Communication Officer

Full Time
  • Post Date: July 14, 2016
  • Apply Before: July 19, 2030

Communication Officer

  • Career Level Officer
  • Experience 2 Years
  • Gender Both
  • INDUSTRY Development
  • Qualification Certificate

African Initiatives for Relief and Development (AIRD)

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Job Description

The Communication Officer is responsible for implementation and continual development of the communication strategy for efficient external and internal communication in support of the advocacy and campaigning activities of AIRD. The Communications Officer is overall responsible for ensuring high quality AIRD publications, including fact sheets, presentation, working papers, position papers, updates, statements and press releases.

General Duties

  • Prepare all reports for donors
  • Write new proposals, newsletter, and all other reports as requested from Head Office
  • Communication strategy and development
  • Ensure communication strategy is consistent and reflects the organizations strategic vision
  • Work with media outlets to publish brochures, and other materials as program requires and authorizes
  • Perform social media community management duties
  • Refine core messaging to ensure organizational consistency in all aspects of communication including development, organizing and education
  • Ensure consistent framing of messages (Branding and Merchandising)
  • Document presence of AIRD at events, conferences, and speaking engagements (i.e. World Refugee Day)
  • Edit and revise content as necessary
  • Liaise with members and other stakeholders on campaign and advocacy related issues
  • Ensure the maintenance and optimization of Head Office IT systems to enhance communications
  • Attend field visits to AIRDs areas of operation
  • Improve website content, social media, annual reports, and newsletters

Required Languages: English and/or French

Minimum Qualifications

  • Certification in communications or in a related field
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in publication
  • Proficiency to use MS Office suite of applications and other IT systems
  • Ability to write clearly articulate reports and correspondence
  • Strong analytical, communication and problem solving skills is necessary along with capacity to identify and articulate potential problems and provide possible solutions in concise and clear manner
  • Experience working with international development partners, international nongovernmental organization (INGOs) and donors (in particular UNHCR experience) is an asset

Personal characteristics

The Communication Officer should demonstrate competence in some or all of the following:

  • Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and practices, and ensure that own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization
  • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques
  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities
  • Focus on Donor Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external donors to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters
  • Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness
  • Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization
  • Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization as authorized
  • Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities
  • Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem
  • Ability to work under hardship environment and with minimum supervision

Willingness to travel as necessary, work the required schedule, work at different locations as required:

How to apply: Please send your application letter stating your qualification and experience, and why youre suitable for the position, together with your C.V. by email to