Lie Detectors International Programme Director – apply by 3 May 2021 – APPLICATION DEADLINE EXPIRED



About Lie Detectors

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.

Our highly motivated team works with 200 journalists and more than 1,000 classrooms in Europe (currently Austria, Belgium and Germany) every year. We have developed a cutting-edge virtual format in response to the ongoing pandemic and will be growing our reach into new countries to engage young people, educators, policymakers and like-minded organisations in our cause.

To get to know us and our work better see coverage in the Financial TimesBBCSpiegel Online, German broadcaster ZDF, the European Business Summit as well as our Covid-adapted work.

Your mission

As our work expands, we are looking for an International Programme Director to support our country programmes and thereby the scaling up of our rapidly growing and evolving organisation. You will be reporting directly to the Executive Director and will join the Management Team in this fast-moving organization with key responsibility for the overarching management of country operations.

With an objective of ensuring consistency and encouraging excellence and best practice, you will support the country teams and leaders in their efforts to efficiently deliver our work across language and national boundaries. You will contribute to our growth by helping plan major cross-country projects and helping to expand our work to other countries over time as relevant. In addition, you will support the Executive Director in working with the Board of Directors and sustaining funders for our work. Your intimate knowledge of our grassroots work will help inform Lie Detectors’ communications and advocacy work – both on a European and country level.

All in all, you will be a pivotal player in Lie Detectors’ culture of teamwork, transparency, learning and evaluation.

Additional core responsibilities:

  • Translating Lie Detectors’ strategic plans into short- and long-term goals at the level of country programmes
  • Planning and managing major (cross)country projects from start to finish, as well as setting project management standards across country teams
  • Where relevant managing and mentoring our country leads in Belgium, Germany and Austria to ensure effective and high-quality programme delivery in schools to advance our mission
  • Identifying best practice and encouraging its application across country programmes
    (e.g. ensuring top-quality training for our volunteer journalists)
  • Managing evaluation of our training and materials
  • Allocating country resources and lead on creating the programmatic/country-level budget as part of the organisation’s annual EUR 2 million budget
  • Identifying and improving processes & workflows to support the work across country programmes
  • Supporting the communications team in developing effective media relations and marketing measures for country programmes
  • Identifying and developing new partnerships to advance our work as well as helping country teams to establish national/regional partnerships in line with Lie Detectors priorities
  • Supporting in the production of financial and other reports and proposals

What we are looking for 

  • A motivated team-player with excellent people (management) and leadership skills (also in a remote setting)
  • Proven track record in managing international teams within a multi-country organization in a European context
  • Strong know-how and experience in strategy development and strategy management
  • Extensive experience in operational planning and project management combined with thorough understanding of project/programme management techniques and methods
  • Proven ability to develop new systems & workflows and support the transition of the organization to a more structured environment with mature systems and processes
  • Solid knowledge of methods for impact and quality measurement and evaluation
  • Outstanding communication skills and an ability to lead effective partnership negotiations
  • Previous exposure to either international media or educational landscapes is strongly preferred
  • Awareness of and affinity for news literacy and digital rights policy is a plus
  • Excellent oral and written English – fluency in French and/or German is preferred
  • Ability and willingness to travel if needed


What we offer

  • A unique opportunity to help shape a project that works in partnership with journalists and educators across Europe to combat digital disinformation
  • An interesting and autonomous job with lots of opportunities to have an impact
  • You’d be joining a well-meshed and brilliant team – we’re proud to say that a recent external health-check found our team to have remarkably high levels of trust, respect and motivation
  • A full-time permanent position with an attractive salary

Lie Detectors has offices in several EU capitals with headquarters in Brussels. Thanks to our flexible office format we are open to applications from candidates based not only in Brussels but also in other capitals, ideally London or Berlin. A successful candidate will be required to spend regular periods of time at headquarters and in country offices once the pandemic is over.

Your application

If this all sounds like an exciting and suitable next challenge for you, send us your CV and a cover letter in English outlining how your past experience equips you for the role by Monday 3 May 2021 to Should you see this posting only after this deadline, feel free to reach out to us to check whether applying still makes sense.


Please note that we are cooperating with the external recruitment consultancy Julia Reis Consulting to fill this position and that they will have access to your documents for the purpose of filling this role. You might be contacted by them directly during our selection process.