Call for expression of interest: Editor, Human Right to Food Initiative.

Call for expression of interest: Editor, Human Right to Food Initiative.

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Who is hbs?

The Heinrich Böll Stiftung (hbs) is a German Political Foundation affiliated with the Green Party in the German Federal Parliament. The hbs Regional Office for East and Horn of Africa based in Nairobi acts as a people-centric green think-tank. We facilitate inclusive dialogues, offer expertise and, in partnership with like-minded people and organisations, develop innovative perspectives along the core themes: Gender Democracy, Sustainable Development and Regional Dialogue.

Our vision

East and Horn of Africa is a beacon of political stability and an engine for inclusive growth in Africa with a democratic, accountable and inclusive leadership that actively promotes gender equality, religious and ethnic tolerance and rights of minorities, including sexual minorities; investing its resource wealth in creating opportunities for an educated, healthy, largely young and politically active population while following a low carbon development path and supporting climate resilient livelihoods, committed to the principles of food sovereignty.

What are we looking for?

Heinrich Böll Stiftung is looking for an Editor for a short-term assignment for the Human Right to Food Initiative (HRFI). The HRFI is a programme that implements an innovative communications and influencer-led approach to the problem of chronic food insecurity in Kenya.

While Article 43 in the Constitution of Kenya recognises the right to adequate food, national legislation, policy and practice fail to implement and monitor progressive solutions to food security. The HRFI addresses the issue by contributing to a socially inclusive political discourse about chronic food insecurity across sectors with the goal of realising the human right to food. 

In this context, the HRFI Project Lead is compiling a publication on the theme of food politics in Kenya. In close liaison with the Project Lead, the Editor would be responsible for conceptualising and producing the publication from start, to finish.

The ideal individual will have at least eight years of professional editing/writing experience, with a verifiable understanding of food politics in Kenya including but not limited to topics of local and global food economics; food safety and hygiene; health and lifestyle; land and employment; emergency food aid and recurring hunger crises.

Key roles and responsibilities

  • Content and article conceptualisation
  • Author identification, engagement and briefing
  • Article review, editing, fact checking and feedback for clarity and continuity of the theme
  • Managing and consolidating written and visual content within project time frames
  • Briefing and liaising with a copy-editor
  • Briefing and liaising with a graphic designer
  • Once the publication has been copy-edited and laid out, the editor will perform rounds of proofreading to check spelling and grammar, country and city names, acronyms and abbreviations, layout problems, references etc. Special attention should be paid to the flow and clarity of arguments, style and punctuation, content errors, sequencing, consistency (especially between text, tables and figures and integration of text and graphics).
  • The editor will be responsible for the final technical editing of the publication to ensure readability and accessibility to a broad readership.
  • The editor will be expected to work with the HRFI Project Lead to prepare a publication launch and distribution strategy including a discussion forum. Publication distribution should prioritise civil society, youth (18-35 years old) and urban middle class audiences.

Mandatory requirements


Proven high standard of writing and editing skills | excellent command of the English language (written and verbal) | meticulous about punctuation and grammar | strong project cycle management skills including work plans, timing and M&E | excellent conceptual and analytical skills (verbal and written) | demonstrates leadership, team working and coordinating skills.

Education and professional experience:

Recognised degree (preferably Masters level) in journalism social sciences/economic fields. 

At least eight years of professional editing/writing experience.

Experience in research, writing, communications or content development on food rights, food politics or other relevant topics.

Experience in working with statistical data and statistical indicators and be familiar with the logic and structure of statistical tables and concepts.

Person profile:

A history of advocating for social justice and democratic accountability and understands the concept of human development.

Highly motivated, pro-active individual able to work remotely and under minimal supervision.

Ability to prioritize and act on initiative.

Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

What is on offer?

This is a part time assignment with a fee contract resulting from a competitive bidding process and commensurate with skill and experience. The first publication should be launched by 30th November 2017. 

Application process

Please email your expression of interest to with the subject line, Application: Editor. Include a detailed CV, a short motivation letter and either a portfolio of work or three links to what you believe are your best editing works. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

First published 16th August 2017. Position remains open until filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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