Fresher Communications Officer NGO Jobs – DefendDefenders

Job Title:          Communications Officer
Organization: DefendDefenders
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
About US:
DefendDefenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights
Defenders Project) is a regional non- governmental organisation (NGO) based in
Kampala, Uganda, that seeks to strengthen the work of human rights defenders
throughout the sub-region by reducing their vulnerability to the risk of
persecution and by enhancing their capacity to effectively defend human rights.
DefendDefenders works in Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda,
Somalia/Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Job Summary:  DefendDefenders is seeking a highly motivated,
self-starting, detail oriented, and well organised Communications Officer to
support and promote the work of the organisation. The Communications Officer
will be responsible for developing and distributing content on the
organisation’s work and maintaining its public profile. The successful
candidate must be able to work effectively under pressure, be a good team
player, and be willing to travel occasionally, as required.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Manage DefendDefenders’ public profile, both
online and offline;
Contribute to DefendDefenders’ media and
communication strategy for the coming 5 years;
Produce regular media and communications output,
including press releases and a monthly newsletter;
Maintain and ensure strategic use of
DefendDefenders’ website and social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube);
Design print and digital promotional materials;
Develop informative/promotional videos, photos,
and infographics;
Ensure good working relations with strategic
media actors;
Assist the advocacy, research and communications
department in its communications strategies and output at the UN Human Rights
Council and African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights;
Identify, explore, and utilise strategic chances
for communication to highlight the work of DefendDefenders and the situation of
human rights defenders, including online and offline campaigns; and
Train and support human rights defenders in
strategic and effective communications.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
The applicant must hold a post-graduate degree
in a relevant field (Human Rights, Law, International Relations,
Communications/Journalism Studies, or related field);
A minimum of two years’ experience working in
human rights, ideally working within an NGO, academic institution, civil
society organisation, or other directly relevant institution.
Excellent written and editing skills, with
outstanding attention to detail;
Experience operating audio-visual recording
Knowledge and experience with WordPress and
Adobe Creative Suite (especially Photoshop, Premier, and InDesign);
Analytical skills;
Highly developed interpersonal skills and the
ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a
culturally diverse environment;
Self-motivated, organised, and the ability to
meet deadlines with minimal supervision;
Willingness to travel.
Familiarity with the human rights situation in
the East and Horn of Africa sub-region, including work experience from the
Fluency in written and spoken French, Arabic or
How to Apply:
All candidates should apply by emailing in a single
submission with the following documents: a letter of motivation, a CV, and two
references, as well as unedited writing sample between 1000-1500 words, on the
human rights situation in one of our mandate countries, to
Please do not attach copies of qualifications/diploma at
this stage. Only complete applications will be reviewed. All materials should
be submitted via email. We regret that owing to the volume in applications only
shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
Deadline: Sunday 19th
January 2020.
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