Programme Assistant Germany

This position suits a job starter who has recently or will shortly graduate from university or a more experienced professional who found their passion in project assistance and is interested in news literacy, digital education and journalism. It is full-time, hybrid (based in Berlin), starting from 15 August 2023 or later.

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 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 out of its Brussels headquarters and its country offices, engaging more than 300 journalists and more than 1,400 classrooms in Europe (currently Austria, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland and Switzerland) 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 Times, BBC, Spiegel Online, German broadcaster ZDF as well as a video on our Covid-adapted work.

The role in a nutshell

We are looking for a highly organised young professional or an experienced assistant for our Germany programme. Reporting to the Head of Germany and Switzerland Programme and working closely with the Programme Coordinator, you will support the expansion of Lie Detectors’ classroom operations in Germany.

Your responsibilities will include supporting the operational management and coordination of classroom visits and teacher trainings in Germany, as well as aiding in the growth of Lie Detectors’ network and activities in the region. You will also be in contact with Lie Detectors’ other country teams to ensure the consistent administration of data bases, systems and operations.

Core tasks

In a typical week in this position you will:

  • Support the organisation of classroom visits and follow up (e.g. call schools, talk to headmasters)
  • Assist in the preparation of teacher-training workshops (e.g. printing material, searching for locations)
  • Communicate a lot via email and phone (e.g. responding to inquires from teachers)
  • Contribute to the updating and development of training workshops and visits
  • Identify new schools to cooperate with and convince secretaries of our worthy mission
  • Update, maintain and analyse the data in our CRM system to plan next steps, send follow-up emails, call
  • Participate in English- and German-language team meetings
  • Process feedback forms and follow up on missing ones
  • Occasionally participate in relevant events and report back to the team

What we are looking for:

  • We currently imagine the role being filled either by a young professional with up to three years of working experience in project coordination or in a similar role or by a more experienced talent with a track record in project assistance / coordination / executive assistance or similar
  • Ideally you bring previous professional touchpoints with media literacy, journalism, the nonprofit sector and / or education
  • You have strong organizational, project management and time management skills
  • You are a confident communicator who is also not afraid to pick up the phone
  • You are able to take responsibility, but also understand where you need to involve your colleagues
  • You like to leverage software in your work and don’t mind learning to use new tools. You are already proficient in using MS Office and ideally bring experience in working with a CRM (we use Salesforce)
  • You are fluent in German and have the ability to work in an English-language team (French is an advantage)
  • You typically either hold a university degree or have completed a relevant vocational training

What we offer:

  • A competitive salary and a two year position with the aim for an unlimited contract afterwards
  • The opportunity to really make a difference by supporting our mission to counter the corrosive effect of online disinformation and online polarisation on democracy
  • On-the-job training to develop your professional skills as well as the chance to constantly build your network within journalism
  • A flexible working environment with the possibility of working from home regularly (see below)
  • A centrally based office space in Berlin


While this position is based in our Berlin office, we operate a hybrid office policy, facilitating a combination of working from the office and from home. Concretely, this means that you should spend at least two days per week working from our office.

Your application

If this all sounds like an exciting and suitable next challenge for you, then apply here!

Lie Detectors is committed to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and everyone is encouraged to apply. Lie Detectors is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law.

Please note that we are working with the external recruitment consultancy Julia Reis Consulting to fill this position and that they will only be given access to your documents for processing as part of this application process and might be in touch with you directly.