We’re hiring – Programme Associates











We are seeking dynamic Programme Associates who are comfortable operating in a rapidly evolving organisation to work directly with the founding team to set up this major new initiative.


The International Fund for Public Interest Media (IFPIM), fiscally sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is a bold initiative that seeks to distribute a new raft of resources at scale and speed to news media in low- and middle-income countries around the world. IFPIM has received significant seed funding from the US government, and several other donors are expected to come on board in the coming months. IFPIM aims to radically increase the amount of funding available to support ethical, non-partisan, fact-based journalism, and enable the media to work for democracy. This fund will support media through this time of existential threat and aims to develop lasting solutions to the current media market failure.  The Fund will complement existing efforts in the sector and will catalyse new money as a globally coordinated but fully independent vehicle that can activate quickly to provide critical funding and support to hundreds – if not thousands – of public interest media organizations worldwide. 

The Fund has been designed to minimise interference in the internal affairs of the countries it supports. Its governance arrangements and international nature ensure funds are allocated efficiently and in ways that command maximum legitimacy in the eyes of media institutions and other democratic stakeholders in beneficiary countries.  

The Fund is co-chaired by Maria Ressa,  journalist, CEO of Rappler and 2021 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Mark Thompson, former CEO of New York Times and Director General of the BBC.  

The role

We are seeking dynamic Programme Associates who are comfortable operating in a rapidly evolving organization to work directly with the founding team to set up this major new initiative. 

The Fund is committed to creating an inclusive work environment where diversity is valued and where there is equality of opportunity. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and therefore welcome applications from qualified candidates of all regions, countries, cultures, and backgrounds.  

Selection of candidates is made on a competitive basis, and we do not discriminate on the basis of national origin, race, colour or ethnic background, religious belief, sex, gender identity and expression or sexual orientation, marital or family status, age or ability. We kindly ask applicants to refrain from including in their application information relating to the above as well as from attaching photos.   

Key responsibilities 

  • Providing administrative and programmatic support to the fund team across operations (including IT), resource mobilisation, governance, communications, grant management and donor management (including donor reporting) 
  • Project management across various work streams for the fund  
  • Conducting research as required e.g. on potential recipient countries 
  • Setting up an IFPIM portal for grant applications through the IFPIM website  
  • Coordinating the receipt and progression of applications through the IFPIM grant process 
  • Providing support to IFPIM applicants, including answering general enquiries  
  • Drafting of proposals to prospective funders  
  • Drafting of regular update reports to donors  
  • Organising events, webinars and conferences  
  • Preparation of materials (e.g., agendas, presentations and minutes) and coordination of meetings 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned 

We will be recruiting for a few positions depending on the pool of applicants. The scope of work for each position will include a subset of the responsibilities listed above.  


Initial fixed term 12-month contract (possibility of renewal). This work can be conducted remotely. There will be an expectation for international travel for key events when it is safe to do so.  The position is expected to begin in April 2022.  

The Programme Associates should have the following qualifications: 

Essential profile 

  • Two to five years of relevant work experience 
  • Strong organisational skills that reflect the ability to multi-task, prioritise and solve problems 
  • Experience working on projects of wide scope with multiple different level stakeholders 
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong customer service skills and writing reports for a diverse set of stakeholders 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office especially MS Excel and MS PowerPoint 
  • Experience with MS SharePoint Online and/or MS OneDrive for Business 
  • Experience setting up and administering CRM software 
  • Experience setting up systems for knowledge and data management  
  • Highly motivated and committed to supporting global public interest media 
  • Able to effectively adapt to an organisation that is rapidly evolving 

Desirable experience 

  • Experience working with grant-based mechanisms in international development 
  • Experience working with bilateral and/or multilateral donors  
  • Experience with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning frameworks and tools 
  • Familiarity with the public discourse around media sustainability and good governance. 
  • Experience working in lower- and middle-income countries 


University degree (Master’s Degree would be an advantage) 

Working language  

The working language will be English (additional languages including French, and Spanish would be an advantage) 


Commensurate to experience.   

Application Closing Date

31 March 2022 

Start Date

April 2022 or by arrangement.  

Contact information

Please email your CV and a short cover letter explaining (with examples) why you are a suitable candidate to careers@ifpim.org  with Programme Associate in the subject line.  

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.  


See more


World Press Freedom Day

3 May acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics.


Inside the Drive to Create a ‘Global Fund’ for Public Interest Journalism

UN Dispatch, Global Dispatches podcast


A free press is the lifeblood of democracy – journalists must not be silenced

Journalists risk everything to hold power to account, crucial work for which a $1bn global fund should be established

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