InfoNile Country Coordinators – Rwanda and Tanzania

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With support from the JRS Biodiversity Foundation, InfoNile is seeking two journalists from Tanzania and Rwanda to help coordinate InfoNile activities in his/her country, increase and translate InfoNile content into local languages, and build networks and partnerships in his/her country. Coordinators will also be in charge of securing media house content partners, researching stories to post, translating the stories and publishing them on the InfoNile website and social media platforms.

Terms:

Coordinators will be paid a monthly stipend for part-time work with contract on a 1-year potentially renewable basis. Coordinators will work independently and on their own time but with oversight and mentorship from the InfoNile editors, who are based in Uganda. Coordinators are expected to work approximately 8 hours a week.

Duties:

  • Translate about 10 stories a year produced for the story projects into Swahili, French and/or Kinyarwanda
  • Translate selected social media posts into Swahili French and/or Kinyarwanda and tag relevant organizations/individuals in your country or region
  • Secure content partnerships with media houses, organizations or freelance journalists in your country or region
    • Pitch InfoNile original stories and projects to be republished on these media houses
    • Request the media houses to allow InfoNile to republish some of their stories
  • Conduct research on relevant data sources related to water, environment and climate change issues to be visualized as interactive maps and other data visualizations;
  • Help find and post other relevant stories on the InfoNile WordPress site from content partners in your country or in the region- at least one a week;
  • Translate the headline or first paragraph of any other stories published on InfoNile into English or Swahili/French/Kinyarwanda, depending on the original language of the story;
  • Mobilize journalists in your country and the region to join the Water Journalists Africa network for continuing opportunities;
  • Market and raise awareness about InfoNile and our stories through relevant networks and communication channels.

Qualifications:

  • Residency in Rwanda or Tanzania
  • Translation skills between Swahili, French and/or Kinyarwanda and English
  • Strong WordPress skills, most importantly knowledge of how to create and publish posts
  • Strong social media skills, including Facebook and Twitter
  • Broad and diverse networks with media houses and journalists in your country/region
  • Knowledge, experience and interest in issues of water and the environment in the Nile Basin
  • At least two years’ experience working in/with the media
  • Be a strong self-starter and able to work independently and with self-initiative
  • Strong communications and writing skills
  • Fluency in English
  • Fluency in at least one other Nile Basin language (for these positions, particularly Swahili, French or Kinyarwanda)

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying to this position, please send a cover letter (max 1 page) and your CV via email to: infonile2017@gmail.com

Applications due by 24th January 2020. We are looking for coordinators to be able to start in February 2020.


InfoNile is a collaborative cross-border group of environmental journalists with a mission to uncover critical stories on water issues in the Nile River Basin of Africa through data-based multimedia storytelling. We work on investigative multimedia data journalism projects on critical issues of water and environment across the Nile Basin; past investigations have included issues of land grabs across the Basin, community-based solutions to wetland destruction in East Africa, and the environmental and health impacts of Sudan’s oil and gas industry. InfoNile is a project of Water Journalists Africa, a network of about 700 journalists in Africa spread across some 50 countries that report on water.

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