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Communications Officer

Job Description

Purpose of the position:

The Millers Pride Lishe Bora project aims to improve the livelihoods of maize flour farmers and the quality and nutrient content of the flour they produce by promoting good manufacturing practices, fortifying the flour and providing better access to markets. The project is currently targeting 300 medium scale miller producers located in Manzese and Tandale areas in Dar es salaam.

The Communications Officer will serve as the communications focal point for the Millers Pride Lishe Bora project. Their key role will be to develop and deliver a comprehensive communications plan. The plan seeks to document project achievements and to develop and disseminate key communications and marketing resources for public awareness and for changing behavior of key target groups. He/she will design Internal and External Communication messages and products; increase project visibility amongst media, donors and public; and establish communications channels, tools and products to facilitate engagement and promote information sharing and learning amongst key stakeholders such as government on the project and on nutritional related issues.

The incumbent will also observe the mission and core values of World Vision and demonstrate a quality of spiritual life that is an example to others.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive communications plan for the project and lead and manage the delivery of internal and external communications.

  • Coordinate with internal stakeholders and the donors and develop resources (i.e. publications, impact stories, videos and photos) that document activities that highlight and explain project’s successes and contributions to target audiences, stakeholders, and partners.

  • Support and facilitate the development of targeted communications channels and products to inform, update, educate and engage key national stakeholders (e.g. government and the public) on the project and nutrition-sector issues. Also design, draft and disseminate Information Educational and Communication (IEC) materials and promotional messages that educates and supports positive behavior change, for specific target groups within the project.

  • Actively work with the media to promote project visibility via local and regional media through selective use of radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and relevant social media platforms. Also manage and coordinate media and donor visits to project sites.

  • Provide guidance on branding requirements for the project and reinforce application and consistency of WVI communications brand policy across all internal and external products and materials.

  • Oversee and supervise the work of outsourced vendors such as graphic designers and printers.

  • Perform any other tasks as requested.

Skills and Competencies:

Essential qualifications and experience:

  • A Degree in communications, marketing, journalism, media or any related degree.

  • At least 3 years of communications and outreach experience obtained in a reputable organization where they were responsible for devising, formulating and implementing communications strategies and plans.

  • Experience with international development projects preferred.

  • Excellent writing skills and oral communication skills.

  • Must be able to design, draft and finalize communications products under tight deadlines.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Complete fluency in oral and written English and Kiswahili.

  • High level of confidence and confidentiality.

Other Competencies/Attributes:

  • Must be a committed Christian, able to stand above denominational diversities

  • Perform other duties as required

Working Environment / Conditions:

  • Office-based with frequent travel to the project sites

  • Travel: 20% Domestic/international travel is required.

  • On call: 5%