Vacancy: Deputy Editor

  • Start date: April/May
  • Location: A hub in Africa, or London
  • Contract: 4 days/week; fixed-term contract (two years)
  • Salary: $28-32,000/year (pro rata) based on experience
  • Deadline: 10 February 2019 (11:59pm)

African Arguments seeks a driven, passionate and experienced journalist and editor to expand and deepen its coverage. The Deputy Editor will work with the Editor to commission writers, edit articles, and support fundraising activities. They will be part of a two-person team and have a wide remit to help drive the focus and themes of the magazine.

African Arguments is a pan-African platform for news, investigation and opinion. We seek to analyse issues facing the continent, investigate the stories that matter, and amplify a diversity of voices. While big news organisations break the news, African Arguments breaks down the news. We do this through our extensive network of predominantly African journalists, researchers and commentators. We examine the major events making the headlines – adding much-needed nuance, complexity and context – while at the same time shining a light on under-covered issues some would rather were kept in the dark. We cover topics related to politics, economics, gender, the environment, culture, social affairs and much more.

African Arguments is a programme of the Royal African Society, a London-based membership organisation that provides opportunities for people to connect, celebrate and engage critically with a wide range of topics and ideas about Africa today.

Job Description

  • Work with the editor to determine the magazine’s weekly, monthly and annual focus and themes.
  • Expand African Arguments’ pool of contributors and experts.
  • Commission contributors to write analysis, features, interviews etc, working with them closely to develop ideas and angles.
  • Meticulously fact-check and edit articles, ensuring they meet African Arguments’ high editorial standards and principles.
  • Upload content along with appropriate artwork, including photographs, graphics, charts etc.
  • Write occasional articles and editorial content.
  • Contribute to African Arguments’ social media output.
  • Keep up to date with news events happening across the continent, while deepening longer-term areas of expertise and interest.
  • Support African Arguments’ fundraising goals by identifying suitable trusts and foundations, helping write grant applications, and exploring other ideas for ensuring the magazine’s long-term sustainability.

Person Specification

Essential

  • At least three years of experience in an editing role in journalism, ideally with a regional or continental focus.
  • Strong editing skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent writing ability and fluency
  • Demonstrable knowledge and interest in African current affairs
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational and project management skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a small team
  • IT competence and previous experience of online publishing programme
  • Good knowledge of using social media platforms
  • Ability to work remotely if required
  • Commitment to the values and ethos of African Arguments

Desirable

  • Proficiency in French
  • Experience setting and managing budgets
  • Experience of fundraising and writing grant proposals

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter outlining why you think you are suitable for this position to James Wan at editor@africanarguments.org.

The covering letter should not be more than 1,000 words long and should demonstrate your suitability for the job using examples of relevant skills and experience. Among other things, the cover letter is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your clear, succinct and persuasive writing abilities.

The closing date for applications is 11:59pm on Sunday, 10 February 2019. If shortlisted, you will be notified by Thursday 14 February.

NB. Due to the large number of applications we expect to receive, we will not be able to give feedback to unsuccessful candidates.