Communications Officer, CRAFT Project
Deadline of this Job:
11 June 2021
Within Uganda , Kampala , East Africa
Date Posted: Monday, May 31, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed
Contract type : National employment contract
Stichting SNV Netherlands Development Organisation (a foundation established under Dutch law), registered at Parkstraat 83, 2514 JG The Hague, The Netherlands, [represented by SNV in Uganda] hereinafter referred to as “SNV” is a not-for-profit international development organization that applies practical know-how to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy, and WASH to local contexts. SNV has an annual turnover of €130 million, over 1,250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organization that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.
In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change during project preparation and implementation - by strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects. We will continue to position ourselves as a premium organization, with decentralized management. For more information on our operations in Uganda and SNV generally visit our website: www.snv.org .
About the role.
The Communication officer will work with the SNV/CRAFT Project’s Regional Project Manager in planning, designing, implementing and carrying out the project’s communication activities. S/he will draft information, content and/or products for public access, create and maintain the SNV/CRAFT internal and public communication information strategies and, act as a writer/editor for the project as needed, and fulfil requests for information from the media and public.
The officer will work closely with the HQ based Climate Change Advocacy and Communications advisor on the formulation and implementation of communication and advocacy strategies. At Project Management Unit, he/she will drive and lead the overall brand led communications strategy for the project, nationally and internationally. The officer will guide and support the CRAFT country teams on the national communication efforts.
At country level, the Communications Officer will coordinate and support the country Project Managers in the generation of content and identification of the countries’ specific communication needs, additionally, the necessary evidence and implementation of advocacy campaigns related to climate change and climate adaptation.
The Communications Officer will work with CRAFT Consortium partners to advance the project’s communication’s strategy and implementation plan, emphasising CRAFT through their own communication channels.
Position roles and Responsibilities
• Lead the development and implementation of communications and visibility plan for the overall project, while pro-actively coordinating with consortium partners and country teams
• maintain and ensure high quality and innovative knowledge products and services along with ensuring CRAFT branding policy.
• Revision and editing of communication materials and knowledge products, including graphic design and lay-outs (where required, with external support)
• Delivering marketing communication services and positioning CRAFT in events, websites and media. Formulate and implement external communications policies and related processes (e.g. knowledge management).
• She/he ensures effective documentation of evidence and good practice. She/he leads gathering and developing engaging visual and written material, effectively explaining CRAFT’s work and engages a wide range of external audiences in our work.
• Manage the CRAFT website and ensure it is up to date with regular news items, relevant publications and attractive stories about CRAFT work.
• Develop content (stories!) to corporate publications such as the annual report, magazines, brochures, leaflets and videos.
• Manage production of professional level publications and key communications materials including annual reports, newsletters, brochures etc. Where appropriate, engage and manage professional writers.
• Ensure sufficient and adequate visual material is generated linked with the project and adequately stored (photo and videos)
Visibility and profiling
• Identify channels for communicating key messages, including social media and other communications platforms.
• Increase CRAFT’s presence on the web and social media. Developing social media plan and monitoring its implementation, and updating the CRAFT social media platforms with timely content
• Foster good working relationships with media agencies, relevant correspondents and journalists to “tell the story” of CRAFT activities.
• Leverage on conferences, workshops and events to profile CRAFT.
• Take the lead in the planning and implementing of learning and high-profile events for the project.
• Support knowledge networks and their members in the production of compelling messages and success stories.
• Draft speeches for senior management team and prepare effective public presentations
• Based on CRAFT project priorities, he/she identifies key issues for communication, preparing and implementing strategies and messages.
Networking and outreach
• Oversees traditional media and related external communications activities and leads in developing effective online social media strategies to engage the wider public.
• Support advocacy initiatives by coordinating appropriate audience research, compiling and analysing relevant data, preparing materials (e.g. films, videos);
• Support internal knowledge sharing and profiling of CRAFTS’ work in Agriculture through the internet.
• Coordinating with PMU and project teams on the use of media and lead the development and implementation of assignments with consultants, where necessary.
• Promote project successes and lessons learned utilizing a variety of communication channels.
• Train SNV staff, as well as grantees staff, in public outreach and strategic communications methodologies and processes, and SNV reporting, branding, and marking guidelines.
• Work with project M&E, technical teams, partners and project beneficiaries to identify, document and disseminate best practices, success stories, and lessons learned.
• Storage of data
• Ensure adequate storage (easily accessible) of all communication material, including adherence to General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) guidelines.
• Master’s degree in communication, media, information, or relevant related fields.
• Minimum of 8 years work experience progressively heading a communications department of an international organisation or company
• At least 5 years of relevant work experience in communications on climate change and sustainable development issues
• Strong oral and excellent written professional communication skills, proficient editor
• Networking skills, ability to build or expand networks with relevant people and organisations
• Innovative and creative with an eye for design, art and style
• Advanced skills in different computer design, software, photography and video
• Project management skills, including organisation of events and experience working with external service delivery agencies
• Up to date with digital/online communication technologies and platforms
• Excellent oral and written communication skills. Fluency in English (working language)
• High level of integrity and accountability
• Willingness to travel to all project locations, including Kenya and Tanzania for CRAFT
• Terms of Appointment; This is a full-time position with the successful candidate contracted on a 1-year period with possible extension.
Work Hours: 8
Experience in Months: 96
Level of Education: Postgraduate Degree
Job application procedure
If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and motivation letter in English until 11th June, 2021.
• Working at SNV: We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal global network of experts. For more information, please visit our website: www.snv.org
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