Regional Communications and Media Officer at Save the Children
The Regional Communications and Media Officer role will work closely with the Regional Communications and Media Manager to leverage programs success and operations by positioning the organization as a lead source of information about children, with visible presence, while creating a compelling dialogue of Save the Children’s brand to motivate action and improve impact.
Regional Communications and Media Officer Job Responsibilities
- Support in the packaging of programme stories and content that profiles East and Southern Africa by delivering effective and timely communication
- Support in the development and packing of humanitarian communication materials by promoting knowledge to influence advocacy, policy and body of knowledge
- Manage media enquiries, obtain coverage by developing strong media relations
- Support in the development and posting of content for external sites through a range of activities
- Support in the production of all key communication assets that enable Save the Children International and its membership to amplify our voice and speak out on behalf of children affected by emergencies.
- Support in coordinating a diverse communications portfolio, contributing to strategy development, leading special projects including reports amongst others.
- Support digital communications, multimedia and social media platforms
- Provide support to ensure Save the Children’s brand and values are streamlined and reflected across all external communications channels, meeting content needs in all aspects.
- Support in profiling Save the Children’s life-saving work in emergencies and development work across a range of platforms including online, television broadcast and print outlets.
Qualifications for the Regional Communications and Media Officer
- Education to BSc/BA level in a relevant subject or equivalent field experience
- Proven experience of developing and managing the production of communications materials for INGOs or other similar organisations in emergencies and in humanitarian crises for a minimum of 5 years.
- Can produce accurate, clear and consistent information and communication outputs relating to both programme support and humanitarian situation – including key messages, Q&A’s and factsheets, case studies, press releases, media statements, briefs amongst others
- Evidence of excellent English verbal and written communication skills for a wide range of different audiences including donors, journalists and the ‘general public’. Ability to strategically target a wide range of audiences is essential.
- Deep understanding of the East and Southern Africa context, specifically the countries in the Horn of Africa, and South Sudan and Uganda, and particularly relating to international NGO work
- Excellent relationship building skills in order to work across all Country Offices and various Members
- The ability to support the communications team in high-pressure situations, with changing deadlines and priorities, and in a complex humanitarian situation;
- Understanding of how to manage strategic media engagement in politically sensitive environments essential.
- Experience in leading information and communication flows between emergency responses and a variety of internal and external stakeholders;
- Proven ability to work with communities and partners to gather case studies, testimonies and information on the humanitarian situation and on programmes.
- Excellent IT skills, especially in Microsoft Word, technical aptitude in MS Office.
- Excellent understanding of communication and information needs across fundraising, media and campaigning activities, as well donor and member requirements and standards;
- Experience in capacity building and managing humanitarian communications teams;
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion. Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy;
- An initiative-taking, proactive, inspiring attitude with the ability to manage and prioritise an unpredictable workload and solve problems quickly with limited support;
- Ability to fact check, proofread, edit and draft materials;
- The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult working circumstances.
- Commitment and interest in Save the Children’s mission, vision and values. In particular, a good understanding of Save the Children mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support
How to Apply
Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role.
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