The Senior Communications Officer coordinates and supports International Crisis Group’s media outreach in Sub-Saharan Africa, with the aim of increasing coverage – in English and French – of Crisis Group’s analysis and policy recommendations on conflict-related issues. 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.
Develop and implement an Africa Program communications strategy, including targeted campaigns, in close coordination with the program director, Africa and liaising with Crisis Group’s 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 English and French language audiences in Africa;
Build and maintain a strong network of local and international journalists based in Africa;
Write op-eds, 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 5 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.