International NGO Careers – Communication Officer at SIHA Network

Organisation: Strategic
Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
About US:
The Strategic Initiative for Women in the
Horn of Africa – SIHA Network – is a coalition of women rights civil society
from Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Somaliland and
Uganda. Founded in 1995, SIHA 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.
·        
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 account.
·        
Prepare
and disseminate SIHA online monthly newsletter.
·        
Significantly
contribute to advocacy campaign planning and activities.
·        
Render
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
in liaison with SIHA teams across the Horn region and establish communication
with SIHA offices and area coordinators.
Qualifications,
Skills and Experience: 
·        
The
ideal candidate should possess a degree or post graduate degree in social
sciences and/or humanities is essential.
·        
The
applicants of this position should possess three years’ work experience in
human rights advocacy and communication.
·        
Past
experience working in advocacy in Horn of Africa countries in particular is an
advantage.
·        
The
ideal candidate for this position should possess advocacy skills
·        
Good
knowledge and understanding of regional and international human rights
mechanisms
·        
Keen
interest and knowledge of the Horn of Africa socio-political context.
·        
She
or he should have proven English writing abilities
·        
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.
·        
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
candidate should finally be highly motivated, dynamic and be capable of taking
initiative (‘self-starting’) in developing effective communication strategies.
·        
SIHA
appreciates candidates with abilities to work independently, and thus possess
high levels of integrity and commitment to women’s human rights.
·        
SIHA
is committed to offer a fair remuneration based on qualifications and
experience. Preference will be given to Ugandan nationals and/or individuals
residing in Uganda.
How
to Apply: 
All suitably qualified candidates should
send an updated C.V. with contact details for three professional references, and
application/cover letter to: jemimah@sihanet.org with the Subject Line
‘Communications Officer – SIHA Regional Office.’
NB: Pre-selected candidates
will be contacted for an interview in May.
Deadline:
15th May 2015

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