Regional Communications Officer – East and Southern Africa job posts at International Fertilizer Development Center Kampala Uganda 2023

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International Fertilizer Development Center

International Fertilizer Development Center



DEADLINE: Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 12:00:00 AM







Key Responsibilities

In partnership with field offices across the region and in coordination with the Global Communications team, the Officer will be responsible for the following.

Strategic Communications

• Leads and executes a regional integrated communications strategy to strengthen IFDC’s regional and global reputation.

• Encourages innovation among staff to continually optimize ways of working to steward resources well and improve the quality of communications outputs.

• Advises regional and programmatic leadership on strategic reputation, brand, and communications opportunities across the region.

Content Development

• Oversees and produces high-quality content relevant to priority audiences, positioning IFDC as a leader in its strategic priority fields.

• Ensures content is relevant for regional and global audiences and meets the needs of IFDC stakeholders at all levels.

• Pushes the boundaries of creative content delivery with a willingness to try innovative methods and celebrate success or learn from missteps.

Media/Social Media Leadership

• Contributes to a regional social media presence with partners and donors, protecting the IFDC brand and ensuring compliance of project accounts.

• Stays on the cutting edge of social media – adopting trends as necessary, adapting to changing platforms, and keeping IFDC’s image relevant on social media.

• Engages traditional media at a regional level to maximize the positioning of IFDC in key regional outlets.

Team Management

• Coordinates with a region-wide team of communicators to deliver high-quality and engaging products covering research and development work in the region.

• Cooperates with the Head of Knowledge Management to ensure retention and sharing of organizational and project knowledge and documents.

• Works with the Director of Strategic Communications to assist in the development of priority stakeholder documents, such as capability statements and position papers.

• Reports successes and lessons learned monthly to the Global Corporate Communications Manager and shares with the Global Communications Team.

Internal Engagement

• Emphasizes and supports the mantra that “We are all communicators,” connecting, informing, and inspiring all staff to tell the organization’s story.

• Assists in knowledge-sharing efforts in the IFDC communications community of practice as well as among project and research staff and leaders.

Required Skills

• Track record of self- and team-management successes.

• Excellent leadership and organizational skills.

• Excellent presentation, written, and verbal communication skills.

• Strong track record in media relations.

• Demonstrated experience leading effective digital communications, including social media, and an understanding of relevant tools and trends.

• Proven ability to effectively manage a team and projects to deliver outcomes on time.

• Demonstrated understanding of international development systems and communication/donor networks.

• Fluency in English is essential for this position. French fluency is also preferred.

Required Experience

• University degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Public Relations, or another related field.

• At least five years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in communications, marketing/PR, and journalism and at least three years of managerial-level experience demonstrated.

• Solid/advanced work experience at a similar level, leading communications and public engagement strategies in the NGO or private sector.

• Experience working with a team in the international development sector. Background/familiarity in communications for development.

• Skill in leading and supervising, formulating strategies and concepts, relating and networking, persuading and influencing, and entrepreneurial thinking.

• Adoption of thinking that is informed by context and practice, and shows consistency of treatment and a clear strategic focus. Able to select and evaluate critical information to plan and manage communications and public engagement for local/regional entity.

• Advocate of an efficient, effective, and transparent flow of information across entities and with key internal and external stakeholders (requiring a high level of written communication and reporting, as well as a clear and persuasive verbal presentation style).

• Ability to manage multiple requests and priorities according to strategic needs, applying an agile approach to decision-making and execution.







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