Job Title: Content Strategy Interns
Organisation: InfoNile www.infonile.org
Duty Station: Online
Reports to: Editors

About InfoNile:

InfoNile (infonile.org) is a geojournalism platform mapping data on water issues in the Nile River basin of Africa with journalism stories to promote transboundary peace. It aggregates citizen, local and international reporting on the various dimensions of water issues in the Nile Basin, ranging from the environmental and sociocultural to the economic and political. InfoNile’s major content partner is Water Journalists Africa, a network of about 700 journalists in Africa spread across some 50 countries that report on water. We also commission in-depth special projects on water to journalists reporting in the region.

Job Description:

With support from the Internews Earth Journalism Network, InfoNile is seeking four interns from Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, or Kenya to help increase and diversify the content on the website. We seek to aggregate all content related to issues of water and the environment in the Nile Basin; thus we are seeking new partner media houses who agree that InfoNile can repost their stories on the website. We are also redesigning the InfoNile website to include the capability to translate stories into multiple languages, including Arabic, Amharic, and Swahili. Interns will also be in charge of securing media house partners, finding specific stories to post, translating the stories and publishing them on the InfoNile website and social media platforms.

Interns will be paid 2,000,000 UGX (approximately USD 548) for part-time work between March 2018 and August 2018. Interns will work independently and on their own time but with oversight and mentorship from the InfoNile editors, who are based in Uganda.

Duties:

  • Secure partnerships with as many media houses and individual journalists in your country or region who are willing for InfoNile to repost their stories;
  • Find and post stories regularly that are related to the Nile Basin (particularly issues of water and the environment, but also culture, government, social issues);
  • Translate the headline and first paragraph of stories into English or Arabic/Amharic/Swahili, depending on the original language of the story;
  • Post stories on the InfoNile Facebook and Twitter pages;
  • Market and raise awareness about InfoNile and our stories through relevant networks and communication channels.

Qualifications:

  • 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 (particularly Arabic, Amharic, or Swahili)

Submissions of Applications:

Interested candidates for these positions should email their formal application and resume not later than February 28, 2018 to:

Fredrick Mugira and Annika McGinnis
InfoNile
www.infonile.org
Email: editors@infonile.org