Saide: Senior Story Publisher

South African Institute for Distance Education
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 2 February, 2014
Opportunity type: 
Employment

The South African Institute for Distance Education's (Saide) recently established, innovative African Storybook Project aims to support early literacy development through creating and stimulating the use of a website and digital library of openly licensed local language stories for the first few years of reading. Founded in 1992 as an educational Trust, Saide strives to increase access to quality cost-effective education through the use of open learning approaches, quality distance education strategies, and appropriate technology in South Africa and the African region.

Passionate about children’s early literacy? Interested in joining the African Storybook Project team? Saide’s innovative African Storybook Project aims to support early literacy development through creating and stimulating the use of a website and digital library of openly licensed local language stories for the first few years of reading.

Saide seeks to appoint a Senior Story Publisher, based in Johannesburg.

The key role for this position is to lead the process of selecting, developing, and versioning stories for early reading (in local languages and English), working with the country coordinators in Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Lesotho and their writers.

This is a full or major time contract position until December 2016.

Requirements:

  • Passion for and knowledge of African children’s literature for the early years, including emergent literacy;
  • Ability to recognize stories with potential to engage young African readers from a range of contexts and support reading for pleasure;
  • Ability to mentor African language writers in selecting, re-shaping and/or writing stories for young readers;
  • Good design sense, particularly the relationship between illustration and text in early reading material;
  • Strong interest in (or experience of) web-publishing;
  • Relevant Honours degree;
  • Excellent English communication skills, both oral and written.

A working knowledge of one or more African languages will be an advantage.

Remuneration commensurate with skills and experience will be offered.

To apply, submit a written one-page motivation, CV and the names and contact details of three work-related referees to Maureen Madonsela at aspvacancies@saide.org.za.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

Enquiries: Tel: 011 403 2813.

More comprehensive project and position descriptions are available on the website.

For more about the South African Institute for Distance Education, refer to www.saide.org.za.

For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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