Africa Communications Officer Canadian NGO Jobs – Right To Play

Title:          Africa Communications Officer
Organisation: Right To Play
  Kampala, Uganda
Right To Play is a global
organization, using the transformative power of play to educate and empower
children facing adversity. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play
helps over one million children learn through play to create better futures,
while operating in more than 20 countries each week. Founded in 2000 by social
entrepreneur and four-time Olympic gold medalist Johann Olav Koss, Right To
Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has national fundraising offices
in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom,
and the United States. Regional offices are in Africa, Asia, and the Middle
East. Our programs are facilitated by more than 600 international staff and
14,400 local volunteer Coaches.
The Africa
Communications Officer (ACO) is responsible for the overall development and
execution of Right To Play’s internal and external communication strategies
across the Africa region: Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda,
Ghana, Mali, Benin, Liberia, Rwanda). This role manages all aspects of
communications planning, including media relations, Africa key messaging;
print/audio visual materials production, writing, and branding. The ACO will mainly
develop communications and informational materials about Right To Play’s
program activities and achievements in the Region to support fundraising and
communications efforts at the Field and International level (including success
stories, videos, factsheets, communications protocols, social media and
applicable photographs), and will assist in building Right To Play’s
communication strategy across the Region. The ACO is responsible for accurate
representation of Right To Play and its program activities with all target
audiences in the Region including media, funders, government, community leaders
and other key stakeholders. Further, the ACO will assist with enhancing the
organization’s overall public image in the Region.
Duties and Responsibilities: 
Materials Production: 35%
  • Develop
    an Africa -wide system to produce program success stories, quotes and
    photographs that are shared with RTPI on a monthly basis for
    communications and fundraising purposes.
  • Take
    photographs and write human interest stories, and gather quotes by
    interviewing staff, children, Coaches and families who benefit from Right
    To Play’s work and share with RTPI for use in all communications and
    fundraising materials.
  • Provide
    training and build capacity designated at Africa Office and Country staff,
    to deliver usable materials and information to meet RTPI and Africa needs.
  • Establish
    and develop portfolio of freelancers that can be used for in-region
    photography and videography. Facilitate hiring of in-region photographers
    and freelancers as needed
Internal Communications
across the Organization: 30%
  • Serve
    as the primary link between the Africa Office and RTPI to promote a
    two-way communication and accountability.
  • Work
    with RTPI to ensure that all Right To Play products, communications, and
    actions in the Region follow brand guidelines.
  • Oversee
    and approve all merchandise/print orders in the Region before being
    printed; including but not limited to t-shirts, signs, etc.
  • Accompany
    and support high-profile visitors to the Region, while developing and
    implementing media strategies for their visit; including preparing
    background materials, relevant packages, and team briefings.
  • Act
    as a “point person” on the playspace intranet and liaise with RTPI and
    Africa staff on all content.
Communications Planning and
Strategy: 20%
  • The
    incumbent will formulate and implement annual Africa Communications plans,
    in line with the organization’s global plan, that are designed to maximize
    program impact, brand awareness, and fundraising goals.
  • Develop
    and implement a crisis/issues management communication plan, in line with
    Right To Play International (RTPI), designed to manage issues and crises
    with minimal brand risk.
  • Make
    sure that the communication plans are in-line with all project grant
    agreements and reports.
  • Implement
    communications deliverables as required by project grant agreements and
Media Relations: 10%
  • Build,
    establish and maintain relationships with international, regional, and country
    based media, and conduct appropriate media pitching/liaising; including
    writing media releases, media advisories, and reactive/proactive
  • Act
    as the spokesperson in Africa for Right To Play when delegated to do so by
    the Vice President, Africa Programs or the Africa General Manager.
  • Build
    capacity of spokespeople in the Region to communicate accurately and
    effectively about Right To Play and its programs – including Country
    Managers, Project Managers, Project Officers, and Coaches.
  • Closely
    monitor, track and analyze media coverage for Right To Play and Sport for
    Development in the Region.
  • Work
    closely with media agencies and local opinion leaders to build their
    understanding and expertise in leveraging popularity of sport and play
    based learning.
Other Responsibilities as
Required (5%)
Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant for the Right To Play Africa Communication Officer career
    opportunity should hold a bachelor’s degree in communications, public
    relations, journalism or related fields
  • A
    minimum of seven to ten years of relevant employment experience,
    preferably in the region.
  • Significant
    experience in developing communication, and media plans and materials.
  • Excellent
    command of written and spoken English, and French
  • Comprehensive
    computer skills; fully conversant with Microsoft Office software and at
    least one publishing software.
  • Excellent
    written and oral presentation skills and ability to communicate to a
    variety of audiences, including the media, the public, government
    officials, NGOs, Right To Play’s affiliates, and others.
  • Good
    knowledge of the NGO, media, and political environment in the region.
  • Previous
    experience in media relations.
  • Prior
    experience in managing supplier relationships.
  • Editing/proofreading.
  • Strong
    people and facilitation skills.
  • Creative
    and able to work well under pressure.
  • Ability
    to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrable
    experience in policy/ networking, and poverty reduction strategies and a
    commitment to gender equity.
  • An
    interest in human rights and social change issues.
  • Experience
    social media strategy and execution.
  • Experience
    with photography, and videography.
  • Fluency
    in Portuguese language
  • A
    team player who works well in a multi-cultural environment communicates
    readily and shares learning with colleagues, partners, beneficiaries and
  • An
    outgoing person who is skilled at building and maintaining relationships.
  • A
    sound commitment to development issues and an ability and aptitude to
    learn quickly.
  • Prepared
    to undertake extensive travel in the region and sometimes at short notice.
  • Confidence
    to work alone but to judge when help is needed or there is an opportunity
    to share learning.
  • Able
    to work in a busy environment and under intense pressure.
  • Able
    to manage heavy workload reporting to multiple audiences.
  • Familiarity
    and interest in sports and Sport for Development, and Play Based Learning
to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested local and international candidates should send and updated resume
and cover letter to: and kindly include “Africa
Communications Officer” and your name in the subject line. Please indicate your
salary expectations in the cover letter.
15th August 2016
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