Vacancy Announcement for Senior Public Relations and Communications Officer (PR&C)

Position:             Senior Public Relations and Communications Officer (PR&C)

Reports to:             HoA-REC/N Executive Director

Job Summary

The PR&C Officer is responsible to provide communication and Public Relations tasks for positioning the Centre as a strong brand for environmental causes in the Horn of Africa region.

The position calls for a creative, innovative thinker with excellent written and verbal communication skills while maintaining high journalistic standards of accuracy and integrity. The Senior PR&C Officer will bring a fresh perspective on ways to gain media/social media attention, be well versed on the latest ICT trends and technology and will commit to collaborating with partners.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plans and executes the communication activities of the Centre and network in collaboration with coordinators
  • Facilitates and requests for content /articles from relevant personnel;
  • Disseminates accurate, timely and credible information to relevant programmes and partners;
  • Writes news releases, speeches, articles for distribution to the media as required
  • Supports the compilation, editing and publication of newsletter of the Centre following approval of the Editorial Team
  • Oversees the compilation, editing and publication of newsletter of the Centre(online and hardcover)
  • Oversees the maintenance and improvement of the HoA-REC/N website for content and visibility
  • Posts information on the Centre’s website following approval of the Editorial Team
  • Works hand in hand with the Executive office, Network/Partnership, ICT team, and programme coordinators to create a proactive communications programme that supports the strategic objectives of HoA-REC/N
  • Promotes HoA-REC/N at international conferences and forums
  • Guides all forms of communications (electronic, press, printed materials, etc…) from the Centre and Network
  • Undertakes all other related duties as may be required and assigned

Required skills/Technical Proficiencies:

  • Professional writing skills both in local and English language
  • Verbal communication and public speaking skills
  • Using web content management systems/web updating
  • Graphics and photo imaging tools
  • shooting and editing video and audio
  • Leveraging social media channels to achieve maximum exposure
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills

Language:  Proficiency in the English language and knowledge of Arabic and/or French is essential.

Education: MA in Journalism, Communications, Literature or relevant field of studies.

Courses/training in creative and technical writing, public speaking, advertising and public affairs is an asset.

Experience: 8 or more years of proven work experience in an NGO or donor funded projects in a field directly related to communications and media relations

Duty station:   Addis Ababa and it may require occasional travel

Duration:   On contract basis with possible extension

Salary:   As per the salary scale of the Centre and negotiable

Number of candidates for the position:   One

How to Apply

Applications can only be accepted through the following e-mail:

Send your cover letter, CV, relevant credentials and 3-5 writing samples including at least one media/social media pitch. Please send all documents, preferably as one PDF, and write the position that you are applying for on the subject line. Documents without pdf format will be rejected by the system.     

Deadline for Application: June 13, 2023.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted