Digital Content Editor (Hausa)

Washington, D.C
Sep 16, 2021
Sep 23, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Voice of America's Africa Division in Washington, DC. Incumbent serves as a Digital Content Editor in the Hausa Service and is responsible for producing content for digital platforms.
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Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Institutes policies, standards and procedures to manage, improve and maintain the quality of writing in the Hausa language for the service's websites and social media platforms. This involves, but is not limited to the institutions and implementation of best practices including the training of the service's staff in how to write for digital media.
  • Coordinates programming with the Africa Division's Internet Managing Editor to manage and ensure the service's websites and social media platforms are aligned to meet objectives and fiscal year digital media targets.
  • Supports, in coordination with the service's Managing Editor, the daily communications and transfer of important stories, events and newsworthy reporting opportunities to the Division's Bridge Editor for dissemination to the other VOA language services.
  • Incorporates the use of analytics, metrics and third-party digital and social media trends into daily editorial research, decision making and guidance with an understanding that such information conforms to the objective in increasing the Hausa-speaking youth audience and in particular, young women in VOA Hausa's target areas.
  • Edits content from reporters across the agency, checking the substance, accuracy, balance and style of text, photos and video.
  • Coordinates field reporting by Hausa staff and freelance contributors, including Facebook Live focus groups. Assembles that content into multiple digital products for Hausa Service and the Africa Division.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by closing date of the announcement to be considered.
  • Applicants must complete online questionnaire.
  • If you are a male applicant, born after 12/31/59, you are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act. The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
  • This is a public trust position. If selected, this position requires the completion of the SF-85.
  • Suitability Determination: If selected, you will be subject to a security investigation to establish your suitability for federal employment. The security investigation will include, among other aspects, a review of your credit and legal history.
  • This position is covered by a Union Agreement
  • This vacancy is advertised under Delegated Examining (DE) procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens. Non-US citizen applicants MUST apply to NC-11224383-21-LM.
  • Your application to this DE announcement will only allow consideration for this announcement. We cannot electronically or manually move your application to corresponding NC announcement.
  • The full performance grade level for this position is GS-13.
  • Candidates may be required to work nights, weekends and holidays.


Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the GS-12 or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector AND fluency in the English and Hausa languages.

Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Applicants resume must show experience in the following:
  • Experience to combine a variety of sources and reports into a singular, coherent news story on digital platforms;
  • Experience with project management, which includes organizing, planning, scheduling and delivering multiple projects on a deadline;
  • Experience which demonstrates a knowledge of the radio and TV broadcasting industry, in regards to producing content on both platforms; and
  • Experience with all phases of social programming and distribution on major platforms.

  • Education

    Applicants cannot substitute education for experience.

    Additional information

  • If you are an eligible Inter agency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant, you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 80 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
  • Applicants claiming veteran's preference must submit a DD-214 (copy # 2 or 4 - member copy); veterans who are claiming disabled veteran preference must also submit a VA disability letter and a SF-15; AND, applicants seeking widow or other special veterans preference must submit a SF-15 and all documents indicated for their specific form of preference.
  • If you are still on active duty, you may submit a statement of service from your Personnel Command which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received.

  • How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Once your resume or application is submitted, a review of your qualifications will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements and competencies required for this position.


    • Decision Making
    • Journalism
    • Manages and Organizes Information
    • Social Media
    • Target Area
    • Web Technology

    Possession of competencies may be addressed in a cover letter and/or resume. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your qualifications. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. You will then be placed in one of three rating categories:
    • Qualified Category
    • Well Qualified Category
    • Best Qualified Category
    Application of Veterans' Preference: Category Rating does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more will be placed at the top of the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher). Preference eligibles who do not have a service-connected disability of 10 percent or more will be assigned to the appropriate quality category based upon the job-related assessment and will be listed ahead of nonpreference eligibles within the appropriate quality category.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
    • Resume

    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s), which may not be required for all applicants:
    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • Resume
    • SF-15

    Although the required documents listed in this announcement only indicates that a resume is required, other documents may be required in specific circumstances, as indicated in application requirements in Other Information above.

    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach the member copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also attach an Application of 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF-15) plus the proof required by that form.

    If you are still on active duty, you may submit a statement of service from your Personnel Command which states the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating, and the campaign medals you have received.

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