VACANCY: Commissioning Editor

The Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR) is seeking a Commissioning Editor. The appointment will be for part-time work on a contract basis (renewable dependent on performance). The fee will be approximately R15 000 per month.You will:

  • Oversee a pan-African programme of investigative journalism projects funded by SIDA;
  • Liaise with other professional media organisations to market/disseminate the stories resulting from these projects;
  • Monitor the implementation of the SIDA grant project and oversee the performance  of grant recipients;
  • Monitor the risk of corruption, identify problems and elaborate objectives for the project; and
  • Co-operate with and assist SIDA in evaluating the impact of the project, including producing full, detailed reports as required.

You should have:

  • A strong grasp of African development issues and the debates and discourse around these;
  • A  track record in in-depth investigative reporting and a demonstrable track record of published investigative stories on such issues;
  • A working knowledge (speaking and writing) of at least two and ideally three languages from the following: English, Portuguese and French; fluency in any other widely-spoken African language would be an added advantage;
  • A good working knowledge of online journalism, including familiarity with – or the willingness to learn swiftly – the programmes and content management systems relevant to FAIR’s work;
  • Expertise, in particular, in investigating the areas of financial opacity, transfer pricing and money laundering;
  • The skills and preparedness to work from a virtual office;
  • The flexibility to travel frequently and at short notice;
  • Experience in marketing copy to editors, news outlets and other organisations coupled with good contacts in both pan-African and international media; and
  • A track record, supported by references, in managing, and reporting on the management of, donor funds plus good understanding of the legal, ethical and financial oversight requirements of this duty.

You will be:

  • Committed to FAIR’s vision of investigative journalism as an aspect of development rather than a simple exposure of wrongdoing;
  • A self-starter who enjoys working independently;
  • An excellent communicator in organisational as well as journalistic contexts;
  • A strong, conscientious, manager and teamworker: you are the link between FAIR and its grant recipients and must be able to keep both parties well informed and collaborating effectively;
  • A flexible personality who can adapt to working with journalist colleagues in widely varying cultural, newsroom and resource situations in different African countries; and
  • Someone committed to supporting FAIR’s members to produce their best work.

Send your applications by email, with covering letter and references, to

Deadline for applications: 20 February 2013

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