Regional Communications and Media Officer
Regional Communications and Media Officer
Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.
We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.
We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.
Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We're changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.
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.
The position holder will therefore:
- 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.
In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.
Contract Duration: 2 years National Fixed term contract
Location: Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office - Nairobi
Qualifications and Experience
- 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
- Prior experience working in humanitarian contexts
- Photo editing and graphic design skills. Experience with design and audio-visual software is an
- Experience of delivering training, presentations and other capacity building activities to varied audiences
Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role.
We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy
Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.
Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents