Communications Officer CEHURD

 

Job Title : COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Reports to: PROGRAMMES COORDINATOR

Job Purpose:

To provide overall leadership and management of CEHURD’s communication and branding.

This includes leading, developing and executing targeted media relations, public relations,

publicity, publications and internal communications in line with CEHURD’s strategic plan and

policies. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in building communications and

promotional materials in the non-profit context. This individual will work with all facets of the

organization to promote its programs and share the organization’s work and ideologies with the

public. This is a dynamic position that includes fundraising, development and communications

responsibilities with a strong connection to CEHURD’s programmatic work and mission.

Main Duties:

* Create and manage the organizational Communications Calendar

* Point of contact for press, media and public relations person;

* Public Relations planning and messages, brand and image development;

* Manage media trainings, fellowships and feedback;

* Oversee the organization’s presence on all social networking platforms

* Write internal newsletters, designing reports, including mid and annual reports;

* Assist with coordination of updates & improvements on CEHURD’s Web site;

* Contribute and write stories and articles on the work of the organization in the different

programmes;

* Develop internal communications plan/strategy to help build organizational program

engagement;

* Coordinate presentations, logistics and messages for internal and external meetings for

CEHURD;

* Assist with grant applications and reports as well as integrating communications

components in existing and new program grants;

* Coordinate/assist with outreach efforts as determined by programs and management

* Work with staff to identify potential media opportunities and stories.

* Coordinate photography/videos for/of events, activities for use in publications, media,

etc. and ensure appropriate releases are signed and filed; maintain videos, graphics &

photo files

Skills/Qualifications:

The Communications Officer will be expected to have the following skills and attributes:

* Ability to use a range of personal computer software applications, including desktop

publishing, PPT, excel and word to support and enhance work;

* Professional level skills in proposal and publications development with writing and

editing experience;

* Skill in writing for a range of audiences including capacity to write and editing news and

feature articles;

* Ability to write/edit in a variety of writing styles, ability to draft materials on a wide range

of topics. Strong editing and proofreading skills;

* The ability to translate complex technical language and ideas into language easily

comprehensible

* Exceptional verbal, written presentation skills; * Resource mobilization skills, Innovative spirit and willingness to use creative thinking; * Team player with leadership skills, abilities and desire to interact with people at all levels; * Demonstrated dedication to work effectively with underserved, at-risk, and vulnerable populations * Knowledge of electronic media such as Web sites, e-Newsletters, Social Media, & other e-platforms The Communications Officer will be expected to have the following academic qualifications: * A bachelor’s degree in mass communication or related field; * Masters’ degree in Humanities, or related development field is added advantage; * Exposure to graphic design principles, e-communications, social media, internet and Journalistic skills will be an added advantage; * At least 3 years of relevant experience in a senior position, preferably with an NGO or Communications Agency. Key Relationships: * CEHURD Executive Director * CEHURD Programmes Coordinator * All CEHURD Programme Officers * CEHURD Partners and stakeholders

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