Communication Specialist

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Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of conflict, poverty, and disease. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play helps children in more than 20 countries to build essential life skills and better futures, while driving lasting social change.  

Job Posting – Rwanda  Communication Specialist

Closing Date: June  22nd, 2018

Organization: Right To Play International

Department/Division    : Program

Work location: Kigali / Rwanda

BACKGROUND:

Right To Play is a global organization committed to improving the lives of children and youth affected by conflict, disease and poverty. Established in 2000, Right To Play has pioneered a unique play-based approach to learning and development which focuses on quality education, life skills, health, gender equality, child protection and building peaceful communities. With programming in over 20 countries, Right To Play transforms the lives of more than one million children each week using play and sports, both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to our work with children, Right To Play advocates with parents, local communities, and governments to advance the fundamental rights of all children.

Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

 Visit us at www.righttoplay.com 

The Rwanda country office is currently searching for a qualified and self-driven candidate to fill the position of Communication Specialist.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Communications Specialist reports directly to the Country Director (CD). S/He receives guidelines from the Marketing and Communications Team at Right To Play Regional Office and Headquarters. The Communications Specialist is responsible for managing the communication plan and activities in the country of operation. S/He is expected to assist in enhancing the organization’s overall public image in the country. The incumbent works closely with the Program Manager, the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist and the Training Officer.

III.           RESPONSIBILITIES Time%

In accordance with Right To Play (RTP) approved policies and procedures, the incumbent:

Job Responsibility #1: Planning and compliance 35%

  • Develops and implements an annual communications plan, in line with the country office strategy.
  • Provides leadership for overall communications related to RTP in the respective country office.
  • Ensures that all communications materials and messages are in-line with project grant agreements.
  • Conducts field visits to project sites and ensures proper dissemination of information for events and success stories.
  • Conducts an ongoing review of the communications strategic plan to ensure effectiveness; the goals of the strategy are to improve outreach at a global and national level and gain support and visibility for the implementation of the projects, with a focus on the partners.
  • Establishes and maintains an editorial calendar to ensure RTP participation and visibility on relevant International “Days” such as Day of the African Child, in-line with country strategy and advocacy goals.
  • Facilitates relationship building with government and community opinion leaders and celebrities including Athlete Ambassadors/Supporters to endorse and disseminate messages for global and regional awareness campaigns.
  • Ensures compliance with RTP brand book, Child Protection policy and other policies related to communications.

Job Responsibility # 2: Communication 35%

  • Develops systems for effective and efficient communications and best practice sharing within the country office.
  • Develops a system to produce impact stories, videos, and photographs of teachers and children in our programs; oversees data archiving.
  • Develops informational and promotional material on RTP projects.
  • Trains the country team on the value and usage of the brand, as well as editorial and photography skills.
  • Liaises with printing and design companies, edits design when required.
  • Oversees and approves all print proofs in the country before production of merchandise including T-shirts and products.
  •  Acts as a focal point on the “play-space” intranet, where applicable.
  • Identifies opportunities to amplify RTP messages and their use to influence policy development with a focus on governments and partner organizations.
  •  Establishes systems and procedures for monitoring and evaluation of the impact of communications activities and products of the project.

Job Responsibility #3: Media and public relations 25%

  • Develops contacts and maintains relationships with the locally based media.
  • Closely monitors and tracks media coverage of RTP and play-based learning in the country.
  • Writes media releases and success stories.
  • Conducts media activities in country to build capacity of local media to advocate for the role of play and sport in meeting development goals.
  •  Promotes partnerships across the organization and beyond and represents RTP on all relevant communications networks with approval of the CD.
  • Accompanies and supports visitors to the field when delegated.
  • Works with the Country Office team to develop and implement media relations strategy for any high-profile visit to the country/ including preparing background materials and relevant packages.
  •  Promotes and ensures media coverage of project activities with press releases, press conferences, photo coverage and interviews, etc. by building and maintaining a network of communications contacts with the press, governmental agencies, international institutions and civil society in the country;
  •  Develops a social media strategy for various platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. and trains staff in social media use.
  • Develops and maintains contacts for newsletter subscribers

Job Responsibility #4: Performs other duties as assigned. 5%

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (must have):

EDUCATION/TRAINING/CERTIFICATION

Master’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism or any related field

EXPERIENCE:

5 years’ experience with I/NGO in the country of operation including media relations and developing communication plans and material.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS

  • Excellent interpersonal and confidence using these in a cross-cultural environment
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • A solid team player with respect for others
  • Ability to understand and motivate others
  • Proven ability in transferring knowledge and experience
  • Adaptable with the ability to deal with stress
  • Demonstrated professionalism and positive attitude
  • Effective organization skills
  • Strong MS Office and the ability to use PowerPoint
  • Strong in using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS (Asset to have):

  • Graphic design, photography, and printing experience
  • Demonstrable experience in networking
  • Understanding of human rights and social change issues
  • Experience working in child protection

JOB CONTRIBUTIONS/IMPACT

A.    PROBLEM SOLVING 

The incumbent is expected to follow the established work procedures while using analytical skills to solve work related problems.

B.    FINANCIAL IMPACT   

The incumbent is expected to be accountable for the financial part of the communications activities.   

C.    INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

The incumbent is expected to keep a data base for media relations, and to maintain an archive of photos and videos of RTP Programmes and events. He/she is expected to collect information from the field, safeguard it and share it with the team as appropriate.

D.    CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT 

The incumbent is expected to assess opportunities and recommend changes to improve communications within the country of operations.

E.    RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT 

The incumbent is expected to enhance relationship by focusing on immediate internal and external relationships

F.    SPECIAL CONDITIONS:

The incumbent is required to travel within the country, outside travel is possible. Motorbike Driven Licence is required.

Compensation: We offer a competitive salary and benefits package

Employment Start Date: Immediately

Contract Duration: Full-time, contract position as soon as possible

HOW TO APPLY:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to: RwandaHR@righttoplay.com and kindly include “Communication Specialist” and your name in the subject line. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Right To Play is a child-centered organization. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs.