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Executive Assistant, London (Initially remote)

Internews Europe

Full time

Nov 5

This job is no longer accepting applications.

Location: London (initially remote)

Duration: Permanent

Commencing: December 2020

Line manager: Executive Support Officer

Department: Resources

Term & LOE: Full-time; 100%

Salary range: £26,134 – 27,270 plus benefits (Band A3 – A5)

About Internews

Internews is an international non-profit organisation whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard.

Internews provides communities the resources to produce local news and information with integrity and independence. With global expertise and reach, Internews trains both media professionals and citizen journalists, introduces innovative media solutions, increases coverage of vital issues and helps establish policies needed for open access to information.

Internews programmes create platforms for dialogue and enable informed debate, which bring about social and economic progress. Internews’ commitment to research and evaluation creates effective and sustainable programs, even in the most challenging environments.

Internews operates internationally, with administrative centres in California, Washington DC, and London, as well as regional hubs in Bangkok and Nairobi. Formed in 1982, Internews has worked in more than 90 countries, and currently has offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America.

About The Role

The Executive Assistant will be based in our London office, with time shared between general office management duties and support to the CEO and Senior Director of Finance & Resources. The role will rarely be the same from day to day and will therefore provide ample opportunity for the job holder to acquire new skills and on-going professional development.

Due to current circumstances the breakdown of duties may be more heavily skewed to Executive Support while the London office remains closed due to Covid-19 concerns.

Roles And Responsibilities

Executive Support (60%):

  • General Executive Assistance for the CEO & Senior Director of Finance & Resources: Diary management, travel planning/booking, expense reimbursements, support to/attendance at external meetings and general correspondence.
  • Formatting and proofing of written & financial reports.
  • Other corporate (ad-hoc) special projects as required.
  • Ad-hoc assistance for Board and Committee meetings where required.
  • Support the organisation of Internews events.
  • Managing speaking engagements for the CEO.

Office Management Duties (40%):

  • General administration as required: call handling, front door, post etc.
  • Support of facilities management: oversight of cleaning and maintenance contractors, management of office supplies and procurement.
  • Facilitating work from home set-ups and procurement.
  • Facilitating new starter set-up in collaboration with HR & IT.
  • Responsible for ensuring a clean, safe, tidy and professional office environment at all times.
  • Ensuring the office is health and safety compliant with collaboration with HR.

Person Specification

The applicant must demonstrate how they meet each of the requirements below through their application and at their interview.


  • A commitment to the highest standards and service in professional administration
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels, and build collaborative working relationships
  • Outstanding written communication skills
  • Ability to gain trust of senior colleagues through careful handling of confidential information, acting with the utmost discretion at all times
  • Ability to set priorities, handle multiple assignments and manage time effectively
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and demonstrate a calm, confident and flexible approach to work
  • Proficient in Microsoft and other common software application packages
  • Fluent spoken and written English


  • Prior experience in a similar role
  • Demonstrable experience dealing with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders at varying levels of seniority and public profile
  • Relevant higher academic qualification/s or equivalent professional experience
  • Working experience in other international development NGOs or similar organisations
  • Knowledge of international development, independent media and/or issues around the freedom of information
  • Additional international language skills, especially French, Spanish, Arabic or Russian

Recruitment Timeline

  • Closing date for applications: 04 November 2020

Candidates must submit a succinct covering letter of no more than 2-pages explaining how they satisfy the requirements of the person speciation in addition to a CV highlighting relevant experience. The successful candidate will also be asked to provide three professional referees, one of whom must be from their most recent employer.

The above noted job description is not intended to describe, in detail, all the tasks that may be assigned but rather to give the job holder a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of his/her position. As the nature of business demands change so, too, may the essential functions of this position .

This position will be located in the United Kingdom and therefore a successful applicant must obtain the Right to Work in the UK in order to commence their employment

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