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Plan International is an independent non-profit development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. 


We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it is girls who are most affected. 


Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children. 


We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.


We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.


We are currently seeking to recruit:

Title:                       Communications Officer

Grade:                    C2

Location:                Moyamba

Report to:      Project Manager


Summary of the position 

The Communications Officer will be the focal profile and branding point for the project and will be responsible for developing and delivering communication contents for internal, external and donor visibility in order to fulfil the project’s communication goals.


Dimension of the Role

The Communications Officer has two reporting lines: she/he will report to the Project Manager with dotted lines to the Emergency Communications, Information & Advocacy Manager. The incumbent will be further responsible to produce contents like, photos, change stories, media releases, and social media contents, organize and coordinate the production of behavioural change communications content for the project.


Key Responsibilities 

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive communication and visibility plan for the project which can guide the marketing and profiling of the project

  • Assist in promoting the interventions of the project in the area of Behavioural Change Communications (BCC) through Radio and TV shows;

  • Capture stories on the project that will be shared with the media both locally and internationally during project intervention;

  • Produce messages that can be used for the creation of BCC contents like Jingles, Posters, Flyers, Radio drama and Social media etc. for mass sensitization;

  • Capture milestones of the project and produce them in the form of change stories that can be used for donor and public communications;

  • Lead in the production of BCC contents for the project;

  • Profile and market the project using both traditional and new media;

  • Produce reports on the project that will fit into overall annual report of the organisation;

  • Work with specialized service providers like graphic artist, actors, cartoonist in guiding them in content production for the project;

  • Organize and position the project in the media by working with various media houses and journalists to market and profile the project;

  • Liaise with the Girls out Loud team (a social media platform for young women) to engage young people on Behavioural Change Communications;

  • Undertake any other assignment that will be given by the immediate supervisor.



Education/Professional Background:

  • A minimum of first degree in Communications Studies, Public Relations, Journalism or relevant field. 

  • Additional studies or a short course in Project Communications could be an added advantage.

Knowledge and skills

  • Strong creative writing and editing skills

  • Experience in media relations

  • Knowledge in Behavioural Change Communications content production

  • Experience in the use of office software packages and social media platforms

  • Good knowledge and experience in handling camera, design software and web based management systems

  • Strong social media presence (LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter)



Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.


Ensure staff understand Plan International’s commitment to driving a feminist agenda within the organization, and the ambition for gender equality and gender transformative leadership is embedded in our value-based leadership framework.




We are open and accountable

  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.

  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.

  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.

  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.

  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people


We strive for lasting impact

  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.

  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.

  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.

  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.


We work well together

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.

  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.

  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.

  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.


We are inclusive and empowering

  • We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential

  • We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace

  • We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives. 


Last date for submission of Application (CV and cover letter) is: 13th August, 2020 by 5:00 pm


Your application should include: 
·         A cover letter
·         A comprehensive CV including details of two referees, one of whom should be your current or

           most recent supervisor


Send applications to the below link:

Only short-listed candidates shall be contacted. References will be taken and background and anti-terrorism checks will be carried out in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People’s Policy. 


Plan International follows an equal opportunity policy and actively encourages diversity welcoming applications from all especially women and people living with disability.


Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.


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