07FEB - Africa Program Coordinator - Committee to Protect Journalists - Deadline: 15FEB


Organization Description
Founded in 1981, the Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, non-profit organization defending journalists worldwide without regard to their political ideology. Through its work to safeguard journalists, CPJ protects the rights of all people to have access to diverse and independent sources of information.

Location – 330 7th Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001

Job Description
The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking a program coordinator for its Africa program to oversee its work defending journalists and press freedom in sub-Saharan Africa.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in Africa, a deep knowledge of regional press freedom issues, experience as an advocate, and the ability to report breaking news and to produce in-depth special reports. This is a post requiring a passionate and proven commitment to improving press freedom conditions in a region where freedom of expression is constantly under threat. Fluency in spoken and written English is essential; knowledge of French would be an asset.

Job Responsibilities

  • Report on press freedom and attacks on journalists in the region.
  • Advocate for the release of jailed journalists and for an end to impunity in the murder of journalists.
  • Oversee the production of daily and long-form reports on press freedom conditions.
  • Serve as a CPJ spokesperson with the media, governments, partner organizations, and civil society.
  • Manage a full-time researcher in New York and 3 representatives based in the region.
  • Anticipate and respond to news and events affecting press freedom and journalists to ensure that these issues are brought to a broad international audience.
  • Devise and support advocacy efforts and campaigns, and articulate them with the CPJ’s broad organizational goals.
  • Assist distressed journalists within the framework of CPJ’s Journalist Assistance Program.
  • Develop and track annual programmatic work plan and budget.

Job Requirements

  • Graduate degree or equivalent qualification.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in media or advocacy work in press freedom issues connected with Africa including those around online censorship.
  • Understanding of press freedom issues in the context of Africa
  • A firm understanding of geopolitical issues with the ability to analyze and relate these to press freedom as needed.
  • Proven skills in writing succinct and high quality reports including the capacity to digest, interpret and accurately summarize reports and data.

How to Apply
Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, writing samples, a two-page essay on your personal commitment to press freedom, and references to jobs@cpj.org.

Deadline – February 15th, 2016