Full-Time COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
Job Reference: CIV1913
CARE is an international humanitarian and development organisation fighting global poverty, with a vision to which focuses on empowering women and girls to fight poverty and bring lasting change to their communities. We work in over 80 countries around the world. We work with partners to achieve lasting results for marginalized communities.
CARE International in Vanuatu has a focus on Gender Equality, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Agriculture.
We are looking for a Communications Officer Position to join our dynamic team based in Port Vila. The position will be part of our Gender and Program Quality team. He or She will be required to travel to project sites.
This role will help tell the story about CARE’s programs and get important messages out to communities. He or she will work across the whole team and will help implement CARE communications strategy by developing stories and communication materials to share CARE’s work with key stakeholders, including media, donors, partners, communities, stakeholders and the general public.
Your major responsibilities will be varied and will include:
- Identifying and collecting stories including interviews, photos, videos and other materials and coordinate a content gathering system to collect content via program staff
- Produce written or visual stories to be used in communication materials and products
- Coordinate the storage system for story resources, including written stories, photos, videos, consent forms and other materials
- Identify and articulate key organisation and program messages for CARE’s target audiences, including donors, government, communities, the general public in Vanuatu, potential supporters in Australia
- Identify and source newsworthy stories, media opportunities and awareness-raising needs in line with the communications strategy
- Produce communication tools for use by program staff in monitoring and evaluation, including case study templates and questionnaires
- Work with program staff to build skills in story identification, interviewing and photography, writing skills and giving media interviews.
Required qualifications and skills:
- Minimum diploma and/or vocational training in journalism, communications or a related field, and/or minimum 2 – 3 years relevant work experience
- Professional communication skills in Bislama and strong communication skills in English, including an ability to write press releases, human interest stories and communications materials appropriate for an NGO stakeholder audiences
- Ability to develop creative communication products, tools and approaches
- Good awareness of the media industry and ability to cultivate relationships with media outlets and representatives as well as other stakeholders
- Awareness and sensitivity to the particular issues facing vulnerable and marginalised people in Vanuatu and the development landscape in Vanuatu
- Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to take direction and to work as part of a team
- Good organisational and time management skills, including the ability to plan your own work to meet deadlines
- A willingness to learn about CARE, gender equality and women’s empowerment activities
- Good skills in Microsoft Office with knowledge in Microsoft Word, Publisher and Excel.
- Relevant work experience with an International Non-Government Organisation (INGO)
- Experience in communicating via new and social media platforms
- Demonstrated skills in photography, videography and/or graphic design.
In return for your commitment, you will benefit from ongoing professional development and a comprehensive benefits package.
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