Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا


Vacancy Announcement: Managing and Bilingual Editors

Deadline: 15 April 2013

Number of visits: 1351

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites applications to fill two positions:

1. Managing Editor (English)
2. Bilingual Editor (French/English)

In recent years, the CODESRIA Publications and Dissemination Programme has undergone considerable expansion that has translated into a significant increase in the number of books, monographs and journals published by the Council, as well as in the organisation’s online publication services. This expansion has necessitated additional human resources with a view to further maintaining the role of CODESRIA as the leading social science scholarly publisher on the African continent.

1. Managing Editor (English)

Under the overall authority of the Executive Secretary and the direct supervision of the Head of the Publications and Dissemination Programme, the Managing Editor will be expected to take responsibility for the day-to-day management of the CODESRIA publications in English. S/he will be required to play a key role in enhancing the quality, timeliness, and reach of the different publications in the language.

Key Tasks

• Supervising the publishing process from manuscript submission to final production;
• Liaising with both in-house and external copyeditors, proofreaders, typesetters, translators, and designers;
• Maintaining a database of various consultants and service providers used by the Publications and Dissemination Programme;
• Liaising with authors, contributors and editors of publications under his/her portfolio and resolving editorial queries where necessary;
• Ensuring adherence to strict guidelines and deadlines of the Publications and Dissemination Programme
• Proofreading manuscripts in English and crosschecking bibliographic entries according to the CODESRIA style guide;
• Preparing instructions for typesetting and checking proofs before final production
• Liaising with the staff of other CODESRIA programmes for the purpose of facilitating the publication process;
• Preparing blurbs, abstracts and summary information for covers and dissemination activities;
• Liaising with the CODESRIA Marketing and Distribution officer in the dissemination publications.

The Managing Editor will need to be a self-motivating and target-oriented individual requiring minimum supervision. S/he must also be capable of leading and motivating a team of support staff.

Requirements

Candidates must:
• Possess a minimum of a Masters degree in English or Literature in English from a recognised university;
• Have at least 7 years relevant work experience in a research and/or publishing environment;
• Have a demonstrable experience of copyediting/proofreading in an academic/research work environment;
• Be fully conversant with current information technology and electronic publishing;
• Be highly competent in spoken and written English, with a good working knowledge of French.

2. Bilingual Editor (English/French)

Under the supervision of the Head of the Publication and Dissemination Programme, the Bilingual Editor will be mainly responsible for editing CODESRIA publications in the two languages.
Key Tasks

• Editing CODESRIA publications in English and French;
• Translating abstracts, blurbs, short reviews, etc. from either of the two languages to the other;
• Controlling the quality of freelance translations;

Requirements

Candidates must:
• Possess a sound university education in English and French (Combined Honours), or in either of the two languages (with minors in the other) from a recognised university;
• Have at least 3 years relevant work experience in a research and/or publishing environment;
• Have a demonstrable experience of copyediting/proofreading in an academic/research work environment;
• Be fully conversant with current information technology and electronic publishing;
• Be fluent in both English and French.

How to Apply

All applicants wishing to be considered for these positions are required to supply the following documents:

• A written application;
• A detailed CV describing the candidate’s professional experience;
• Three reference letters (two of such letters must come from people living in countries other than the applicant’s country of residence;

Both the application and the reference letters should be sent to:

The Executive Secretary
CODESRIA
Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop X Canal IV
P.O. Box 3304 CP 18524
Dakar, SENEGAL

Closing Date

All applications must be received by 15 April 2013. Any application received after this date will not be considered.




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