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Communications Officer

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

The Communications Officer is responsible for the creation and implementation of communications strategies that further our goals. As MHU expands, we need someone who can promote our brand, interact with the public and establish productive relationships with key stakeholder

Person specifications
Degree in Communication, Journalism, Public relations or any other relevant field; with a minimum of 5 years of relevant working experience, preferably in an NGO environment. Previous work with persons with mental disabilities will be a plus.

Application process
Interested individuals should send a motivation letter and CV as one PDF document/file (of maximum 5 pages, not later than 4:00pm on Wednesday 24th June 2020 via email to [email protected] - subject line is the job title e.g. “Communications Officer”. Do not send academic documents – heavy files containing academic documents or submitted as images and or late applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The Letter must also include the details of 2 suitable referees who can comment on the candidate’s ability. Women and Persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply including those with a living experience of mental health problems.

Responsibilities

A. Coordination of communication and visibility activities
• Collaborate with management to develop and implement an effective communications strategy based on the MHU target audience
• Write, edit, and distribute high-quality compelling content, including publications, press releases, stories, annual reports, speeches, and other marketing material that communicates MHU’s activities, products and/or services
• Regularly update the MHU website and social media platforms
• Perform the function of a Focal Point for contact, communication and visibility for MHU
• Contribute to the strengthening of partnerships with civil society especially within the disability coalition
• Organize operational and high-level events and meetings with representatives of government agencies, partners, private sector, etc. towards the promotion of MHU
• Design, production and dissemination of MHU visibility materials
• Establish and maintain key media contacts and relationships
• Coordinate the publication of the MHU quarterly newsletter or news article.

B. Capitalization and Reporting
• Compile progress and activity reports as per MHU and or donor requirements
• Compile best practices and lessons learned for MHU and its partners for dissemination and application purposes, using relevant visual aids
• Collect, edit and publish human-interest stories for MHU, the donors and to mark specific moments e.g. for World Mental Health Day, among others.
C. Advocacy and knowledge sharing
• Take the lead in the roll-out of disability awareness campaigns to promote the good mental wellbeing agenda
• Support knowledge sharing on mental health service provision in local, national and international groups.

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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