Job opportunity: African Energy Live Data reporter

10 Jan 2022

We are excited to offer an opportunity for a reporter to join the industry leading publication African Energy and data service African Energy Live Data. The role sits at the heart of the daily output of the company and offers an unparalleled opportunity to gain experience as a journalist and writer, as well as knowledge and expertise in the African energy, infrastructure, and development sectors.

Job description

The role involves:

  • Updating power plant records on the  African Energy Live Data platform
  • Writing related news articles for African Energy
  • Following up news reports with primary sources
  • Tracking and monitoring power projects in Africa by developing a network of contacts in the sector
  • Compiling a daily summary of external news
  • Providing support to Live Data clients with research and data analysis
  • Contributing to consultancy reports where required

In the role you will:

  • Write regularly for a highly respected and influential publication
  • Benefit from guidance from a team of experienced journalists and consultants
  • Participate in Cross-border Information’s in-house training scheme
  • Have the opportunity to speak to experts in development, economics, politics, and project development in every country in Africa on a daily basis
  • Develop country and sector expertise
  • Explore myriad complex regulatory, policy, economic, and project challenges
  • Learn about project finance and how different energy markets work in emerging and frontier markets

Candidate background

The successful candidate:

  • will be excited by the prospect of uncovering information in difficult and sometimes opaque business environments
  • will be creative in their research methods
  • will be comfortable communicating with businesses and government officials over the phone, by email, and in person
  • will have excellent written English
  • will have a keen news sense
  • will have excellent attention to detail
  • may have experience in research or journalism related to the energy industry or Africa.
  • may have professional-level French, Arabic or Portuguese. A knowledge of African languages would also be an advantage.

Details and remuneration

  • Salary will start at £22,000-24,000/yr, dependent on experience. Promotion and salary increases are available and based on performance

Application process

  • Candidates should submit a cover letter of no more than 500 words and a CV
  • The cover letter should specify salary expectation and location preference
  • Short-listed candidates will be asked to carry out a brief writing task
  • Candidates successful in the writing task will be invited for interview

Candidates should submit a cover letter of no more than 500 words and a CV to