Communications and Advocacy Officer (West Africa Regional Office – Senegal)

Deadline: December 5, 2019
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The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is an African-led and Africa-based international research institute committed to conducting high quality and policy-relevant multidisciplinary research. Our researchers address important development issues and challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa in areas such as education, population, health, aging, urbanization and wellbeing. Our goal is to generate evidence for meaningful action, engage with policy makers in the region to disseminate our research findings, influence policy decisions and improve the quality of life in Africa. The APHRC seeks to recruit a Communications and Advocacy Officer to work in the West Africa Regional Office (WARO) in Senegal.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead and/or oversee content editing for a variety of products including corporate products such as annual reports, newsletters and brochures, policy briefs, fact sheets, blogs etc.
  • Lead media outreach including implementation of media and social media strategy
  • Oversee development of innovative multimedia products including infographics, short films and animations
  • Engage with policy-makers and relevant stakeholders to support policy dialogues

Skills and Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Social marketing, Social Sciences, Community engagement, Advocacy or a related field
  • At least five years of post-qualification work experience in communications, writing and content creation, preferably at an international organization
  • Excellent editing and writing skills as well as ability to translate complex scientific facts into accessible messages for general audiences
  • Visual media skills including use of still and video camera; ability to develop video storyboards and basic editing to a professional standard
  • Knowledge of graphic design and desktop publishing, including Microsoft Publisher, and Adobe or Corel suites
  • Experience in using social media channels and extending their reach
  • Experience of creating and editing digital media and publishing across a variety of platforms including but not limited to Storify, Prezi, Slideshare and YouTube
  • Familiarity with approaches for planning, executing, and monitoring social media strategies
  • Excellent existing network of media contacts at sub-regional level (West Africa)
  • Demonstrated willingness to work as part of a team
  • Networking, interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills coupled with resourcefulness, initiative and maturity of judgment
  • Experience working in Francophone West Africa
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English and French

Interested candidates are encouraged to send their Application letter and CV in English to with the subject “Communications and Advocacy Officer -WARO” by December 05, 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Cover letters should be addressed to:

The Human Resources Officer

African Population and Health Research Center, Inc

5e étage Immeuble Diallo-Lô, 325-327 CICES VDN, Dakar – Sénégal