Chief of Party, USAID/Sri Lanka Media Empowerment Program

International Colombo, Sri Lanka



IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of over $90 million, offices in 20 countries, and a global staff of 400. We work in more than 100 countries worldwide. 


The Chief of Party (COP) will lead the Media Empowerment for a Democratic Sri Lanka (MEND) project. IREX, with support from USAID, is implementing MEND to improve citizen access to balanced and reliable news and information and to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to strengthen media freedom and democratic governance. The COP will have overall responsibility for meeting program objectives and will provide technical expertise in media sector strengthening and management and administrative oversight for the program and will supervise and mentor assigned staff for program implementation and fosters their professional development. The Chief of Party may be requested to make contributions to IREX new business initiatives. The COP will also have frequent and direct communications with USAID as well as with other partners and stakeholders. Travel within the country of assignment may be frequent; some international travel may also be necessary.


  • Oversee IREX’s office and operations within Sri Lanka
  • Serve as IREX’s Country Representative ensuring IREX compliance with local laws
  • Provide strategic and technical leadership, with responsibility to ensure all program objectives are met
  • Supervise, manage and mentor project staff
  • Develop and maintain effective partnerships with Sri Lankan media organizations
  • Coordinate with local, regional and international organizations active in the media and civil society sectors
  • Develop, implement, and manage activities to support and strengthen the media sector
  • Ensure effective mobilization of stakeholders, partners, and consultants
  • Coordinate with DC office and HQ program team
  • Serve as primary liaison with donor
  • Represent the project and IREX publicly at conferences, meetings, and events, and support its organizational development
  • Ensure project is in compliance with IREX policies and procedures; ensure project procurement policies are implemented in accordance with any Source/Origin/Nationality restrictions and IREX and project policies for procurement
  • Oversee day-to-day financial operations of the project and ensure budget discipline and compliance; Prepare yearly program budgets in coordination with DC program staff; track and monitor project spending rates; communicate with DC program staff regarding budget adjustments
  • Oversee monitoring, evaluation and reporting on program activities
  • Other duties as required


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum 10 years of progressive international experience working in journalism, media sector strengthening and reform, civic engagement, or related fields.
  • Successful track record of supervising, designing, managing, and implementing complex donor-funded technical assistance projects (with strong preference for past USAID-funded media development project management experience)
  • Ability to establish strong working relationships with senior government officials; media, civic, and private sector leaders; international donors; and other stakeholders
  • Proven leadership qualities and excellent management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to track and manage budgets and plan both strategically and creatively to meet project objectives
  • Experience convening diverse stakeholders to address legal and regulatory media reforms and/or other issues affecting the media sector
  • Experience working with private and public sector partners to leverage additional sources of funding to meet project objectives preferred
  • Strong understanding of the political, economic, and media landscape in Sri Lanka preferred, as well as of the current issues facing the media sector
  • Ability to provide written reporting in English for the project
  • Strong representational and organizational skills
  • Professional level proficiency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of local languages in Sri Lanka beneficial.


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