Communications Officer

Application ends: January 30, 2023

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Job Description

 

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT (INTERNAL & EXTERNAL)

 

ActionAid is a global federation of 45 countries working across the world with a mission to achieve a just, equitable, and sustainable world in which every person enjoys the right to a life of dignity, freedom from poverty and all forms of oppression. We are working with people living in poverty and exclusion, their communities, people’s organizations, activists, social movements, and supporters to achieve social justice, gender equality and poverty eradication. As poverty continues to be complex and dynamic, ActionAid Sierra Leone commences its new Country Strategic Paper in 2018 which focuses on three (3) Programme Priorities: Engage the structural causes of violence against women and girls and promote the recognition, reduction, and redistribution of unpaid care work for economic justice, Improve public accountability for the provision of responsive basic public services and Advance responsive humanitarian action prioritizing women and girl’s safety, participation, leadership in emergency preparedness, response, and prevention. We are operating in Bo, Bombali, Kambia, Kono, Moyamba, Tonkolili and the Western Area. ActionAid Sierra Leone has secured a two- and half-year grant from the European Union and will be implemented in Bo, Bombali and Kono.

 

The Project: The proposed project, “Enhancing CSO participation in governance and national level policy processes”. which is funded by the European Union (EU) seeks to facilitate more inclusive CSO participation in dialogue with the government on development policy and practice by supporting CSOs and their networks to create an enabling environment for civil society to operate as actors of good governance at all levels. Lead agency AASL will work with co-applicants Advocate for Social Justice and Development (ASJD) and Women’s Action for Human Dignity (WAHD).

 

ActionAid Sierra Leone (AASL) is looking for qualified, experienced, and self-motivated persons to fill in the below position:

Position : Communications Officer(1)
Reports to :EU Project Manager with a dotted reporting to the Head of Fundraising and Communications
Supervises : No One
Location : Makeni with travel to the field as required
Job Reference No : CC/EU-CSO/2023/20/1
Duration : 2 Years  6months

 

Job Purpose: The Communications Coordinator will create, implement, and oversee communications programs, be it internal or external, that effectively describe and promote the project and the organization. Work to propel a brand’s image and donor visibility through consistent messaging and strategy. Will play a key role in promoting our organization by creating informative content, documenting stories, press releases, and media opportunities to share our organization’s message and products.

 

Person Specifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, journalism, business, or a related field
  • A diploma with five years successive experience in communications, PR, audio-visual production or related fields
  • Experience with technologies and best practices for campaigns across multiple platforms
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong copywriting and content creation skills
  • Strong Audio-Visual and production and post-production marketing skills

 

Qualification: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, journalism, business, or related field

Essential Experience & Knowledge: •

  • Experience with technologies and best practices for campaigns across multiple platforms
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong copywriting and content creation skills
  • Experience and strong audio-visual skills         
  • Install and run screens, sound and lighting equipment and productions tools 
  • Strong skills in graphic designs

 

Competencies

  • Excellent understanding of ActionAid’s vision, mission, goals, and approach to poverty eradication and development
  • Ability to develop and produce high-quality, informative, and interesting press releases, press kits, and related materials
  • Ability to develop content for social media, websites, newsletters, press releases, and any other distribution channels
  • Ability to create presentations, articles, reports, and information for inside sales use.
  • Ability to develop or commission market research as needed
  • Ability to brainstorm and collaborate with teams for new ideas and strategies
  • Ability to develop weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual media activity reports
  • Ability to plan, create and oversee the design, content, and production of marketing materials
  • Ability to identify media and press opportunities.

 

Desirable

  • Ability to multitask and monitor several projects and accounts on a daily basis
  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage time effectively
  • Ability to take initiative to develop new strategies and outside-the-box ideas for social media.
  • Excellent media relations skills
  • Ability to work independently or in a team

 

 

 

How to apply:

  • These are local positions; thus, local terms and conditions apply.

 

  • All interested candidates should complete and return the application form on aasl.byteltd.com/jobs, along with valid labour.
  • Only electronically submitted documentation will be accepted.

 

  • Please quote the Job Reference Number. 

 

  • Whilst all applicants will be assessed strictly on their individual merits, particular consideration will be given to applications from Qualified Women

 

Closing Date: Deadline for receipts of all applications is on / before 5pm Friday, 30th January 2023
Interview date will be communicated to shortlisted candidates only.
These are local positions subject to the ethos of ActionAid Sierra Leone

 

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