Apply: ImpactHouse International Senior Editor

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Deadline: 11 June, 2020

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

ImpactHouse International is seeking to fill the position of Senior Editor.

ImpactHouse International is a development consulting firm that solves social problems by supporting and scaling the impact of what works. We develop unique partnerships with successful social movements, organisations and businesses to scale their impact through tailor-made venture building processes.

 Since 2009, ImpactHouse International has been on a mission to redefine social problem solving, cross-sector partnerships and media and public relations for development in Africa. We are the publishers of www.developmentdiaries.com and www.pocabulary.ng.

Development Diaries proudly operates a self-styled advocacy journalism, a genre of journalism that transparently promotes factual analysis, issue-based campaigns for social, civic and humanitarian purposes across the African continent.

The vision of Development Diaries is to establish a digital platform mapping Africa’s third-sector impact, aiding collaboration and disseminating news directly to a minimum of 100,000 non-state actors (and 1,000,000 by extension) by 2023, while supporting over 500 initiatives/practitioners across sub-regions to attain proficiency in development communications and media use also by 2023.

Pocabulary.ng leverages storytelling in promoting citizen understanding of politics, its game and dynamics. Pocabulary.ng also seeks to check the effects of political propaganda and fake news on public opinion. Pocabulary.ng aims to be the premier tool for digital listening, trend monitoring and rumor management across social media and instant messaging platforms, promoting citizen interest and non-partisan meaning-making with respect to political statements and socio-economic issues.

The Senior Editor will be the lead on all aspects of content publishing in a dynamic work place. The Senior Editor will lead a team of writers to curate and publish factual and issue-based information for social, civic and humanitarian development across the African continent. The primary duties of the Senior Editor include leading news and information gathering; shaping both content and digital strategies for reader acquisition and retention; editing, proofreading and publishing; leading efforts to establish Development Diaries as an active member of the Nigerian and African press community.

 Responsibilities

  • Serve as the primary liaison between staff and management
  • Recruit writers, reporters, freelancers and volunteers
  • Set and enforce publication standards and workplace policy
  • Manage official correspondence
  • Oversee editorial process for news gathering and publications
  • Ensure utilisation of all news sources, including press releases, social media, aggregators and wire services
  • Manage content curation and publishing according to strict deadlines
  • Suggest story leads and generate headline ideas based on considerations of audience appeal
  • Correct spelling, punctuation and syntactical errors in copy
  • Rewrite and edit copy to improve readability
  • Fact-check information, statistics and assertions using standard references
  • Ensure that all copy and publications follow in-house style guide
  • Secure copyright permissions where necessary
  • Supervise all writers, freelance contributors and volunteers, acting as mentor and coach
  • Edit – for grammar, logic and factuality – and proofread all organisational texts
  • Manage content development and publishing for human rights and sustainable development intervention evaluations (Technical Reviews)
  • Oversee all graphics design elements of publishing, including layout, artwork and photography
  • Work with graphics designers on all graphics, layout and user experience briefs
  • Lead digital content strategy and supervise Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) efforts
  • Analyse online traffic and social media data to develop and lead implementation of strategies for increasing online engagement and reader retention
  • Represent Development Diaries at meetings and press events
  • Serve as the primary liaison between Development Diaries and the national and continental press community
  • Complete all additional duties of similar complexity as will be required

 Requirements

  • University degree in Communication and Language Arts, Mass Communication, Journalism, Digital Marketing, English or a related field
  • Two years of active experience, minimum, in print/TV/radio journalism, both in the field and in the newsroom
  • Two years of experience, minimum, in a leadership role with responsibility for digital content development, online news publishing and digital marketing/social media strategy
  • Impeccable command of the English language
  • Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Great communication and interpersonal skills
  • High degree of detail-oriented professionalism
  • Proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office suite, particularly Word and PowerPoint
  • Proficiency in the use of social media platforms, particularly Twitter, Instagram and Facebook
  • Demonstrable familiarity with SEO and social media best practices
  • Strong critical-thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to prioritise and multitask
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and to strict deadlines
  • Strong team leadership and coordination skills

 To apply, email both your CV and cover letter as two, separate Microsoft Word documents to editor@impacthouse.ltd. Use ‘Senior Editor’ as your email subject.

Failure to comply with the application rules above will lead to disqualification. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, a week after the deadline.

Photo source: Lars Kristian Flem

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Development Diaries proudly operates a self-styled advocacy journalism – a genre of journalism that transparently promotes factual analysis, issue-based campaigns for social, civic and humanitarian purposes across the African continent.

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