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Communications Officer

International IDEA
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Closing Date:
Friday, 22 March 2024
Open

About the Organisation

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance – International IDEA – is an Inter-Governmental Organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. Its objective is to strengthen democratic institutions and processes. The Institute acts as a catalyst for democracy building by providing global comparative knowledge resources and tools, policy proposals and supporting democratic reforms in response to specific national requests, specifically in electoral processes, constitution building processes, political participation and representation, democracy and climate change, and democracy and digitalization.

International IDEA is leading a consortium in implementing an EU-funded, continental electoral support project, titled, ‘‘Strengthening Pan-African Capacities for Electoral Observation and Assistance’ project. The consortium led by International IDEA includes the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA). The project is a three-year,with an overall objective of contributing to improved transparency and credibility of elections in Africa while contributing towards progress in the achievement of SDG 16.6 at the global level.

About the Job

The Communications Officer will contribute to all public information activities of the project, including through print, digital and broadcast media; and will act as liaison for the project’s implementing partners in all matters related to public communication and visibility. These tasks require interfacing with multiple partners to gather information, prioritizing content, and staying ahead of news and events. Tasks will include updating the dedicated project page on International IDEA website and uploading key publications and events and liaising with regional and head office communication units. The Communications Officer handles writing, editing and targeting dissemination for the promotion of the project’s events and results. The Communications Officer will ensure the project communication and visibility are in line with International IDEA’s and- EU’s communications strategies. The Communications Officer provides support to the consortium partners in accordance with the project’s needs and requirements. He/she will work in close coordination with the Regional Communication Officer, ensuring work meets the standards, strategy and guidelines of official International IDEA communications and publications.

Key Responsibilities

  • Works on the development, implementation and sensitization of the project communication strategy.

  • Provides communications and media support to the International IDEA regional programmes, and to all partners within the project;

  • Regularly coordinates and hosts communications meetings with the focal points of all partners to stay informed about planned activities, upcoming events and campaigns, and provide guidance and support;

  • Leads the project’s branding and visibility activities.

  • Coordinates inputs from project partners, and uploads content generated by the project to the relevant communication forums;

  • Create content for the project web page on the International IDEA website and publicizes project events.

  • Develop the social media plan for the project and ensure timely update of the project news and activities across social media platforms.

  • Responds to media/press inquiries and pitches Op-Eds and stories to media for placement;

  • Maintains the project database by soliciting inputs from implementing partners and including International IDEA updates;

  • Undertakes regular media monitoring (on social and traditional media) for references to project activities;

  • Contributes to and regularly updates the project’s press list;

  • Serves as a content editor. Writes and edits web articles, tweets, social media posts, press releases and other outreach content as necessary;

  • Coordinates the timely content development of a monthly newsletter with project colleagues and manages an editorial calendar for the proposed content and themes;

  • Works in close coordination with project colleagues to ensure that the project communicates according to the donor Communications and Visibility Strategy.

  • Creates clear infographics and digital assets for use online and in presentations. Handles digital art manipulation;

  • Ensures adequate visibility of the EU as donor of the project throughout all project communication activities.

  • Monitors and reports on impact and analytics. Generates monthly and quarterly analytics reports, as appropriate, and for all social media platforms.

  • Hold regular meetings with project partners to coordinate and align the project’s communication and visibility.

Requirements

  • University degree in communications, journalism, international relations or other relevant discipline;

  • Minimum of three (3) years professional experience in a similar role, or as a writer in communications for development, preferably within the governance context;

  • Experience in communication for gender equality with integration of a gender and diversity perspective in all activities.is essential;

  • Experience in communications strategy development and implementation;

  • Demonstrated experience in creating and maintaining social media campaigns;

  • Strong graphic design skills and ability to use all related Adobe tools;

  • Knowledge of social media tools, Google Analytics, and content management systems including Drupa.

  • Experience of working in an international context, e.g., in an intergovernmental organization, considered an advantage.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to effectively liaise with all project partners and external stakeholders involved in his/her projects;

  • Ability to take the initiative to suggest creative solutions for social media platforms;

  • Excellent media relations skills;

  • Effective team player

  • Fluency in written and oral English is required. Knowledge of written and oral , French and or any other AU official language is an asset.

To apply

Duration: Fixed term appointment until 31 December 2026.


Please note as this is a local post, International IDEA will bear no costs relating to relocation of the selected candidate to the duty station. This position is open to those legally authorized to live and work in Ethiopia for the duration of the contract. International IDEA is not able to support work permit applications.


In order to apply, email your application by Friday 22nd March 2024 to melissa@actionappointments.co.za - send your completed AA bio form, letter of motivation and updated CV (all in MS Word format).

About the Organisation

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance – International IDEA – is an Inter-Governmental Organization that supports sustainable democracy worldwide. Its objective is to strengthen democratic institutions and processes. The Institute acts as a catalyst for democracy building by providing global comparative knowledge resources and tools, policy proposals and supporting democratic reforms in response to specific national requests, specifically in electoral processes, constitution building processes, political participation and representation, democracy and climate change, and democracy and digitalization.

International IDEA is leading a consortium in implementing an EU-funded, continental electoral support project, titled, ‘‘Strengthening Pan-African Capacities for Electoral Observation and Assistance’ project. The consortium led by International IDEA includes the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA). The project is a three-year,with an overall objective of contributing to improved transparency and credibility of elections in Africa while contributing towards progress in the achievement of SDG 16.6 at the global level.

About the Job

The Communications Officer will contribute to all public information activities of the project, including through print, digital and broadcast media; and will act as liaison for the project’s implementing partners in all matters related to public communication and visibility. These tasks require interfacing with multiple partners to gather information, prioritizing content, and staying ahead of news and events. Tasks will include updating the dedicated project page on International IDEA website and uploading key publications and events and liaising with regional and head office communication units. The Communications Officer handles writing, editing and targeting dissemination for the promotion of the project’s events and results. The Communications Officer will ensure the project communication and visibility are in line with International IDEA’s and- EU’s communications strategies. The Communications Officer provides support to the consortium partners in accordance with the project’s needs and requirements. He/she will work in close coordination with the Regional Communication Officer, ensuring work meets the standards, strategy and guidelines of official International IDEA communications and publications.

Key Responsibilities

  • Works on the development, implementation and sensitization of the project communication strategy.

  • Provides communications and media support to the International IDEA regional programmes, and to all partners within the project;

  • Regularly coordinates and hosts communications meetings with the focal points of all partners to stay informed about planned activities, upcoming events and campaigns, and provide guidance and support;

  • Leads the project’s branding and visibility activities.

  • Coordinates inputs from project partners, and uploads content generated by the project to the relevant communication forums;

  • Create content for the project web page on the International IDEA website and publicizes project events.

  • Develop the social media plan for the project and ensure timely update of the project news and activities across social media platforms.

  • Responds to media/press inquiries and pitches Op-Eds and stories to media for placement;

  • Maintains the project database by soliciting inputs from implementing partners and including International IDEA updates;

  • Undertakes regular media monitoring (on social and traditional media) for references to project activities;

  • Contributes to and regularly updates the project’s press list;

  • Serves as a content editor. Writes and edits web articles, tweets, social media posts, press releases and other outreach content as necessary;

  • Coordinates the timely content development of a monthly newsletter with project colleagues and manages an editorial calendar for the proposed content and themes;

  • Works in close coordination with project colleagues to ensure that the project communicates according to the donor Communications and Visibility Strategy.

  • Creates clear infographics and digital assets for use online and in presentations. Handles digital art manipulation;

  • Ensures adequate visibility of the EU as donor of the project throughout all project communication activities.

  • Monitors and reports on impact and analytics. Generates monthly and quarterly analytics reports, as appropriate, and for all social media platforms.

  • Hold regular meetings with project partners to coordinate and align the project’s communication and visibility.

Requirements

  • University degree in communications, journalism, international relations or other relevant discipline;

  • Minimum of three (3) years professional experience in a similar role, or as a writer in communications for development, preferably within the governance context;

  • Experience in communication for gender equality with integration of a gender and diversity perspective in all activities.is essential;

  • Experience in communications strategy development and implementation;

  • Demonstrated experience in creating and maintaining social media campaigns;

  • Strong graphic design skills and ability to use all related Adobe tools;

  • Knowledge of social media tools, Google Analytics, and content management systems including Drupa.

  • Experience of working in an international context, e.g., in an intergovernmental organization, considered an advantage.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to effectively liaise with all project partners and external stakeholders involved in his/her projects;

  • Ability to take the initiative to suggest creative solutions for social media platforms;

  • Excellent media relations skills;

  • Effective team player

  • Fluency in written and oral English is required. Knowledge of written and oral , French and or any other AU official language is an asset.

To apply

Duration: Fixed term appointment until 31 December 2026.


Please note as this is a local post, International IDEA will bear no costs relating to relocation of the selected candidate to the duty station. This position is open to those legally authorized to live and work in Ethiopia for the duration of the contract. International IDEA is not able to support work permit applications.


In order to apply, email your application by Friday 22nd March 2024 to melissa@actionappointments.co.za - send your completed AA bio form, letter of motivation and updated CV (all in MS Word format).

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