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Vacancy Announcement

Aug 17, 2023

Programme Manager, GPU

The Gambia Press Union (GPU) invites suitably qualified candidates to apply for the vacant position of Programme Manager.

Background of GPU:

The GPU is the umbrella body for Gambian journalists, registered with the Attorney General’s Office in 1979.  The Union’s mission is to promote press freedom, freedom of expression and media professionalism as well as promote and protect the welfare and safety of media practitioners.

Key Responsibilities:

The Programme Manager is responsible for leading the conceptualisation, design and implementation of projects and programmes in furtherance of the mandate, mission and vision of GPU.

Other key duties include:

  • Responsible for the day-to-day operation of the programme department,
  • Work with the Secretary General of the GPU to fulfil the Union’s mandates and mission,
  • Work closely with the Secretary General in policy formulation, resource mobilisation and key decisions and undertakings of the Union,
  • Work with the Secretary General in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Union’s programmatic, financial and institutional plans
  • Together with the Secretary, lead the resource mobilisation efforts of the Union,
  • Initiate and maintain high level contacts or relations with local and international media organisations and human rights bodies or institutions
  • Enhance communication between the GPU and its partners, donor community and other stakeholders
  • Ensure transparent, effective and efficient management of the Union’s funds, particularly project funds
  • Other duties as assigned by the Secretary General

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communication, Political Science, Development Studies, Law or any other relevant social sciences,
  • Minimum of five (5) years professional work experience in the media, or donor fundraising, project management, development work or civil society engagement in The Gambia.


  • Strong leadership and strategic management skills
  • Demonstrable experience, knowledge and understanding of Gambia media landscape, especially media laws, regulations and issues of journalists’ welfare
  • Experience in media advocacy and development initiatives
  • High level strategic thinking and planning
  • Ability to envision and convey the GPU’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers and donors
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
  • A history of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results
  • Excellent donor relations skills and understanding of the funding community,
  • Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Good financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong work ethics
  • Excellent networking skills and ability to collaborate with partners and stakeholders
  • Ability to work in a demanding environment and meet deadlines
  • Good IT skills, especially in MS Office applications

Reporting line: The Programme Manager reports to the Secretary General.

How to Apply:

Please submit your CV/Resume, scanned copies of relevant certificates, and a cover letter stating your reasons for applying and how your experience and qualification are relevant to the job.  Please provide at least two professional referees in your CV.

Applications should be sent to: presidentgpu@gmail.com and copied to: pressuniongambia@gmail.com under the subject: Application for the Position of Programme Manager. Only email applications are accepted and all applications must be copied to both emails.

Deadline for application:

25th August, 2023 at 4pm.

The Gambia Press Union is an equal opportunity employer. Therefore, qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.

NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.

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