Job Alert: Deputy Editor in Chief

Location: Monrovia, Liberia

New Narratives is seeking an experienced independent journalist to lead our journalism projects in Africa. Must be a strong team leader who can mentor our dedicated team of journalists to the highest standards of journalism.

Time: Full Time (40 hours a week)

Remuneration: $24,000 – $36,000 a year (depending on experience) plus one month’s bonus with an attractive benefits package including health insurance.

Deadline: accepting applications until role is filled.

Please don’t wait to apply.

To Apply: Send CV, cover letter and links to three samples of journalism to with subject line “Deputy Editor in Chief”.

What We’re Looking For:

10+ years experience in independent newsmedia

3+ years in editorial leadership

Lived experience of Liberia or similar setting in Africa

Ability to work on a multicultural team and maintain effective (remote) communication with colleagues

Ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently

Proficient with Internet resources and programs such as Microsoft Office, Google Docs,

Experience training and mentoring journalists

Preferred: Skills and experience with production tools audio recording and broadcasting equipmentPreferred: web editing, social media, digital journalism, data journalism, open source investigations.


Editorial –

Support reporters in researching story ideas,

Support reporters to prepare strong pitches

Support reporters to report, write and produce print, online and audio content

Mentor reporters to reach NN standards

Coordinate diverse panels from leading government, business, CSOs

Lead creation of workshop agenda including choosing and coordinating facilitators

Co-lead workshops

Produce audio programming

Other duties to be assigned

2. Project Management –· Ensure projects are meeting deliverables· Prepare workshop reports, contribute to donor reports and proposals· Support Finance Director in management of finances, office and inventory· support Monitoring and Evaluation efforts . He/she will help design M&E, ensure quizzes and surveys are undertaken, contribute to analysis of data and reassessments of the project based on the results. 3. Partnerships –· NN’s contact point in Liberia with donors, community organizations, government and CSOs.· Keep in regular contact with stakeholders to ensure NN knows about themes, issues, developments, policy changes and opportunities in thematic areas that our grants cover.· Keep in close contact with media partners to ensure a strong partnership where feedback, engagement are encouraged and trust is built.

Knowledge (Education & Related Experience):·

Substantial work experience gained in the journalism and media sector·

Educated to at least bachelor’s level or above, or significant experience of leadership within in a relevant field (journalism, media.)·

Extensive experience with project management within complex project delivery in low resource setting·

Excellent knowledge of current issues and best practice in journalism, media business and technology and media development·

Experience in training journalists and imparting high standards of fact-checking, data-gathering as well as legal issues and conflict sensitivity·

Analytical thinking and ability to plan strategically from organizational perspective.· Excellent leadership and networking skills.·

Ability to build strong working relationships with colleagues, partners and work collaboratively as a member of cross-functional teams.·

Proven ability to initiate, innovate and translate ideas into effective action plans.· Excellent communication and influencing skills with ability to represent the organization externally.· Excellent oral and writing skills·

Able to travel for up to six weeks a year

Core behaviors:·

Change and improvement – Consistently strives to achieve high standards of performance; comes up with new ideas to improve performance in own/related job/s.·

Communicating and influencing – Listens to information and instructions effectively. Communicates confidently and effectively with colleagues and partners·

Decision making – Gathers relevant information and uses effective reasoning to make timely decisions. Consults with others in team to improve performance.·

Planning and organization – Prioritizes activities and develops plans to achieve them, monitoring own progress.·

Delivery and implementation – Gets things done, can be relied upon to do what they say they will and is committed to achieving good quality work to agreed standards.·

Team working – Participates with other team members and contributes constructively, is a valued member of the team. Knows about other parts of the organization and contributes positively to a global team.

Key Relationships Internal · Liberia Administration Director · Executive Director · Editors · ReportersExternal · Donors · partner organizations and other development agencies and networks working in Liberia · government and other stake holders


New Narratives’ mission is to drive an increase in the quality of journalism so that citizens have the information they need to play their role in democracy, drive change and keep leaders accountable. We recognize the fundamental challenge to quality journalism in Global South settings is a broken business model. For this reason every New Narratives project supports the growth of independent revenue and a supportive media ecosystem. We create a virtuous cycle where media partners set a higher standard for quality reporting leading to larger audiences and more revenue. In turn, rival media lift their standards in order to compete. The media market is more healthy and the quality of journalism lifts across the board.

New Narratives is an EEO/AAP/OFCCP employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. New Narratives does not discriminate based on race, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.