IPS – Inter Press Service News Agency
April 29th, 2011


Organisation – Inter Press Service (IPS)

Location – Africa

Opportunity Details

IPS is an international news agency that produces news features and analyses about development, the environment and rights. The news agency has a strong focus on developing countries, emerging economies and South-South co-operation.

Overall Purpose of the Job

The editor in Africa will join a global pool of editors based in Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America and Latin America. The team looks to ensure that IPS has timely stories in line with its broad remit, and that these stories have content and presentation to the highest professional standards. The editor in Africa oversees copy in English and in French.

Main Duties

The main duties are to:

•    Nurture and grow the team of contributing writers primarily in Africa.

•    Work with the editors in chief to ensure that contributing writers are sensitized to IPS priorities, follow the IPS Style Book and generate news stories that are fresh and readable.

•    Edit stories to high professional standards in English and oversee work of French editor.

•    Be a team player within the global pool of editors, working across regions as necessary.

•    Plan news coverage with writers well in advance, and join the weekly editorial meeting to distribute assignments according to the overall news agenda.

•    Collaborate with global colleagues to generate occasional multi-datelined stories.

•    Balance the coverage from Africa within overall financial limits and taking full account of issue quotas generated by specific reporting agreements (projects).

•    Share expertise and advice with IPS colleagues marketing the product and concluding news coverage agreements.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required

Candidates with a minimum of five years of editing experience with an established publication are invited to apply. IPS is looking for:

•    High quality and tight editing. An ability to produce catchy headlines and inviting leads.

•    An ability to rewrite copy when necessary, particularly when working with good writers across the region whose first language may not be English.

•    Wide awareness of the political and social situation in many of the countries in the region.

•    An ability to anticipate stories with the IPS priorities in mind.

•    An ability to edit fast without losing quality.

•    A willingness to communicate extensively with writers and to support them in planning stories and to be a team player in a global pool of editors working across time zones.

* Perfect English and working knowledge of French required, with bi-lingual (English – French) candidates preferred.

Knowledge of other languages and expertise within specific field(s) of IPS priorities will be advantages.

A keen awareness of the needs of developing countries and emerging economies and issues of concern to them.

Salary range

Depending on experience. Please include your current remuneration in your application letter. The contract for this post will be handled from IPSs global administrative centre.

Submission Instructions

To apply please send your CV (max. 2 pages) and a cover letter (max. one page) which systematically outlines why your experience fits the job description and skills requirements. Please send to by the 9th May.

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