Cafébabel is Europe's first online participatory media, now over 15 years old. Its publication is maintained by a highly motivated network of around 1,500 volunteers from all over Europe and boasts a professional editorial team based in Paris. The goal of the magazine is to offer a platform for civic expression to young Europeans and to promote the development of a European public opinion.
Cafébabel is a project run by Babel International, a not-for-profit organisation. Babel International organises debates, training sessions and reporting excursions all over Europe, runs cafébabel and supports a team of volunteers throughout the continent.
We are hiring one native English speaker (mandatory) to the role of Editorial Liaison for a "civic service" contract over a period of 10 months.
What does it mean to do a "civic service" placement with Cafébabel?
"Civic service" is a programme run by the French government, which is one step up from an internship. 18- to 25-year-olds can work with an organisation to carry out a mission in the public interest. Cafébabel’s mission is to promote European citizenship, and to offer a platform for young Europeans to express themselves through participatory journalism.
This non-renewable, 10-month contract is open to all candidates, regardless of education or experience. The only pre-requisite is that you must be a native English speaker.*
In order to be eligible for a civic service contract, you must be younger than 26 (born after 8 May 1991) and hold European citizenship and/or have a French titre de séjour allowing you to complete a "civic service" contract. It is preferred that you also speak good French, as well as any of our other publication languages (Italian, Spanish, German or Polish).
You are interested in news and different forms of online expression, you have strong connections with young people on different social networks, and you are interested in engaging with the first European online participatory media that lets young people across the continent speak their minds.
Under the supervision of the Editorial Coordinator, your tasks will include:
- Raising awareness of active citizenship and European issues: You will suggest articles aimed at a European youth audience, alongside encouraging young people to spontaneously pitch articles with a European perspective.
- Supporting the writing of our volunteer authors: You will support our young authors in their written work, proofreading their contributions, proposing improvements (such as sources and photos), and suggesting European angles for their pieces.
- Encouraging contributions from youth: You will publish the best articles on the cafébabel home page, while mobilising our network of translators to translate articles. You will promote published articles on social media platforms.
- Informing youth about news in Europe: You will contribute articles on themes related to youth and European citizenship. If the opportunity presents itself, you will participate in our reporting projects across Europe.
- Actively participating in the life of the network: You will actively participate in the organisation's activities (training sessions, events, debates, etc.).
Your contract and benefits
The position consists of a civic service contract lasting 10 months, 35 hours per week beginning on May 9 2017 in our Paris office.
Monthly indemnity and benefits:
€472.97 net contributed by the French state.
€450 as a housing supplement for volunteers living outside of Paris and Ile de France (with proof of address).
19 restaurant tickets per month (5,30€ per ticket).
€73 in travel expenses (Pass Navigo).
There is also a possibility of €100 per month for those with proof of "RSA" (minimum benefits provided by the French state)
Address: 226 rue Saint Denis, 75002, Paris, France
Interested? Apply Now!
Send your application (CV and cover letter in English) before April 2nd, 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Please note: This position is open to native English speakers only. We consider native English speakers as those born and/or raised in an English-speaking country. Applications from candidates not meeting this requirement will not be considered.