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We are seeking a focused and enterprising individual to research the media landscape in Africa and produce a business plan for a new international media and publishing company operating on the continent.
We want to build a multi-media company that will address the lack of accurate and informed coverage of Africa, its fast-changing economic, political and cultural realities.
We are a team of journalists and business people with roots on the continent and experience of running media and data companies there.
The media status quo is distorting representations of Africa across the continent and internationally, it is frustrating tens of millions of talented people and diverting billions of dollars of capital from the sort of economic transformation seen in Asia over the past three decades.
To inform the development of this company we are looking for an energetic analyst and researcher to survey the media landscape in Africa with the aim of drawing up a credible and practical plan to develop the business and to bring in international investors.
The initial appointment would be for a three months research and business development assignment, including a month’s trial period. In the longer term, our plan would be to work with the successful candidate to develop a corporate development strategy, raise the required finance and build a management team.
Experience, Education & Skills
We are looking for graduate in economics or other social sciences, with proven experience of running research and data collection projects. The successful candidate will be highly numerate and commercially-oriented.
A post-graduate qualification such a Masters in Business Administration or similar would be a great advantage, as would an ability to speak, read and write French.
To succeed in this role, you’ll need to be:
An inquisitive and imaginative self-starter. You would have exceptional analytical abilities, have excellent social and networking skills. You would also be a perceptive interviewer. Much of the research will require detailed interviews with media business professionals, journalists, academics, investment companies and financial institutions.
Highly numerate and have knowledge of statistics, have experience wrangling small and large data sets to extract the required business and financial information. You would enjoy digging into the data to establish cause and effect, and helping others to understand its significance.
Interested and informed about the latest developments in digital media and tech companies, their editorial and business implications for Africa. You would be interested in developing partnerships with the new generation of innovators in these areas.
Willing to experiment and pioneer. We’ll provide and you’ll contribute to a supportive and collegial environment where we can try new things.
Able to present your analysis in a variety of formats and channels, visually, verbally and written in ways that would prove compelling to financial institutions and international investors.
You would be an African national with at least some business experience on the continent and a developing network of corporate and media contacts on the continent. The successful candidate must be willing to be based in the United Kingdom for the three months of the project’s duration and should have the right to remain in the United Kingdom for this period.
We would pay £2,500 for the trial period first month of the project. We would pay £3,500 for each of the two subsequent months. We would also offer some travel and accommodation expenses if the work demands them.
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