Consultant Non-resident Junior Editor (French)

Job Description

Job title: Consultant Non-resident Junior Editor (French)
Department: Research and Programs, Global Development Network
Reporting to: Blog Manager

Global Development Network (GDN) is a public International Organization that builds research capacity in development globally. Founded in 1999, GDN is headquartered in New Delhi. GDN seeks to a hire Non-resident Junior Editor (French) to serve from his/her country of residence.

Profile Summary

GDN is looking for a Consultant Non-resident Junior Editor (French) to support run day-to-day operations of a global, collaborative, research-based blog on socio-economic development. The successful candidate will administer the French interface of the blog, support the editorial process, and support remotely outreach efforts in French speaking countries, in close collaboration
with the Editorial Team.

This is a 1-year, renewable consultancy position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in their country of residence at the time of application and for the whole duration of the contract, and are individually liable for paying taxes as per local laws. Occasionally, travel might be required.

Applications are invited from highly motivated and passionate candidates who are French native speakers (or equivalent) and fluent in English. Outstanding writing skills, strong interest in international development, an interest to communicate research to a broad audience - as well as work experience in international, multilingual work environments - are an asset. Attention to detail and experience supporting publishing and outreach efforts, including but not limited to Social Media, is a must.


GDN is launching a new blog in partnership with (and with support from) a consortium of top-profile institutions in the international development landscape. The blog will publish accessible, high-quality, research-based contributions from researchers working on socio-economic development from a number of disciplinary angles, within and beyond economics, from both Southern and Northern institutions. The blog will run in English, with interfaces also in French and Spanish, and its audience includes researchers in the social sciences, policy actors, development assistance professionals, students of development and the general public. The goal of the blog is to maximize the visibility of social science research for development, becoming within the first two years of its launch a reference
platform for critical and lively debates on all aspects of development, engaging development researchers globally and opinion-setters at the highest level. The vision of the blog is to boost the distinct contribution of Southern and Northern social science research to finding consequential answers to the most urgent development challenges the world faces today. It builds on the example of some the most influential policy and op-ed platforms (VoxEU, LaVoce, Microeconomic Insights, Project Syndicate, etc).

The Consultant Non-resident Junior Editor (French) will work closely with the Blog Manager to administer the French interface of the blog, support the editorial process, and support outreach efforts in French speaking countries. S/he will be primarily responsible to:

  • Ensure overall formal quality of the French interface of the platform, at all times;
  • Moderate debate (comments section) on the platform and social media (French);
  • Support the Editorial Team to plan and execute high-visibility outreach initiatives in French and/or in French-speaking countries, including remotely;
  • Support the Editorial Team to regularly scope partnerships and identify potential contributors from French-speaking countries for the blog.
  • Occasionally represent the blog at relevant events in French speaking countries.
  • Produce content in French for Social Media based on the content flow of the blog and ‘front page’ themes.

Profile Specifications


Master’s Degree in the Humanities, Social Sciences, International Development, French Studies or Communication. (Essential)

Knowledge and Experience


  • A generalist expertise and proven personal interest in international development debates and research, with a good understanding of the institutional landscape of international development.
  • Proven experience of writing for blogs or publications for academic and broad audiences in
  • French.
  • Good understanding of the use of social media in support of institutional initiatives and
  • publication outreach
  • Proven ability to work remotely and independently.
  • Availability to work part-time on the project, managing schedules with varying workloads.
  • Experience supporting the organization of high-visibility academic or policy events with multiple partners


  • Excellent English language and native (or equivalent) French language skills.
  • Copy editing experience and outstanding attention to detail.
  • Proven track-record of producing or supporting the production of readable, high quality written communication, including for academic and/or policy audiences.
  • Previous proven experience using Social Media in a professional context.

Teamwork and Motivation

  • Ability to work independently and remotely.
  • The ability to work in a diverse team, including as part of diverse teams
  • Strong organization and planning skills
  • Proven experience of organizing own work and meeting deadlines in coordination with a global team working on different time zones.

Application Procedure

Please apply by e-mail to with the following application material and include “Consultant Non-resident Junior Editor (French) Application” in the subject line:

1. A cover/motivation letter (applicant should indicate his/her remuneration expectation clearly in the cover letter)
2. Your CV
3. Three relevant writing samples (two on a topic of relevance in French and one in English, including pieces accessible online)
4. Three references

Last date for submission of application is July 31, 2017. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. For more information on GDN, please visit: