IFJ South Asia Project Coordinator and Tech Advocacy Expert

Location: South Asia-based

Commencement: Immediate

Duration: 12 months

Application deadline: Until the position is filled


We are looking for a project coordinator and tech advocacy expert to take up the role of South Asia coordinator for the International Federation of Journalists’ Asia-Pacific Regional Office.

Strong journalism, technology expertise in freedom of expression in the online space and/or international development experience and a thorough knowledge of trade unions is essential.

A minimum of five years of experience in media, trade union or tech advocacy work in labour rights and/or press freedom issues connected with the region.

Excellent communication skills – high proficiency and fluency in English (written, verbal, reading) and at least one or more South Asian languages.

High-level digital and technical skills to manage IFJ’s digital platforms in South Asia, as well as demonstrated knowledge and experience with issues impacting press freedom and journalism online including online harassment, internet shutdowns, surveillance and censorship.

Understanding of digital security and geopolitical issues in the region with the ability to analyse and relate these to press freedom as needed.

Tasks and responsibilities:

The coordinator manager will work under the direction of the IFJ’s Asia-Pacific office to:

  • Report, monitor and map press freedom and labour rights violations and attacks on media workers in South Asia and also produce daily and long-form reports on these issues in the region.
  • Work with the director to strengthen and build the IFJ and its trade union, press freedom and freedom of expression network in South Asia.
  • Anticipate and respond to news and events affecting labour rights, press freedom and journalists to ensure that these issues are brought to a broad international audience.
  • Develop and expand South Asia advocacy, campaigns and communications through digital media and in the ongoing development and management of the SAMSN Digital Hub.
  • Work with IFJ affiliates to facilitate and manage national research reports and data, disseminate statements and edit reporting.
  • Build and develop the IFJ’s project funding base in South Asia including proactively developing relationships and contacts with funding agencies and other organisations, along with identifying funding opportunities and writing/submitting proposals for funding.
  • Maintain and expand output of IFJ media releases, monthly bulletins and blogs as well as stories for the IFJ global platforms.
  • Manage editorial production of the annual South Asia Press Freedom Report, including soliciting and writing country reports, editing, overseeing production, promotion of the report, along with seeking ongoing and sourcing new funding support.
  • Work with affiliates and the IFJ to oversee the implementation of IFJ projects in South Asia, particularly in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
  • Plan and manage IFJ meetings in the region.
  • Organise and attend project missions as required.

Desirable skills:

  • Ability to develop and deliver training on organisational development, trade union capacity-building, press freedom and human rights.
  • Ability to proactively develop IFJ relationships and contacts with funding agencies and other organisations, along with identifying funding opportunities and writing/submitting proposals for funding.
  • Manage project finances, budget preparation and financial reports.

To apply, please send a CV and a covering letter to the Acting Director, IFJ AP, jane.worthington@ifj-asia.org

We offer:

A 12-month contract in a great multicultural and international workplace. 

Open and respectful company culture advocating for press freedom, labour rights and gender equality

About IFJ

The IFJ is the global voice of journalists. First 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.

IFJ Asia Pacific is the IFJ’s Sydney-based regional office that coordinates the work and advocacy of the IFJ in Asia and the Pacific, as well as facilitate the relationship with the Asia Pacific affiliates. The work of the IFJ focuses on issues such as press freedom, trade unions, gender equity, journalists’ safety and human rights, journalism ethics, public service journalism, reporting child rights and tolerance in the media, as well as digital security.

An opportunity exists for dynamic, mature students interested in international relations and human rights, journalism and strengthening solidarity among journalists in the Asia- Pacific region.

 Human Rights and Journalism Internship:

The internship requires an energetic, enthusiastic and self-motivated team-player and is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in international relations, media and human rights in the world of global union federations.

The Human Rights and Journalism Intern will provide critical support to the Project and Human Rights Coordinator with daily internal and external community, campaign development and roll-out and support the IFJ Asia Pacific with projects and activities.

Essential criteria:

  • Sydney-based
  • Must be studying – media, journalism, international relations, Asian studies, government or law.
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Excellent written English language skills. Able to convey complex ideas through writing in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to work in an organised manner, independently and manage time effectively
  • Excellent computer skills and well versed in Microsoft Office Suite

 Ideally, the role will be 2 or more days a week and run for 6-8 weeks. This is a volunteer internship and is unpaid.

Please e-mail the Project and Human Rights Coordinator at jane.worthington@ifj-asia.org for internship inquiries. Please see the IFJ Human Rights and Journalism Internship application form for more information here.