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Rats wearing backpacks on a rescue mission after an earthquake, dogs in rural Cambodia on the hunt for cluster munitions, and a Lab Technician in a megacity who is striving to stop tuberculosis. Are these topics you’d want to write a compelling story about? APOPO is looking for a wordsmith with a creative mind and a humanitarian heart to support our international team.

About the role:

  • You write interesting news articles for our website, compelling HeroRAT and HeroDOG updates and engaging monthly newsletters for our supporters 

  • You know our brand by heart, and optimize, edit, and proofread all our marketing copy to maintain a universal brand voice 

  • You work closely with our Public Fundraising and Communications team to brainstorm ideas to support future content 

  • You raise the bar continually for writing fresh content that boosts engagement across our targeted audiences and drives action 

  • Your SEO experience comes in handy when you optimize articles by using onsite SEO tactics and strategies 

  • You like working independently and remotely and do not mind travelling occasionally 

What we’re seeking:

  • Excellent written English 

  • Previous copywriting and SEO experience of more than 3 years 

  • Creative mind and versatile storytelling skills 

  • Write clear, attractive copy with a distinct voice 

  • Good time management and organizational skills to meet deadlines 

  • Eagerness to learn, natural curiosity, and self-motivated 

  • Willingness to work remotely, independently and as a team player 

  • Mostly residing in a time zone close to GMT+3 to make sure there’s enough overlap in the workday 

  • Available for about 20 hours / week 

What makes you stand out:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications or equivalent 

  • Previous work experience at a non-profit or charity 

  • Canva or Photoshop experience 

You’ve got what it takes? Persuade us! 

Send your CV, 1-page motivation letter, and 3 writing samples of any articles or blog posts you have written in the last year, no later than Sunday April 23rd, 2023.  

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

APOPO is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, gender identity, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, military/veteran status or citizenship status. 

APOPO was founded in response to growing awareness that landmines kill and maim people and hamper development in post-conflict areas. Methods to rid affected countries of landmines were slow so a small team in Belgium founded APOPO to develop a fast, simple and cost-efficient mine clearance technology that could be sustained within national mine action programs in low-income countries. APOPO developed a unique method using trained rats. Over 25 years later, APOPO is a global leader in scent detection animals, including both trained rats (HeroRATs) and the first ever free-running, long-range Mine Detection Dogs (HeroDOGs).

As a research organization, APOPO is always at the forefront in developing new humanitarian and environmental scent detection applications. Our core operational activities are in the fields of mine action and tuberculosis (TB) control.

The main training and research center is based at the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania. APOPO has Mine Action operations in Angola, Cambodia, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, as well as detection animal teams collaborating with partners in South Sudan, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Senegal, and TB-research laboratories in Tanzania, Mozambique, and Ethiopia where trained rats work in combination with confirmatory technology to stop TB. APOPO is supported by a large international network of diverse partners and donors as well as the general public, and has foundations in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.