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  • Posted: Sep 17, 2021
    Deadline: Sep 30, 2021
  • The ATPS is a trans-disciplinary network of researchers, policymakers, private sector actors and the civil society that promote the generation, dissemination, use and mastery of STI for African development, environmental sustainability and global inclusion.
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    Communications and Outreach Officer

    Academic Qualifications

    A Degree in Communication Studies or any other related discipline from a recognized university is required. A Master’s Degree in the relevant fields will be an added advantage.

    Skills and Competences

    • Proficiency in English and French is compulsory. Knowledge of any other international language will be a great advantage;
    •  Strong interpersonal and networking skills to work well with wide range of stakeholders to elicit accurate information and expression of views on relevant issues;
    •  Strong coordination, facilitation, negotiation, networking, lobbying and advocacy skills;
    •  At least 3 years proven experience in communications, outreach and public relations, preferably with an international organization;   Good writing and presentation skills in English and French; 
    • Strong skills in the web-design and layout of documents for publications; and
    •  Female applicants will be given high priority for this position.

    Personal Attributes

    •  Good communication leadership characteristics
    •  A Self-starter with a strong desire to learn
    •  Ability to work as part of a team
    •  Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines


    Main Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Provides leadership in the communications and outreach department of the ATPS in serving its diverse network members with contents that meet the needs of its different network categories;
    •  Develops communication strategy for ATPS and for different projects and programmes as may be required;
    •  Markets the ATPS brand across its wide stakeholders including donors, development partners, policymakers, researchers, private sector actors, and the civil society actors among others;
    •  Regular maintenance and updating of the ATPS website with contents as well as running all the social media platforms on behalf of ATPS;
    •  Writing, editing, proof-reading and web-designing and laying-out of all ATPS publications on a timely basis including ATPS publication series, Annual Reports, Quarterly Newsletters, popular articles, book volumes, Research and Working Papers, etc.;
    •  Collecting information and stories necessary for the publication of in-house newsletters four times a year, news articles, bibliographies, brochures, program promotions, media outreach, etc. on a timely basis;
    •  Assisting in the fundraising effort of the ATPS communications team through proposal writing and bidding for contracts etc.;
    •  Assisting in running the ATPS Information Resource Centre;
    •  Working with consulting designers, editors and other suppliers to publish institutional documents;
    •  Assisting in organizing media and public awareness events and campaigns and other special events, such as the Scientific Revival Day for Africa;
    •  Preparing the ATPS promotional and advocacy materials;
    •  Maintaining contact with the press, information professionals, communicating with libraries and publishers for documents and information requested by ATPS staff;
    •  Assisting the team in media outreach and information dissemination-related activities and supporting the implementation of relevant public events; 
    • Designing and implementing the ATPS advocacy and communications strategy plans;

    Delegation of Responsibilities for this position:

    •  80% time to be spent in Communication and Outreach activities
    •  20% time to be spent in fundraising activities

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should send an application letter stating their motivation for the job and a detailed curriculum vitae with at least three (3) referees to [email protected] with a copy to [email protected] The deadline for the submission of application is on Thursday, 30 September 2021. Use the job title “Secretary & Personal Assistant to the Executive Director” as the subject of your email when submitting your applications

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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