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Location: Dakar, Senegal
Last Date: June 15, 2011
TrustAfrica is seeking to hire an accomplished, creative,
dynamic and tech-savvy individual to serve as its Communications Specialist.
The position calls for someone with the ability to see the big picture and
strategize accordingly, as well as an eye for detail to ensure that our
published materials are of the highest caliber.
||Execute and refine a robust, integrated
communications strategy encompassing websites, social media, electronic
newsletters, print publications and media outreach
||All staff, as well as outside consultants and
Application Deadline: June 15, 2011
Manage websites and social media. The
Communications Specialist is responsible for shaping our online presence, a
vital role given that our work and our audiences are spread across the
continent and throughout the Diaspora. This ongoing task encompasses
conceiving and generating new web content; managing the back-end
administration of our websites (including affiliated blogs and wikis),
liaising with the hosting company to ensure reliability and security, and
monitoring web traffic using Google Analytics. It also involves producing
timely, informative and appropriate posts on Facebook, Twitter, Picasa and
YouTube with an eye to sharing news about our work, building our online
constituency and driving traffic to our website.
- Produce bilingual annual reports,
ensuring high quality of final product and meeting deadlines. This yearly
project entails developing a theme, writing the text, ensuring the accuracy of
financial figures, coordinating translation, sourcing and licensing
photographs, collaborating with outside designer and liaising with printer.
- Produce electronic newsletter.
This periodic work involves gathering material and writing news briefs,
constructing the newsletter at least six times a year with an online platform
(Constant Contact) and monitoring dissemination (opens, click-through rates,
- Produce case studies
about specific initiatives, projects and research supported by TrustAfrica.
The Communications Specialist will be responsible for reporting and writing
some of these case studies, assigning and editing those written by others, and
disseminating the final versions online.
- Develop and implement additional communications
strategies designed to expand TrustAfrica’s
audiences and constituencies and catalyze fundraising from individuals living
in Africa and abroad.
- Perform other tasks as required,
such as conducting media outreach, strengthening internal communications via
our knowledge management platform, producing brochures and other print
publications, developing fundraising materials in collaboration with relevant
colleagues, and editing reports and other materials.
- Maintain highest editorial standards,
including consistency and accuracy, while placing a high value on clarity of
presentation and ability to engage external audiences.
Qualifications and Skills
- Advanced university degree in journalism, communications,
political science, international relations, African studies — or equivalent
- At least 10 years of relevant professional experience in
international journalism or nonprofit communications.
- Proven ability to write about complex social and political
issues with clarity and vigor, not jargon or fluff, and engage a broad range
- Demonstrated experience in writing and editing for
interactive web platforms and in strategically employing social media.
- Aptitude for embracing and mastering new digital tools and
web technologies. Familiarity with digital photo editing and page layout
software, as well as web page coding tools, a plus. Photography and/or video
experience also a plus.
- Demonstrated commitment to international development and
human rights, and/or experience working with grantmaking foundations or civil
society organizations. Prior experience living or working in Africa a plus.
- Track record of working successfully as part of a team, as
well as showing high levels of initiative when working under limited
- Excellent English written and verbal communication skills,
with good knowledge of French a plus.
- Commitment to TrustAfrica’s core values of integrity,
transparency, accountability, empowerment and results.
Salary and Benefits
Salary will be commensurate with experience, and TrustAfrica
will provide generous employee benefits. TrustAfrica will also pay reasonable
relocation expenses to Dakar.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit the following application
materials in English: a cover letter, a detailed CV describing the candidate’s
experience, and names and contact information of two referees. Only completed
applications will be considered.
Applications should be submitted by email to:
TrustAfrica will only contact candidates selected for an
interview. No phone calls, please.
TrustAfrica is an equal opportunity employer. Women,
minorities, and individuals from Africa are encouraged to apply.
The job is also listed at:
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