Open Calls for Positions at BIRN

Balkan Investigative Reporting Regional Network – BIRN Hub, is opening a call for the three following positions: Programme Coordinator, Programme Manager, and Development and Monitoring Officer.

Balkan Investigative Reporting Regional Network – BIRN Hub, is opening a call for the three following positions:

  • (1) Programme Coordinator – with 3 years’ relevant experience
  • (1) Programme Manager – with 5 (+) years’ relevant experience
  • (1) Development and Monitoring Officer – with 3 years’ relevant experience

We are offering you the possibility to work in a highly interactive and dynamic environment at one of the biggest media NGO networks in the region.  Due to our network’s fast and constant growth and the implementation of various projects, we are searching for three hardworking, dedicated, motivated professionals to join our ever-growing team.

Locations: Sarajevo, Belgrade, Pristina, Tirana, Skopje or remote

 Position – Programme Coordinator

Major duties and responsibilities are:

  • Be responsible for coordinating and implementing BIRN project activities and ensuring these activities are delivered on time, within the agreed budget and to the highest standards.
  • Work collaboratively with the programmes teams to maximize productivity.
  • Collaborate with different project teams, contributing to the entire project lifecycle.
  • Organise and monitor schedules and see that deadlines are met.
  • Coordinate efforts within the team and with outside consultants efficiently.
  • Act as first point of contact for the Regional Director: deal with correspondence, manage diaries and organize meetings and appointments.
  • Remind the manager/executive of important tasks and deadlines.
  • Type, compile and prepare reports, presentations and correspondence.
  • Manage databases and filing systems.
  • Organise and implement trainings and other events for the staff of the network and outside audiences.
  • Assist in other duties related to logistics, as required.
  • Maintain and develop relations with donors and carry out other reasonably requested administrative and operational duties.

Key requirements:

  • University degree in political science, journalism, international relations, law or social science.
  • Well organised, able to prioritise; goal-oriented, multi-tasker.
  • Strong background in media and/or digital rights.
  • Strong understanding of project and programme-based planning and monitoring.
  • Ability to collect and analyse information, with the aim to provide recommendations, and guidance.
  • Ability to travel all over South-East Europe and interact with colleagues from different countries and backgrounds.
  • Experience in organisation of events (training, conferences, missions).
  • Skilled and experienced in communication with donors, partners and other counterparts.
  • The ability to be proactive and take the initiative.
  • Excellent written and oral skills in English and at least one of the regional languages.

 

 Position – Programme Manager

 The selected candidate will be responsible for management of the largest BIRN programme focused on capacity-building of media.

Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Be responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing BIRNs project(s) activities and ensuring these activities are delivered on time, within the agreed budget and to the highest standards.
  • Ensure projects are legally and financially compliant and in line with BIRN’s editorial standards and best practices.
  • Contribute to the design, implementation and management of coherent training as required, in line with project(s) objectives. This includes identifying and sourcing trainers/consultants, as required.
  • Work closely with local and international project(s) partners to coordinate the implementation of consultancies, training/capacity building and outreach activities as well as the production of media outputs.
  • Produce narrative and financial reports for the donor(s) and internal audiences, using agreed templates as required.
  • Prepare monthly forecasts of project(s)’ budget(s) and activity plan(s), working with local and headquarters finance teams.
  • Review trainers/consultants’ reports within agreed timelines and communicate them appropriately to partners.
  • Identify and monitor project(s) risks and challenges, avoiding or mitigating these where possible and communicating concerns to the project(s) team.
  • Represent BIRN at international and local stakeholder coordination meetings and engage in discussions with international donors.
  • Line-manage the locally based project team as required.
  • Organise and implement trainings and other events for the staff of the network and outside audiences.
  • Support induction of new staff and carry out other agreed tasks.

Key requirements:

  • Extensive project management knowledge and understanding and a proven track record in managing complex, multi-annual and regional programmes with several partners involved.
  • Strong understanding of project and programme based financial planning and monitoring.
  • Strong knowledge of the media scene and media development processes.
  • Ability to collect and analyse information, with the aim of providing recommendations, guidance and development policies.
  • Ability to travel all over the South-East and Central Europe and interact with colleagues from different countries and backgrounds.
  • Understanding of capacity building and capacity development, and hands-on experience in the creation of CB programmes and activities.
  • Experience in organisation of events (trainings, conferences, missions).
  • Skilled and experienced in communication with donors, partners and other counterparts.
  • Excellent written and oral skills in English and at least one of the regional languages.
  • Well organised, able to prioritise, goal-oriented, multi-tasker.
  • Strong understanding of project and programme based financial planning.

 

Position – Development and Monitoring Officer

 Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Identifying new fund development opportunities and applying for grants with governments and other national and international grant-making bodies.
  • Contribute to the development of BIRN’s fundraising strategy.
  • Develop tailored, focused and deliverable proposals for core and project funding.
  • Research new opportunities and support developing and maintaining relationships to secure funding.
  • Oversee the M&E framework and associated processes to assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of BIRN’s capacity building and programmatic output.
  • Assist in the internal monitoring and regular and systematic internal data collection to monitor progress and produce internal reports.
  • Develop a system to produce progress reports for various stakeholders and donor partners.
  • Keep an updated and detailed database of contacts.
  • Providing reports, stats and other updates to the Director and Board.

Key requirements:

  • Experience in the fundraising sector in writing winning, technical and high-quality grant proposals, working with key institutional and government donors and identifying partnerships and funding leads.
  • Work or voluntary experience in any NGO or charity.
  • Demonstrated ability to convey messages and build strong relationships with members and stakeholders.
  • Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills, suited to preparing professional funding proposals of the highest standard and an excellent command of English.
  • Experience of dealing with stakeholders, supporters and partners.
  • Ability to synthesize complex information and communicate it effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Excellent time management skills. Well-organized, efficient and able to work independently.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Please submit a detailed CV and a cover letter with two references, responding to the points raised in the job specifications, with a clear indication which of the three positions you are applying for, not later than June 19, 2022, to our regional operations unit, at nikola.cace@birnnetwork.org. Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selected candidate should start work as soon as possible.

BIRN Hub is a nongovernmental organisation, a part of the Regional BIRN Network, working in the field of media development, promoting freedom of speech, human rights and democratic values in Southern and Eastern Europe. BIRN has local organisations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia. The Network is editorially present also in Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Montenegro, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia. More information at www.birn.eu.com.

BIRN encourages applicants of both genders, and offers an equal chance to all interested persons, without any prejudice based on any grounds.