Institute for Security Studies: Communication Officer

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 6 February, 2015
Opportunity type: 
Employment

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is an independent, nonprofit organisation. The ISS works to advance human security in Africa through evidence-based policy advice, technical support and capacity building.

The ISS seeks to appoint a Communication Officer with skills in writing and editing copy, social media and digital communication.

The Communication department is seeking a Communication Officer The Communication Officer will work with staff from across the ISS to ensure the timeous release of high quality communications in line with the ISS communication strategy. The position requires journalistic writing skills, an eye for design and attention to detail, an interest in current affairs, problem-solving skills and the ability to re-work copy at short notice and to deadline. Candidates must be self-motivated and able to work effectively in a demanding environment.

The Communication Officer will be expected to contribute to the development and improvement of communication at the ISS, and to track new innovations in communication. The Communication Officer will report to the head of Communication.

Responsibilities:

  • Editing for print and digital communication;
  • Writing content for print and digital communication, such as press releases and fact sheets;
  • Planning and coordinating communication strategies with ISS staff, including in the regional offices;
  • Social media support;
  • Website content management;
  • Training ISS staff on all aspects of communication;
  • Developing new approaches to ensure that ISS communication is contemporary, visible and relevant.

Requirements:

  • Minimum of three year tertiary qualification in communication/journalism/marketing or a field relevant to the work of the ISS;
  • Minimum of five years experience in editing/digital media or a related environment;
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Software knowledge requirements: Microsoft Office, basic experience in Adobe digital media and publications based software;
  • Ability to work in a high-pressure environment and to deadline;
  • Available to travel to the regional offices;
  • A media background and news writing experience will be an advantage;
  • Experience in the human security field will be an advantage.

The contract will be two years, and may be renewed subject to programme requirements, funding and satisfactory performance. A competitive salary is offered.

To apply, submit a CV, including the names and contact details of three referees and a motivational letter, detailing how you meet the requirements of the position to Rekha Valab at pretoriajobs@issafrica.org.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The ISS is committed to achieving employment equity in the workplace. Female applicants are encouraged to apply.

For more about the Institute for Security Studies, refer to www.issafrica.org.

For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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