RCA Flag
RCA Flag
Connecting Africa’s Skilled Professionals
RCA Flag

ReConnect Africa is a unique website and online magazine for the African professional in the Diaspora. Packed with essential information about careers, business and jobs, ReConnect Africa keeps you connected to the best of Africa.

Senior Editor/Writer
Job Title: Senior Editor/Writer
Location: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Company: African Development Bank
Job Summary: To apply publishing guidelines in his/her area of activity and define an editorial policy for the Bank.
Job Description: The purpose of the Department is to plan, prepare and implement public relations and internal communication programmes designed to make the Bank better known by its various audiences so as to promote social and economic development in Africa, and to establish and maintain the Bank's credibility and good reputation as Africa's leading development finance institution. The Department is also responsible for enabling the Bank to better understand how it is perceived both internally and externally. THE POSITION: Under the overall direction and supervision of the Director of the Communication and External Relations Department - PCER.1, the incumbent will apply publishing guidelines in his/her area of activity and define an editorial policy for the Bank. Duties and responsibilities Under the general supervision of the Director of Communication and External Relations Department - PCER.1, the Senior Editor/Writer shall: research, write and edit well-written and up-to-date content for online and external publication that reflects current African Development Bank practices, and whose quality and scope meet the objectives of the Bank's internal and external stakeholders; substantially revise and re-edit texts from Bank departments, rewrite documents, including web content, to ensure that the grammar is correct, the Bank's style guide and editorial policy are respected, the ideas are targeted, clear and the content is presented in a logical and persuasive manner that is consistent with the subject, product plan and target audience; coordinate the multiple contributions made to major initiatives by the teams/units producing the documents, obtain authorisations and introduce other changes, particularly on sensitive issues; conduct interviews with experts and research, write and analyse a wide range of documents; assign writing and editing tasks and projects as required to meet deadlines; ?read and approve all content, including opinions, reports, President's documents, etc. to be published on behalf of the Bank in a timely manner; ?ensure that all information, written or visual, is accurate before publishing, in order to avoid any copyright infringement (e.g. plagiarism and ghost writing) and refrain from any false statements or defamation; ?cross-check any quotations and references; assist with the training and supervision of newly-recruited staff members; Support and supervise colleagues in the drafting and updating of content and respond to questions from stakeholders, including sub-editing; ?be up-to-date on all relevant developments at the African Development Bank to ensure that all content for which he/she is responsible reflects and takes into account current practices; establish relationships with external sources, as appropriate, to obtain input for articles and other publications or to improve content with ideas from third parties.
Requirements: Hold at least a Master's degree or its equivalent in journalism, communication, international relations, public affairs, marketing, political science or related fields;  Have a minimum of five (5) years of relevant and progressive experience in an international or multidimensional development institution, including two (2) years as an editor; Have strong written and oral communication skills, in particular the ability to analyse complex messages and express them in simple, clear and plain language for various audiences; Excellent command of French, ability to write compelling texts and produce press releases, features and high-quality materials; Experience in non-technical and highly technical writing; Experience working with or in developing countries; Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to lead without being authoritarian; Ability to learn, innovate and deliver quality; Previous experience in corporate communication with multilateral development institutions or non-profit organizations would be an asset; Attention to detail and excellent monitoring skills; Ability to complete assigned tasks on time with little supervision; Ability to work efficiently under pressure on several projects simultaneously while meeting tight deadlines; Communication – Produce clear and concise oral or written messages; present oral information clearly and properly, adapt language and style to the needs of a particular audience; Problem-solving – Apply operational knowledge to problem-solving and identify solutions in the interest of the client (internal and external) and the organisation; Customer focus – Ensure that the customers’ interests are always put first in all transactions and interactions; strive to understand and, if necessary, anticipate customers’ needs and ensure that they receive the best possible service from the Bank; Teamwork and relationships – Work with others to maximize the effectiveness of the team as a whole and share knowledge and workload; develop strong working relationships with colleagues and contribute to the creation of a positive team environment; Ability to motivate a multicultural team of communication experts (staff members or consultants);
How to apply: For further information and to apply, please visit our website: https://www.afdb.org/en/about-us/careers/current-vacancies/senior-editor-writer-pcer-1-4187
Closing Date: 25/07/2019
Additional information: Established in 1964, the African Development Bank is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. It has 80 member states, including 54 African countries (Regional Member Countries).
Welcome to the new, upgraded ReConnect Africa website.
Please help us provide you with information relevant to your needs by completing the fields below (just this once!)