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Anglophone journalist based in Dakar, in charge of English-language coverage of West Africa.
Starting date: As soon as possible.
Closing date for applications: October 15.
THE JOB: Providing coverage in English of this varied, vibrant region for AFP's fast-growing presence in Africa. The job entails translating copy in French from francophone reporters in this network and reporting in English. The position is based in Dakar, the hub of a network covering nine countries (Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone). The city of Dakar has a reputation for safety and a high quality of living, despite power and water cuts, with seafront restaurants and bars. The tropical Atlantic climate is fine for most of the year. The cost of living by European standards is relatively high because of the price of imported goods.
THE REGION: Interest in West Africa has risen sharply in recent years, reflected by the rise of violent jihadism in northern Mali, the overthrow of Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, the successful fight against Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and disputed elections and political violence in other countries. ). Four of the region's countries are francophone; three are anglophone; the two others are Portuguese-speaking.
THE SKILLS: The right candidate will have solid skills in journalistic basics -- checking facts, writing stories swiftly, accurately and to deadline, bearing in mind the specific needs of anglophone clients with regard to African news -- and be able to contribute to social media. A good level of French is essential, both in reading and orally, as is the ability to cope with a wide range of subjects, from politics and sport to business. Arabic or Portuguese is a plus. A willingness to travel in countries where conditions may be rugged or dangerous are also prerequisites. Training in working in hostile conditions is also an essential and will be provided if necessary.He/she will work under the authority of the Dakar bureau chief, liaise with the Paris-based coordinator of anglophone coverage for Africa, but also be a reliable team player, willing to help colleagues working in other languages and media. Working time is flexible, and determined by the daily work needs, but hours are likely to be long. The anglophone reporter works on weekends once a month, but gets time off in lieu.