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Job Description

• Liaise with literary agents, specialist readers and reviewers to obtain information and reports on new manuscripts or books for translation • Read manuscripts and assess book submissions taking into consideration the level of appeal to the marketplace and coordinate with the senior editors and the Head of Arabic Publishing to decide on acquisition or rejection • Follow up on the itinerary of the manuscript to become a published book ensuring that all phases and commitments are discussed with the Head of Arabic publishing prior to implementation • Edit and proofread the manuscript before and after typesetting, taking into consideration all the factors that would make the text appealing to readers and conformed to the publishing rules • Work alongside the outreach department to promote books prior to sales and distribution to all channels and outlets • Input data into BiblioCloud to support production timelines and workflow between departments Actively offer editorial workshops for aspiring Arabic authors in the region or to schools to expand awareness about publishing industry and practices • Participate in relevant sales, marketing and PR planning for authors/books and support where needed with the promotion, marketing and publicizing of children's/YA list Participate in acquisition, editorial progress, and trade meetings • Other reasonable tasks as assigned by supervisor Operating Environment, Framework & Boundaries: • Work is performed in a standard office environment. Communications and Working Relationships: • Supervisor - daily contact to provide project updates and receive guidance & approvals • Editorial Officer - frequent contact to coordinate author advances, ISBN assignment, submissions, and Ministry of Culture approvals. • Authors/illustrators - ongoing contact regarding contracts, edits, and production process Production & design - regular contact for production updates, cover design briefs, and jacket designs • Publishing houses - occasional contact for collaboration or rights purchase/sales. Problem Solving & Complexity: • Evaluates different options when solving problems • Refrains from jumping to conclusions in the absence of clear evidence,takes time to collect facts before developing a solution • Considers the medium term as well as immediate short-term impact of outcomes and actions • Demonstrates an awareness of the impact of preferred solution on other projects/ related problems Decision-Making Authority & Responsibility: • Accepts responsibility/accountability for own decisions and explains the rationale • Reviews available information in conjunction with interested parties and arrives at decisions by consensus judging degree of consultation needed to ensure commitment • Remains calm and resourceful when making difficult decisions, basing them on facts • Ensures decisions are taken by self and group after reviewing available information while exhibiting reasonable foresight Minimum Knowledge, Skills & Experience: • Bachelor's degree in literature or other relevant subjects 2-5 years of relevant full-time work experience • Excellent Arabic and English editing skills, and high level ability to enhance translated works that maintain the nuances and feel of the original language