Programme Officer

at International Media Support
Published September 21, 2022
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  



International Media Support supports local independent media and media advocacy groups in countries affected by conflict, political transition and authoritarian rule. Set up in 2001, the organisation has since then worked with hundreds of local and international partners to support independent journalism, freedom of expression and the safety of journalists.


IMS is currently implementing a programme with 10 partners in Somalia. The programme’s core objective is to contribute to the long-term, systematic transformation and professionalisation of the Somali media landscape in strategic alignment with the values and practices of freedom of expression and media independence as key pillars of democratic state building processes based on rule of law and human rights.


Job Summary


Amongst other things, the progamme works towards ensuring that media are better safeguarded and capacitated to ensure Somali citizens have access to reliable, fact-based content, which enables them to make informed decisions and actively participate in discussions on governance issues that seek to promote peacebuilding, gender equality, accountability and inclusion, in close collaboration with civil society.


As programme officer you will be involved in the design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Media Development programme in Somalia. It involves working directly with IMS’ partners and staff in Somalia & Kenya as well as at IMS headquarters to realise programme results. This will include the following:




Key functions and key responsibilities


General programme cycle management:


Partner assessments

Support with preparation of programme documents hereunder narrative reports, briefing updates, donor presentations

Maintain and follow up on decisions

Draft or proofread documents

Ensure fund allocations within designated projects

Participate in annual activities

Oversight, management, and support of IMS partners in Somalia


Follow up on local partner’s input

Partner contact with national and international partners

Represent the programme team at meetings in-country when required

Travel to partner activities and assist with or carry out capacity development at local level

Reporting and donor relations


Support the programme manager to ensure that donor requirements are met

Contribute to drafting various reports (donors management etc.

Attend, prepare and follow up on bilateral and multilateral meetings with donors



Minimum a bachelor’s degree in international development, international relations, media policy/journalism or related; graduate degree preferred

Demonstrable experience in leading successful media/governance development programmes, supporting good journalism, stronger civil society and broader communities

Demonstrable experience in managing large international donor funded development programmes and meeting donor requirements

In-depth knowledge of Somali media & political context and the situation as it pertains to freedom of expression

Knowledge of changes and emerging trends in media and journalism

Demonstrable ability to think critically and strategically

Solid network of relevant civil society actors and media in Somalia

Able to work effectively as a team member and independently, with a high level of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals

Ability to remain flexible, creative and solution-oriented in environments with limited resources;

Excellent written and verbal skills in English

Excellent written and verbal skills in Somali

Excellent communication, organisational, and planning skills

Willingness and ability to travel in Somalia, the region, and internationally.

Duration and location:


Expected length of employment: 12 months (with possibility of extension).

Place of employment: Somalia/Kenya

Employment type: Full-time


Interested candidates can send their CVs

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