The IWMF seeks qualified experts to review applications for our portfolio of programs. We receive thousands of applications each year for our unique funding opportunities for women reporters around the world; in 2017 we plan to award more than $300,000 in small grants in addition to fellowships in East Africa and Latin America.

You can support the IWMF’s mission by volunteering to help us select potential fellows and grantees with just a few hours each month. All you need is an Internet connection and a passion for supporting the next generation of media leaders. 

Ideal reviewers are journalists, academics, and/or professionals with an interest in supporting gender equity in the news media. Reviewers will be responsible for evaluating applications based on set guidelines and will review batches of approximately 30 applications per cycle on a rolling basis throughout the year. We are seeking reviewers for the IWMF’s programs including the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the Reporting Grants for Women's Stories, the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative and the Latin America Reporting Initiative, Adelante.    

As part of the IWMF African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, six women journalists will participate in an international reporting Fellowship in Tanzania August 6 - 19, 2017. Reporting Fellows will begin their trip in Nairobi, Kenya, where they will complete hostile environments and first aid training and an orientation August 6 - 9. They then depart for eight days of reporting on the theme of civic engagement based in Zanzibar, Tanzania, where they will have the opportunity to network with other journalists, report independently and collaboratively with their peers, and gain access to a variety of sources and sites related to their reporting.

The IWMF arranges travel and in-country logistics for all Fellows. The IWMF also covers Fellowship-related costs within the framework of the reporting trip including travel, visa fees, lodging, meals and fixers/interpreters, unless a selected journalist’s news organization wishes to assume these costs. Fellows living outside the U.S. are responsible for procuring all necessary visas, for which they will be reimbursed at the conclusion of the fellowship. 

Please note that the trip to Tanzania will be based in Zanzibar. Story pitches must be reported from this location, hewing to the trip theme of civic engagement. The feasibility of day trips outside Zanzibar will be determined by IWMF assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Eligibility Criteria
 
Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Affiliated or freelance women journalists with three (3) or more years of professional experience working full-time in news media. Please note that internships do not count toward professional experience.
  • Women journalists of all nationalities are welcome to apply.
  • Non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program.
  • Applicants must be able to show proof of interest from an editor or have a proven track record of publication in prominent media outlets.
Accepting Applications:

April 19 - May 19, 2017 

See a complete sample application here

The IWMF’s Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories, sponsored by The Secular Society, is a funding initiative supporting journalism produced by and about women. In an era of increased globalization, the need for varied coverage of gendered topics is critical to a free and representative press. These grants will be a catalyst for reporting on untold stories surrounding issues that impact women and girls’ daily lives worldwide.

These grants provide opportunities for women journalists to pursue international stories of importance through gender-sensitive coverage of underreported topics. 

  • Grants will average $5,000 USD.
  • Grants will be awarded to cover reporting-related costs including travel (flights, ground transportation, drivers), logistics, visa fees, and payment for fixers/translators. 
  • All applications must be filled out online via the IWMF’s online application system. 

The IWMF will accept applications twice per year. Please keep this is mind when creating proposed project timelines.

Applicants may apply for concurrently for Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories and the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists.

Eligibility

  • Women journalists from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.
  • Professional Journalism must be the applicant’s primary profession.
  • Applicants must have three or more years of professional journalism experience.
  • All answers and documents must be in English. Due to the high volume of applications we cannot answer questions by phone. Please review the application guide and frequently asked questions on our website prior to beginning this application. 

Letters of support or recommendation will not be accepted with the initial submission.

Eligibility
  • Women journalists from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply.
  • Professional Journalism must be the applicant’s primary profession.
  • Applicants must have three or more years of professional journalism experience.
  • All answers and documents must be in English. Due to the high volume of applications we cannot answer questions by phone. Please review the application guide and frequently asked questions on our website prior to beginning this application. 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S MEDIA FOUNDATION (IWMF)

Position Description: Program Officer

 

The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF), a Washington D.C.-based not-for-profit organization is hiring a program officer.

Since 1990, the IWMF has worked to unleash the potential of women journalists as champions of press freedom to transform the global news media. We seek to ensure that women journalists worldwide are fully supported, protected, recognized and rewarded for their vital contributions at all levels of the news media. Through our programs and grants, we empower women journalists with the training, opportunities, and support to become leaders in the news industry.

The program officer will support a wide range of IWMF initiatives as a member of the programs team. The team is responsible for coordinating the organization’s portfolio of initiatives that promote the IWMF’s mission through direct support to women journalists. They include: The African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, Adelante Latin America Reporting Initiative, Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories, the Emergency Fund for Journalists in Crisis, the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship, and the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists. In addition, the programs team manages fellows and grantees and works to engage IWMF alumni in the organization’s efforts. Reporting to the senior program officer, the program officer will be primarily responsible for coordinating the IWMF’s grant making initiatives and programmatic selection processes for the IWMF’s grants and awards including the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories Initiative sponsored by The Secular Society, and the Emergency Fund for Journalists in Crisis. The IWMF’s Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists is broad in scope and supports a variety of projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives. The Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories Initiative supports reporting projects specifically focused on issues that affect women and girls. The IWMF’s Emergency Fund for Journalists in Crisis Small provides small grants for journalists in distress.

Education: Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in a related field (e.g. media development, international relations, public affairs, etc.)

Experience: three (3) to five (5) years of progressively responsible work experience in program coordination, program support and management, journalism, grant making, or international development is preferred.

 

Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal communications and relationship-building skills, to effectively work with a variety of people and personalities including journalists, grantees, reporting fellows, board members, volunteers, peers, foundation constituents, donors and consultants.
  • Self-starter with superb organizational skills.
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize.
  • Sense of humor required.
  • Driven to perform at the highest level.
  • Commitment to continual improvement.
  • Prior grants coordination experience desired.
  • Knowledge and experience in program coordination or people management.
  • Passion for international affairs/journalism and understanding of global media landscape.
  • Motivation to learn and work in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Desire and ability to think critically and solve problems effectively.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Mission first attitude.
  • Foreign language skills in French or Spanish preferred.

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Responsibilities

Reporting to the Senior Program Officer, the program officer will be responsible for the daily management of the Fund for Women Journalists and Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories initiatives. (S)he will also provide backstopping and logistics support to the IWMF’s African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative and Adelante Latin America Reporting Initiative. Additionally, (s)he will work to enhance IWMF’s outreach efforts with the journalism community through the Volunteer Reader program, help organize public forums on behalf of the IWMF including programs-related events, and coordinate efforts to engage the IWMF alumni network. A description of responsibilities follows:

 

  • Daily coordination of the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists and Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories initiatives, in coordination with the Senior Program Officer. Tasks may include:
    • Coordinating quarterly application rounds
    • Liaising with the communications staff around application opening and closing
    • Responding to inquiries and requests
    • Drafting social media outreach in coordination with the communications staff
    • Monitoring grantee reports and project timelines
    • Coordinating staff review of applications as needed
    • Developing application guidelines and sample applications as a resource for potential applicants
    • Tracking applicant diversity and statistics
    • Preparing visuals and grantee testimonials for annual reports
    • Gathering and organizing program related data and assisting in monitoring and evaluation of programs
    • Organizing selection committee correspondence
    • Systematizing application processes in coordination with programs staff
    • Ensuring that website content for the IWMF’s grant making initiatives is up to date
    • Engagement with grantees and IWMF network to grow organization’s reach and impact
  • Coordinate and grow the IWMF Volunteer Reader Program. Tasks may include:
    • Liaising with IWMF staff members to coordinate outreach for potential volunteer readers
    • Review volunteer reader applications in coordination with the Senior Program Officer
    • Onboard and manage volunteer readers for the IWMF’s portfolio of programs including: African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, Adelante Latin America Reporting Initiative, Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, Reporting Grants for Women’s Stories Initiative
    • Grow the volunteer reader program in size and scope to include IWMF alumni, working journalists, and editors, with the goal of better supporting IWMF program staff
  • Organize reporting trip logistics for the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative and the Adelante Latin America Reporting Initiative in coordination with the respective Program Managers. Tasks may include:
    • Coordinating travel arrangements and logistics for international reporting trips
    • Conducting outreach to program applicants, participants, and alumni
    • Assisting with day-to-day tasks related to program implementation
    • Assisting in administrative and operational tasks as needed
  • Support other IWMF programs including but not limited to: local programming for the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, panel events and discussions, outreach to the IWMF alumni community, Adelante initiative, reporting trips, IWMF Emergency Fund, and other duties as assigned.

The program officer’s success will be measured based on organizational outcomes, support of IWMF cultural values, goals met, and the extent to which they contribute to IWMF’s overall success.