VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT – Publisher and Author Relations Manager (Kenya)
Our client, Worldreader is a global organization on a mission to create a world where everyone is a reader. Founded in 2010, Worldreader partners with local governments, school systems, communities, and related businesses in over 50 countries, providing the digital library experience to readers ages 0-100+.
Literacy is transformative: it increases earning potential, decreases inequality, improves health outcomes and breaks the cycle of poverty. Yet there are 740 million illiterate people in this world and 250 million children of primary school age who lack basic reading and writing skills (source: UNESCO). Books are necessary for the development of these skills, and still 40% of schools in Africa have few or no textbooks at all (source: SACMEQ II).
Worldreader’s programmes and projects occur predominately in the global south, and our main regional programmatic hubs are in East Africa (Kenya), West Africa (Ghana), and India (New Delhi). To read more about Worldreader, please visit worldreader.org.
About this position
Worldreader is implementing the Local Content for African Libraries (LOCAL) project and we are searching for a Publisher and Author Relations Manager (PAR) to lead Worldreader’s digital content development in new geographies.
Based in Nairobi with regular travel to both Uganda and Zambia, the PAR manager will assess the current publishing landscapes in each country, and build the relationships necessary to acquire and produce content for our global digital library. In the first year, this individual will work with the team to acquire a minimum of 120 new titles in local languages for the LOCAL project.
The ideal is gregarious and enthusiastic professional with proven successful publisher/author relations experience in Kenya, and Zambia or Uganda. You are a self starter, team player, and strategic thinker
This is a grant funded, 12-month contract position starting October 2017 and ending September 2018 with the possibility of renewal.
•Conduct publishing and digital content landscape review and analysis. They will also offer support on how to digitize the content.
•Recruit and steward publishers, authors, and content producers to create, sell, or donate content to Worldreader. He/she will have to look for authors and translators who can translate content into the local languages.
•The individual will be assisting in developing content in local languages.
•Source relevant public domain and creative commons content local and relevant to our program partners.
•Lead and project manage the acquisition, licensing, and translation of new or existing content. The content will be very varied (not only school content) to be put in a community library.
•They will be responsible for sourcing for Publishing contracts in those countries.
•He/She will be responsible for assisting to select the types of books/titles that will be put in the library.
•Significant travel to Zambia and Uganda.
•Any other duties as assigned related to or in support of Worldreader’s vision and mission.
•A minimum of three and preferably at least five years working in book publishing OR experience in a partner-facing content role.
•Professional experience writing and/or editing in a publishing or content creation environment.
•Proven project and relationship management skills i.e coordinating and managing the process.
•Past success in operating in a fast-paced, constantly-evolving team environment.
•Advanced English proficiency; written and verbal communication.
•Comfort and expertise with databases, mobile and web technologies.
•B.A. in Business Administration, English, or other relevant field of study.
•Demonstrated knowledge of electronic publishing workflows with epub and mobi files, metadata collection, and ability to communicate with a range of stakeholders in a production process.
•Experience working internationally including in Zambia and Uganda is an added advantage.
•Experience producing or managing local language content.
How to apply
If you possess the necessary qualifications and experience for this position, please apply for the vacancy by emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org before 12th October 2017 by 5:00p.m.
Only qualified s will be contacted.