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Organization: Adeso - African Development Solutions

Position Title: Communications Intern

Reporting to: Communications & Advocacy Manager

Working with: Communications & Advocacy Department

Program / Duty Station: Nairobi

Duration: 12 months

Starting date: Immediate

Organizational Context: Adeso is an expanding and vibrant African based international development and humanitarian organization.

At Adeso, we work with African communities who are yet to realize their full potential; working inside these communities to create environments in which Africans can thrive.

Our belief that economic, social and environmental security is the bedrock of a healthy community drives the nature and intent of our programming.

We work to prevent and overcome situations that adversely affect community well-being by: reinvigorating the economy, developing skills for life and work, providing humanitarian aid, and influencing policy.

For the past 20 years we have strengthened rural livelihoods through environmental awareness, training, technology transfer and innovative humanitarian projects in pursuit of a peaceful, self-reliant, and greener future. At present, Adeso has programs in Somalia, Kenya and South Sudan.

Adeso is an exciting and dynamic organization experiencing managed rapid growth. It offers sound employment conditions with opportunities for personal growth and development.

Position Summary: The Communications Intern will work closely with the Communications and Advocacy Manager and the Senior Communications Officer to support the organization’s communications needs at headquarter level.

Position Purpose

1. Support development and posting of content for website and social media

2. Support development of communication materials

3. Media monitoring

Specific Roles and Responsibilities

1. Support development and posting of content for website and social media
  • Develop content to populate the Adeso website. This includes regularly creating content for the “In the Spotlight” and “Success stories” sections;
  • Keep the reports and publications and media centre sections up to date;
  • Support the Senior Communications Officer to manage Adeso’s social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr and other social networking sites.

2. Support the development of communication materials
  • Maintain an inventory of all communication materials at HQ and in field offices;
  • Support in development and maintenance of a suite of materials to effectively communicate Adeso’s mission, vision, main messages and on-going projects to key audiences;
  • Support the development of Adeso’s 2015 Annual Report;
  • Edit or develop and disseminate Adeso case studies and success stories to maximize their use;
  • Work with project teams to create and regularly update project profiles as well as an organizational profile;
  • Maintain a database of available success stories;
  • Provide support to projects in development and procurement of communication materials.

3. Media
  • Conduct weekly media monitoring and send weekly reports to staff in Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia respectively;
  • Support the Communications and Advocacy Manager in drafting press releases, responding to media enquiries and building dialogue with journalists.

4. Other
  • Provide editorial support to colleagues for reports, case studies, articles, and presentations;
  • Travel to field locations to collect success stories, pictures, and deliver trainings;
  • Any other duty as may be assigned.

Skills and Qualifications
  • Undergraduate Degree in Communications/Journalism or related field;
  • Excellent communications skills (oral and written);
  • Excellent written and spoken English is essential, as well as a critical eye for editing and grammar;
  • Experience in managing websites and in using social media tools in a professional context;
  • Experience and skills in the use of software programs such as MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe;
  • Demonstrated effective organizational skills and ability to handle work in a timely manner;
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate tasks to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with respect for diversity;
  • Knowledge of or interest in humanitarian programs, as well as a commitment to Adeso’s mission and vision;
  • Willingness and ability to travel to remote locations.

Application Process

This is a challenging opportunity for a dedicated and highly motivated professional.

If you would like to join this dynamic team and be part of building resilience and economic growth in Africa, please submit your application to quoting the position in the email subject matter, by July 9th 2014.

Each application should be addressed to the Human Resources Manager and include the following:
  • An updated CV (maximum 3 pages);
  • An application letter which should include remuneration requirements and contact information for three work-related referees.

Applications not including all of the above information will not be reviewed.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Adeso is an equal opportunity employer and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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