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Communications Officer


The communications officer will support the development and implementation of a communication strategy to ensure effective communication with key stakeholders, including both internal and external audiences and to raise AWARD’s global and regional profile.

Duties and responsibilities

  •  Assist in overseeing AWARD’s internal and external communications activities and ensure that they support in building an informed focus on gender-responsive agricultural research in Africa.
  •  Support the production and implementation of annual communication and knowledge management action plans.
  • Conceptualize and develop high quality, brand-compliant, multimedia information products and visual assets including reports, presentations, posters, brochures, press releases, news articles, newsletters, videos, infographics.
  • Support media engagement and outreach.
  • Maintain AWARD website and other communication platforms as needed.
  • Conceptualize and participate in field visits to document AWARD’s work.
  • Support the updating and implementation of the social media strategy, expanding AWARD’s online outreach capacity.
  • Coordinate production of bi-monthly electronic newsletter: produce and compile content, distribute, maintain mailing lists.
  • Track the online footprint and media mentions of AWARD and amplify these where appropriate.
  • Provide communications support to AWARD training events and other outreach events
  •  Support the maintenance of an inventory of AWARD’s information, education and communication materials and communication assets/equipment.
  • Assist in maintaining contracts for communications consultants.



  • A bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, communications, or related field, preferably in the development, science, agriculture, or NGO sector.

Language proficiency

  • Fluency in English required.
  • Proficiency in French is an advantage (highly desired but not required).

Knowledge and experience

  •  At least five years’ relevant, professional experience in a communications position.

Skills and competencies

  • Superior writing and communication skills, with demonstrated experience in producing news articles and other knowledge outputs with professional editorial standards.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities, work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Proven ability to synthesise written outputs for various types of audiences
  • Strong self-starter with the initiative to identify opportunities and take appropriate action.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop (the whole Adobe suite).
  • Direct, demonstrated experience with and knowledge of:
    • Content management systems- mainly Drupal and WordPress.
    • Online newsletter management.
    • Social networking strategies, networks, tools.
  • Displays the highest standards of personal integrity.
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Education, knowledge and experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, communications, or related field, preferably in the development, science, agriculture, or NGO sector.


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