Deputy Regional Manager

International MENA,



Position Title: 

Deputy Regional Manager 


SAFE Initiative 


Global Programs Group, Information and Media Practice 

Reports to: 

Regional Manager 

Position location: 



Brief Description: The Deputy Regional Manager will join a dynamic team working in the MENA region to support regionally contextualized trainings for journalists and other media practitioners. Working with the Regional Manager, this position also supports regional monitoring for safety and security and assistance for at-risk individuals. 
In addition to the above skills, the ideal candidate has excellent cross-cultural communication skills, English proficiency and familiarity with the regional media environment. 



About IREX: 


IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development. 

The SAFE Initiative seeks to enable journalists working in difficult environments to continue to do so as safely and securely as possible. 


Summary of Position: 

The Deputy Regional Manager, under the supervision of the Regional Manager, will provide team leadership and onboarding for trainers of regionally contextualized safety trainings for journalists in the MENA region. The Deputy Regional Manager will also be responsible for managing assistance to individuals at risk and maintaining safety and security protocols.   


Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following: 


  • Under the direction of the Regional Manager, support programmatic and administrative operations with the MENAteam; 
  • Monitor operational environment and provide guidance for Standard Operating Procedures, including safety and security, finance and administration; 
  • Lead management of individual risk mitigation assistance; 
  • Provide guidance for implementation of the training program, ensuring all objectives are met; 
  • Assist Regional Manager to identify individuals and media managers for training and coordinate the delivery of workshops and advising, as well as vetting procedures; 
  • Support Regional Manager to maintain and grow a Regional Security Advisory Network, which will identify journalists and media outlets in need of security training, help to assist journalists who come under threat, create channels to government where possible and contribute to linking the program with regional and international media freedom groups, human rights defenders and multilateral organizations; 
  • In coordination with the Regional Manager, M&E Manager and training team, support ongoing monitoring and evaluation of trainings and materials to address any deficiencies and identify trainings to be added to the regionally tailored curriculum in physical security, digital safety and emotional self-care; 
  • Supervise training team and lead onboarding of new trainers; 
  • Other duties as assigned. 




  • University degree preferred; 
  • Experience leading a small team and supporting staff professional development; 
  • 3+ years’ experience conducting trainings, preferably experience training individuals in emergency protocols, risk management, digital security, or psychosocial care; 
  • Experience training other trainers; 
  • Substantial experience working in high-risk environments or emergency situations; 
  • Experience working with media professionals strongly preferred; 
  • Experience developing risk assessments, management and mitigation plans for organizations and individuals; 
  • Must be open to learning and adapting training material for a holistic approach combining physical safety, digital security, psychosocial self-care and risk management as well as piloting new adult learning techniques; 
  • Familiarity with media environment in the Middle East and North Africa; 
  • Demonstrated computer skills, including Microsoft Office; 
  • Excellent cross-cultural communication skills; 
  • Ability to communicate professionally and provide written reporting in English and Arabic; 

IREX conducts anti- terrorism database clearances on candidates who accept employment offers.  

IREX is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and inclusive hiring practice. IREX is an equal opportunity employer. 

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