World Press Photo: Exhibitions and business development manager Africa

World Press Photo in Amsterdam is looking for an Exhibitions and business development manager Africa for 36 to 40 hours a week | Vacancy for a Paid position, Full-time | Deadline: 20-09-2021



The World Press Photo Foundation believes in the power of showing and the importance of seeing high-quality visual stories. Our purpose is to connect the world to the stories that matter.

For six decades, the World Press Photo Foundation has been working from its home in Amsterdam as an independent, nonprofit organization. In that time, the world has changed continuously, and new developments in the media and technology have transformed journalism and storytelling. Our mission has expanded, and we draw on our experience to guide visual journalists, storytellers, and audiences around the world through this challenging and exciting landscape.

Our annual contests reward the best in visual journalism and digital storytelling. Our programs – the 6×6 Global Talent Program, the African Photojournalism Database, the Joop Swart Masterclass, the Solutions Visual Journalism Initiative, and the West Africa Visual Journalism Fellowship – encourage diverse accounts of the world that present stories with different perspectives.

The exhibitions program is central to the foundation’s impact and connects the world to the stories that matter. With over 100 exhibitions in 45 countries, we directly reach a global audience of more than four million people each year. The exhibitions program is also central to the World Press Photo Foundation’s operation as a social enterprise.

The World Press Photo Foundation is currently looking for an Exhibitions and business development manager Africa to work with us full time, starting on 1 November 2021.

The World Press Photo Foundation is currently looking for an Exhibitions and business development manager Africa to work with us full time, starting on 1 November 2021. Exhibitions and business development manager Africa

Exhibitions and business development manager Africa

36 to 40 hours a week

The exhibitions team currently consists of eight people who passionately work with one goal in mind: maximizing impact through reaching as many people as possible. Seeing our audiences interact with the awarded visual journalism is what makes us tick. Together with our global partners we maximize the impact of the exhibition by organizing related side programs like guided tours, lectures and photographer meetups. In bringing the exhibition to as many different places as possible, we can count on a vast pool of long term exhibition partners. However, we are looking for new ways to increase our global and local presence, especially in those regions that are currently underrepresented.

The World Press Photo Foundation is looking for a dynamic and experienced professional to lead the development of WPPF’s activities in the African continent. You will lead the development of, and engagement with, the region’s network, business partners and prospective exhibitions partners to increase our local and regional presence and expand our exhibitions and outreach programs.

You will combine your focus on business development in Africa with your responsibilities as Exhibitions manager and curator. In this position, you will be working with an existing portfolio of international exhibition partners. You will lead them through the whole process from contract management to the opening of the exhibition.

It is expected that over the years the portfolio of exhibitions in Africa will grow substantially and so your focus in project management will also shift to exhibitions in the African region. By the start you will roughly dedicate two thirds of your time to project- and exhibition management and one third to business development.

Your tasks

  • Conducting network and prospect research and developing, in collaboration with our Development department and the account manager exhibitions, a strategy for exhibitions, outreach and other (fundraising) campaigns in the African region.
  • Leading the development of our activities in the African region: development of and engaging with the region’s network, business partners and prospective exhibitions partners.
  • Developing and increasing our presence in the African region by expanding our exhibitions and outreach programs.
  • Account and contract management of a portfolio of international exhibition partners. Project management and maintaining the financial administration of exhibitions partners.
  • Preparing, curating, installing and promoting exhibitions worldwide (either on location or online).
  • Representing the organization in press conferences, exhibition openings, lectures, and guides tours on location.
  • Contributing to cross departmental projects such as the production of new exhibition concepts, contests and events.

Your profile
We are looking for a creative, positive, and energetic individual. The challenging, dynamic and fast-paced environment that we work in requires a practical approach, problem-solving skills and a high attention to detail. You will be a self-starter with a can-do attitude that actively seeks out opportunities, and you will meet the following criteria:

  • Relevant bachelor’s or master’s degree.
  • Minimum of 4 – 6 years’ experience in project and partner management in an international setting in the cultural or NGO sector.
  • Proven experience working in a professional position and organization with multi-country operations in the African region.
  • Proven experience in strategic planning, program / project and / or policy formulation.
  • Proven ability to formulate an organizational engagement strategy in a collaborative setting.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to effectively interact with all levels of partners and staff and negotiate in a regional context.
  • Proven entrepreneurial skills in organizing cultural, journalistic or media events.
  • Team player with strong interpersonal and intercultural communication skills both written and verbally.
  • Broad general knowledge, with a special knowledge of, or interest in, media, visual journalism and storytelling.
  • Fluent in French and English (other languages are a plus).
  • Willing to travel long distances regularly.

General information
The World Press Photo Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications that can make the organization a better reflection of society.

If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, please contact Erik Jager, HR Director (erik.j@worldpressphoto.org), +31 (0)20 676 6096.

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Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

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