Communications Officer

Johannesburg, South Africa

Job - May 8, 2018
Greenpeace Africa is an environmental campaigning organisation with offices in Southern, West, East and Central Africa. The organisation is currently seeking to employ a Communications Officer to join the Communications Unit within the Engagement team and will be based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Communications Officer defines and implements the communication strategy for their specific country in alignment with the Greenpeace Africa communication strategy and campaign objectives. The Communications Officer also ensures adherence to identity guidelines and profiling plans for Greenpeace Africa.

Job specification:

Communication strategy for assigned campaign(s)

  • Effective communication strategies are formulated and delivered.
  • Communication and output plans are developed for specific projects.

Implementation of Communication Strategy and plans

  • Communications are created for a mix of relevant channels and media, 
  • External communications are reviewed and approved by Head of Communication prior to being published.
  • Provide guidance and training to campaigners and other spokesperson for Greenpeace Africa on campaign message and public relations.
  • Implement message testing and evaluation of campaign communications messages and materials through media monitoring and coverage analysis.
  • Overview of communication channels and media platforms is maintained up-to-date and shared with the Head of communication and the campaign team.
  • Communication material produced adheres to editorial policies and in line with the identity guidelines across all platforms.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Input is provided to the campaign team on the effectiveness of past communications
  • Expert advice on ways to improve campaign communications in the future is shared with the campaign team.

Media relations and Networking

  • Build and maintain relations with the media in relevant regions.
  • Use media relations to strategically enhance Greenpeace Africa communication objectives.

Content development and Editing

  • Regularly provide content for digital team and provide editorial support in digital content creation.
  • Supporter Newsletter is produced every quarter with a fresh, improved content quality in liaison with Supporter journey manager.

Engagement Integration

  • Encourage functional integration among fundraising, communications and campaigns department. 
  • Ensure that the engagement and communications strategy includes other elements required for an effective communications strategy such as the digital and mobilization components.

Core job competencies

  • Thorough understanding of media operations in Southern Africa 
  • Knowledge of marketing and advertising techniques
  • Ability to conceive and implement ideas
  • Ability to promote collaborative work
  • Articulate
  • Creative
  • Excellent written and spoken English

Personal leadership competencies (5 E’s)

  • Energy & Energize: Demonstrate a positive mindset and solutions-oriented attitude & Empower others
  • Edge: Risk-taking & identify and master moments of leadership.
  • Expertise: Demonstrate the ability to see a situation accurately with a broad set of perspectives ability to see things as they might be.
  • Execute: Role model for accountability and straightforwardness & act in a decisive manner

Preferred Qualification(s)

  • Post graduate degree in Journalism and Media Studies or equivalent experience

Preferred Experience

  • 3 years of experience in Media / Public relation/ journalism, Strong experience in the media. Understanding of media landscape in Southern Africa. Knowledge and understanding in design and implementation of communication strategies 
  • Experience working in international non – profit environment
  • Experience with campaign based marketing and branding

Other requirements

  • Willingness to travel internationally and within the region

How to apply

Interested candidates who meet the above requirements should email their CV and covering letter to the Recruitment Specialist at stating the position they are applying for. The closing date for applications is 20 May 2018.

Greenpeace offers market related salary.

Please note that should you not receive correspondence from us within 20 days from the closing date; please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

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