IFJ Asia-Pacific Project Manager

Employer: International Federation of Journalists - IFJ Asia-Pacific

Work type/s: Contract, Full Time

Commencement: January 2020

Duration: Six months

Classification:  Project Management

Location: Sydney, Australia

Job posted on: 1 December 2020

Applications close: December 15, 2020

- Located in Redfern, Sydney

- Full-time contract role, 6 month fixed term plus leave loading and 10.5% contribution to superannuation

The organisation:

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. 

About the role:

We are looking for an experienced Project Manager to develop and coordinate the IFJ’s project-based media and trade union capacity building work in the Asia-Pacific. This is a varied and interesting role for a self-driven person wanting to make an impact on media development and trade union rights for journalists in the region.

The project manager will be part of a small, dynamic and committed team of IFJ staff and will work directly with an extensive network of IFJ affiliates to develop and create programs for journalist unions and media workers based on stakeholder needs and requirements.

The project manager will be directly responsible for implementing a number of the IFJ’s key projects in the region including IFJ work in China and East Asia as well as Malaysia and the Pacific as well as working to fulfil IFJ’s global strategy to strengthen the voice of journalists. The ideal candidate will be a natural problem solver with a mind for innovative solutions, adaptability and creative thinking to tackle some of the challenges confronting media workers at this time.

The role will ideally suit project managers with strong experience in NGO, press freedom, trade union and/or the human rights sector/s. The project manager will work under the director of IFJ Asia-Pacific and the leadership of the IFJ, based in Brussels.

Reporting to the regional director, the project manager will:

  • Ensure projects meet intended objectives and are delivered on time and within budget.
  • Coordinate with IFJ project staff and IFJ affiliates to ensure IFJ project objectives and deliverables are met and oversee regular communication, reporting and updating on progress and coordination and oversight of project partners, volunteers and subcontractors. 
  • Research media development needs, conduct risk assessments, monitoring and institutional evaluations of IFJ field projects and partners.
  • Develop and carry out evaluation strategies in order to strengthen the program over time.
  • Provide reports to the Regional Director as well as the IFJ Executive and Administrative Committees as well as project donors on progress and milestones.
  • Work with the Regional Director to lift the profile and grow the IFJ’s funding base, including developing existing and new relationships with funding agencies and donor organisations.
  • Research and write detailed grant applications and liaise with relevant stakeholders.


  • Degree/qualification in a relevant field and a minimum of 5 years’ hand-on experience in program and grant management coordination or/in a similar role.
  • Proven experience in project management: ability to meet deadlines, demonstrated effective time management and adaptability to meet the demands of multiple work streams or large collaborative projects.
  • Ability to work independently to solve problems and develop solutions, whilst also contributing as a team member to IFJ strategy regionally and globally.
  • Demonstrated competence in development, planning and budgeting of projects, as well as partner/funder/contractor liaison, implementation, evaluation, financial/narrative reporting and management of financial audits.
  • 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.
  • Experience in the research, writing and editing of grant proposals.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and spoken English skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective stakeholder relationships.

Due to the regional focus of this role you may be expected to travel regionally in the Asia-Pacific region (dependent on Covid-19 travel restrictions).

We offer:

A full-time contract position, with salary to be negotiated commensurate with experience (with possibility for extension)

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

IFJ Asia-Pacific provides excellent leave entitlements and other benefits including five weeks’ annual leave and 10.5 per cent superannuation. 


  • International relations experience, including a demonstrated portfolio in securing funding from donor agencies, ability to identify new funding opportunities and build relationships with a range of partner organisations.
  • Career experience in a member-based or non-profit service organisation
  • A track record in managing financial audits
  • A demonstrated 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.
  • Training skills, or the willingness to develop training skills, will be an advantage.
  • 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).

Applications should address the selection criteria and include a brief resume, including a list of successful grant applications you have secured in previous employment including name of funder, amount secured and program focus.

Applications should be sent in writing via email with the subject heading “IFJ Project Manager application” to:

Asia-Pacific Regional Office

International Federation of Journalists


Please Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

China Monitoring and Advocacy Coordinator

Salary: Competitive salary based on experience

Job type: Part-time contract to March 31, 2021

Workplace: Based out of Taiwan, remote working 

Start date: Immediate

Application deadline: Until filled

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.


The IFJ’s China media freedom projects have provided a key ongoing monitoring and advocacy voice for journalists and media workers in China as well as Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan since 2008. The IFJ is looking for a part-time coordinator, fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin, to undertake the IFJ’s China and East Asia monitoring and advocacy through to March 2021.

Key qualities:

  • Strong journalism and/or international media/advocacy experience essential
  • Expertise/knowledge of current China and East Asia political and media landscape and key press freedom issues
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal in English and Chinese (traditional and simplified)
  • Strong digital security skills and secure communications practice
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail

Tasks and responsibilities:

Working under the direction of the Director of the IFJ Asia-Pacific, you will be responsible for all media monitoring, communications and media support activities related to the IFJ’s China project work in East Asia with a focus on Mainland China and Hong Kong including:

  • Issuing regular IFJ media alerts, statements, bulletins and mapping of media violations in China and Hong Kong and provide translations;
  • Monitoring of violations in the region to ensure up-to-date understanding of developing situations and issues;
  • Development of a network of monitoring activists in the region to build engagement on China media issues and ongoing weekly maintenance of IFJ’s China media alerts system;
  • Production of bi-monthly bulletins documenting press freedom violations and key issues for the region;
  • Conduct campaigns around specific issues or cases, including letter writing campaigns and lobbying where appropriate.
  • Liaise with IFJ and its affiliates in developing and building network engagement on China media issues globally;
  • Cultivate IFJ’s global stakeholder engagement in the development of a China media strategy;
  • Establish links with technical, digital security experts and other experts to support technical aspects and training:
  • Conduct risk assessments for activities to ensure that safety of stakeholders, journalists and activists;
  • Produce narrative reports on activities conducted, including fact-finding trips, conference, overseas missions, workshops etc as well as assistance in preparation of financial reports;
  • Maintain and augment IFJ press freedom network of journalists in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
  • Provide inputs for project development and strategic advice for future works;
  • Build relationship with press freedom organisations and advocacy groups to investigate possible campaigns and activities on which to collaborate.

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

We offer:

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

Internship in Communication and Campaigns Department

The internship is opened for a period of  2 to 4months 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
  • Knowledge or experience in journalism/ communication
  • 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

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