Communications Officer Non-profit Jobs - Development Initiatives (DI)

Organisation: Development Initiatives (DI)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda or Nairobi, Kenya
Reports to: Head of Communications

About DI:
Development Initiatives (DI) works to end extreme poverty by 2030 by making data and information on poverty and resources transparent, accessible and useable. Our mission is to ensure that decisions about the allocation of finance and resources result in the end of poverty, increase resilience and security of the world’s most vulnerable people, and ensure no one is left behind. We work to make sure these decisions are underpinned by objective and transparent data and evidence, and lead to increased accountability and sustainable long-term outcomes. DI works to support decision makers and others to make sense of both existing data on poverty, vulnerability and crisis, and the resources available to address them. We create innovative technical solutions to improve data quality, make it more accessible and useable, and build the capacity of others on data collection, publication and use.

Job Summary: The Communications Officer will be responsible for identifying and pulling out key messages across projects and outputs and ensuring colleagues are creating inspiring content across all formats. The incumbent will also write engaging copy such as regular e-newsletters and targeted mass mailings. The incumbent will also involve building and maintaining good media contacts and ensuring the day-to-day running of regional digital communication channels.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Technical Duties:
  • Develop and implement communications plans
  • The incumbent will draft press releases and proactively engage with media contacts to obtain coverage for DI’s work
  • Use digital communications to gain traction for DI’s content and buy-in for the organisation’s work and objectives
  • Plan and manage production of corporate branded materials, ensure brand integrity, quality and consistency by adhering to the set brand guidelines and templates
  • Plan and execute key communication activities, including launch events and national and regional roundtable forums
  • Create and maintain a contact database for DI in the region, including a media contacts list
  • The incumbent will draft and lay out mailings (including newsletters and updates) and coordinate their review and approval
  • Offer support the delivery and maintenance of good internal communications and information sharing internally
  • The Communications Officer will coordinate website content development in a timely manner and ensure focused, highly engaging written materials
  • Package and communicate key messages in a creative and engaging way for diverse audiences that include a range of stakeholders at the sub-national, national, regional and global levels
  • Identify key moments and maintain a calendar of DI activities and external events
  • Work closely with the Head of Communications to ensure integrated and coordinated working across regions, and to support the delivery of corporate communications objectives
  • Evaluate the impact of key communications tools through good monitoring, evaluation and impact processes
2. Organisational Responsibilities:
  • Implement and manage projects and activities in line with DI’s vision, mission, values and goals
  • Render support in the development of new projects and identify new and emerging opportunities where the communications function is relevant.
  • Develop and maintain effective systems and processes for communications activities ensuring these are consistent with DI’s operational requirements and policies
  • Support the development and implementation of the organisational strategy

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Communications Officer should hold an Undergraduate degree (ideally in a related field e.g. communications, journalism, international relations, economics, politics or development studies). A Master’s degree in related field is desired
  • A minimum of three to five years of hands-on experience in communications and PR, preferably in a not-for-profit organisation or a development organisation
  • The Communications Officer will be a creative, dynamic and smart working individual with exceptional copywriting skills and excellent attention to detail. They will have demonstrable experience in writing impactful communications materials and using digital communications to drive interaction with content, as well as engaging with the media
  • Initiative, sound judgement and the ability to work harmoniously with individuals of different national and cultural backgrounds
  • Working knowledge of, or keen interest in, development and poverty eradication
  • Excellent communication skills, including experience of working effectively with diverse audiences, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work under pressure yet deliver on time with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to work independently with minimal support as well as in a team environment
  • Excellent written and spoken English, as well as a critical eye for editing and proofreading
  • Ability to write a range of communications materials, including press releases, web stories and newsletters to a very high standard and in an engaging way
  • Skilled in developing and delivering messages for a range of audiences, including translating technical and complex content into non-specialist language
  • Previous experience working with journalists to secure media coverage
  • Experience using social media tools in a professional context to drive user interaction online
  • Previous experience in delivering digital mass mailings (preferably using a platform such as MailChimp or dotmailer) and managing contact lists
  • Proven experience in developing and delivering communications plans
  • Experience of event organising
  • Professional experience in copyediting and proofreading is desirable
  • Previous experience of using website content management systems such as WordPress is desired

How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their updated CVs (no more than 3 pages) and covering letter which should detail your skills and evidence of experience and how it relates to the job description via E-mail to:, quoting ref: Comms officer, East Africa, in the email subject line. The cover letter should also include your salary expectations, notice period/available start date and where you saw the job advert i.e. website.

Deadline: Wednesday, 4th May, 2016

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