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Be part of a regional initiative to support investigative journalism.

The IJ Hub is a non-profit company, spun off by the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism, to serve investigative journalism in southern Africa. 

The Hub supports and builds the capacity of investigative journalism centres and journalists through fellowships, workshops, networking, editorial assistance and organisational advice.

It also raises philanthropic funding to support member centres. 

Current member centres are based in Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa.

We are seeking to appoint a managing partner: editorial, who will lead and manage the Hub jointly with the managing partner: organisational.

The purpose is to provide strategic leadership with the board and co-managing partner. The managing partner will be expected to plan and implement the Hub’s editorial support and capacity building activities. The role will complement the co-managing partner’s position with regard to the Hub’s corporate management. The managing partner will also co-manage grant-making to member centres and help build and manage stakeholder relationships.

They will be required to arrange investigative fellowship placements at suitable newsrooms and provide fellows with mentoring and training. They will also be required to present editorial training workshops; support member centre journalists; mentor them where necessary; edit their stories and have these placed with external publishers; network with member centres for among others, investigative collaborations and story syndication; help to process and adjudicate member centre grant applications; and assist where necessary with fundraising, financial administration and compliance.

Applicants must demonstrate relevant journalism experience and competence. They must have a firm grasp of investigative journalism, be a good mentor, writer and copy editor; have a fair grasp of corporate and financial administration; be a self-motivator able to work individually and in a team; and have the right to live and work in South Africa.

Knowledge of the political economy, the media landscape of southern Africa and internet and social media savvy will be advantageous.

This is a full-time role and it reports to the IJ Hub’s board.

A competitive remuneration package is offered. Individuals from previously disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Please email a comprehensive CV and a short letter of motivation (maximum of a page) to [email protected] by 5pm (South Africa time) on 28 December 2021. The CV and letter should speak to the above selection criteria. Generalised motivation letters which do not address the selection criteria will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not heard from the IJ Hub within two weeks of the closing date please consider your application as unsuccessful. DM

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