The IFJ is the global voice of journalists. Established in 1926, the IFJ promotes international action to defend press freedom and social justice through strong, free and independent trade unions of journalists. Today it represents around 600,000 members in more than 140 countries in the world. The IFJ is headquartered is in Brussels, Belgium, with regional offices in Africa, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific.
The IFJ Asia-Pacific Regional Office in Sydney manages and implements a range of media development projects focussed on press freedom, media rights, trade union development, worker rights and freedom of association and institutional strengthening work in conjunction with its 30 affiliates in the Asia-Pacific region. IFJ Asia-Pacific project work is supported by funders including the European Union, Union to Union, Norsk Journalistlag, UNESCO, National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the Magna Carta Fund and many others.
To coordinate and support the day to day operations of the International Federation of Journalists, Asia Pacific, including: monitoring progress towards project deliverables, project financial coordination, IFJ communications including press releases, bulletins, reports, ad hoc office management, project activity planning and coordination, and management of the IFJ affiliate networks. The position is based in Sydney and may require travel from time to time.
Tasks and responsibilities:
- IFJ communications – press releases, bulletins, reports, social media and website content development
- Project management – activity planning and development, stakeholder liaison, monitoring and evaluation, financial management
- Administration – office management and coordination, meetings, data management, office equipment and supplies
- Project reporting – audits, end of project reporting, funder relationship management
The successful candidate will have the following skills and experience:
- University degree in journalism, media, communications, international studies or development
- Minimum two years’ experience in communications and/or project management
- Experience working with different stakeholders, partners and managing relationships
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to manage multiple tasks, prioritise effectively and produce high quality work within agreed timelines
- Advanced IT skills including Microsoft applications, website experience and CMR
- Strong competence in using Excel, ZOOM technology (webinars and online training), as well as other project management tools.
- Sound financial knowledge and experience, including financial reporting, payment of sub- contractors, managing budgets, matching running expenditure with accounting reports and reconciling project budgets and identifying variances
- Excellent interpersonal, written and spoken English skills.
- A commitment to the principles of the IFJ, that is, to freedom of the press and to - trade unionism.
- Skills in campaigning and organising, preferably in human rights, trade union or journalist rights issues and proficiency on social media platforms.
- The ability to communicate in a language other than English will be an advantage, including one of the two other IFJ official languages (Spanish, French) and/or a language of the region (other than English).