(Important: Second publication. Therefore potential candidates will be contacted directly)

Radio Dabanga produces independent news to make sure that everyone in Sudan, wherever they are in the country, is aware of vital information. This includes news on political developments, human rights abuses, outbreaks of disease, and gender-based violence. Radio Dabanga believes that representation of these issues in the media can help foster information exchange, understanding, and eventually peace in Sudan.

The radio station was created as an independent news source, originally reporting on the conflict in the Darfur region. Ten years after its birth, Dabanga’s unique position and vast in-country network allows the journalists to remotely gather and publish news about every corner of Sudan.

Radio programmes are broadcast via shortwave and satellite TV in Arabic to Sudan to 3.3 million daily listeners. News articles are written in Arabic and English, published daily on Radio Dabanga’s website, Facebook, Twitter, and in over 100 WhatsApp groups. Over the past 10 years, Radio Dabanga has been supported operationally by Free Press Unlimited.

We are currently looking for a Programme Coordinator for Radio Dabanga (maternity leave cover)

32-38 hours from April 2020 to September 2020.

You will be responsible for grants and project management, and be involved in organisational development as part of Dabanga’s transition to an independent organisation. The position is based in the office in Amsterdam.

Main tasks & responsibilities:

  • Design project proposals that meet Dabanga’s institutional as well as donor demands (including the financial, personnel and logistics interpretation), where necessary according to the prescribed guidelines of donors involved;
  • Design, in consultation with clients and partner organisations if necessary, the content of project activities, assess potential participants and bear responsibility for the development of appropriate educational materials;
  • Plan, monitor and coordinate the implementation of projects. Steer external parties and check the work delivered according to the proposals;
  • Steer on the basis of the budget and addresses project staff about reporting on the depletion of the budget (both financial and in hours);
  • Prepare the narrative and financial project reports for the benefit of donors, and take care of the necessary (internal and external) information/documentation as well as regular communication with donors;
  • Convince external parties to accept fully fledged proposals and programmes (acquisition);
  • Signal new developments, opportunities and threats and advise management with regard to the strategy and policy to be followed;
  • Display within the established policy framework operational leadership to internal and external staff involved; supervise the Project Officer(s), interns, volunteers and freelancers, where applicable
  • Supervise focused progress of the work and compliance with guidelines, procedures and standards. Guard and safeguard the quality of the work;
  • Signal bottle necks in work processes. Deliver input for more efficient work processes and methods.

Your profile:

  • University of Applied Sciences/University level of working and thinking;
  • At least 5 years’ experience in journalism, media and/or capacity building;
  • Experience working in an international environment;
  • Proven knowledge of project and grant management and relevant accepted methodologies; Experience in EU and/or US grant management is highly desirable;
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written in English. Proficiency in Arabic and Dutch is a plus.
  • Affinity with journalism and press freedom is a must;
  • Good communications skills and quality oriented;
  • High level of integrity and accountability;
  • A real teamplayer

What we offer

A temporary position in a dynamic, international environment based in Amsterdam. 25 paid holiday days a year (on a full-time basis), 8% holiday allowance and a pension plan.

Free Press Unlimited uses fair selection criteria based on equal opportunities.


Please upload your English motivation letter and CV as soon as possible to Tamara Lunacek via the following application button.


This is a second publication of the vacancy. To speed up the procedure, we do not have a closing date. We will contact potential candidates directly.

For questions about the position you can contact Nigel Ballard, Managing Director Radio Dabanga at nigel@dabangasudan.org.

Non-EU candidates need to have a valid work permit to be considered for this role.

An assessment and screening can be part of the selection process.