New Job Opportunity At The Washington Post

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ROLE: West Africa Bureau Chief

Job Description

With several foreign correspondents wrapping up multi-year postings, we would like to hear from candidates interested in international reporting. At least three foreign-correspondent jobs – two in Africa and one in Southeast Asia – will become available, and we will be seeking to fill them with accomplished, agile and energetic journalists. We want to hear from aspiring foreign correspondents who have demonstrated success in delivering the deep reporting, clear writing and tenacious pursuit of elusive targets needed to connect our readers to the rest of the world – with coverage that is consequential, surprising and relevant to global readers.

Each of these three jobs carries responsibility for covering many countries across a broad region, and each will require extensive travel. Each is suited for reporters with a spirit of adventure and an ability to master new subjects quickly.

The jobs for which we are seeking applications are: West Africa bureau chief, based in Dakar, Senegal; Nairobi bureau chief, based in Kenya; and Southeast Asia bureau chief, probably based in Bangkok. The roles and our expectations for them are described in more detail below. We also anticipate vacancies soon in the Middle East and in China and would be interested in hearing from candidates whose interests might include those regions as well.

The Post’s international staff includes more than 50 reporters and editors operating from 25 locations around the world. These jobs demand versatility, nimbleness and self-sufficiency from correspondents who are expected to balance speed and depth, juggle multiple responsibilities and operate safely in challenging environments. We also expect correspondents to work collaboratively to produce high-quality work that cannot be executed by one person acting alone.

Any candidate for a foreign-correspondent role should have at least three years of professional experience as a reporter for a major English-language publication, including assignments covering a broad range of subjects and employing multiple story forms. Proficiency in a non-English language and experience in covering international stories is highly desirable. Although strong subject-matter knowledge is valuable, it is not a prerequisite; we are open to hearing from potential correspondents who may not yet be experts in the region they hope to cover.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

The Washington Post is seeking a West Africa bureau chief, to be based in Dakar, Senegal.

This correspondent is one of two Post reporters responsible for covering most of Africa, the world’s fastest-growing continent. In general, the Dakar-based correspondent will focus on West Africa, including Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, as well as the Sahel and parts of central Africa. On occasion, the West Africa bureau chief takes on assignments in other parts of sub-Saharan Africa, working independently or in partnership with our Nairobi-based bureau chief.

This assignment offers an opportunity to report across a variety of subjects, including the impact of climate change, the role of technology, the push for human rights and the challenges to democracy. We are seeking a correspondent capable of finding riveting ways to illuminate Africa in ways that feel relevant and essential to a global readership.

For the West Africa bureau chief, the coverage will include a focus on violent extremism as Islamist groups continue to gain traction in countries such as Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, and as governments struggle to combat them, with and without foreign assistance. It also offers a chance to illuminate the broader trendlines that are quickly propelling Nigeria into the ranks of the world’s most populous countries and include explosive growth of megacities such as Lagos and Abidjan, paths that hold both promise and peril.

In addition to the broad qualifications we have identified for any prospective foreign correspondent, any applicant for the West Africa job should have strong French language skills. Experience as a journalist in covering West Africa would be valuable but is not essential.

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Closing Date : 25th March. 2022

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