24 Jul 2021

Senior Editorial Officer at International Rescue Committee’s (IRC)

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Job Description

Requisition ID: req19151

Job Title: Senior Editorial Officer

Sector: Protection and rule of law

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Kasulu, Tanzania

Job Description

Background/IRC summary

The International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) mission is to help the world’s most vulnerable people survive, recover, and gain control of their future. The IRC has been working in Tanzania since 1993, promoting access to quality education, health, and protection. We deliver life changing programmes through a team of over 200 staff and 2,000 volunteers. Our work includes the management of forty schools, health facilities and protection centers. IRC and partners strive to ensure thousands of children and young people can access quality education and receive vocational training. We work to improve mental health through a network of mental health centers and work with adolescent girls, people with disabilities, to protect and empower them and help build safer, more cohesive communities.

Responsive Information services

Responsive information services are an innovative service provision initiative providing the humanitarian community with a platform to reach refugees, asylum seekers and crisis-affected communities around the world with accessible information. This programming will take a holistic approach to address information needs in Nyarugusu and Nduta refugee camps, by both providing information to refugees in the camps through medium they chose and collecting data on the types of information that refugees want and need to receive, so we can constantly adapt our content to the needs expressed. It is a useful information resource for people in need fosters more in-depth community, more trust, and, most importantly, more utility for its users. IRC will use information hubs located within communities to communicate directly with refugees and asylum-seekers listen to their questions and provide information, through frontline staff using a digital platform that provides updated articles and service maps as a basis of information.

In Tanzania, the Signpost initiative will be implemented through face-to-face two-way communication systems in information hubs throughout the camp in Nyagurusu and Kibondo, targeting mainly the Burundian refugees. A folder will be designed and populated with content and made available offline in information hubs, and frontline staffs will be trained to both provide information to refugees in the camp and respond to their individual questions and inform the Editorial Senior Officer on the information needs and concerns expressed by the refugees, especially on returns, to develop content that responds to the expressed needs.

The Responsive Two-Way Information services will work through 1) the creation of information content and provision of information to Burundian refugees in Nyagurusu camp, including on return options, services available upon return, how to access legal assistance in Burundi, etc, and 2) collecting feedback about the most pressing questions from refugees.

The Editorial Sr officer in Tanzania will work closely with its counterpart in Burundi, to collect information in Burundi about return, regularly update the content and service map provided in the camp in Tanzania, and thus provided up to date, trusted information to the refugees in the camp

Job Overview:

IRC is seeking a Senior Editorial Officer to be based in Kasulu and to oversee the responsive information services at the information hubs located within the communities. The Sr Editorial Officer will directly manage 2 information assistants in the camps. 

The Signpost Editorial Senior officer’s main responsibilities are helping develop and implement content strategy and assigning, line and copy editing, and approving content for the digital platform, and other Information Education and Communication materials produced. S/he is tasked with ensuring the content is accurate, complete, easy to understand, inclusive of refugees visual or auditive impairment and engaging.

The Editorial Sr officer is also responsible for using our content management system and other tools to work with frontline staff to usher content from the first draft through editing and translation and ultimately to its final, published form. The Editorial Sr officer will also pitch and create content for the Responsive Information Service platform.

Additionally, the Editorial Sr officer will work closely with the Information Manager in Burundi, to collect and compile information about services in Burundi for refugees upon their return.

The Sr Editorial Officer will be line-managed by the Project Manager and work closely with the PRoL team.

Major Responsibilities:

  •  Ensure content is accurate, complete, easy to understand and engaging.
  •  Edit written and multimedia content created / suggested by frontline staff.
  • Publish content in the offline version of the Box content folder.
  • Ensure the editorial calendar is up to date.
  • Help monitor refugee’s feedback.
  • Assist frontline staff with face-to-face responses to refugees.
  • Draft reports on Signpost content as assigned.
  • Regularly interact with counterpart in Burundi to ensure content about returns is accurate and up to date.


Team Collaboration

  •  Collaborate with the Senior Protection and Rule of Law Manager (ProL) Manager and the PRoL team in Tanzania, the Information Manager in Burundi; as well as with the frontline staff, to manage content across the information hubs.
  •  Ensure content is aligned with the content strategy and appropriate for publication.
  • Use online tools and other modes of communication to consistently share information with other members of the editorial team.
  • Participate in all team meetings, workshops, strategy sessions, regular communications, etc., as established by the Sr PRoL Manager.

Key Working Relationships:

 Position Reports to: Advocacy, Community Engagement and Outreach Manager

 Position directly supervises:  N/A

 Indirect Reporting: Sr PRoL Manager

 Other Internal and/or external contacts: Information Manager (Burundi); IRC Frontline staff; PRoL team in Tanzania, Protection and Rule of Law TA, and Signpost global team.


Work Experience:

  • 2-3 years of experience working with refugees, asylum seekers, displaced persons, refugee hosting communities in protection or a related field.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • Minimum 3 years editing experience required; sub-editing/copy editing experience strongly desired.
  •  Expert-level knowledge of English grammar and usage.
  • Working knowledge of French a plus
  • Knowledge of online content best practices.
  • Knowledge of social media strategy and communication with community practices.
  • Experience in Communication with Communities experience a plus
  • Experience in a humanitarian organization a plus.
  • Ability to draft weekly reports and other project progress reports of high quality.
  • Ability to conduct information needs gap assessments in various sectors to inform appropriate intervention and response to people’s queries.
  • An understanding of the power and importance of accurate information and the ability to exercise strong judgement in ensuring all answers are accurate.


  • BA/BS in English, Journalism, Communications, required.

Language Skills: 

  •  Advanced Kiswahili and English language skills, oral and written.
  •  Working knowledge of Kirundi and/or French a plus.

Preferred experience & skills:

  •  Very strong content editing skills required.
  •  Ability to work effectively with a diverse team in a sensitive environment.
  • Ability to work independently with remote management.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence.
  • Ability to handle pressure and ambiguity with grace and humor.
  • Proven organizational skills.
  • Respect for deadlines.
  • Strong interest in refugee/humanitarian issues.
  • Good news judgment.
  • Photo and video skills a plus Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with stakeholders at all levels.

 Working Environment:

  •  Standard office work environment with field visits to the camps.


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Closing Date : 30th July, 2021.

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