Belgium Programme Director

Looking for a job on the forefront of fighting disinformation? Lie Detectors, a Brussels-based and journalist-led non-profit set up to battle fake news and raise awareness of how to consume digital news, is looking for a dynamic, imaginative and highly connected Belgium Programme Director to scale up our news literacy project in classrooms in Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia.

This is a unique opportunity to help roll out a high-profile movement for critical thinking among children in Europe. Lie Detectors is a member of the European Commission’s advisory High Level Expert Group on Fake News and has been highlighted as a best-practice model by the expert commission convened by the Belgian government. It trains and sends professional journalists into schools to start a conversation with children and their teachers about truth, fiction and journalism.

As Belgium Programme Director you will be responsible for putting the Lie Detectors programme into practice in the French and Dutch language regions of Belgium, creating contact between Belgian journalists, Belgian classrooms and media literacy programmes. You will be a natural networker who is familiar with either Belgium’s media landscape or its educational landscape – on both sides of the language divide. You will be curious about the side you don’t yet know.

You will work with the core Lie Detectors team, the Belgium Programme Officer and a team of interns to organise successful train-the-trainer workshops for Belgian journalists, deploy the journalists into schools and work with feedback to ensure the high quality and relevance of the journalist-led classroom sessions. You will represent Lie Detectors at conferences and events, with some public speaking expected. This full-time position is based in Brussels and involves travel within Belgium.

The candidate should

  • Be a native Dutch speaker, be entirely fluent in French and have very good command of English
  • Have an exceptional professional network across either Belgium’s media landscape or its education systems and related policy environments;
  • Have exceptional communication skills (written and verbal) and experience of public speaking;
  • Be a self-starter and unafraid of becoming familiar with new sectors;
  • Take a strategic approach to establishing Lie Detectors’ programme, paying particular attention to the audiences we engage with as well as the sequencing of our activities in this start up phase;
  • Have demonstrable experience of directing high quality events which help build and sustain effective networks;
  • Be adept at managing and delegating tasks while ensuring sufficient attention to detail and quality in programming activities.

 

The candidate will ideally

  • Be bilingual in Dutch and French;
  • Have extensive knowledge of both Belgium’s media sector and its educational systems;
  • Have experience working in a start-up environment;
  • Have contacts in the Belgian academia landscape;
  • Have either an educational or a media-related qualification at university level or have ten years’ experience in the field

 

What we offer:

  • Competitive non-profit-sector salary with benefits;
  • A unique opportunity to help roll out a high-profile movement for critical thinking among children in Europe;
  • A high level of autonomy and creativity in scaling up a project with recognized social and political significance;
  • Work within a highly engaged international team and in close collaboration with top management.

 

If interested, please send your resume and cover letter (in English please — our central working language is English) to jobs@localknowledge.be with the subject heading BELGIUM DIRECTOR.

Application deadline is 16 September.