Now Hiring: IFEX Section Editor

Saturday, June 30, 2012

IFEX mission:
IFEX strives for a world where freedom of expression is respected, upheld and defended. IFEX enhances its members’ work by creating distinct opportunities for capacity building, joint advocacy and increased visibility – and significantly increases IFEX’s impact through collaborative campaigning and advocacy initiatives of national, regional and global significance. IFEX’s work is comprised of four key pillars:

1. Information and Awareness-Building: to amplify and strengthen the voices of IFEX and its members by promoting and mobilizing support for advocacy work for free expression

2. Campaigns and Advocacy: to increase IFEX’s impact through collaborative campaigning and advocacy issues

3. Network Development: to leverage IFEX members’ advocacy efforts by processing, disseminating and showcasing their information and producing original analysis that is of global relevance

4. Institutional Strengthening and Sustainability: to provide opportunities that strengthen IFEX members and contribute to the development of the IFEX network as a diverse, engaged and effective international free expression community

Job purpose:
IFEX Section Editors work within the IFEX Information and Awareness Raising team to write, edit, prepare and file communications pieces for timely distribution via the IFEX.org website and associated electronic communication vehicles. The priority in this role is to support IFEX’s overall communications goals by editing and creating compelling, clear content based on input from a variety of sources, including IFEX member materials; and to liaise with IFEX members within a designated region or subject area as it pertains to the creation of this material.

Duties and responsibilities of the Section Editor:

IFEX Section Editors work within the IFEX Information and Awareness Raising team to:

• Write news and context-driven articles on issues of free expression for the IFEX.org website and associated electronic communication vehicles
• Edit, prepare and file and occasionally translate articles, press releases, etc. from IFEX member material for timely distribution via the IFEX.org website and associated electronic communication vehicles
• Assess, compare, categorise and prioritise large volumes of informational material submitted by IFEX members
• Liaise with IFEX members within the designated regions and/or subject areas to assist members in enhancing the strength and value of their communication pieces
• Develop and maintain relationships with IFEX members within the designated regions and/or subject areas
• Monitor, collect and share with other team members media articles of interest on free expression issues within the designated regions and/or subject areas
• Attend to ongoing IFEX member correspondence within the designated regions and/or subject areas
• Collaborate with the Campaigns and Network Development programmes as required
• Other duties as required

All IFEX staff members are expected to:

• Support the strategic goals and initiatives of IFEX, as articulated and developed by the IFEX Executive Director and Manager and approved by the IFEX Council
• Contribute in a positive, proactive, strategic and goal-oriented manner to the execution of IFEX programs and communications
• Participate in overall IFEX programme and project development, team meetings and bi annual workplanning and budgeting
• Provide input to IFEX project proposals, reports to donors and reports to members
• Ensure that assigned deliverables in the IFEX workplan are on track
• Represent IFEX at conferences and events as required
• Ensure regular reporting of assigned work to management, Board, IFEX members, donors, and the public, as required.

Desirable experience, skills and qualifications:

• University degree in related discipline (journalism, political science, international development) or equivalent experience; journalism experience preferred
• Fluency in English and French. Spanish and/or Arabic an asset.
• Excellent analytical, editing, communication, writing, proof-reading and online research skills with strong attention to detail
• Practical knowledge of a range of applications and software including content management systems, social media platforms, Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop and others as required.
• Excellent organisational and administrative skills, strong attention to detail
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and multitask while working independently and under pressure
• Understanding of human rights, freedom of expression and democratic development issues. Experience in/knowledge of any of the following regions: Europe, Central Asia and Africa an asset.
• Diplomacy and proven ability to work with people from various cultures and backgrounds
• Must be eligible to work in Canada

How to Apply:

Please send a CV and a statement of interest that includes the following information:

• Why you want to work at IFEX specifically
• Your background in writing and editorial work; including web-based efforts
• Other information relevant to our assessment of your application

Send your application via email by 27 July 2012 to hiring@ifex.org with "Hiring Committee: IFEX Section Editor" in the subject line. We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.