SEND-GHANA Vacancies 2012: Communication Officer

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18 Jan, 2012

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Communication Jobs in Ghana

SEND-GHANA, an affiliate of SEND Foundation of West Africa, is a research and advocacy organisation operational in the 50 poorest districts in Ghana (Greater Accra, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Region).


Job Description

Job Location: Head Office (Accra)
Reporting to: Director of Programme and Advocacy
Associates: Programmes Officers and Senior Project Officers

Objectives of Position:
The Communication Officer manages the production of a full range of advocacy materials to effectively support the advancement of the goals of SEND-GHANA and to convey the Institution’s mission to diverse constituencies.

Duties, Roles and Responsibilities:
Management Roles:

  • The incumbent is responsible for co-ordinating and managing the development and production of communications materials for all advocacy initiatives;
  • Manages the publication of the Citizens Watch Newsletter;
  • Day-to-day management of the SEND’s website, including updating and ongoing monitoring, gaining input from other SEND staff as necessary
  • In charge of organising media/communication events such as press conferences, press soirees etc;
  • Responsible for the dissemination of communication and advocacy materials;
  • Ensuring that website structure and content meets the needs of users;
  • Develop, promote and adhere to best practices and to agreed systems and procedures across all of SEND’s work

Preparation of advocacy materials:

  • Oversees, writes and edits advocacy documents and communication materials including; research publications, policy briefs, fact sheet, press releases, press statements etc;
  • Co-ordinates the publication of annual reports;
  • Develops content for information brochures and supervise distribution;
  • Drafts articles and reports on the status of major initiatives for distribution to the general public and special interest groups/targeted audience;

Representational roles:

  • Represent SEND-GHANA at relevant meetings and events;
  • Present the position of the organisation to media houses including responding to interviews;

Networking roles:

  • Build a network of and sustain partnership with key media houses;
  • Create and manage media contact list;
  • Create and use communication tools as well as manage communication equipment;
  • Develop and manage an email-alert system;
  • To remain informed of issues affecting the operation of SEND-GHANA and the Ghana PM&E Network in the context of wider pro poor policy areas;


  • To undertake other duties as required and commensurate with the level of this post as may be assigned by supervision;


Required Skills or Experience

Required Qualifications, Competences and Experience:

  • Advanced university degree (Masters in Communication/Public Relations) or equivalent professional qualification, with at least two years’ experience in communications, information-based and/or advocacy-related communication work
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of communication as well as good written and oral communication skills to convey messages to diverse audiences;
  • Experience in editing and proofreading communication documents for public dissemination;
  • Professional level skills in graphics and knowledge of desktop publishing for in-house graphics design and production;
  • Professional level skills in publications development;
  • The ability to translate complex technical language easily comprehensible to non-specialists;
  • Skills in interviewing variety of people and to analyze complex information from different sources and to synthesise this information into coherent briefs and communication documents;
  • Proactive approach to meeting deadlines and delivering results with limited supervision;
  • Flexibility, creativity and effectiveness in working collaboratively in a multicultural team;
  • Ability to deal with discretion on sensitive issues and to respond positively to challenges;
  • Experience working with or for coalitions of non-profit organisations;
  • Web-design knowledge and proven ability to solve IT problems will be prioritised;
  • Media and awareness-raising experience;
  • Ability to handle large volume of work and have excellent organisation skills;
  • Commitment to creating positive environmental, social and cultural change;
  • Ability to take initiatives and flexible and adaptable in a changing environment


How To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter to

The HR Manager
A 28 Regimanuel Estates
Nungua Barrier, Sakumono

[email protected][email protected]

SEND is an equal opportunity employer; women and persons with disability are especially encouraged to apply

Closing date: 24 Jan, 2012

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