SIHA NGO Careers – Communications Officer

Organisation: Strategic
Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA)
Duty Station:  Kampala,
About SIHA:
The Strategic Initiative for
Women in the Horn of Africa – SIHA Network – is a coalition of civil society organisations
from Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Somaliland and
Uganda. Founded in 1995, the organisation advocates for social change and
gender equality in the Horn region and works specifically on protecting women’s
human rights, promoting women’s access to justice, supporting economic
empowerment and activating women’s political participation. SIHA’s
secretariat/HQ is located in Kampala, Uganda and SIHA maintains field offices
in Sudan and South Sudan.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Implement SIHA communication activities in
    collaboration with the SIHA team and member organizations across the Horn
    of Africa region.
  • Actively monitor and respond to news items
    and trends in key SIHA priority countries, using current events and contextual
    knowledge to shape policy statements, public statements, and other
    communication activities.
  • Suggest and lead advocacy actions on
    behalf of SIHA members and secretariat office.
  • Significantly contribute to the drafting
    of a number of SIHA annual publications.
  • Edit, review and supervise the quality
    assurance of all SIHA published work.
  • Manage and update SIHA website and Twitter
  • Prepare and disseminate SIHA online
    monthly newsletter.
  • Actively contribute to advocacy campaign
    planning and activities.
  • Support in program and project work
    implementation as required.
  • Maintain an up to date e-mail list and
    contact details of all member organizations, associates, donors,
    institutional partners, and other SIHA associates.
  • Regularly communicate to SIHA members and
    support their advocacy efforts through field visits, meetings, and
    e-mail/phone communications as required.
  • Work closely with SIHA teams across the
    Horn region and establish communication with SIHA offices and area
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The candidates should have three years of
    work experience in human rights advocacy and communication.
  • The ideal applicant should hold a degree
    or post graduate degree in social sciences and/or humanities is essential.
  • Significant experience working in advocacy
    in Horn of Africa countries in particular is an advantage.
  • The ideal candidate for this position
    should have strong advocacy skills, good understanding of regional and
    international human rights mechanisms, and should possess a genuine
    interest and knowledge of the Horn of Africa socio-political context.
  • She or he should have proven English
    writing abilities and strong editing and reviewing abilities.
  • The candidate for this position should be
    able to observe current events and trends in the Horn of Africa regarding
    the human rights and well-being of women and girls, and translate this
    knowledge to advocacy initiatives and effective communication with SIHA
    members and affiliates.
  • She / he should possess strong networking
    skills, team work abilities, cross cultural sensitivity and ability to
    interact effectively with women and men across the Horn of Africa.
  • The applicant should finally be highly
    motivated, dynamic and be capable of taking initiative (‘self-starting’)
    in developing effective communication strategies.
How to Apply: 
All candidates are encouraged
to send their updated C.Vs, contact details for three professional references,
and application/cover letter to with the Subject
Line ‘Communications Officer – SIHA Regional Office.’  Pre-selected candidates will be contacted for
an interview in January.
Deadline:  5th
January 2015
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