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Handmaids outside a church in Verona, Italy. Photo credit: Federica Delogu. Source: Tracking the Backlash.

openDemocracy is an independent global media platform covering world affairs, ideas, and cultures which seek to challenge power and encourage democratic debates across the world. One of its projects, Tracking the Backlash, “investigates organised opposition to women’s and LGBTIQ rights across the world,” and focuses on “the finances, strategies and growing impact of far-right and religious conservative movements globally, including through ambitious cross-border investigations.” Tracking the Backlash is currently in need of “an experienced Africa Editor for its expanding investigative project tracking the backlash against women’s and LGBTQI rights.”


  • Location: Candidates should be based in Sub-Saharan Africa; openDemocracy has its headquarters office in London, UK.
  • Salary: £42-48,000 (Full-Time), depending on experience
  • Contract: 12 months, with possible long-term renewal subject to funding
  • Notes: Preference given to applicants who can start in October. Please list your possible start date and any availability issues in your application.

Interested applicants are required to forward a cover letter (maximum of 1,200 words) responding to the job description, why they’d like to join the team, how the role relates to the applicants’ experiences, skills and ambitions, and what applicants would bring to it. They are required to “include two ideas for investigative stories in your region and highlight any experience you have mentoring or training other journalists, or working on cross-border projects.” They will further include:

  • Links to 3 examples of recent published – or edited – work, along with a file with maximum 300 words detailing your role in them.
  • An up-to-date CV (maximum 2 pages)

Application deadline: 17:00 GMT, on Monday, 30 September 2019.

For more information, go HERE.

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Chukwuebuka Ibeh is a Staff Writer at Brittle Paper. His works have appeared in McSweeneys, the Charles River Journal, Clarion Review and elsewhere. An alumnus of the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, his works have earned him nominations for the Awele Creative Trust Award and the Gerald Kraak Prize in 2017 and 2019 respectively. In 2019, he was named by Electric Literature as one of the Most Promising New Voices of Nigerian Fiction, with an introduction by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. He is a stringer for the New England Review of Books and lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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