Copy Editor/Writer NGO Jobs – World Vision International

Job Title:  Copy Editor/Writer

Organisation: World
Vision International

Reports to: 
National Director

Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda

About US:

World Vision Uganda
is a Christian Relief, Development and Advocacy Non-Government Organization
dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty
and injustice. We currently work in over 41 districts in Uganda. World Vision
is committed to the protection of children and we will not employ people whose
background is not suitable for working with children. All employment is
conditioned upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks,
including criminal record checks where possible. “Our Vision for every child,
Life in all its fullness. Our prayer for every Heart, the will to make it so.”


Job Summary:    The Copy Editor/Writer sh0uld have a clear
understanding of English grammar, spelling and punctuation, and the confidence
to apply our house style naturally and consistently. You understand the
necessity for accuracy but love to give good writing its zing. The ideal candidate
will be comfortable working in a collaborative environment and able to
negotiate remotely with a network of colleagues providing for diverse global
audiences. This position offers a great opportunity for a creative professional
writer who can shape various writing styles into messages that create impact
and mobilise support for vulnerable children, their families and communities.
The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring that written text is
concise, consistent, complete and credible, ensuring World Vision Uganda’s
voice is clear and factually correct.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Writing and editing publishable content which meets appropriate WVI
    brand guidelines and writing styles
  • Impeccable writing and editing, employing a variety of styles for a
    range of mediums (print, online, TV, video)
  • Liaising with technical leads to compile and edit engaging articles,
    speeches, scripts and presentations which meet organisational standards of
    brand, voice, tone and writing style
  • Proofreading and correcting documents and written materials for
    accuracy and style, rewriting where necessary to improve clarity and
  • Collaborating with others, in a problem-solving spirit, to ensure
    communications are legally appropriate, professional in quality and
    strategic in nature
  • Writing persuasively and sometimes with short deadlines
  • Collaborate with the WV Uganda team to advise on consistent ways to
    tell our story, with an emphasis on continual improvement
  • Work with other communicators and marketers, sector leads and
    subject matter experts, to ensure correctness of facts, figures, numbers,
    spelling of names of people and places and all details before material is
  • Check external written material, whether published already or about
    to be published, for style, readability, creativity and attention to
    detail, and advise when re-writing is recommended
  • Raise queries on any potential risks (for example, relating to
    libel, copyright, data protection etc) with the communications manager
  • Collaborate with WV Uganda’s third-party consultants to ensure all
    written elements of communications projects work together properly and all
    design specifications are met
  • Collaborate with marketing team members to update communications as
  • Collaborate with World Vision’s international communications teams
    to position Uganda’s material for the widest and best use
  • Ensure all external communications are properly represented on the
    StoryHub digital asset management system
  • Verify that appropriate materials are being placed on wvcentral,
    wvrelief, Bob, and other sites, and work with their managers to
    adapt materials as necessary
  • Build the capacity of other communications staff to writing for
    various audiences
  • Mentor and provide guidance to less experienced writers
  • Take part in office devotions according to the set schedule
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The applicant for the World Vision Copy Editor/Writer job placement
    should preferably hold a Bachelor’s degree in the field of Journalism,
    Communications, English or Literature
  • Five years of work experience in copy editing, sub-editing,
    proofreading or related field
  • Demonstrable writing and grammar skills
  • Proven ability to follow editorial guidelines, creativity, and
    attention to details under tight deadlines
  • Demonstrated passion for writing, and the ability to retain the
    writer’s voice after editing
  • Ability to identify and understand different audience and create
    appropriate content
  • Demonstrated experience leading effective digital communications,
    including social media and an understanding of relevant tools and trends
  • Strong communication skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent organization skills to meet set target dates
  • Ability to communicate with tact, encourage writers, listen to
    feedback, provide constructive criticism and sometimes work under
    stressful circumstances
  • Proven writing experience
  • Proven ability to provide authoritative input on key strategic
  • Ability to maintain relationships with others during stressful situations
  • Able to manage multiple requests and prioritize
  • Solid/advanced work experience in the field of writing, subediting
    and proofreading.
  • Working collaboratively with technical experts to produce written
    copy that is accurate and compelling
  • The position is desk-based but depending on the person identified, a
    virtual role as editor may be viable.
  • It frequently requires working for long hours under intense deadline
    pressure without compromising standards.
  • The position also requires exclusive attention to detail and
    sometimes required to work late before a piece goes to production.

How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online by visiting World Vision
International’s e-recruitment jobs portal at the web link below.


Please follow
instructions on How to Create Account and Profile at World Vision’s
e-recruitment portal.  Qualified female candidates are particularly
encouraged to apply.

Deadline: 28th June 2019

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