Senior Editor (AfCDC)

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Date: Nov 14, 2023

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Organization: African Union

AU Values  

            • Respect for Diversity and Team Work             • Think Africa Above all                     

            • Transparency and Accountability                    • Integrity and Impartiality                       

            • Efficiency and Professionalism                       • Information and Knowledge Shari

Organization Information

Reports to: Managing Editor
Directorate/Department/Organ: Africa CDC
Division: JPHIA
Number of Direct Reports: -
Number of Indirect Reports: -
Job Grade: P3
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Purpose of Job

The Senior Editor is responsible for overseeing the editorial process of publications, ensuring that the content meets the quality standards and deadlines. The Senior editor will also assign, edit, and proofread articles, provide feedback and guidance to writings produced within Africa CDC, and coordinate with other editors and staff. 

Main Functions

This position involves the following main functions that are generally applicable for this category:
·    Oversee the editorial process for a publication or media outlet. This includes assigning stories, editing articles, and ensuring that all content meets the publication's standards for accuracy, clarity, and style.
·    Work with writers and contributors to develop and improve their work. This may involve providing feedback, brainstorming ideas, or helping to shape the overall direction of a story.
·    Manage the editorial budget and staff. This includes hiring and firing editors, as well as allocating resources for projects.
·    Develop and implement editorial policies and procedures. This ensures that the publication is consistent in its standards and practices.
·    Promote the publication and its content. This may involve writing press releases, attending conferences, or giving presentations.
·    Stay up-to-date on industry trends and best practices, to ensure that the publication is providing the best possible content to its readers.

Specific Responsibilities

•    Ensure the relevance, scientific quality, scientific integrity, and balance of content for the Journal of Public Health in Africa.
•    Manage the journal’s peer-review, copy-editing and other publication processes to ensure efficient, timely and high-quality publishing.
•    Ensure compliance to the journal’s publishing policies and guidelines.
•    Supervise the activities of the journal’s publishing staff and the activities of the editorial board. 
•    Develop and implement a strategy to promote interest in and influence of the journal through different strategies.
•    Coordinate communications with authors, reviewers and the editorial board, ensuring that they participate actively in the publication process.
•    Perform other duties that may be assigned by the Managing Editor.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

•    Masters Degree in a relevant discipline, such as Journalism, Mass Communication, Communicaiton, Languages, Media Studies or related
•    Bachelor Degree in any of the above or related fields
•    The candidate should have at least seven (7) or ten (10) years of experience for Masters or Bachelor Degree level of education respectively including three (3) years at expert level in editing academic books, journals, or magazines, with a proven track record of quality and impact. 
•    Experience in organizations at regional or international level is preferred.  
•    Strong knowledge and exposure of the subject matter, industry trends, and best practices.

Required Skills

•    Excellent writing and editing skills, with a keen eye for detail, accuracy, and consistency.
•    Ability to work under pressure, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines.
•    Leadership and communication skills, with the ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
•    Creativity and innovation, with the ability to generate new ideas and approaches.

Leadership Competencies

Strategic Insight
Change Management
Managing Risk

Core Competencies

Building Relationship
Accountable and Complies with Rules
Learning Orientation
Communicating with Influence

Functional Competencies

Conceptual Thinking
Job Knowledge and information sharing
Drive for Results
Continuous Improvement Orientation


The Appointment will be made on a fixed term contract for a period of one (1) year, of which the first three (3) months will be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract may be renewed for a similar period subject to funding availability, satisfactory performance and agreed deliverables. 


The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese, and Spanish) is mandatory and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage


The salary attached to the position is an annual lump-sum of US$  96,921.34  (P3 Step 5) inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff, and US$ 78,461.08 inclusive of all allowances for locally recruited staff of the African Union Commission.


Applications must be submitted no later than December 14, 2023 11h59 p.m. EAT.
-Only candidates who meet all job requirements and are selected for interviews will be contacted.
-Consideration will be given only to those candidates who have submitted a fully completed online application with a curriculum vitae (CV), an African passport, and the required academic qualifications, such as Diplomas, Bachelor's degrees, Master's degrees and any relevant certificate in line with the area of expertise.
-The African Union is an equal opportunity employer, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
-Candidates from less represented countries within the African Union are strongly encouraged to apply for positions that fit their profiles. These countries include Algeria, Angola, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Sahrawi D.R., Sao Tome and Principe., Seychelles, Somalia and Tunisia.

Requisition ID: 2046

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