Communications Officer Non-profit Careers – Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG)

Organisation: Sudan
Democracy First Group (SDFG)
Reports to: Program Manager
and Executive Director
Duty Station: Kampala,
About US:
The Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) was formed as an umbrella group
of leading Sudanese independent and democratic civil society and media actors
to serve as a think tank and venue for indigenous research, analysis and
advocacy on human rights, development, peace and democratic transformation in
Sudan. SDFG is a coalition of democratic, activist, trade unionist and academic
Sudanese men and women representing different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
The main agenda of the initiative is to voice the concerns of voiceless
Sudanese people across the country around questions of democratization and its
intersection with peace, justice and development in Sudan. SDFG focuses on
providing Sudanese and international audiences with this type of knowledge and
analysis by publishing regular updates, policy briefs and position papers on
major political and human rights issues. In addition to raising public
awareness both inside and outside Sudan, SDFG works to promote civil society
dialogue on crucial issues affecting Sudan, by convening meetings and
roundtables bringing together diverse sectors of Sudanese society—particularly
those representing marginalized populations.
Job Summary: The Communications
Officer will tasked with leading the organisation’s external and internal
communications. This includes working closely with the Policy and Advocacy
Coordinator, the Sudan Transparency Initiative Team, and other Project
Coordinators to strengthen the production, dissemination and impact of SDFG’s
publications and other communications materials.
Key Duties and
  • Formulate communications strategies and
    plans that guide the long-term and day-to-day communications work across
    SDFG’s programme.
  • The incumbent will play a leading role in
    the development of SDFG’s messaging and positioning with the guidance of
    Project Coordinators.
  • Propose and coordinate the implementation
    of suitable campaigns in line with SDFG’s mission and objectives.
  • Play a leading role in the development,
    editing and where necessary, the translation, of SDFG’s communications
    materials. This includes leading the preparation of SDFG’s annual report.
  • Lead in the publication of SDFG’s
    communications materials – e.g. articles, statements, letters, petitions,
    newsletters, briefing papers, research reports, posters, videos, Radio
    WhatsApp pieces, etc – through multiple channels.
  • Develop and maintain a rich and extensive
    network with Sudanese and non-Sudanese journalists, academics, social
    media activists, media outlets and other relevant organisations and form
    partnerships with these to strengthen the dissemination of SDFG’s
  • Lead in the timely updating and
    development of SDFG’s websites (main and STI portal), Facebook pages,
    Twitter, YouTube, and Radio WhatsApp accounts and mailing lists.
  • Work to increase the number of SDFG
    supporters (e.g. website users, mailing list and Radio WhatsApp
    subscribers, and social media followers).
  • Ensure timely responses to supporter feedback
    and comments, including through managing SDFG’s ‘info’ email account.
  • Supervise communications consultants,
    contractors and volunteers.
  • Work closely with SDFG’s management to
    strengthen internal communications (with a regular sharing and flow of information)
    and communications security (including with a practical communications
    security policy), between team members working and travelling in different
    locations, and with board members.
  • Take lead in the development and
    implementation of SDFG’s documentation management system (hard and soft
  • The jobholder will also strengthen the
    monitoring and evaluation of SDFG’s communications work (including with
    comprehensive tracking of audience reach and trends), maintain records,
    and prepare periodic reports as required.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties
    as assigned.
  • Contribute to strategic planning and
    fundraising opportunities for the programme and the organisation.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the Communications
    Officer job opportunity must hold a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a
    field related to communications or development, with commensurate
    professional experience. A master’s degree is an added advantage
  • At least three years’ experience in
    implementing similar communications work.
  • Previous experience of working for an NGO
    is an added advantage
  • Previous experience of working as a
    journalist is an added advantage
  • Excellent communications, campaigning and
    advocacy skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking
  • Sound experience of dealing with the press
    and media.
  • Excellent fluency in both written and oral
    Arabic and English.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Ability to produce informative and
    engaging communications materials (written, photographic, video and
  • Excellent knowledge of social media.
  • Good knowledge of communications software.
  • Strong strategic and critical thinking and
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects
    and deliver objectives on time.
  • Superb organization and time-management skills,
    including the ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously, work under
    pressure in a fast-paced environment, keep calm, and meet deadlines.
  • Willingness and ability to travel inside
    and outside Sudan.
  • A strong commitment to democracy, good
    governance and human rights.
  • Website design experience is also desired
  • Knowledge of tackling corruption is
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates must send a motivation
letter and a detailed CV to
with the subject line as SDFG/CO/KLA. Please do not attach certificates or
Deadline: Sunday, 2nd
October 2016

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