French Editor-maternity cover

  • Professional
  • Brussels, Belgium

French Editor-maternity cover

Job description

Based in our Brussels headquarters, the editor reports to the Director of Communications and Outreach. S/he works closely with the Washington based VP for Policy, the Brussels based publication team, and regional programs. The editor will be expected to assume primary or full responsibility for the editing of Crisis Group publications in French, and contribute to some translating and editing from English to French and vice versa. This is a maternity cover position expected to last from 1 September 2017 to 1 February 2018.



  • Lead on the editing of Crisis Group publications in French, including reports/briefings, op-eds, commentaries and other outputs, to ensure clarity, house style and consistency with the organisation’s policy positions;
  • Review translated outputs from English to French and French to English to ensure clarity and consistency with house style;
  • When required, edit or translate English publications into French and vice versa;
  • Assist the publication team as may be required in the final stages of publishing Crisis Group reports and briefings, including by liaising with regional program/project directors and field analysts on last-minute issues related to the final text;
  • Assist in the drafting and editing of West and North African country reports for CrisisWatch, Crisis Group’s monthly early warning bulletin on conflicts around the world (produced in English);
  • Provide, consistent with priority editing responsibilities in French, additional support as needed to the publications, media, digital and research units.



  • Mother-tongue French and excellent written level in English; ability to write clearly and concisely in both;
  • Proven proofreading and editing experience, primarily in French but with a good working level in English;
  • At least 5 years of experience in drafting papers primarily in French, but with a good working level in English, and a proven understanding of research techniques;
  • Familiarity with written styles of campaigning organisations or newspapers, and excellent understanding of how to adapt style to audience;
  • An excellent eye for detail and a meticulous commitment to accuracy;
  • An interest and an aptitude for conflict prevention, management and resolution issues, preferably in a West African, Central African or North African context;
  • University degree in a relevant field such as international relations, history, African studies, communications, journalism or literature;
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple projects to tight deadlines; and
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.