Communications Officer


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The African Democracy Forum (ADF) is a regional network of civil society organizations and individuals upholding the rule of law and promoting good governance through the twin principles of transparency and accountability in the African continent with its Secretariat hosted by Never Again Rwanda.

Job Title

Communications Officer

Reporting requirements


Duty station

Kigali, Rwanda

Purpose of Position


To support the ADF Secretariat to outreach through social media audiences and other stakeholders (civil society and government institutions, media, international audiences)

To support the writing of reports / proposals and any other documents that are required by the ADF in both French and English

Main Responsibilities and Deliverables


Overview of Responsibilities

  • Internal and external representation of ADF values, vision and mission statements and programme information relevant to external audiences, key stakeholders, boundary and strategic partners (for example: the media)
  • Any other work duties that may be assigned by the Coordinator

Specific Responsibilities

  • Update daily ADF Social Media profiles
  • Management of organising storage of files and other documents pertaining to the ADF

Technical support

  • Production of slide show presentations and/ or graphics for reports

Overview of Responsibilities


  • Content support to Social Media platforms
  • Design support to reports and publications
  • Graphics support
  • Photography of events/ activities

Specific responsibilities

  • Post-events: create quotations for use on social media reflecting topics important to ADF
  • Editing of articles to be used on organisational website and other publications
  • Publication of ADF online newsletter Africa Democracy in Focus
  • Graphic design for various other organisational reports

Organisational Learning and Capacity Building

As part of our commitment to organisational learning and in support of understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve. ADF expects all staff members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities, through providing training and presentations that benefit and build the capacity of the African Democracy Forum staff as well as themselves.


As part of the office team, assist in general administrative duties. This may include making phone calls, sending invites and on-line publications to ADF stakeholders (local and international partners, civil society organisations, Government agencies, donors, local and international academics and other potential supporters); host visitors, support interns and volunteers. Being tasked to support key large organisational events.


Under the guidance of the Coordinator, to be responsible to provide Technical and Content Support to ADF

Behavioural Competencies

Organisational Awareness

Understands how their job contributes and delivers ADF vision, mission and goals in accordance with ADF values and the organisational strategic plan

Planning and Delivery of Work

Thinks ahead, managing time, priorities and risks, and developing structured and efficient approaches to deliver work on time and to a high standard


Considers the information that is available, identifies options and makes timely decisions

Working with Others

Takes responsibility to build and maintain positive relationships and value the opinion of others

Team Building

Works in a participatory and inclusive manner to encourage team support of one another, mentoring, coaching and accompaniment

Communicating and Influencing others

Presents information and ideas clearly and convincingly, ensuring that messages are understood; and that others see ADF as credible and engage with the organisation

Managing Change

Is able to be flexible to sustain performance when situations change, workload increases and priorities shift





Professional Experience, Knowledge and Skills


Minimum Qualifications: Undergraduate in Communication / Journalism or other related field

  • Excellent skills specifically (both French and English)
  • Proficient user of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.)
  • Excellent Microsoft skills of latest application (Word, Excel, Power point)
  • Experience working in a NGO set-up
  • Understanding of Human Rights and democracy in Africa and the world in general
  • Excellent presentation and report writing skills
  • Effective communication and interaction with employees, clients, and colleagues and the ability to work effectively with all levels of the organization
  • Ability to work and think independently and ensuring the meeting of deadlines
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks with changing priorities
  • Strong organizational skills and excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both verbal and written

How to apply

Please send CV; Cover letter and 3 references along with academic record in pdf format:


Completed applications should be received no later than 23 November 2017 at 17h00.

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