Somalia: Communication Officer

Organization: Government of Somalia
Country: Somalia
Closing date: 21 Aug 2018

SOMALIA STRENGTHENING INSTITUTIONS FOR PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT (SSIPWP)

Communication Officer

Terms of Reference

Position Title: Communication Officer

Department: Deputy Minister’s Office

Reporting to: Deputy Minister

CIM Level: A4

Duration: 30 Months (depending on continued budget availability and need for the position as well as satisfactory or better performance evaluations)

Duty Station: Ministry of Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing (MPWR&H)

About MPWR&H

The Federal Ministry of Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing is responsible for managing, building and rehabilitating federal government buildings and the infrastructure of the country. The Ministry has always been the custodian authority of all infrastructures, buildings, bridges, highways and roads, land plots, land tenure, national infrastructure policy, urban planning and topographic and cartographic research in Somalia.

The Ministry is committed to deliver its mandate and functions in a transparent, accountable, effective and efficient manner. The Ministry is also committed to recruit a diverse and inclusive civil service work force that aims to best meet the needs of all Somali citizens.

Somalia Strengthening Institutions for Public Works Project (SSIPWP)

The SSIPWP project is the centre piece for building the capacity of the Federal Ministry of Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing (MPWR&H) and the recently established state-level Ministries and the Banadir Regional Administration (BRA) by developing more effective, efficient, inclusive and accountable institutions for public works and infrastructure.

The SSIPWP project is funded by the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Transition Support Facility (TSF) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and implemented through a Tripartite Protocol Agreement between the Somalia Federal Government, African Development Fund and the United Nations Office for Project Service (UNOPS).

The purpose of the SSIPWP project is improve the capacities of MPWR&H, State-Level Ministries and BRA responsible for public works to enable them independently plan, manage and oversee infrastructure construction projects and maintenance of public works (Project Appraisal Report, 2016).

Purpose of the Position

Support and maintain all internal and external communication of the MPWR&H with state-level Public Works Ministries, Banadir Regional Administration and inline Ministries of the Federal Government, as well as international agencies. The incumbent will also lead and develop the Ministry communication strategies including outreach to different audiences, raising the profile of the Ministry, direct contact to the media, press releases and branding awareness.

Scope of Service

Reporting to the Director General, the incumbent is responsible for and accountable to:

o Design and implement the MPWRH communication strategies and produce communication material under the guidance of the Director General.

Duties and Responsibilities, include, but are not limited to:

o Oversee and develop media relations: communication with journalists and agencies. Analyze and monitor MPWRH’s member’s needs in communication and promote members’ work in close cooperation with the other Minister’s departments of the MPWRH Secretariat.

o Draft, design and finalize high quality press releases, communication strategies and other communication material (print and for social media) for MPWRH media work and campaigns.

o Enhance capacity of MPWRH staff and contribute to working structures that effectively deliver according to the Ministry’s communication needs (including awareness rising and publications)

o Support the MPWRH in terms of social media content including, text, photos, videos and audio for use across MPWRH’s website, Twitter feeds and Facebook pages.

o Ensure full coherence and alignment with various MPWRH offices in implementing the communication strategy

o Provide technical advice and support to team leaders and other staff in planning and developing relevant information and communications products.

o Provide input to all major departmental documents, including strategies, donor reports and other technical documents, to ensure they are well written and clearly communicating the messages (high-quality communication products geared towards key-audiences).

o Identify and implement public relation campaigns and provide support for advocacy, monitoring and evaluation.

o Be responsible for the compilation and finalization of the narrative annual report and other reports as assigned

o Oversee the design and editorial content of the website and intranet, ensuring that content are regularly updated and promoted.

o Participate in resource mobilization activities by developing materials and ensuring that the organizational websites remain relevant

o Provide support and training in communication for the staff working at various MPWRH offices, during the annual staff meetings and staff retreats

o Initiate and implement communication activities in MPWRH yearly plan.

o Link MPWRH advocacy campaigns to other regional and international campaigns, and keep MPWRH members, networks and partners informed on MPWRH’ various activities. Draft press releases, statements, news summaries and ensure print and electronic media coverage for the events.

o Monitor international and regional media, and regularly update MPWRH staff of any media coverage relevant to their work.

o Proactively identify media opportunities and, in close liaison with MPWRH partners, plan and implement media events including press releases, report launches and press conferences.

o Organize regular and ad-hoc briefings, public information events and press conferences.

o Develop strategies for partnerships and maintain databases of partners and supporters in the field of information and communication media;

o Assist in the implementation of MPWRH seminars, workshops as well as internal board meetings and general assemblies and disseminate information on these activities.

o Any other duties assigned by his/her Supervisor

Qualifications, Experience and Skills

o Minimum of Bachelor of Communication, or related discipline.

o At least 5 years of professional work experience in a relevant business or environment

o Excellent organizing and communication skills;

o Demonstrated Communication skills;

o Demonstrated competence in the use of Microsoft Office and media design, including relevant software applications for high-quality communication material design and production);

o Excellent oral and written communication skills in Somali and English.

How to apply:

o Interested Somali candidates who meet the criteria above are encouraged to send their application letters and detailed CVs to hr@mpwr.gov.so, Closing date by 21st August, 2018 @5:00pm.Kindly indicate “**Communication Officer MPWRH & VAno: 0013/18**– Mogadishu, Somalia” on the subject line when applying.

o Qualified Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

o Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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