Communications Officer Non-profit Careers - Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG)

Organisation: Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG)
Reports to: Program Manager and Executive Director
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About US:
The Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) was formed as an umbrella group of leading Sudanese independent and democratic civil society and media actors to serve as a think tank and venue for indigenous research, analysis and advocacy on human rights, development, peace and democratic transformation in Sudan. SDFG is a coalition of democratic, activist, trade unionist and academic Sudanese men and women representing different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The main agenda of the initiative is to voice the concerns of voiceless Sudanese people across the country around questions of democratization and its intersection with peace, justice and development in Sudan. SDFG focuses on providing Sudanese and international audiences with this type of knowledge and analysis by publishing regular updates, policy briefs and position papers on major political and human rights issues. In addition to raising public awareness both inside and outside Sudan, SDFG works to promote civil society dialogue on crucial issues affecting Sudan, by convening meetings and roundtables bringing together diverse sectors of Sudanese society—particularly those representing marginalized populations.

Job Summary: The Communications Officer will tasked with leading the organisation’s external and internal communications. This includes working closely with the Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, the Sudan Transparency Initiative Team, and other Project Coordinators to strengthen the production, dissemination and impact of SDFG’s publications and other communications materials.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Formulate communications strategies and plans that guide the long-term and day-to-day communications work across SDFG’s programme.
  • The incumbent will play a leading role in the development of SDFG’s messaging and positioning with the guidance of Project Coordinators.
  • Propose and coordinate the implementation of suitable campaigns in line with SDFG’s mission and objectives.
  • Play a leading role in the development, editing and where necessary, the translation, of SDFG’s communications materials. This includes leading the preparation of SDFG’s annual report.
  • Lead in the publication of SDFG’s communications materials – e.g. articles, statements, letters, petitions, newsletters, briefing papers, research reports, posters, videos, Radio WhatsApp pieces, etc – through multiple channels.
  • Develop and maintain a rich and extensive network with Sudanese and non-Sudanese journalists, academics, social media activists, media outlets and other relevant organisations and form partnerships with these to strengthen the dissemination of SDFG’s publications.
  • Lead in the timely updating and development of SDFG’s websites (main and STI portal), Facebook pages, Twitter, YouTube, and Radio WhatsApp accounts and mailing lists.
  • Work to increase the number of SDFG supporters (e.g. website users, mailing list and Radio WhatsApp subscribers, and social media followers).
  • Ensure timely responses to supporter feedback and comments, including through managing SDFG’s ‘info’ email account.
  • Supervise communications consultants, contractors and volunteers.
  • Work closely with SDFG’s management to strengthen internal communications (with a regular sharing and flow of information) and communications security (including with a practical communications security policy), between team members working and travelling in different locations, and with board members.
  • Take lead in the development and implementation of SDFG’s documentation management system (hard and soft copy).
  • The jobholder will also strengthen the monitoring and evaluation of SDFG’s communications work (including with comprehensive tracking of audience reach and trends), maintain records, and prepare periodic reports as required.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
  • Contribute to strategic planning and fundraising opportunities for the programme and the organisation. 
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Communications Officer job opportunity must hold a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a field related to communications or development, with commensurate professional experience. A master’s degree is an added advantage
  • At least three years’ experience in implementing similar communications work.
  • Previous experience of working for an NGO is an added advantage
  • Previous experience of working as a journalist is an added advantage
  • Excellent communications, campaigning and advocacy skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Sound experience of dealing with the press and media.
  • Excellent fluency in both written and oral Arabic and English.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to produce informative and engaging communications materials (written, photographic, video and audio).
  • Excellent knowledge of social media.
  • Good knowledge of communications software.
  • Strong strategic and critical thinking and initiative.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and deliver objectives on time.
  • Superb organization and time-management skills, including the ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously, work under pressure in a fast-paced environment, keep calm, and meet deadlines.
  • Willingness and ability to travel inside and outside Sudan.
  • A strong commitment to democracy, good governance and human rights.
  • Website design experience is also desired
  • Knowledge of tackling corruption is desired

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates must send a motivation letter and a detailed CV to with the subject line as SDFG/CO/KLA. Please do not attach certificates or manuscripts.

Deadline: Sunday, 2nd October 2016

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