Job Title: Communications Officer
Reports to: Director
Lifewater is a
Christian water development organization dedicated to effectively serving
children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome
water poverty. Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, we serve the least and
last as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people. Lifewater
International serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or
Job Summary: The Communications Officer (CO) will support
the communications needs for both donor and regional/national engagements.
Responsibilities include gathering stories, photos, and videos from the field,
managing additional writing contractors/consultants as needed, disseminating
regular communications to program teams, public relations with local and
national media/publications, and government communications as needed.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
of (‘capturing voices from the field’) stories: Develops and follows a
systematic program documentation plan for the country’s program activities.
S/he is responsible for gathering need and transformation stories (along with
photos) to support donor engagement and reporting based on agreed plans and
deadlines. Coordinates Area Programs to ensure periodic collection and
compilation of success stories and articles in line with Lifewater guidelines.
Videos. Responsible for gathering and uploading video clips in liaison with the
Communications and Content Editor.
In coordination with the Country Director, Director of Programs, and Area
Program Managers, the CO produces popularised content and materials and
coordinates their publication. These may include reports, emails, e-cards,
posters, newsletters, and other communication materials.
engagement and liaison. Liaises with WASH journalists and other media houses in
print and electronic to cover Lifewater success stories for strengthening
stakeholder engagements and advocacy. S/he writes press releases and articles
in support of various campaigns, collaborates and monitors media coverage, and
attends both internal and external events.
Takes the lead in ensuring alignment and compliance with the visibility
requirements of Lifewater and donors (where applicable) including ensuring that
branding is done appropriately with the right logos, appropriate positioning
sizes, and other branding best practices.
Strategy: Contributes to the development and alignment of the Country
Communications Plan/Strategy to the Global Communications Strategy.
Visibility and Participation: Works closely with the Director of Programs,
Program Teams, and relevant sector coordination mechanisms to identify
opportunities for increased participation, show-casing of Lifewater
contributions, shared learning, and advocacy on WASH issues.
to website updates: Contributes content for website updates to increase Lifewater
presence and visibility on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook,
LinkedIn or blogs etc.
administrative support: Assists with scheduling meetings, preparing
presentations, gathering materials for conferences, supporting the procurement
of communication materials.
other assignment: Undertakes any other assignment related to gathering stories
and or in training and supporting consultants or communications work within and
out of the country as may be required.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
Communications Officer should possess a Degree in Journalism, Mass
Communication or other media, public relations, and marketing-related training
three years’ experience in a similar position in an NGO/Media house
and interview skills. Successful applicants must have good photography skills
and understand composition, lighting, etc. They must also have demonstrated
understanding of the basics of interviewing and gathering quotes, facts, and
relevant answers to questions.
skills. Familiarity with Google Docs, email tools. Skilled and experienced in
transferring files via cloud-based hosting services (such as Box, DropBox,
Skills. S/he must be fluent in English, conversational, and have a basic understanding
of local languages. He/she should also have written oral communication skills,
with good content editing and proofreading abilities to ensure materials are of
high quality and accurate.
Christian, active in a local church
to the mission, vision, and core values of Lifewater International
and dependable in all areas including finances
to travel. Lifewater villages are in remote, rural areas. Applicants must be
willing and able to travel significant distances on dirt roads to reach project
areas. They must be willing to travel on foot or by motorcycle at times.
Applicants must also be able and willing to travel within the region and
internationally as required.
organized. Fieldwork comes with its challenges, including changing plans and
last-minute needs. The person should be willing and able to adjust his or her
schedule as is necessary. They should be capable of solving problems, taking
feedback, meeting deadlines, and communicating well with others.
How to Apply:
should apply online at the link below.