The Communications Officer coordinates and supports International Crisis Group’s media outreach in Sub-Saharan Africa, with the aim of increasing media exposure – in English and French – of Crisis Group’s analysis and policy recommendations on conflict-related issues. Working closely with the Director of Africa Regional Advocacy and Crisis Group’s Communications and Outreach department, s/he will ideally have an understanding and knowledge of African conflict issues and contemporary political affairs in the region; excellent verbal and written fluency in French and English, an established track record of building effective relationships with media (traditional and new) including organising press events; designing and implementing communications campaigns; and will have proficiency in the placement and production of social media and audio-visual materials.
The post will be full-time and based in Crisis Group’s Nairobi office, with regular travel to our office in Dakar, Senegal. Working with a highly professional team of conflict research analysts, the Communications Officer will be expected to use innovative approaches to promote and disseminate Crisis Group’s work.
Support the implementation of the Africa Program’s advocacy and communications strategy, including targeted campaigns, in close coordination with the Director of Africa Regional Advocacy and liaising with Crisis Group’s advocacy and communications teams;
In collaboration with the communications team in Brussels, lead in designing and implementing communication plans for the launch of Crisis Group reports and other publications, with a strong focus on the English and French language market in Africa;
Build and maintain a strong network of local and international journalists based in Africa;
Write op-eds, questions and answers, press statements and other external media materials;
Produce or help with the production of audio-visual content – e.g. videos, podcasts, photographs and photo essays;
Create and implement multi-channel social media campaigns and help develop the capacity of program staff to enhance their own social media profiles;
Organise local media events, including around launches of Crisis Group publications, looking after logistics as well as outreach to journalists.
University qualification in communications, journalism, international relations, politics, economics, or a similar subject;
Minimum 3 years’ work experience in communications, including the development and implementation of communications and media plans;
Demonstrated experience of building relationships and effectively working with broadcast and print media;
Demonstrated experience in the production and placement of audio-visual materials for a variety of media and social media channels;
Excellent verbal and written fluency in French and English;
Knowledge of African conflict issues and contemporary political affairs is desirable;
Experience of living or working in Africa is a plus;
Excellent interpersonal relations and available for regular travel.
If interested, please apply by September 29.