Two Scandinavian media development organisations, Fojo Media Institute (Fojo) and International Media Support (IMS) and are jointly embarking on a new phase of a four-year media development programme that aims to support the media reform in Ethiopia.

Fojo Media Institute is part of the Swedish Linnaeus University, with a mission to strengthen free, independent and professional journalism, in Sweden and globally. For more than 45 years of continuous operation, we have strengthened our partner organisations’ institutional capacity and trained more than 50 000 journalists from more than 100 countries. Jointly with our partners and individual journalists we have engaged in a wide range of issues related to journalism and democracy, such as media convergence, business management, investigative reporting, fact checking, access to information and managing threats and hate speech.

International Media Support (IMS) is a non-profit organisation working to support media in countries affected by armed conflict, human insecurity and political transition. Across four continents, IMS helps to strengthen professional journalism and ensure that media can operate in challenging circumstances.

Now, we are recruiting a Programme manager to head a new four yearlong development cooperation programme in Ethiopia on media regulation.


The programme, which is primarily funded by the governments of Sweden and Denmark addresses the challenges of the Ethiopian media sector within two focus areas:

  • Strengthening key actors to contribute to developing and implementing a legislative and institutional framework that supports a free and self-regulated media, ensuring public access to information and promoting an informed and engaged citizenry.
  • Strengthening media to become financially sustainable and to produce and disseminate public interest journalism, reflecting the full composition of society through a balanced presence of women and men, age groups and communities.

The programme will work in close cooperation with Ethiopian partners, building on and strengthening their resilience, sustainability, knowledge and expertise.

The position is a full-time position based in Addis Ababa jointly with local staff and supported by staff in Sweden and Denmark.

Job summary

The role of the Programme Manager is to implement and manage the media development programme in Myanmar.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Plan, implement, and report the project according to Fojo’s approach and methodology
  • Capacitate and mentor partners
  • Manage local staff
  • Monitor and evaluate the project, in collaboration with Fojo’s M&E advisor
  • Ensure budget control within the project
  • Recruit and manage external consultants
  • Be responsible for internal and external communication for the project
  • Represent Fojo and IMS in Ethiopia
  • Contribute to the overall development of Fojo Media Institute

Qualifications for the position, essential

  • University degree in journalism/media, or an equivalent non-academic education
  • Experience from managing projects within the field of development cooperation, preferably in Africa and in media development
  • Experience from institutional capacity building
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Experience from measuring results in the field of development cooperation
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Experience from financial management of large donor funding
  • Experience with and understanding of media and media development
  • Ability to work independently while following institutional guidelines and policies

Qualifications for the position, desirable

  • 5-10 years of experience from managing projects in the field
  • Demonstrated pedagogical skills and theoretical understanding in the field of education/training
  • An established and relevant network in the region
  • Experience from a newsroom

How to apply

Please note that this is not a junior position. Applications are invited from qualified and experienced candidates only.

The appointment of this position is conditioned upon approval of funding from donor.

Interested in the job? Apply latest 15 September.

Fojo and IMS are equal opportunities organisations and we encourage people of all backgrounds regardless of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, and religion or belief to apply.


More information

Want to know more? Contact Head of Policy and Media Development Lars Tallert or Fojo’s Director on

Fojo Media Institute
Fojo is an independent institution at the non-profit public Linnaeus University, one of Sweden’s biggest universities. In this capacity, Fojo stands free from commercial and political interests, free to make independent decisions on how to serve journalism, freedom of expression and democracy. Fojo works to promote free, independent and professional journalism around the world.