Members can sign in here.

About the Author

Clare Herbert
Development Consultant (Kildare, Ireland)

I am a development consultant and educator, blogger and writer. My background is in communications, non-profit management and political work. My interest in international development bred from a period spent working in Zambia in 2007. Please take a look at my website, for more biographical information, or feel free to contact me for more information.


The Economist: Africa Correspondant

Published 21st April 2010 - 12 comments - 3169 views -

I just read that the Economist is currently recruiting an Africa Correspondant and I thought some of you might be interested in applying.

The job is based in London and is, of course, in English. The deadline for application is May 3rd.

More details here.

Best of luck to all applicants. 

Category: Media | Tags:


  • Hieke van der Vaart on 21st April 2010:

    Thanks for posting- but…an AFRICA correspondent, based in LONDON?

  • Clare Herbert on 21st April 2010:

    Wow Hieke, I failed to notice that irony! Well spotted!

  • Johan Knols on 21st April 2010:

    Uhm….very tempting!

  • Carla Cretan on 21st April 2010:

    African correspondents are always based in London, I even wonder with incredulity that some well-intended citizen of the world dared to raise this question! The African correspondent will be paying taxes in London, they must be English-passport carriers as the UK Home Office will not grant work permit, and of course it is preferrable that they know as little as possible of Africa so as not to cause too much international trouble for the Economist Corporation.

  • Hieke van der Vaart on 21st April 2010:

    Ha, Carla, you turned the irony succesfully into sarcasm.

  • Tiziana Cauli on 21st April 2010:

    Yeah, they should call it Africa editor. But hey Clare, thanks for posting it! I can’t believe I missed that!

  • Clare Herbert on 21st April 2010:

    No problem guys - best of luck with the applications!

  • Bill Hinchberger on 21st April 2010:

    Look, dudes. If I wanted the job, I would apply - independent of the base office. Is it weird that the job is in London? Maybe. But have any of you tried to get plane connections from one African capital to another? Life is what it is, not what we want it to be. Thank you, Clare, for posting this.

  • Carla Cretan on 22nd April 2010:

    I expect African correspondent to live on African borders and tell me what it is out there rather than sip coffees in London and fantasize about chaise-longue-ing in sunny Africa.It could be more fun crossing Africa on horse; a more dignified way of ‘corresponding’ about Africa. yes, it’s about dignity, reporting from the same level instead of high above London.

  • Larisa Rankovic on 23rd April 2010:

    Interesting situation, interesting discussion:)

  • Clare Herbert on 23rd April 2010:

    Interesting indeed! Thanks for the comments.

  • Bill Hinchberger on 23rd April 2010:

    I’m sure the job requires extensive travel in Africa, meaning long periods of time away from home. Especially for people with families, that’s a tough life.

Post your comment

  • Remember my personal information

    Notify me of follow-up comments?

    --- Let's see if you are human ---

    Mel Gibson, is he a car mechanic or an actor? Add a questionmark to your answer. (6 character(s) required)