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Vacancy Announcement: Copy Editor, World Organisation for Animal Health

Position Title:  Copy-Editor
Salary:   €2,900 / month + benefits (salary exempt of French income tax, annual bonus)
Duration: 2 years – Renewable for an unlimited number of times according to performance

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is an intergovernmental organisation recognised by the World Trade Organisation as a reference Organisation for intergovernmental standards concerning zoonoses and the sanitary safety of international trade in animals and products of animal origin, and is in charge of improving animal health, veterinary public health and animal welfare worldwide, as well as transparency of the global animal disease situation.

The OIE maintains permanent relations with over 70 international and regional Organisations and has 12 regional offices around the globe.

You will support the work of the Publications Unit in producing high-quality publications by editing manuscripts to a high standard, providing editorial guidance, and overseeing the work of freelance service providers. You will work as part of a small team consisting of the Head of the Unit, the Sales and Marketing Manager, a Secretary/Translator who coordinates the production of our trilingual magazine and edits the French-language version, and a Secretary whose primary responsibility is coordinating the peer-review process for the Scientific and Technical Review.

Responsibilities :
Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Publications Unit, you will be responsible for the following:

-Copy-editing scientific articles
– Editing manuscripts for the Scientific and Technical Review (text, tables, figures and references) for accuracy, clarity, consistency and completeness.
– Corresponding with authors regarding changes to the manuscript.
-Coordinating the work assigned to freelancers.
– Assigning work to freelance copy-editors and proofreaders and highlighting possible problems.
– Following up on assignments to ensure compliance with deadlines.
– Checking work carried out by freelancers (suggesting additional modifications if necessary, re-contacting the author, ensuring consistency across all manuscripts).
Proofreading before printing.
– Assigning DOIs and preparing manuscripts and figures for the typesetter.
– Correcting proofs and liaising with the typesetter to prepare papers for printing.
-Participating in the development of work processes.
– Updating the publications style guide.
– Identifying and proposing relevant work tools.



– A Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences with at least three to five years’ experience of writing and/or copy-editing.
– A Bachelor’s degree in Literature, Languages, Journalism, Media or related Social Sciences with at least three to five years’ experience of writing and/or editing scientific texts.

– Professional training in copy-editing and/or proofreading skills would be an asset.
– Experience with editing texts written by authors for whom English is a second language would be an asset.

Required skills:

Technical skills:
– English as a first language.
– Good knowledge of French.
– Excellent written English and editing skills, including impeccable spelling, grammar and punctuation.
– Good knowledge of Word (e.g. templates, styles, macros, and find & replace using wildcards) as well as PowerPoint and Excel (for editing figures and graphs).
– Strong internet search skills.

The following skills would be an asset:
– Familiarity with editing tools (e.g. PerfectIt software).
– The ability to read Spanish.

Soft skills:
– Excellent level of concentration, precision and attention to detail.
– Capacity to work respecting tight deadlines.
– Ability to work independently and within a team.
– Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to build good working relationships with authors.


General Information:
The OIE places high value on a multicultural and positive work environment. The OIE is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, irrespective of their ethnic origin, gender, opinions or beliefs. This is a full-time position as an international civil servant based at the OIE Headquarters in Paris (France) that is available from June 2017.

A CV, together with a cover letter identifying how you meet the above criteria, should be addressed to the Human Resources Department (, CC’d to the Head of the Publications Unit (, by 4 April 2017 at the latest.

Suitable applicants will be asked to edit a short piece of writing and a shortlist of candidates will then be invited to attend an interview.

As part of the interview process, candidates will be asked to conduct a short editing test.

Publicity Internship at The Lilliput Press

The Lilliput Press, one of Ireland’s most prestigious independent publishing houses, seeks a full-time publicity intern for the period April to July 2017. This four-month internship is an opportunity to experience the front line of Irish book publishing in a creative and friendly work environment.

You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in social media marketing, running publicity campaigns, event management and sales, as well as learning valuable administrative skills. You will be required to flex your copywriting skills, proofread publicity materials and deal with media contacts. Suitable candidates will have the opportunity to read and critique submitted manuscripts and will be able to get involved in the book design process and the broader book production process.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong social media and PR skills
  • A professional phone manner
  • Good organisational skills
  • A flexible, positive attitude
  • Good attention to detail with excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Confidence in working independently, with good time management
  • A comprehensive knowledge of the Irish publishing industry and of established and emerging Irish authors
  • Proficiency using a Mac and, ideally, in Mac-based Microsoft and Adobe software.

Note that although this opportunity is technically unpaid, we do offer a small once-off stipend upon successful completion of the internship.

CVs and a very brief cover letter (no more than 300 words) should be submitted by email to our Publishing & Production Manager, Ruth Hallinan – – by 12 PM on Friday 24 March 2017.

Independent Bookshop Week 2017


Bookselling Ireland is keen to build up the IBW campaign in Ireland for this year, and we would love to talk to Irish publishers who are keen to support the campaign.  IBW is designed to encourage book lovers to visit bookshops throughout the week (24th June to 1st July), and to encourage booksellers to celebrate bookshops on the main street in this key pre-holiday summer period.  This year is IBW’s 11th year, and we are working with Kate Bowe PR in Dublin to build the PR reach of the project in the trade, and in the media.  Based on our UK experience, support from publishers comes in many forms:

  • Authors into bookshops – for events, signings etc
  • Signed copies exclusive (or early) for indies
  • Offers, deals, promos on backlist titles
  • Children’s resources – party packs, badges, stickers, character costumes for bookshops – e.g. Find Wally treasure hunt, or Gruffalo costumes
  • Window illustrations – many publishers have sent out illustrators to work on bookshop windows ‘live’ – great for local PR
  • Limited edition publication  for indies – early or exclusive product for indies
  • Testimonials from authors who are happy to speak up on behalf of indie bookshops – we can use these in social media and in our print materials

If you’d like to see last year’s offers – they might give you ideas or inspiration – check out the IBW site and if you have any ideas for this year, please

Bulletins go out to all 400 IBW shops (including the 45 participating  indies in Ireland) from April onwards – each publisher offer gets its own dedicated IBW Bulletin.

We really look forward to hearing from you, and to working with you to get IBW really working in Ireland this year.

Shopfloor Publishers Project – Bringing Publishers and Booksellers Closer Together

At the recent Irish Book Trade Conference, Bookselling Ireland launched our Shopfloor Publishers Project to the Irish trade.   The project is designed to encourage publishers to travel to some of our best and liveliest bookshops, and in the UK has already attracted leading publishers and booksellers to take part.  The project is part of the BA President’s, Roz de lay Hey’s, push to engage publishers in the practical and commercial realities of bookselling, and to build substantial collaborations across the industry as a result of improved awareness and engagement.

The project recommends a day in the bookshop and is not just about visiting the shop; it’s about seeing how the shop works, and how books sell to customers: working there.  We are hoping that some tangible collaborations could flow from the project – including reciprocal visits by booksellers to publishers.  So far, Shopfloor Publisher visits have been made by over 20 senior publishers and we are hoping to build up a list of willing bookshops and publishers in Ireland.  Once we have a few collaborations set up, we would hope to share the outcomes of those with the wider trade, so please do get involved!

If you’d like to be part of the Shopfloor Publishers Project, please email


Opportunities for poets from Poetry Ireland: Cúirt Bursary; Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary and Mind your own Business! – a seminar on the practical side of being a poet.

Poets in all stages of their careers can take advantage of opportunities presented by Poetry Ireland in March and April. 

Poetry Ireland and Cúirt International Festival of Literature (23-30 April 2017) are delighted to offer an emerging younger poet the opportunity to visit the festival and to immerse themselves in the poetry programme. The Poetry Ireland and Cúirt Bursary includes tickets to all events and workshops, accommodation for 5 nights, travel costs to Galway and a per diem. Applications are invited from those aged 35 or under who are based on the island of Ireland. The deadline is 31 March, and more details can be found at or 

Poetry Ireland and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig are offering two fully resourced Poet-in-Residence Bursaries (one week in duration) in 2017.  This bursary is specifically designed to appeal to mid-career poets.  While many schemes exist to support emerging writers, our intention is to focus on poets who have achieved a level of distinction in their field and who need time away from other demands to focus on writing poems. See for details on how to apply.  

On Poetry Day Ireland (27 April 2017, 1-5.30pm), Poetry Ireland and Words Ireland are delighted to present Mind your own Business!  an afternoon focusing on the practical side of being a poet.  

Mind your own Business! will feature a masterclass on the process of publishing poetry with Don Patersonthe award-winning Scottish poet and poetry editor for PicadorPaul Perry, poet, author and artistic director of the Ennis Bookclub Festival, will lead a session on writing applications for grants, and poet Jane Clarke and Poetry Ireland’s Communications Manager, MuireannSheahan, will present a session on marketing and self-promotion for poets. Participants will also have an opportunity to take part in Alexander Technique for Poets with TomásHardiman. Tickets to this event are free, thanks to the support of Words Ireland, but must be booked in advance at 

For more details on all of Poetry Ireland’s opportunities for poets, see