8 Sep 2020

Program Officer Communications at WFT-Trust

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WFT-Trust would like to inform the interested applicants on the extension of the deadline for the following job vacancies which were advertised on the different media outlets on 1st Augusts 2020. The new deadline is 14th September 2020.


WFT-Trust is the first and only women’s rights fund in Tanzania that has been in existence since 2008 and has been at the forefront championing gender equality, equity and women and girls’ rights through a funding mechanism that features strong capacity enhancement, strengthening linkages and collaboration among women’s rights organizations and mobilising resources. WFT -Trust is seeking to engage a feminist Program Officer Communications to be based at its Dar Es Salaam Headquarters.



Do you have an uunderstanding of feminist approaches to documenting stories of change, highlighting the creativity of women’s rights organizations working in Tanzania? Will you bring feminist lens and less traditional MEL approaches to movement building processes with an empowering agenda for change? Are you in love with monitoring trends, enjoy fixing puzzles – causal effects, love joining dots and will be there every step of the way to create a web of informatics that will contribute to the mission and vision of WFT-Trust and its impact on gender equality and women empowerment from the grass roots to the national level?

Job Title: Program Officer Communications

Functionally Reports to: Head of Programs


Working closely with the Head of Programs this position aims to contribute to the establishment of the WFT-Trust communication unit and implementation of its communication strategy which will deepen our visibility and highlight WFT-T mission of advancing women and human rights in Tanzania. The Program Officer communication will act as an interface between WFT and its stakeholders (the donors, decision makers media, grantees and the entire community) to share its mission, achievement, herstories and popularize the work of women heroes in the country. The incumbent will also provide support to grantees WROs and Community Based groups to generate herstories and other achievements for fundraising, learning and visibility purposes. The position will also be a custodian of the WFT-T website and its related online platforms by ensuring that its up to date and reflects the organizational development in the women and children rights landscape.

General duties

  • Work closely with WFT-T leadership to establish and manage the communications unit that will become a hub of Information, Communication and Technology within the organisation.
  • Provide support in the management of the communication portfolio for WFT-T to advance its agenda and mandate.
  • Provide support for the operationalisation of the WFT-T communication strategy by developing annual implementation plan by creating linkages with programs.
  • Work closely with the partners to generate feminist stories that demonstrate aspirations, achievement, learning and profiling of the organizations.

Support WFT-Trust’s online presence:

  • Developing and sharing content on WFT-Trust social media channels and interacting with audience (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) including curating and updating WFT-Trust twitter lists and WFT-Trust online network of social media allies.
  • Maintaining the website and keeping it up to date and accurate and liaising with relevant desks on issues of safety, security, design and functionality including uploading news, blogs, analysis, publications, WFT-Trust reports, outputs and other content to WFT-Trust website
  • Engaging with WFT-Trust audience online including by grantees online campaigns when required, and help to develop and design WFT-Trust led social media campaigns
  • Support WFT-Trust knowledge building and resource platforms:
  • Sourcing content and disseminating from a variety of sources to grantees, movement members and allies through different platforms and updating and maintaining resource database
  • Creating and maintaining an online Resource Center and sourcing content for the Center (publications, research, political statements etc)
  • Support the development, editing, copy-editing, design, and presentation of working papers and other written outputs
  • Designing, disseminating and promoting WFT-Trust position papers on different subjects

Advocacy support:

  • Support local, regional and international advocacy engagement by working with like-minded organizations and women funds to identify key spaces, target audience and key messages, including support for social media presence during advocacy engagement
  • Work with the SPO MEL to keep track of WFT-Trust’s M&E tool:
  • Maintain and keep track of communications analytics (Google and social media analytics) and collect both qualitative and quantitative data and information related to communications
  • Develop monthly and quarterly communications reports, collect data, and produce analysis and recommendations in quarterly reports In collaboration with SAB and GM maintain internal WFT-Trust grantee and partners contacts database up to date
  • Capture narratives, stories and outcomes of WFT-Trust’s communications engagement to support fundraising
  • When needed, support with writing and editing of funding reports and proposals as related to communications priorities
  • Liaise with Head of Programs regarding media enquiries and event invitations (when required)
  • Support with development of design and lay out in innovative design for WFT-Trust’s online and printed annual report
  • Provide across the board administrative support to WF-Trust
  • Provide administrative support for both in-person and virtual meetings including by taking minutes, and documenting actions and outcomes
  • Attend movement events and WFT-Trust own events such as retreat to support with administration, communications and photography

Required Skills and experiences:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Media and Public Relations, Information Communication and Technology, Mass Communications, Development Studies or related field. Master’s degree in the similar field preferred
  • Good analytical skills and ability to verify and triangulate information.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well within a diverse set of stakeholders.
  • Advanced skills using the following or similar: WordPress; Drupal; simple html coding; Canvas; Mailchimp; editing videos and images; newsletter and database management software; using social media tools for online community building, networking, and dissemination of information; design of visuals such as memes etc (required)
  • Skills using the following or similar: design software; PDF design and production; content upload and design using online platforms such as WIX and medium; online database/resource databases or curation; graphic design; development, editing and production of publications and digital resources for a variety of audiences (desirable)
  • Strong expertise in using social media to implement communications and online community building strategies including Twitter, Facebook, etc (required)
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to handle multi-tasking, problem solving and planning skills (required)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including fluency in oral and written English and Swahili (required)
  • Experience of using google analytics and developing monthly and quarterly communications reports, collecting data, and producing analysis and recommendations (desirable)
  • Must be able to work as a team member and independently, with high level of self-motivation, ability to manage periodic high workloads; strong ability to prioritize and work under pressure (required)
  • Ability to listen and communicate clearly and effectively with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds (required)

Remuneration will be in line with the set staff scheme of work of the organization which consider the experience and qualifications of the candidate.

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      Method of Application

Interested applicants should send their application letter accompanied by resume with names and addresses of 3 professional referees (including telephone and e-mail) through email: [email protected] or deliver to physical address: Women Fund Tanzania, Rufiji street, Plot No. 1714, Msasani Peninsular, Near Namibian Embassy.

NOTE: Those who have already applied in response to the initial announcement either online or by physical submission to WFT Trust office in Masaki do not need to re-apply as their applications will be considered.

Please indicate on the subject line as Program Officer Communications, Deadline for submission of applications is on 14th September 2020.

Please note: Only complete applications will be reviewed, and only candidates who have been selected for interview will be contacted. Young women & women living with disability are encouraged to apply.

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