• Editors at AGRA

  • Posted on: 12 January, 2018 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa is a not-for-profit organization working with African governments, other donors, NGOs, the private sector and African farmers to significantly and sustainably improve the productivity and incomes of resource poor smallholder farmers in Africa. AGRA aims to ensure that smallholder farmers have what they need to succeed: good seeds and healthy soils; access to markets, information, financing, storage and transport; and policies that provide them with comprehensive support.




    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Provide substantive editorial support (i.e., ‘heavy’ editing and rewriting where needed, content reorganization and, in limited cases, producing original draft text if needed) for key AGRA knowledge products;
    • Copy editing of the entire volume through detailed line edit, ready for final content approval;
    • Follow up as needed with authors to ensure clarity and inclusion of the latest available information, as well as the best photos available;
    • Ensure clarity and consistency of chapter abstracts, key messages and of all body text;
    • Editi the presentation style of the document and its suitability for intended audiences;
    • Advise on the continuity of style and content across/between different chapters, and the overall presentation of the report;
    • Proofread text and all tables and graphic elements;
    • Ensure that style, text citations and chapter references conform to the APA style;
    • Work directly with the graphic designer to develop cover and interior design options for the client’s consideration and selection;
    • Proofread the final designed publication for accuracy and clarity, and work with the designer to rectify any problems and/or provide any minor editing that may be occasioned by the final design.
    • Participate in write-shops for specific products
    • Provide writing/editing support as needed in the development of forewords, prefaces and acknowledgements;
    • Compile a list of acronyms;
    • Edit other content for AGRA, ensuring that text is informative and interesting and paying close attention to narrative flow, messaging, accuracy, tone and house style.
    • Deliverables:
    • Deliver short materials edited (typically news and stories for website no longer that 2 pages) not later than 2-3days after receiving the text;
    • Deliver longer materials/ documents within a timeframe agreed with the AGRA Communications team and/ or Programme Specialist;
    • Provide monthly summary reports of deliverables/ services provided

    Functional Competencies:

    Ability to think analytically, synthesize and clearly present complex processes and issues to service the information needs of heterogeneous audiences

    Excellent writing skills – ability to write in a structured, lucid and concise manner

    Demonstrated ability in substantively editing agriculture/development-related publications and/or reports

    Results orientation and commitment to producing high-quality products

    Ability to work under tight deadlines

    Required Skills and Experience


    University degree (Masters is preferred) in English or in any related field such as other languages, literature, social science, or political science.


    • At least 5 years of progressively relevant experience as an editor/ proofreader or relevant field;
    • Proved experience in editing and proofreading of English texts;
    • Proved experience of editing (applicants will be required to provide samples of their editing work that was published)
    • Experience working with texts related to agriculture/development especially in Africa.
    • Progressive relevant professional experience in data analysis, report writing, and editing of research text on agriculture and development.
    • Understanding of Africa’s economic, social, cultural, and political context in relation to agriculture.


    Professional fluency and writing skills in English required. Fluency in French is an added advantage.


    Qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to submit detailed copies of their CV and their financial proposal saved as 2 files separately to procurement@agra.org by 10 February 2018, 5PM (East African time).

    Clearly indicate the consultant position you are applying for in the subject of your application email.


    AGRA reserves the right to determine the structure of the process, number of short-listed candidates and the right to withdraw from this process at any time without prior notice and without liability to compensate and/or reimburse any party.

    Method of Application

    Qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to submit detailed copies of their CV and their financial proposal saved as 2 files separately to procurement@agra.org by 10 February 2018, 5PM (East African time).

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