18 May 2022

Communication officer at Environmental Management and Economic Development Organization (EMEDO)

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Job Description


Environmental Management and Economic Development Organization (EMEDO) is a not for profit organization, that was founded in the year 2005 and acquired its official registration in November 2006, under the Non-Governmental Organization Act of year 2002 with registration number OONGO/1771, to operate in the mainland Tanzania. In its implementation, the organization focuses on enhancing capacities of communities to get organized, having their voices heard, rights recognized and respected and to influence local, national and international policies that affect their rights of access, use and control of natural resources for improved livelihoods.

In April 2022, EMEDO signed an agreement to collaborate with the Royal national

Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to implement the Lake Victoria Drowning Prevention Project

(LVDPP) in seven selected communities in Muleba, Musoma, Ukerewe and Nyamagana Districts. The idea to develop this project stems from the RNLI-funded research (2018) which showed that of 86 drowning deaths in 8 communities around the lake, 70 were fishers. Using learning from a 2021 RNLI socio-economic study of drowning risk and links to fishing practices, processing and sales, the project will co-design, develop and pilot drowning prevention solutions with the 7 communities. The project will employ a Human Centered Design approach to give voice to those left behind, reduce drowning risk, address marginalization and other inequalities, especially gender, and improve livelihoods. Impact will be amplified through a national drowning prevention network.

The Project will be implemented within 36 months period to bring about real change within the communities, building their resilience to drowning through specific actions at the local and national levels. It envisions stakeholders to take appropriate measures to reduce drowning in artisanal fishing communities around Lake Victoria by 2025.

To facilitate smooth implementation of this project, EMEDO wishes to recruit qualified, experienced, motivated and dynamic individuals in the following positions available;

JOB TITLE: Communication officer

Report to: Project Manager

Location: Mwanza

Duration: 12months/Renewable/Fulltime

Purpose of the post

The post holder is responsible for implementing Lake Victoria Drowning prevention project in the aspect of communications component. He will be working closely with project team supporting and maintaining internal and external communications, prepare, implement and monitor Project and project and organization visibility and branding. She/he will be supporting on content gathering, documenting, packaging, web site updating and social network accounts regular updating.

Dimension of roles

Media Coordination & engagement:

Prepare media kits that will support the work of the Drowning Prevention Network at national and regional level
Support and Coordinate media engagement to support community awareness and participation
Engaging media for activity coverage whenever needed Content development:
Compile content and develop program one pager and fact sheets,
Compile and develop content for Social media and traditional media
Work with Program leads to compile and develop Photo bank, Lessons learnt and Case Studies for use at various platforms to showcase our work
Coordinate procedures for content development, this may include; Filming Permit, Photography, Filming etc
Prepare case studies and success stories and share lessons learnt EMEDO and RNLI and external audience where necessary.

Internal and external Communication:

Support program teams and partner to establish an innovative, user friendly, reliable, and up-to-date internal information database for experiences sharing, knowledge sharing, information sharing and make it accessible
Disseminate information about the LVDPP information and knowledge sharing program to internal and external audiences
Support branding of Organization image through digital platforms
Compile content to develop and share a regular newsletter and weekly highlight to staff and stakeholders

Proficient computer skills in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
Ability to do verbal and written translation
Ability to demonstrate quick note taking and develop into mean fully messages and writing blogpost
Ability to work under multidisciplinary and multicultural environment
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
Strong public speaking skills and presentation skills
Professional photographs,
Fluent spoken and written English and Kiswahili
Required experience and Qualifications

Minimum of a diploma in Mass Communications, Journalism, or its equivalent.
Minimum of at least three (3) years of relevant experience in communications roles, content gathering and documentation
Skills in designing web, poster, flayers
Ability to master communication in English and Swahili (fluently)
Ability and willingness to travel intensively in the fields
Proficient in Microsoft Office, content management systems, and social media platforms,
Proficiency in design and publishing software, is an added advantage.

Note: Experience of working in fisheries sector (water safety and drowning prevention awareness and skills) will be added advantage to candidates for all posts.

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Method of Application

Submit your CV and cover letter describing your professional, skills and experience related to [email protected]¬†before 20th May 2022

Your application must be in a single PDF document.

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