Job Alert: PT Editorial Consultant, Liberia

Job Description

Job Title: PT Editorial Consultant

Job Location: Monrovia, Liberia

Time: 2-3 days a week over four months

Remuneration: competitive

New Narratives seeks a highly experienced editor to support and mentor our Liberia team in journalism production and project management skills.

Deadline: January 31, 2024.

To Apply: Send CV, cover letter and links to three samples of journalism to [email protected] with subject line “Editorial Consultant”.

Principal Responsibilities:

1. Editorial –will work with the Executive Director and Editor to support editorial staff and “fellows” to:

  1. research story ideas
  2. prepare strong pitches
  3. commission storiesreport and write
  4. Edit
  5. Mentor staff and reporters to reach high standards of journalism as well as audio and photographic production.
  6. Support productions ensuring diverse and inclusive panels come from government, business, CSO and activists
  7. Support creation of workshop agenda including choosing and coordinating facilitators, supporting workshop planning and logistics.
  8. Co-lead workshop training

2. Partnerships – Support NN’s staff contact points with stakeholders: donors and potential donors, community organizations government and activists. Support staff to 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. He/she will support staff to keep in close contact with media partners to ensure a strong partnership where feedback, engagement are encouraged and trust is built.

3. Monitoring and Evaluation – Editorial Director will support staff in 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.

4. Finance – will support staff in ensuring compliance with financial procedures.

Jobholder Entry Requirements – the essential knowledge, skills and behaviours required

Knowledge (Education & Related Experience):

· 8+ years as a journalist with leading independent newsroom/s

·Lived experience of Liberia with demonstrated knowledge of major issues including extractives, gender and children’s rights, climate change, justice, corruption.  

· Educated to a bachelor’s level or above, or significant experience of leadership within journalism.

· Excellent knowledge of current issues and best practice in journalism methods, ethics, skills and technology to support investigative journalism.

· Experience 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 organisational perspective.

· 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 oral and writing skills

Core behaviours:

· 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.