By SOS Children’s Villages International Organization: SOS Children’s Villages International
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 24 Oct 2018



(Job Ref: SOS/18/9)**

Regional Communications and Brand Advisor

Position title: Regional Communications and Brand Advisor

Working location: Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Supervisor: Regional Director of Fund Development and Communications

Region: East and Southern Africa (IOR ESAF)

Context of the position

Established in 1949, SOS Children’s Villages International is a dynamic, international social development organization working globally to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of orphaned and vulnerable children.

Within the Eastern and Southern Africa region (‘ESAF’), SOS Children’s Villages International is headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and has member associations in Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somali, Somaliland, Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, Mauritius, Angola and Madagascar.

Mission of the position:

The Regional Communications and Brand Advisor drives the regional brand strengthening process to enable one consistent brand based on the overall mission of SOS Children’s Villages. He/ she facilitates and supports the implementation of the global brand frame and makes sure sufficient room is provided for local adaptations. He/ she is also responsible for gathering and producing key messages and material throughout the region for both internal and external communication purposes. He/she is part of the international communications network and as such, is a fully contributing member of the global team, ensuring that the regional perspective is understood and represented.

Key performance areas and main responsibilities:

· Implement the international brand and communication standards in the region, promoting communications content and global brand standards, when and where appropriate.

· Support Member Associations (‘MAs’) in managing the brand strengthening process and contributing to develop a common brand and communications strategy thus building the capacity at MA level through regular knowledge sharing, coaching and training

· Monitor and evaluate the brand strengthening process in the region, drive brand integration and report to the International Director of the Region on progress and any challenges faced.

· Support Member Associations to monitor and evaluate the regional brand key touch points and support the implementation of brand-related key documents

· Pro-actively research and produce communications content (such as stories, interviews, short videos, etc.) and act as the region’s chief editor for communications content shared by key stakeholders.

· Drive internal and external communications from the promotion of user generated content (i.e. blogs, social media channels wikis etc.).

· Updating of social media channels and sharing best practice examples throughout the region, based on expert knowledge and experience of working within social media.

· Represent the region in the international brand and HROD networks (for example, attend meetings and phone conferences; support strategic planning, etc.) and share best practices, progresses made and challenges faced. In both networks, he/she will convey the regional perspective on the global actions and directives to ensure that they are relevant to the region.

· Enable and consult managers and co-workers on issues related to brand and communications; run and facilitate trainings across the region, as directed and appropriate.

· Ensure links to other functions networks and act as a bridge-builder within the organisation in order to make the best use of synergies between processes (e.g. Children´s Villages programme implementation process, identification, positioning, etc.)

Position requirements

  • A graduate in marketing and communications.
  • Minimum eight years work experience in a similar environment
  • Excellent writing skills and capacity to train others in basic writing skills
  • Very good command of English; another regional language is an advantage
  • Experience of working in a diverse regional context or setting
  • Ability to communicate and interact with senior management
  • Very good computer skills, such as MS Office (Use of MS SharePoint, HTML or Photoshop are an asset, but not required)
  • Skills in networking, motivating people and team playing
  • Organisational and negotiating skills, diplomacy
  • Confident presenter/ trainer with experience of leading group discussions


  • Good critical thinking skills, organized
  • Strong communication skills
  • Results orientated, with a keen focus on targets and KPIs
  • Good time management skills
  • Positive, energetic self-starter with a high level of personal drive and resilience

  • Capacity to build and maintain relationships across all levels of seniority

  • To work effectively in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment, respecting diversity.

  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally.

  • Good soft skills to keep contact with key stakeholders, based on cooperation and respect.

How to apply:

If you believe you are the right candidate for the above position, please send your application letter, detailed curriculum vitae (CV), and photocopies of academic certificates, and names and contact details of three referees as a Single Document.

Applications that are late, or do not have CV or certificates attached, will be disqualified. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. E-mail applications should include the reference number of the position in the subject line of the email.

Email to: Applications including at least three traceable referees should be sent electronically to:

All applications should be submitted no later than 24 October 2018.

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