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Part-time Regional Communications Officer

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Terre des hommes (tdh) Germany
Johannesburg, South Africa (hybrid office/remote work)
Closing Date:
Thursday, 3 March 2022
Placed

About the Organisation

Terre des hommes (tdh) Germany is an international child rights non-profit organization which supports community based organizations (CBOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) improving the living conditions of children and ensuring a fairer world where children’s rights are fully realised. Tdh does not implement projects directly but establishes partnerships with local civil society organizations who work closely with rights holders (Children and youth) and duty bearers (caregivers, community members, schools, government, parliamentarians, other) and know better how to achieve sustainable changes that ensure children’s rights are respected and fulfilled.

The Southern Africa Coordination Office, referred to hereafter as Tdh SACO, comprises one regional office in Johannesburg and two national offices in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, manages and coordinates tdh programme in five countries in Southern Africa (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and Namibia).

About the Job

The Regional Communications Officer is responsible for the effective, timely and relevant internal and external communication of the Southern Africa Programme and for enhancing its visibility to various key audiences (mainly in Germany), in line with Regional and overarching communications and fundraising priorities of the organization.

This is realised under the supervision and strategic guidance of the Regional Coordinator and in close cooperation with the country coordinators and project officers in Zimbabwe/Zambia and Mozambique as well as in coordination with the communications department at HQ and its units.

Key Responsibilities

  • Together with SACO management, regional and country staff, carry out an assessment of gaps, weaknesses, strengths, and opportunities for improving SACO communication and visibility.

  • Explore tdh HQ communication and fundraising needs and expectations regarding the Southern Africa Programme and agree on working relations and processes.

  • Develop and implement regional communications strategies and activity plans, in support of the Regional Office programme, and ensuring alignment with the global communications priorities of tdh.

  • Fact-checking, editing, and production of professional media and communications materials for various audiences and ensuring their timely dissemination and amplification via SACO and Head Office communications channels (Websites, Facebook, etc.).

  • Create or facilitate production of visually appealing and easy to read SACO annual reports.

  • Manage SACO website and social media channels, ensuring that they present quality information and show the impact of the programme to children and youth.

  • Plan and facilitate the production of high-quality media and multimedia content as per communications needs and priorities and advise Country Coordinators/ Project Officers and Coordinators about activities and budgets to include in selected flagship project proposals.

  • Organize missions and field trips with media, donors and other official visitors in support of tdh SACO and its work, in coordination with the Regional Coordinator, Country and Regional programme staff and relevant departments at Head Office.

  • Provide considered professional communications advice to SACO Regional Coordinator and other senior staff of TDH SACO on an ongoing basis.

  • Train/ provide regular coaching of SACO staff, partners and youth network coordinators, to provide relevant, quality and timely communication materials.

Requirements

  • A degree in journalism, communications or any other relevant field for the job position.

  • At least 3 years of experience in similar positions in the NGO sector, preferably with international NGOs.

  • Experience in human rights and child rights programmes as a communication officer will be highly valued.

  • Experience in planning and implementing communication strategies.

  • Work experience from an international/multicultural environment.

  • Track record of producing high quality communication materials for NGOs (1 sample to be attached to the application)

  • Excellent skills in graphic design of reports and publications, as well as child-friendly publications will be highly valued.

  • Excellent command of English, both written and spoken. Fluency in Portuguese and/or German will be a plus.

  • Understanding of child safeguarding and gender/ diversity/ inclusion issues in communication and in the workplace.

  • Permanent residence in South Africa

  • Drivers Licence

  • Availability to travel when and where required.

To apply

In order to apply, email your application by Friday 04th March 2022 to tracy@actionappointments.co.za Send your completed AA bio form, letter of motivation and updated CV (all in MS Word format).


This is a 1-year part-time service provision contract (96 hours per month, 12 days a month) with the possibility to be extended.


Tdh Germany is committed to a work environment that is inclusive and diverse. It is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants including minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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About the Organisation

Terre des hommes (tdh) Germany is an international child rights non-profit organization which supports community based organizations (CBOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) improving the living conditions of children and ensuring a fairer world where children’s rights are fully realised. Tdh does not implement projects directly but establishes partnerships with local civil society organizations who work closely with rights holders (Children and youth) and duty bearers (caregivers, community members, schools, government, parliamentarians, other) and know better how to achieve sustainable changes that ensure children’s rights are respected and fulfilled.

The Southern Africa Coordination Office, referred to hereafter as Tdh SACO, comprises one regional office in Johannesburg and two national offices in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, manages and coordinates tdh programme in five countries in Southern Africa (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and Namibia).

About the Job

The Regional Communications Officer is responsible for the effective, timely and relevant internal and external communication of the Southern Africa Programme and for enhancing its visibility to various key audiences (mainly in Germany), in line with Regional and overarching communications and fundraising priorities of the organization.

This is realised under the supervision and strategic guidance of the Regional Coordinator and in close cooperation with the country coordinators and project officers in Zimbabwe/Zambia and Mozambique as well as in coordination with the communications department at HQ and its units.

Key Responsibilities

  • Together with SACO management, regional and country staff, carry out an assessment of gaps, weaknesses, strengths, and opportunities for improving SACO communication and visibility.

  • Explore tdh HQ communication and fundraising needs and expectations regarding the Southern Africa Programme and agree on working relations and processes.

  • Develop and implement regional communications strategies and activity plans, in support of the Regional Office programme, and ensuring alignment with the global communications priorities of tdh.

  • Fact-checking, editing, and production of professional media and communications materials for various audiences and ensuring their timely dissemination and amplification via SACO and Head Office communications channels (Websites, Facebook, etc.).

  • Create or facilitate production of visually appealing and easy to read SACO annual reports.

  • Manage SACO website and social media channels, ensuring that they present quality information and show the impact of the programme to children and youth.

  • Plan and facilitate the production of high-quality media and multimedia content as per communications needs and priorities and advise Country Coordinators/ Project Officers and Coordinators about activities and budgets to include in selected flagship project proposals.

  • Organize missions and field trips with media, donors and other official visitors in support of tdh SACO and its work, in coordination with the Regional Coordinator, Country and Regional programme staff and relevant departments at Head Office.

  • Provide considered professional communications advice to SACO Regional Coordinator and other senior staff of TDH SACO on an ongoing basis.

  • Train/ provide regular coaching of SACO staff, partners and youth network coordinators, to provide relevant, quality and timely communication materials.

Requirements

  • A degree in journalism, communications or any other relevant field for the job position.

  • At least 3 years of experience in similar positions in the NGO sector, preferably with international NGOs.

  • Experience in human rights and child rights programmes as a communication officer will be highly valued.

  • Experience in planning and implementing communication strategies.

  • Work experience from an international/multicultural environment.

  • Track record of producing high quality communication materials for NGOs (1 sample to be attached to the application)

  • Excellent skills in graphic design of reports and publications, as well as child-friendly publications will be highly valued.

  • Excellent command of English, both written and spoken. Fluency in Portuguese and/or German will be a plus.

  • Understanding of child safeguarding and gender/ diversity/ inclusion issues in communication and in the workplace.

  • Permanent residence in South Africa

  • Drivers Licence

  • Availability to travel when and where required.

To apply

In order to apply, email your application by Friday 04th March 2022 to tracy@actionappointments.co.za Send your completed AA bio form, letter of motivation and updated CV (all in MS Word format).


This is a 1-year part-time service provision contract (96 hours per month, 12 days a month) with the possibility to be extended.


Tdh Germany is committed to a work environment that is inclusive and diverse. It is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants including minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.