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Job Opening: Africa Program Coordinator for Committee to Protect Journalists (New York)

Deadline: 13 August 2012

The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking a program coordinator for its Africa program to oversee its work defending journalists and press freedom in sub-Saharan Africa.

Reports to: Deputy Director

Location: New York, USA

Salary: Competitive salary based on experience

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in Africa, a deep knowledge of regional press freedom issues, experience as an advocate, and the ability to report breaking news and to produce in-depth special reports. This is a post requiring a passionate and proven commitment to improving press freedom conditions in a region where freedom of expression is constantly under threat. Fluency in spoken and written English is essential; knowledge of French would be an asset.


  • Report on press freedom and attacks on journalists in the region.
  • Advocate for the release of jailed journalists and for an end to impunity in the murder of journalists.
  • Oversee the production of daily and long-form reports on press freedom conditions.
  • Serve as a CPJ spokesperson with the media, governments, partner organizations, and civil society.
  • Manage a full-time researcher in New York and 3 representatives based in the region.
  • Anticipate and respond to news and events affecting press freedom and journalists to ensure that these issues are brought to a broad international audience.
  • Devise and support advocacy efforts and campaigns, and articulate them with the CPJ's broad organizational goals.
  • Assist distressed journalists within the framework of CPJ's Journalist Assistance Program.

EDUCATION: Graduate degree or equivalent qualification.


  • A minimum of five years of experience in media or advocacy work in press freedom issues connected with Africa including those around online censorship.
  • Understanding of press freedom issues in the context of Africa
  • A firm understanding of geopolitical issues with the ability to analyze and relate these to press freedom as needed.
  • Proven skills in writing succinct and high quality reports including the capacity to digest, interpret and accurately summarize reports and data.

This is a New York-based position which will require travel to Africa several times a year.


Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, writing samples, a two-page essay on your personal commitment to press freedom, and references to jobs@cpj.org

Deadline for applications: Monday August 13, 2012


For queries/ submissions: jobs@cpj.org

Website: http://www.cpj.org

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