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Global Voices Sub-Sahara Africa Regional Editor

Global Voices Online (www.GlobalVoicesOnline.org), an international bloggers’ network, is looking for an experienced blogger to take on the role of Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Editor which involves coverage of the vast diversity of countries and cultures across the region.

This is a part-time position with modest compensation, for somebody who is passionate about helping to amplify the voices of bloggers from across Africa and bringing the world’s attention to the region’s citizens’ voices. It is also a great opportunity to become involved with a global community of bloggers who are working on the cutting edge of citizens’ media.

The role involves selecting and posting between five and ten short “global links” entries to the Global Voices weblog each weekday. The posts should reflect the most interesting, significant or engaging blog posts from across the African region.

In addition the Regional Editor should recruit, encourage and oversee volunteer bloggers around the region who write the regular longer “weblog” posts about particular countries, sub-regions or topics, building on the existing dedicated team of volunteers.

You can see the most recent entries for the region here: http://www.globalvoicesonline.org/-/world/sub-saharan-africa/. The longer weblog posts are to the left, the shorter global links posts are in the middle column.

It is also the Regional Editor’s responsibility to seek out, collect, and make available for public consultation in the Global Voices blog aggregator, a list of “bridge blogs” for the region.

The role requires liaising closely with the relevant language editors who monitor blogs in the region (currently French, Portuguese, Arabic and Spanish) as well as working closely with the whole editorial team in determining the current and future direction of Global Voices.

There is an editorial meeting every two weeks via IRC for all regional editors and language editors. The hours are otherwise completely flexible. The job is paid on a part-time basis.

Requirements include:
– Demonstrated ability to cover blogs from Africa in a fair and thorough manner with sensitivity and respect for cultural differences and divergent points of view;
– Familiarity with one or more of the widely-spoken and blogged-in African languages a definite plus;
– Information research and writing skills;
– Participation in blogging either as an individual or team member and familiarity with blogging and other digital media tools;
– Team player who works well with others, who would be able to help recruit and manage volunteer blogger-contributors from around the region;
– A person who was born in the region or with strong family roots in Africa is preferred.

If you are interested in the position please send an e-mail to Rachel Rawlins at editor@globalvoicesonline.org giving an outline of why you’d be the right person for the job including relevant experience, qualifications and the url of your blog.

Closing date for applications – Friday 14 July.

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