World Association of News Publishers

Freelancer Position: Capacity Building Manager (Leadership Accelerator Programme), 12 months limited contract

Freelancer Position: Capacity Building Manager (Leadership Accelerator Programme), 12 months limited contract

Starting date: 
Sat, 2020-02-01

Different Locations possible

WAN-IFRA is the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers, representing more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. WAN-IFRA is unique in its position as a global industry association with a human rights mandate to defend and promote media freedom, and the economic independence of news media as an essential condition of that freedom.

Women in News (WIN), an initiative by WAN-IFRA, is seeking a Manager, Capacity Building, for WIN Africa. This individual will work closely with the WIN Africa Director and other members of the WIN Leadership team to implement and grow WIN’s signature capacity building initiative, the Leadership Accelerator, which is offered to women journalists and editors from 8 different countries throughout Sub-Saharan Africa on an annual basis.  Applicants should ideally be located in one of the following countries where WIN is active: Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Women in News aims to increase women’s leadership and voices in the news. It does so by equipping women journalists and editors with the skills, strategies and support networks they need to take on greater leadership positions and editorial influence within the industry. In parallel, WIN partners with media organisations to identify industry-led solutions to close the gap between men and women in their newsrooms, boardrooms and in the content they produce. WIN is currently working with more than 90 media from 15 countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa, MENA and South East Asia. 


WIN is structured under four distinct, yet mutually supporting initiatives:


WIN Leadership Accelerator is an intensive, 9-month long career and leadership programme for journalists and editors. The programme accepts 100 applicants, annually.  The Accelerator delivers targeted training in media management and practical newsroom skills, alongside intensive one-on-one coaching, mentoring and networking. 


WIN Future Leaders is designed to give aspiring journalists a head start in the media industry. Core activities of this progamme include career coaching, mentoring and networking, all delivered to journalism students by WIN Accelerator Alumnae. 


WIN Advisory delivers bespoke, in-house training and coaching on diversity and inclusion as well as media management topics to help media partners change their organisational cultures and improve operational performance. 


WIN Insights, the research and advocacy arm of WIN, aims to mobilize local advocacy and generate a global dialogue on gender equality and social impact issues through inclusive research, innovative tools, and lobbying and awareness raising. 


WIN is made possible through support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Manager, Capacity Building for WIN Africa will implement, protect and grow WIN’s signature capacity building initiative, the Leadership Accelerator, designed for women journalists and editors from 8 different countries throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. 


This position has 4 direct reports (country leads) for the Sida related programme. This person has 1 direct report (transitional) as part of the NMFA programme.  


In specific they will: 

  • Oversee enrollment to Online Media Management and manage module by module progression alerting country leads of issues, reviews, upcoming webinars etc. 
  • Manage the relationship with online media management partner, ensuring appropriate responsiveness, feedback and overall communication and issuing of certificates to National Leads upon course completion
  • Manage end-to-end the WIN Accelerator Bootcamp, a 4-5 day leadership development workshop series,  working closely with WIN Leadership team on curriculum, trainer outreach and engagement, and having ownership of all logistics including venue procurement and hire, travel for all delegates, visas, local transport, budget management and expense reconciliation.
  • Manage all components of the Accelerator activity calendar, coordinating with the Africa comms manager as well as country leads to ensure publicity of events and post-event coverage
  • Manage Procurement & Finance for Accelerator-related activities (with coordinator supporting administrative functions)
  • Oversee coaching process liaising with country leads to ensure coaching is progressing according to deadlines and standards, handling all engagement and orientation for new coaches as needed.
  • Provide support to director and other members of the WIN management team on all quarterly, annual and ad hoc reporting, with ownership of all reporting tables, calendars and other project management tools relating to the WIN Accelerator programme.



  • Energy, initiative, intellect, flexibility and a team player. Professional demeanor, and ability to work collaboratively and respectfully as a key member of a regionally and culturally diverse team;
  • Strong management experience with multi-country gender, media development or press freedom advocacy programmes throughout sub-Saharan Africa with established networks with leaders in the media and gender/diversity CSO space in a minimum of 3-5 markets WIN Africa is active in;
  • Superior organisational skills demonstrated through organization of events involving sub-Saharan Africa participants which included, travel, visas, accommodation and other logistics;
  • Strong self-management skills and the ability to motivate when working remotely and/or independently with long-lead deadlines;
  • Solid training experience and familiarity with curriculum and module development as well as delivery of actual training and evaluation;
  • Exceptional project management skills and good experience working with reporting and monitoring and evaluation tools as part of ongoing  project monitoring and reporting.  
  • Direct experience as a media practitioner at a senior level, career coach, or project manager within large-scale gender and media freedom programmes an asset.
  • Confident numeracy, written & IT skills, excellent interpersonal skills, analytical reasoning.


Women in News and WAN-IFRA are committed to diversity and inclusion and creating an environment which embraces collaboration and equality. Women, non-binary, LGBTQI+, disabled and visible minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply, as these groups are underrepresented throughout the media industry.


Interested applicants should send their CVs to by Friday 24 January 2020.


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