Job by Jakenn Publishing

JAKENN Publishing PLC, the publisher of Addis Standard tri-lingual publications, is the media company of the present and the future of Ethiopia. We bring our passion for reporting and independent journalism to tell the stories that matter in today’s Ethiopia and Ethiopia being shaped for tomorrow.

JAKENN is widely known for its flagship publications on the Addis Standard tri-lingual web portal. Started as a monthly magazine in 2011, today JAKENN’s Addis Standard website ( provides content in English, Afaan Oromoo, and Amharac languages as well as a digital production for breaking news, analyses, and spell-binding commentaries about Ethiopia that establishes an understanding of these events beyond their headlines.

The Addis Standard publications have become the most followed media brands in Ethiopia on X (formerly Twitter), and a rapidly growing audience on Facebook and Telegram, among others, with a solid website presence that provides thorough and timely content on Ethiopia’s political, economic, and social changes.  

Our values 

As a young and dynamic company, JAKENN Publishing PLC, through its flagship publication the Addis Standard tri-lingual publications, is the only independent media in Ethiopia that officially embodies the  constitutional values of a multinational Ethiopia where the aspirations of  Ethiopia’s nations and nationalities are respected and their contribution to the betterment of a democratic, just, and prosperous Ethiopia is recognized. 

We understand that this means valuing diversity in our newsroom and beyond, and making an honest effort to provide an inclusive work environment that supports growth, nurtures innovation, and embraces risk-taking by our diverse staff members. 

Marketing Manager

Job Description 

As Marketing Manager at JAKENN Publishing PLC, you will be responsible for the monetization of contents produced under JAKENN Publishing PLC’s brands to generate revenues by implementing rigorous route-to-consumer route-to-market processes. 


  • Coordinate with the senior leaders in the newsroom to ensure existing and new products adhere to brand, identity, look, and feel standards of the company 
  • Implement the process of user growth by establishing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and project milestones 
  • Coordinate with the senior leaders in the newsroom and execute all marketing campaigns across all product categories including website, marketing database, social media, and display advertising 
  • Use strong business acumen to analyze the consumer experience across different category lines and recommend both strategic direction and quick wins to implement them  
  • Initiate and finalize content partnership agreements with clients and lead the process of execution by working with the senior leaders in the newsroom and corporate services
  • Prepare periodic performance reports on the status of the different products and present them to the CEO on monthly basis 

Number: One 

Reference Number: JKP/MM/RP/24

Reporting to: CEO

Job Requirements


A minimum of bachelor’s degree in business, Marketing, Computer Science, Business Information Systems, and/or related degrees that combine business and technology from a recognized University with a GPA of 3.0 or higher 

Experience and skillset

  • Five years of experience working in a medium-sized company in Ethiopia in digital marketing, operations, customer relationship, and/or product cycle development roles 
  • Experience implementing digital marketing and audience growth campaigns in a technology company is strongly desired 
  • A strong track record of setting and meeting pre-defined targets
  • Excellent oral representation, writing, and reading skills in English and Amharic, ability to communicate in more than one Ethiopian language strongly desired
  • Ability to adapt to changes in a fast-growing media landscape and provide solutions to contemporary challenges 
  • Ability to think strategically and execute with efficiency
  • Ability to put the consumer and customer first in every interaction involving the company and always look for ways to improve the customer experience through tactical and operational process 
  • Ability to work cross-functionally with newsroom teams and negotiate constructively for the purposes of evidence-based audience growth 
  • Ability to adapt to and perform well in a multinational setting composed of staff members from different backgrounds and strong opinions 

Product Language: English and Amharic (Afaan Oromoo highly desirable) 

2.Grant Partnership & Hr Manager

Job Description 

This position holds a combined (50/50%) job responsibility of Grant Partnership and HR manager. As Grant Partnership Manager at JAKENN Publishing PLC, you will spend 50% of your full time work for managing grant application processes for media-related projects and initiatives. You will work closely with media organizations and other stakeholders to identify funding opportunities and follow media grant awards to support the development of innovative and impactful projects at the newsroom. This role requires strong communication skills, attention to detail, and a passion for supporting independent media and excellence in journalism. As JAKENN’s HR main focal person you will spend 50% of your full time work in supporting its goals by effectively managing its most valuable asset – its employees. As such you are expected to possess strong interpersonal skills, problem-solving abilities, and a thorough understanding of employment laws and best practices in human resource management.

Key Responsibilities:

Grant Management:

  •  Manage the full grant lifecycle, including soliciting media grants, preparing applications, and applying for grants 
  • Develop and maintain grant application guidelines and criteria.
  • Coordinate with internal teams and external partners to ensure gaps for media grant requirements and deadlines.

Proposal Preparation:

  • Write grant applications for JAKENN and review their alignment with funding priorities, eligibility criteria, and budget requirements.
  • Conduct thorough due diligence on grant applications for JAKENN including reviewing newsroom project plans
  • Provide feedback and guidance to grant implementations, strengthen their evaluations and maximize their chances of success.

Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Cultivate relationships with media organizations and other stakeholders to spot grant opportunities and encourage collaboration.
  • Attend industry events, conferences, and networking meetings to stay informed about emerging trends and grant opportunities in the media sector.
  • Collaborate with partner organizations and funding agencies to leverage available resources 

Grant Monitoring and Reporting:

  •  Monitor grantee performance and compliance with grant agreements.
  • Collect and analyze data on grant outcomes, impact metrics, and lessons learned.
  • Prepare regular reports and presentations for internal and external stakeholders.

Capacity Building:

  • Provide training, workshops, and technical assistance on grant applications to senior members of the newsroom to enhance their project management, storytelling, and fundraising skills.
  • Identify opportunities for knowledge sharing and collaboration between senior members of the newsroom and media grant stakeholder.

HR focal person 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement HR strategies and initiatives aligned with the overall business objectives of JAKENN. 
  • Manage the full recruitment cycle, including sourcing candidates and conducting interviews together with concerned product editors 
  • Oversee the onboarding and orientation process for new employees to ensure a smooth transition into the organization in coordination with finance and administration.
  • Handle employee relations issues and provide guidance and support to the chief editor and product editors and employees on HR-related matters.
  • Lead performance management processes, including goal setting, performance reviews, and development planning.
  • Design and administer competitive compensation and benefits programs to attract and retain top talent.
  • Develop and maintain HR policies and procedures in compliance with Ethiopian labor law  requirements and best practices including leave of absence, annual leaves,sick leaves etc
  • Identify training and development needs and coordinate learning initiatives to enhance employee skills and knowledge.
  • Monitor HR metrics and analytics to track progress and identify areas for improvement.
  • Stay informed about changes in employment laws and regulations and ensure compliance across JAKENN’s products.

Number: One 

Product Language: English and Amharic (Afaan Oromoo highly desirable) 

Reference Number: JKP/MGP/RP/24 

Reporting to: CEO

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, media studies, journalism, Human Resource or a related field (Master’s degree preferred).
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in grant management, media funding solicitation, or related fields in securing grants.
  • Strong understanding of media landscape, including digital media, journalism, and multimedia storytelling.
  • Strong understanding of Ethiopian media laws and regulations on grant opportunities for independent media  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate complex ideas to diverse stakeholder
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and grant management software.
  • Experience working with diverse grant stakeholders and promoting equity and inclusion in media.

Experience and skillset: 

  • Knowledge of fundraising principles and techniques.
  • Familiarity with media law, ethics, and industry standards.
  • Experience in program evaluation and impact assessment.
  • Fluency in multiple languages is a plus.

3.Reporter Intern

Job Description 

As a Reporter Intern at JAKENN Publishing PLC, you will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the fast-paced world of journalism. Under the guidance of seasoned professionals, you will contribute to our news coverage, research stories, conduct interviews, and craft compelling articles for publication.


  • Research: Conduct thorough research on assigned topics to gather relevant information from various sources including interviews, press releases, and online resources.
  • Interviews: Assist in conducting interviews with key stakeholders, experts, and individuals relevant to the story. Develop rapport and ask insightful questions to extract valuable insights.
  • Writing: Write clear, concise, and engaging news articles, features, and blog posts following the editorial guidelines of JAKENN Publishing PLC. Ensure accuracy, objectivity, and adherence to deadlines.
  • Fact-Checking: Verify the accuracy of information and statements included in articles through meticulous fact-checking procedures.
  • Collaboration: Collaborate closely with editors, photographers, and other team members to ensure cohesive storytelling and multimedia integration where applicable.
  • Pitching: Generate story ideas and pitches that align with the editorial focuses of JAKENN Publishing PLC. Present pitches to editors and contribute to editorial meetings.
  • Adaptability: Adapt quickly to changing news priorities and deadlines, demonstrating flexibili


  • Hands-on experience in a professional newsroom environment.
  • Mentorship from experienced journalists and editors.
  • Exposure to various aspects of the news production process.
  • Opportunity to build a portfolio of published work.
  • Networking opportunities within the media industry.
  • Employment extension into full-time Reporter’s position after six month performance evaluation

Number: One 

Product Language: English and Amharic Products

Duration: Six months 

Reference Number: JKP/IN/RP/24 

Reporting to: Product Editors 

Job Requirements


  • Graduate of a degree program in journalism, communications, or related field.
  • Strong writing skills with the ability to convey complex information in a clear and engaging manner.
  • Excellent research skills, with a keen eye for detail and accuracy.
  • Curiosity, critical thinking, and a passion for storytelling.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Familiarity with basic journalistic ethics.
  • Proficiency in digital tools and platforms for research, writing, and communication.
  • Proficiency in writing and communication skills in English and Amharic languages. 
  • Knowledge of Afaan Oromoo is highly desirable and beneficial but not mandatory.  

How to Apply

To apply for the position above, please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing samples demonstrating your journalistic abilities. Include “Marketing Manager Application” in the subject line and send your materials to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the submission deadline on or before 31 May 2024.

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