Head of Communications and Media Vacancy in Ethiopia

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Save the Children
Closing date: 5 Jul 2021

Head of Communications and Media


The Head of Communciations and Media is responsible for leading strategic comunciations for projects and the organization and serves as the official spokesperson for Save the Children Ethiopia country office. The post holder will be the public face of the orgnansiation, leads strategic and adhoc external communication work, including but not limited to crisis communication. He/She will develop, adapt and manage Country Office's communication and media strategy, guidelines, plans etc. The position holder will produce high level and high quality communication products such as statements, briefs, case stories, reports etc. to be shared internally within the Country Office and wider Save the Childine International movment.


Planning and Implementation of a CO communications strategy

  • Work with the key CO staff, regional office staff particularly Advoacy, Media and Communications team, the Global Media Unit team based in London and others to flesh out and implement the country office's internal and external communication strategy and guidelines.
  • Develop and rollout a specific, time-bound plan of the internal and external communications strategy
  • Monitor the progress of the implementation of the communications strategies and adapt it to new opportunities
  • Develop and roll out annual communication and media plan for the CO with/through the involvement of relevant managers.
  • Leads on the development of humanitarian communication packs for specific catagorized responses including but not limited to proactively writing reactive statements, media briefs, proactive press statements and guidelines for sensitive humanitarian communication.

External Communications and Media

  • Develop external communications and media strategies/guidelines to guide the engagement of Save the Children Ethiopia Country office with the media and general public, including social media
  • Ensure that all media messages and engagements are developed to the highest level of quality and timeliness and then approved by the Country Director or PDQ- DCD, as appropriate
  • Oversee, develop, revise and communicates latest signoff and external engagement processes and protocols with all staff and appropriate stakeholders
  • Identify media topics, prepare media messages, assess appropriate media channels for communicating those messages and facilitate the process of disseminating/communicating those messages
  • Develop guidelines and monitor the quality of external events including but not limited to those labelled media sensitive
  • Establish proactive, strategic and beneficial relationship with the media that can help in advancing Save the Children's strategic priorities in Ethiopia
  • Familiarise himself/herself with the work of Save the Childrern Ethiopia to effectively represent the organisation in media engagements where relevant, including but not limited to crisis and sensitive ccommunication
  • Ensure the quality of all materials and products that will be produced and shared with external stakeholders/audiences as it relates to branding requirments, sign off procedures and communication redlines established and revised as appropriate
  • Advice and guide the SLT on pertainent media agenda as it relates to Save the Childfren's work, keep them abreast of current developments to inform our public engagement and provide capacity building trainings to selected staff on media engagement, content development and public facing campaigns as appropriate
  • Advice and guide regional and global media colleagues on Ethiopia's representation on our global and regional media work, provide uptodate information on redlines and sign off protocols for media content on the country, provide feedback and serve as backstop for the CO for global communication and media packs that mention Ethiopia
  • Work closely with relevant program or functional leaders of the country office in identifying, producing, organising and dissiminating/communicating on the works of the country office/programs to external stakeholders, including the media
  • Ensure adequate budgeting and planning for external events and continued media engagement

Internal Communications

  • Develop internal communications strategies and guidelines that follow SCI global guidelines and good practices
  • Ensure the production of standard communications materials and services regarding CO programs through the application and application of of minimum standards
  • Ensure the production and dissemination of periodic communication materials such as leaflets, updates, stories of success etc. by working with relevant program/function leads CO
  • Ensure appropriate communications materials are communicated through appropriate channels including messages to staff, the web-site, project briefs, and other channels
  • Develop and oversee implement a strategy for communications among CO staff

Ensure that cross cutting themes like child participation, gender, disability are mainstreamed in all media and communications work


  • Masters or post graduate degree in social science, human rights, development, international relations, journalism/mass communication and media
  • At least ten years of experience in leading communications teams/initiatives
  • Knowledge of and/or direct work experience in the non-profit sector
  • Experience in developing and implementing communications improvement strategies
  • Human resourcesPersonnel and budget management experience
  • Excellent representational skills with a proven track record of influencing key audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, to analyze complex information and offer creative, practical and effective solutions
  • Excellent influencing and negotiation skills, including an ability to deal with people at all levels with credibility, tact, and diplomacy
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, and an ability to produce good quality documents, information for a variety of audiences and communicate good practices
  • Competencies in utilizing technological solutions for communication
  • Strong inter-organisational skill such as networking, negotiation and communication.
  • Willing and able to travel time to support field teams as security permits
  • Ability to produce high-quality communications products and services under tight deadlines
  • Excellent English skills, both verbal and written, required.

Commitment to Save the Children International values

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at www.savethechildren.net/careers

How to apply:

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