Job Description

The Executive Committee of the International Federation of Journalists is seeking to appoint an
IFJ Deputy General Secretary (DGS), based in Brussels. He/she shall be responsible to the IFJ General Secretary as the Chief Executive Officer of the Federation.

The IFJ DGS must have the following skills:

1. Experience and considerable knowledge of trade unionism and trade unions, with proven
ability to lead and inspire.
2. Experience and knowledge of journalism and broad issues connected with media and
journalists worldwide.
3. Experience of leading campaigns and negotiating with institutions.
4. Knowledge and experience of effectively managing the human resources of an organisation
with the ability to motivate teams and simultaneously manage several projects.
5. Ability to develop and implement financial plans, execute budgeting and financial
transactions, manage resources, and to oversee the procurement of funding/revenue sources.
6. Professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to
communicate and interact at all levels and to work effectively with affiliates.
7. Knowledge of communication and public relation techniques and ability to develop and
deliver reports and presentations.
8. Languages: Native or fluent English; good knowledge of French and Spanish will be an added

Duties of the IFJ DGS:

The DGS will work in coordination and under the supervision of the IFJ General Secretary and
deputize for him in his absence, and in particular be responsible to the GS for:

1. oversight of all administrative affairs as directed by the GS, in line with the Internal Rules
and decisions of the Administrative and Executive Committees.
This includes:
- staff matters
- the work of the Brussels secretariat
- the preparation of meetings of statutory bodies and conferences
- supervising and administering IFJ finances, including the accounts and fees;

2. Managing on a day-to-day basis finances in the absence of the IFJ General Secretary, in
accordance with the existing budget and in cooperation with the Honorary Treasurer; organising fund
raising and identifying fund-raising opportunities for projects;

3. Working with the GS to improve the communications work of the IFJ;

4. Relations with members unions, regional offices and statutory bodies of the IFJ as directed
by the GS and in the absence of the GS;

5. Such other tasks as the GS may from time to time decide.

Terms and conditions
The Deputy General Secretary will be employed on an open contract. He/she will receive a basic
monthly salary of €4500, paid within the terms of the Belgian salary system. Additional fringe
benefits will be paid in line with the terms of the Staff Agreement.
Other terms and conditions in the IFJ staff agreement will apply to the DGS, unless explicitly covered
and excluded by his/her contract.

Timetable for the appointment
- Closing date for the receipt of applications: 19 December 2022
- Short-listing by the recruitment panel: 21 December 2022
- Interview by the recruitment panel 9-16 January 2023

The appointment will be endorsed by the IFJ Administrative Committee and confirmed by its
Executive Committee.

To be considered candidates must:
 be a member of a trade union and have trade union experience as a lay or full-time official;
 have worked as a journalist;
 willingness to work at IFJ headquarters in Brussels in line with hybrid working arrangements
negotiated with the General Secretary.

These three criteria must be highlighted when applying.

How to apply?
Applications forms can be downloaded here

They should be returned to IFJ General Secretary (anthony.bellanger@ifj.org), together with a letter of motivation and a CV.

Closing date for application: 19 December 2022, 12 midnight CET.

Once appointed, a candidate must then sign the contract of employment before the offer is confirmed.

Anyone seeking further details should contact in the first instance:

Anthony Bellanger
General Secretary
International Federation of Journalists
International Press Centre, Résidence Palace, Block C
155 rue de la Loi, B-1040 Brussels. Belgium

Sydney-based Student Internship: Human Rights, Communications and Campaigns

Contract Type: Temporary, 2 to 4 months depending on the availability of the candidates. 

Contract Hours: Part-time, minimum 3 days per week. Interns will work both online and in-person at the IFJ Asia-Pacific office in Redfern, Sydney.

The IFJ internship requires an energetic, enthusiastic and self-motivated team player. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in international relations, media, human rights and unionism.  

Essential criteria:

  • Must be studying - communications, media, journalism, international relations, Asian studies, government or law
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Excellent written English language skills
  • Knowledge or experience in journalism/ communication
  • 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
  • Photo editing skills
  • Good knowledge of social media

Your daily tasks will involve:

  • Assisting the communication team in drafting daily press releases and news for the website and social media
  • Assisting IFJ press freedom campaigns including developing campaigning material
  • Monitoring world news on press freedom and journalists’ rights
  • Project management assistance

Interns will receive a small daily stipend.

How to apply: send covering letter, application form and CV to john.troughton@ifj-asia.org

Download the application form here and internship description here. Applications close January 16, 2023.

Internship in Communication and Campaigns Department (ongoing position in Brussels)

The internship is opened for a period of  2 to 4  months depending on the availability of the candidates. 

We are looking for someone with the following skills:

  • Fluency (native level) in English, French or Spanish and good skills in at least one of the other languages
  • Strong writing skills
  • Must be studying communications, media, journalism, 
  • Good intercommunication skills
  • Creativity
  • Pro-activity
  • Organisational skills
  • Good knowledge of social media

Your daily tasks will involve:

  • Assisting the communication team in drafting daily press releases and news for the website
  • Assisting IFJ press freedom campaigns including: drafting of campaign documents and developing campaigning material
  • Feeding IFJ social media network
  • Translating news items for the website
  • Monitoring world news on press freedom and journalists’ rights

What we offer :

  • Experience in communication in the world’s biggest organisation of journalists
  • Knowledge of basic trade unions’ rights
  • Experience in building campaigns to promote press freedom
  • Sound understanding of press freedom challenges and journalists' working conditions across the globe
  • A great working environment in a multicultural and multi lingual environment

This is a paid internship.

How to apply: send covering letter and CV to communications@ifj.org