Africa Correspondent

Join our team at the Guardian and be a part of a diverse and inclusive global organisation that delivers fearless, investigative journalism, and holds power to account. Our team of award-winning journalists, cutting-edge commercial professionals, and industry-leading digital experts are committed to making a difference and represent a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives. We offer a challenging and exciting environment for career development, with a focus on training, growth and fostering an inclusive culture.

We are now looking for an Africa Correspondent to report on stories from across Africa for all Guardian and Observer platforms, including daily news and analysis, news features, multimedia material, and material for non-news sections as required.

We're particularly looking for someone who can find stories that go beyond the old stereotypes of war/famine/disaster reporting, to cover culture, social issues, business and innovation, among other things.

We expect the successful applicant to be based in a major transport hub in West, East or Southern Africa.

About the Role

  • Commission and write news stories at short notice with quick turnaround
  • Research and commission travel features
  • Assist in the smooth running of the travel desk
  • Commission multi-media story forms such as photo essays and audio features
  • Nurture relationships with columnists and outside contributors

About You

  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of Africa's populations
  • Strong track record of reporting and feature writing
  • Fluency in French, or other languages spoken across the continent, would be an advantage
  • Good understanding of requirements of international correspondents
  • Prior journalistic experience, working in a fast-moving news environment, preferably for a major newspaper or website
  • Range of contacts
  • Ideally, you'll have a demonstrable ability to bring a diverse perspective to this role

We actively encourage applications from candidates who are Black, Asian or minority-ethnic.

How to Apply

To apply, please upload your latest CV and a cover letter which outlines why you'd love to take on this role, and why you're a great match for what we're looking for.

The closing date for applications is Monday 4th September 2023.

All roles at the Guardian are open for everybody to apply. It is important to us that you feel supported and comfortable throughout your recruitment process, in order to perform your best. Please let us know if there are any changes we could make to the recruitment process to make it easier and more comfortable for you. Please contact Sean Brinkley at to discuss further so we can work with you to support you through your application.

Benefits at the Guardian

Culture & Wellbeing

We want everyone to feel like they belong at the Guardian and we champion diversity of thought. Our various employee forums provide a platform to use their voice to foster an inclusive workplace.

You will also have the opportunity to hear unique insight from our journalists in our morning conference, a live discussion on the news story of the day.

Learning & Development

We encourage personal and professional growth. Employees have access to a broad range of tools and solutions, and we are happy to support the pursuit of professional qualifications through vocational courses and apprenticeships.

Additional Benefits & Policies

We offer 30 days annual leave per annum, plus an additional 5 day holiday purchase scheme. Our pension scheme is generous; if you contribute 5% then we will contribute 8-12% (depending on your age). We believe in giving back, which is why employees are given 2 volunteering days annually and the option of payroll giving. Season ticket loans are also available.

You are entitled to life cover, income protection, healthcare, sick pay and eye tests. You can also opt in to dental insurance.

We have enhanced maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave policies in place. We also support our employees by offering an IVF, menopause, baby loss, and trans equality policy.