Communications And Outreach Officer

Contract: Permanent
Salary: Confidential
Status: Expired

Academic Qualifications

A Degree in Communication Studies or any other related discipline from a recognized university is required. A Master’s Degree in the relevant fields will be an added advantage.

Skills and Competences

  • Proficiency in English and French is compulsory. Knowledge of any other international language will be a great advantage;

  •  Strong interpersonal and networking skills to work well with wide range of stakeholders to elicit accurate information and expression of views on relevant issues;

  •  Strong coordination, facilitation, negotiation, networking, lobbying and advocacy skills;

  •  At least 3 years proven experience in communications, outreach and public relations, preferably with an international organization;   Good writing and presentation skills in English and French; 

  • Strong skills in the web-design and layout of documents for publications; and

  •  Female applicants will be given high priority for this position.

Personal Attributes

  •  Good communication leadership characteristics

  •  A Self-starter with a strong desire to learn

  •  Ability to work as part of a team

  •  Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines


Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership in the communications and outreach department of the ATPS in serving its diverse network members with contents that meet the needs of its different network categories;

  •  Develops communication strategy for ATPS and for different projects and programmes as may be required;

  •  Markets the ATPS brand across its wide stakeholders including donors, development partners, policymakers, researchers, private sector actors, and the civil society actors among others;

  •  Regular maintenance and updating of the ATPS website with contents as well as running all the social media platforms on behalf of ATPS;

  •  Writing, editing, proof-reading and web-designing and laying-out of all ATPS publications on a timely basis including ATPS publication series, Annual Reports, Quarterly Newsletters, popular articles, book volumes, Research and Working Papers, etc.;

  •  Collecting information and stories necessary for the publication of in-house newsletters four times a year, news articles, bibliographies, brochures, program promotions, media outreach, etc. on a timely basis;

  •  Assisting in the fundraising effort of the ATPS communications team through proposal writing and bidding for contracts etc.;

  •  Assisting in running the ATPS Information Resource Centre;

  •  Working with consulting designers, editors and other suppliers to publish institutional documents;

  •  Assisting in organizing media and public awareness events and campaigns and other special events, such as the Scientific Revival Day for Africa;

  •  Preparing the ATPS promotional and advocacy materials;

  •  Maintaining contact with the press, information professionals, communicating with libraries and publishers for documents and information requested by ATPS staff;

  •  Assisting the team in media outreach and information dissemination-related activities and supporting the implementation of relevant public events; 

  • Designing and implementing the ATPS advocacy and communications strategy plans;

Delegation of Responsibilities for this position:

  •  80% time to be spent in Communication and Outreach activities

  •  20% time to be spent in fundraising activities

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