Job Vacancy For Communications Specialist At Plan Ghana



Plan Ghana an international child centred community development organization, is looking for a dynamic and results oriented person to fill the position of Communications Specialist. This is a middle management position based in the Country Office, Accra. The position reports directly to the Country Director (CD).

JOB PURPOSE:

To coordinate, advise on and implement communication and Public Relations programs, projects and activities, and to contribute to Plan becoming a recognized voice for child rights and children’s issues.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

‚Äʬ†¬† Develop communication and PR strategies and annual plans, to improve communication both internally and externally and to promote Plan to key country audiences.
‚Äʬ†¬† Support program and advocacy initiatives of Plan with technical coordination and advice to their communication plans to meet the required standards
‚Äʬ†¬† Facilitates the creation of a strong professional image of Plan amongst external media to reach the right audience
‚Äʬ†¬† Organize the roll-out of corporate and region-wide initiatives on Communications and PR at country level to promote Plan.
‚Äʬ†¬† Develop¬†¬†¬† and¬†¬†¬† manage¬†¬†¬† relationships¬†¬†¬† with¬†¬†¬† national¬†¬†¬† media, journalist networks as well as NGOs and government authorities in the area of¬†¬† communication to ensure Plan communications reach the right audience
‚Äʬ†¬† Support¬†¬† the¬†¬† production¬†¬† of¬†¬† Plan‚Äôs¬†¬† corporate¬†¬† program¬†¬† and sponsorship reports/documents to meet the required standards
‚Äʬ†¬† Contribute¬†¬† to¬†¬† sharing¬†¬†¬† and¬†¬†¬† learning¬†¬†¬† about¬†¬† Plan‚Äôs¬†¬†¬† country program¬† work¬†¬† through¬†¬† efficient¬†¬† use¬† of¬†¬† internal¬†¬† and¬†¬† external communication¬†¬† channels¬†¬† and¬†¬† systems¬†¬† to¬† ensure¬† what¬†¬† Plan Ghana does is well communicated.
‚Äʬ†¬† Supports¬†¬† measures¬†¬† to¬†¬† strengthen¬†¬† the¬†¬† capacity¬†¬† of¬†¬† staff¬†¬† to communicate¬†¬† using¬†¬† a¬†¬† variety¬†¬† of¬†¬† channels¬†¬† and¬†¬† for¬†¬† different audiences¬†¬† to¬†¬† support¬†¬† the¬†¬† effective¬†¬† dissemination¬†¬† of¬†¬† Plan programmes and projects
‚Äʬ†¬† Ensure gender mainstreaming into communications and public relations activities and maintain gender sensitive towards staff to avoid discriminations
‚Äʬ†¬† Support/facilitation of media visits at country level to ensure the objectives are well met
‚Äʬ†¬† Produce¬†¬† regular¬†¬† communication¬†¬† materials¬†¬† for¬†¬† use¬†¬† on¬†¬† Plan‚Äôs international, internal and external websites (at least one story per month! to tell the Plan Ghana story
‚Äʬ†¬† Develop and produce; and ensure the dissemination¬†¬† of¬†¬† press releases,¬†¬†¬†¬† publications,¬† flyers, posters and other PR and information/communication¬†¬†¬†¬† material destined¬† for external audiences
‚Äʬ†¬† Implements the development of region-wide communications and publications on programs and projects to conform to the required standards and objectives.
‚Äʬ†¬† Ensures that communication and PR activities meet Plan‚Äôs child protection standards and standards for ethical¬† journalism
‚Äʬ†¬† Produces, manages and monitors PR budget of the country office to ensure value for money is attained at all times
‚Äʬ†¬† Efficient management of communication in crisis/disaster situations to create the right environment. Report on emergency/disaster situations then according to required standards
‚Äʬ†¬† Building good relationship and networking with media partners for effective collaborations to meet theorganization‚Äôs objectives
‚Äʬ†¬† Set up data bank and ensure proper documentation of Plan information which is made available at all times

Qualification Required & Experience

‚Äʬ†¬† A master‚Äôs degree in Journalism, Mass Communications and Public Relations, or equivalent
‚Äʬ†¬† At least, five (S) years of relevant professional experience including management and implementation of communication strategies, and communications and marketing products, both within the country and across multiple countries, preferably in West Africa.
‚Äʬ†¬† Experience in the NGO sector preferably with child rights and community development background
‚Äʬ†¬† Experience of working with local and international media and liaising media activities in a national and regional environment.
‚Äʬ†¬† Experience in building individuals and organizational capacity in communications and PR skills

KNOWLEDGE. SKILLS AND ATTITUDE  REQUIRED  FOR THE POSITION:

KNOWLEDGE:

‚Äʬ†¬† Seen¬†¬† as¬†¬† a¬†¬† source¬†¬† of¬†¬† communication¬†¬† and¬†¬† public¬†¬†¬† relations expertise, and proactive in sharing knowledge and advice
‚Äʬ†¬† Strong¬†¬†¬†¬† competencies¬†¬†¬†¬† to¬†¬†¬†¬† plan,¬†¬†¬†¬† prioritize,¬†¬†¬†¬† and¬†¬†¬†¬† execute autonomously with strategic approach
‚Äʬ†¬† Able¬†¬† ‚Äúto put in practice‚ÄĚ concepts and strategic thinking in the delivery of communications and pubfic relation roles
‚Äʬ†¬† Capacity to prioritize subjects based on an adequate reading of local reality .
‚Äʬ†¬† Good knowledge of data management software¬† (SPSS, Epi Info, EXCEL, World, Power Point, Access)

SKILLS:

‚Äʬ†¬† Excellent¬†¬† writing,¬†¬† editing¬†¬† and¬†¬† reviewing¬†¬† skills¬†¬† ‚Äď fluent¬†¬† in¬†¬† the English, and/or French language
‚Äʬ†¬† Communicates clearly and effectively
‚Äʬ†¬† Strong negotiation, facilitating and influencing skills
‚Äʬ†¬† Ability to understand different cultural contexts and marketing / PR realities related development issues would be an advantage.
‚Äʬ†¬† Strong team building and motivational skills
‚Äʬ†¬† Ability to deliver to tight deadlines and budgets
‚Äʬ†¬† Proven experience in a similar senior management level in a reputable international organization similar to Plan
‚Äʬ†¬† Excellent human relations and ability to work with minimum supervision
‚Äʬ†¬† Good training skills

ATTITUDES:

‚Äʬ†¬† Influencing staff to improve upon communication of what they do
‚Äʬ†¬† Open to¬†¬† feedback¬†¬† and willing to try new¬†¬† approaches¬†¬† and processes
‚Äʬ†¬† Team spirit
‚Äʬ†¬† Promotes innovation and learning
‚Äʬ†¬† Ability to facilitate participative processes that aim to decision making and agreement

Location: Accra

How To Apply For The Job

Interested applicants should submit the following documents in addition to a cover letter:-

‚Äʬ†¬† Detailed Curriculum Vitae stating current and latest posts (WITH DATES) as well as summary of job responsibilities
‚Äʬ†¬† Certified photocopies of relevant certificates of highest academic qualification
‚Äʬ†¬† Names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three (3) Referees (work-related)
‚Äʬ†¬† Personal contact telephone numbers and e-mail addresses
‚Äʬ†¬† Salary expectation and other benefits

Applications should reach:

The Country Human Resource Manager,
Plan Ghana,
Private Mail Bag, Osu Main Post office, Accra,

Or to

Plan Ghana Country Office,
No. 10 Yiyiwa Street, Abelemkpe, Accra

Closing Date: 22 November, 2013

‚Äʬ†¬† Only shortlisted candidates would be contacted.
‚Äʬ†¬† Female candidates are encouraged to apply

Plan is an equal opportunities employer, committed to the protection of children and gender equity and our recruitment procedure reflects this. Selected applicants will be expected to comply with the child protection policy of the organization.