Employment Opportunities at CPJ

Asia Program Coordinator
Europe and Central Asia Program Intern
Journalist Safety Specialist
Systems Administrator



Asia Program Coordinator

Reports to: Program Director
Location: New York preferred
Salary: Competitive salary based on experience

About CPJ

Founded in 1981, the Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, non-profit organization defending journalists worldwide without regard to their political ideology. Through its work to safeguard journalists, CPJ protects the rights of all people to have access to diverse and independent sources of information.

Background

The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking a program coordinator for its Asia program to oversee its work defending journalists and press freedom across the world’s most populous region.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in Asia, a deep knowledge of national and regional press freedom issues, experience as an advocate, and the ability to report breaking news and to produce in-depth special reports. This is a post requiring a passionate and proven commitment to improving press freedom conditions in a region where conditions for journalists and freedom of expression vary immensely. Fluency in spoken and written English is essential; knowledge of an Asian language would be an asset.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Report on press freedom and attacks on journalists in the region.
  • Advocate for the release of jailed journalists and for an end to impunity in the murder of journalists.
  • Oversee the production of daily and long-form reports on press freedom conditions.
  • Serve as a CPJ spokesperson with the media, governments, partner organizations, and civil society.
  • Anticipate and respond to news and events affecting press freedom and journalists to ensure that these issues are brought to a broad international audience.
  • Devise and support advocacy efforts and campaigns, and articulate them with the CPJ’s broad organizational goals.
  • Assist distressed journalists within the framework of CPJ’s Journalist Assistance Program.
  • Manage a full-time staff researcher, a representative in Southeast Asia and a correspondent for Northeast Asia.
  • Plan and manage the program’s budget.

Qualifications & Experience

Education:

  • Graduate degree or equivalent qualification.

Experience:

  • A minimum of five years of experience in media or advocacy work in press freedom issues relating to Asia, preferably not linked to one country.
  • An understanding of journalist safety and online security issues in the context of the region.
  • A firm understanding of geopolitical issues with the ability to analyze and relate these to press freedom as needed.
  • Proven skills in writing succinct and high quality reports including the capacity to digest, interpret and accurately summarize reports and data.
  • Ability to manage a small team of reporters and researchers in Asia and the east and west coasts of the United States.

To apply

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, writing samples, a two-page essay on your personal commitment to press freedom, and references to [email protected].

Deadline for applications: April 11, 2016



Europe and Central Asia Program Intern

CPJ is hiring an Intern to assist with research, logistical, and administrative support for the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) program. The Intern will have the opportunity to gain experience in program administration, background research and writing about press freedom in the ECA region. This position reports to the ECA Program Staff and will be based in New York. The position comes with a small stipend over 3 months.

Primary Tasks:

  • Providing background research in English and Russian, doing interviews in English and Russian, editing/writing, working with databases, and other support as needed for the ECA program.
  • Effectively using social media, including in Russian, to disseminate the ECA program's work
  • Communicating via Skype, email and phone with CPJ staff, consultants and partners.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, or related field, including international affairs or European/Slavic studies. Current college or graduate students are also eligible.
  • Fluency in English and Russian is required. Ability to communicate in another regional language is a plus.
  • Fluency in social media is strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with program team.
  • ECA regional research experience strongly preferred.

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, two short writing samples, and references to [email protected]. Please include "ECA Intern" in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. without any restrictions need apply.



Journalist Safety Specialist

Reports to:    Emergencies Program Coordinator
Location:    Negotiable
Salary:        Competitive salary based on experience

About CPJ

Founded in 1981, the Committee to Protect Journalists is a New York-based, independent, non-profit organization defending journalists worldwide without regard to their political ideology. Through its work to safeguard journalists, CPJ protects the rights of all people to have access to diverse and independent sources of information.

Background

The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking a Journalist Safety Specialist to enable the organization to respond to the growing dangers facing independent journalists.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience as a journalist and demonstrated ability to work in conflict zones and dangerous environments. This is a new, full-time post and a key element of CPJ’s revamped Emergencies Program which provides material support and information to journalists at risk around the world. The position requires a passionate and proven commitment to defending journalists and the ability to gather and communicate security information quickly and clearly. Fluency in spoken and written English is essential. Knowledge of another language is an asset.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Gather information on security threats, working with journalists, media companies, private security firms, aid agencies, NGOs and security services
  • Deploy to the field when necessary to serve as a resource and advocate for journalists reporting in hostile environments
  • Coordinate CPJ's response to crises such as the disappearance or kidnapping of journalists; act as a reference point with CPJ for relatives, colleagues, and employers of such journalists
  • Build CPJ knowledge of physical and digital security issues, including through training and workshops
  • Write on security for CPJ and outside publications; speak publicly on security issues
  • Work with CPJ's Staff Technologist to improve digital and information security awareness among journalists
  • Work with CPJ staff to improve staff physical security
  • Help formulate CPJ security policy; spread best practices across the media industry to improve journalist safety
  • Work closely with CPJ's regional programs and advise on security for staff missions
  • Update and promote CPJ's Journalist Security Guide
  • Promote wider adoption and effective implementation of the Freelance Journalist Safety Principles with local journalist groups, journalism schools, and media companies.


Qualifications & Experience


Education:

Graduate degree or equivalent qualification


Experience:

  • A minimum of five years experience in journalism
  • Proven ability to work in a dangerous environment and conflict zone
  • Completion of an industry standard HEFAT course
  • Knowledge of digital and information security best practice
  • A clear understanding of the needs and challenges of local and international journalists
  • Skills in writing succinct and high quality reports and updates on security threats and risk mitigation strategies; ability to deliver effective security training
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to conduct interviews with witnesses and victims of trauma
  • Ability to work in diverse cultural environments
  • Demonstrated capacity to work in a high-stress environment, and simultaneously manage multiple responsibilities

To apply

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, writing samples and references to [email protected]  

Deadline for applications: Open until filled

 



Systems Administrator

The Committee to Protect Journalists is seeking to contract with a security-focused Systems Administrator to maintain CPJ's website & associated infrastructure on a long-term basis. This is a freelance opportunity.

Security-conscious Ubuntu or Debian administrators are preferred. We expect the monthly workload to be 5-15 hours, though occasional projects may require more time in some months. It is possible that the scope of this work will expand as CPJ builds out additional infrastructure.

In general, work can be done during business hours, though anything involving a risk of downtime needs to be scheduled after business hours. CPJ operates primarily in the US-Eastern time zone. All the infrastructure is virtual and work will be done remotely. In the event of an urgent security or availability issue, fast responses will be needed after hours.

Initial responsibilities

  • Maintain a virtual server hosted on Amazon Web Services
  • Manage a medium-sized website running Apache & Movable Type
  • Monitor system performance and plan for future capacity and scaling
  • Deploy site improvements together with CPJ's contract web developer
  • Ensure that the site has a best-in-class HTTPS configuration
  • Constantly harden all aspects of the server configuration
  • Alert CPJ staff about critical security vulnerabilities, recommend/implement action
  • Manage test & staging environments as needed
  • Ensure that all materials are safely backed up
  • Ensure that the site is secure against defacement & denial-of-service
  • Implement forward-looking security, integrity, and privacy technologies
  • Monitor system to detect possible intrusions & intrusion attempts
  • Explain related technical issues to CPJ staff

Required core skills

  • Expert knowledge of Linux system administration
  • System, network, and operational hardening
  • Ubuntu or Debian and their various norms & foibles
  • Server virtualization
  • Performance & security monitoring tools & best-practices
  • Essential scripting & automation
  • Clear written & verbal communication skills

Additional familiarity

Candidates should either already be familiar with these tools/platforms or be willing to rapidly teach themselves the ins and outs of these systems.

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Best-in-class HTTPS implementations
  • Cloudflare DDoS-protection tools
  • Apache-management, especially scaling & hardening

Nice-to-have

  • Movable Type
  • MySQL
  • Experience working with journalists or publishers
  • Git
  • Track record of contribution to free-software projects

Preferred experience

This experience should represent a substantial fraction of your effort, but may be professional or volunteer.

  • 5 years experience as a Linux sysadmin or devops experience
  • 2 years experience managing Ubuntu or Debian systems
  • 2 years experience managing systems to host websites

How to Apply

CPJ seeks only the most qualified person or firm for this work and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, creed, sex, gender, orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.

Please submit a brief cover letter and resume to [email protected], with "Systems Administrator" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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