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Lie Detectors is looking for a highly organised and clear-thinking Programme Director to support the scaling up of our growing multi-country operations.

Lie Detectors ( is an independent and award-winning news literacy project in Europe working to tackle disinformation and its corrosive effect on democracy. We do this by empowering young people and their teachers to sort fact from fiction online and understand how professional journalism works, and by advocating at international level for smart policies.

We are looking for a highly-organised, resourceful and clear-thinking Programme Director to support our country programmes and the scaling up of our rapidly growing and evolving organisation. We are a motivated and growing team currently working with 200 journalists and in more than 1,000 classrooms annually, in three languages and across Germany, Austria and Belgium. We have developed a cutting-edge virtual format in response to the ongoing pandemic and this will facilitate the geographic reach of work long-term work as well as the capturing of rising public interest in, and policy momentum behind, critical media literacy. We will be deepening our existing programmes and expanding our work to new countries to engage young people, educators, policymakers and like-minded organisations. For a sense of our work see coverage in the Financial Times, BBC, Spiegel Online, German broadcaster ZDF, the European Business Summit as well as our Covid-adapted work.

As Programme Director you will be a key member of the management team with responsibility for the management of country operations. You are a highly organised and structured thinker capable of ensuring the consistent and efficient delivery of our work across country and language boundaries. You will encourage, identify and capture best practice, motivating Lie Detectors’ country teams to embed this across country programmes and enabling the scaling and measurability of our work in line with Lie Detectors’ strategic priorities.

You will, among other things:

  • Lead on translating strategic plans into short- and long-range goals at the level of country programmes, and developing appropriate policies and budgets;
  • Lead on planning of major country/operational projects using project management techniques;
  • Encourage and identify best practice and its application across country programmes;
  • Ensure consistent, top quality and updated training as well as curricular materials;
  • Manage evaluation of our training and materials;
  • Ensure consistently high standards and delivery of operational planning and assessment across country programmes;
  • Lead on identifying and developing new partnerships to advance the work;
  • Manage, mentor and evaluate the country leads to ensure effective and high-quality programming to in schools to advance our mission;
  • Work with the management team to shape strategic plans;
  • Play a key role in Lie Detectors’ culture of teamwork, transparency, learning and evaluation;
  • Ensure effective communications and operational workflows between programme teams and communication/advocacy teams, to support Lie Detectors’ work in these areas;
  • Support on fundraising.

This position will suit a strategic thinker and problem-solver, with experience in managing international teams and leading on the development and implementation of strategy. With a background in either international media or education, you will have a demonstrable experience in operational planning, delivery and project management, as well as developing new systems and workflows. You will understand the principals of and systems for measurement and evaluation, risk management, and negotiation. You will be flexible and have a flair for managing multiple streams of work whilst prioritising strategically. You will have excellent people and communication skills, experience in management, and enjoy being part of a small and expanding team. You will have an affinity and awareness of news literacy and digital rights policy.

You must have excellent verbal/written communication skills in English and be proficient in French and/or German.

Lie Detectors currently has its headquarters in Brussels and country offices in several EU capitals and this position will be based preferably in Brussels, London or Berlin. Given remote working has become more commonplace and we see an element of this continuing future, we are open to applications from candidates based outside Belgium (including outside the EU) as long as they have demonstrated knowledge of and familiarity with the EU. A successful candidate will be required to spend regular periods of time at headquarters and on location once the pandemic is over.

Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter in English outlining how your past experience equips you for the role by midnight CET on 27 April 2021 to

Please note we are working on our recruitment with an external consultancy, representatives of which may contact you in the context of this application.

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The Company

Lie Detectors

Non for Profit (NGOs, Political Parties, etc.)


About The Job

Brussels , Belgium
Contract type:
Full Time
2-5 Years
Project Management

this job offer is not open for applications