Reporter, Africa

Rest of World is an international journalism publication that’s focused on exploring the impact of technology beyond the Western bubble. Our goal is to surface and showcase the often surprising and unintended effects of tech in places that get little attention from mainstream global news outlets. 

Since launching two years ago, Rest of World has published stories from over 90 countries. Our stories explore the spaces where tech, business, culture, and human experience collide, through compelling storytelling and fresh, innovative design. We are a mission-driven nonprofit startup that aims to push forward our understanding of technology’s role in rapidly changing cultures.

Rest of World is looking for an energetic, experienced, and enterprising reporter with a sophisticated understanding of the effects of technology across Africa to join our team. The ideal candidate is someone who is open to experimenting with story formats, and will jump at the opportunity to write about the rush among African startups to spend money on celebrity endorsements with the same enthusiasm as they do on investigating allegations of mismanagement and toxic culture in the region’s biggest tech companies.

The role can be based in one of the major African hubs, including Nairobi, Lagos, or Johannesburg. The role will report to the Africa editor.

Responsibilities

  • Pitching, reporting, and writing stories about the tech ecosystem in Africa’s key cities
  • Researching and reporting on African tech and business, including but not limited to general research briefs, chasing down story leads and tips, and writing your own stories for publication
  • Providing material for the publication’s newsletters, events and special projects

Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of experience in journalism or publishing
  • First- or second-language skills beyond English and a major plus, with a preference for candidates with French or/and Portuguese
  • Experience reporting on international issues, business or tech coverage 
  • You must be comfortable with data as well as basic economic and financial concepts
  • An understanding of what audiences are looking for in digital and social media technology and business coverage
  • A serious desire to bring new information into the world and an obsession with telling great stories in different formats
  • Strong research skills, especially across different regions, cultures and languages
  • A strong work ethic, comfort with startup conditions, and must be motivated self-starter
  • Collaborative, enjoys working in teams with different disciplines and learning from others

To apply, please send a CV/resumé and a short cover letter to jobs@restofworld.org with “Africa reporter” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please share three stories you’ve reported, describe how you sourced each story and tell us what you’d do differently this time. Also, share an idea in 30-40 words you’d like to write for Rest of World.

The deadline for applications is Nov. 15, 2022.

Working at Rest of World

At Rest of World, we are building a team that values diversity and believes in telling stories from communities and countries that are often ignored around the world. Here’s what you can expect when you join us:

  • Competitive salary (with a raise, promotion and merit bonus framework based on performance and tenure)
  • Vacation (20 days)
  • Sick leave (10 days)
  • Annual holidays (15 days)
  • 401(k) plan (employer matching up to $12,500 per year)
  • Flexible Spending Plan (for qualifying medical and dependent care expenses)
  • Health, dental and vision insurance
  • Long-term and short-term disability insurance (employer-paid)
  • Life insurance (employer-paid)
  • Supplemental benefit schemes for commute, wellness, childcare and cellphone costs

For roles based outside the United States, Rest of World strives for parity with U.S benefit offerings, subject to local regulations and restrictions. Rest of World also offers non-U.S.-based employees further supplemental benefit schemes including a coworking allowance and a home office/connectivity allowance.

Rest of World is an equal opportunity workplace. We value inclusion and diversity, and anyone who applies and qualifies for opportunities in the organization will receive consideration for employment without discrimination against age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, color or disability.