Media Development Investment Fund

Job Description

Program Manager – Nigeria

MDIF is seeking to appoint a full-time Program Manager – Nigeria to lead a new media innovation initiative aimed at strengthening the sustainability of Nigerian media organizations. We are seeking a highly competent and organized media professional in a full-time contract position for the duration of the program (end date 31 December, 2024). The successful applicant will be based in Nigeria, either Lagos or Abuja. S/he will ideally be able to start immediately, at the latest by 1 May, 2022. The Program Manager will report to MDIF’s Program Director for Africa & MENA.


  • Leading the process of identifying media organizations to participate in program activities
  • Recruiting and managing a staff of 3 people – 2 x program officers, 1 x program administrator – and coordinating closely with MDIF staff working on the program internationally
  • Ensuring the effective implementation of all the program’s media development activities
  • Managing and monitoring the development and execution of project deliverables, leading project planning, budgeting, action planning processes, and ensuring compliance with all partner contractual requirements and MDIF policies and procedures
  • Establishing sound professional relationships with, and acting as the primary contact point for, media partners, coaches, and technical advisors
  • Preparing narrative and financial reports on a regular basis for the donor and preparing annual activity-based plans, also producing regular internal program updates
  • Trouble shooting program problems, identifying best practices and lessons learned, and analysing Monitoring & Evaluation data
  • Developing systems to ensure the effective gathering, storage, analysis, and confidentiality, of program related data
  • Monitoring and advising MDIF on political, economic and social developments as they impact the media sector


  • Degree in Media, Journalism or similar
  • Fluent in English, knowledge of other languages is recommended. Proven experience in media, journalism, media management or media support fields
  • Deep understanding of the media environment in Nigeria
  • Existing contacts with key players and up-and-coming talent is an advantage
  • Outstanding communication, organization and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage coaches, external consultants and experts
  • Passion for press freedom

About MDIF

MDIF is a not-for-profit impact investment fund specializing in the media sector, principally in news businesses. We work in countries where the press is not free.

Since 1995 MDIF has invested $255m in 131 independent media businesses in 44 countries, typically where the independence of journalism cannot be guaranteed and access to information is under threat. Our financing helps independent media companies to fulfil their commercial potential while safeguarding their editorial independence. We work with a range of businesses from early-stage ventures to established players seeking to expand audience or diversify revenues, often with companies that lack access to investment capital and always with companies committed to the highest standards of independent, quality journalism. In addition to our regular investment activities, we operate a number of country/regional programs targeting support at building the management capacity and/or innovation of independent media in locations such as South Africa, Ethiopia and Myanmar. Central to all our work is a conviction that working closely with media over the long term, supporting media to build self-sufficient businesses which can thrive independently, produces the best results for MDIF and its media partners.

MDIF is an equal opportunity employer.

Apply by March 14

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