their submission by email.

  1. Applications

Interested parties must provide a short proposal outlining their approach (two pages maximum). This should be accompanied by:

  • CV(s) of staff who will be involved in carrying out the evaluation;

  • A proposed methodology for carrying out the monitoring and evaluation;

  • Ideally, one example of an evaluation report recently completed in English.

Tenders shall be submitted by email only (with attachments) to the email address info@ipi.media  with the reference “IJ4EU 2020/21 evaluation”. Deadline for submission: March 12, 2021.

Interviews are tentatively scheduled to take place between March 16-17 and these will be conducted remotely to address COVID-19 related health and safety risks.

  1. Other considerations

The assignment shall be conducted remotely, following all COVID-19 safety recommendations.

The maximum amount available for the evaluation of the project, covering all the deliverables to be achieved by the selected tenderer as listed above, is 20,000 Euros. The allocated budget includes consultancy fees, and travel and subsistence if relevant and in line with COVID-19 safety rules, and translation costs, if any.

PRESS FREEDOM AND COMMUNICATIONS INTERN (TURKISH-SPEAKING)

Location: IPI Secretariat (Vienna)

Deadline for applications: Rolling basis

IPI is seeking a Turkish-speaking intern to contribute to its 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. Please note that IPI internships are unpaid.

Candidates must have a very strong command of verbal and written Turkish and must also be proficient in English. Other languages, and additional skills such as social media, are welcomed.

Responsibilities will include monitoring developments related to press freedom in Turkey; conducting research and updating IPI’s databases; producing written content for IPI’s FreeTurkeyJournalists campaign; and other related tasks.

Candidates should contact IPI Press Freedom Officer Renan Akyavas, rakyavas[at]ipi[dot]media, with a resume/CV and a cover letter indicating dates of availability. No calls, please.

Please note that, due to the volume of applications, only applicants under serious consideration for an internship will be contacted.

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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.

Please note that, due to the volume of applications, only applicants under serious consideration for an internship will be contacted.