Christian Children's Fund of Canada Senior Advocacy and Communications Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Christian Children's Fund of Canada Senior Advocacy and Communications Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Id: 222487

Category: Media and Journalism, Communications, PR and Journalism

Location: Addis Ababa

Career Level: Senior Level (5+ years experience)


Job Description


Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) creates a future of hope for children, families, and communities by helping them develop the skills and resources to overcome poverty and pursue justice.

CCFC’s commitment is to improve the quality of life for children and youth in empowered communities through enhanced family and community capacity for sustainable development. For more information about CCFC, please visit our website

Following the MOU signed between ACPF and CCFC and with the aim of strengthening the partnership between the two organisations, CCFC is currently recruiting for a Senior Advocacy and Communications Officer that will operate from ACPF headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The incumbent will report to the Executive Director of ACPF and work closely and collaboratively with the ACPF technical team in the design and implementation of advocacy and communication strategies.

The candidate will be the principal officer responsible for the development and implementation of a vigorous advocacy strategy that would promote a more child-friendly Africa and greater accountability among African governments for children in Africa.

The ideal candidate is an experienced professional familiar with the world of advocacy and communications and with development and human rights issues in Africa.

In view of CCFC’s expanding engagement in Africa and the identity of interest, vision and mission of both CCFC and ACPF, the incumbent will be expected to enhance synergy, coherence and joint work by the two organisations.

He/she will proactively seek and identify areas of work which they can carry out jointly to advance child rights and wellbeing and ensure that children and young people are heard and a part of the human rights and development agenda in Africa.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

General responsibilities:

  • Develop, design and coordinate ACPF’s Advocacy and Communications work;
  • Assist with the organization and management of key Pan-African events including the International Policy Conference, launch of the African Report on Child Wellbeing, the Larissa Award and others;
  • Contribute towards the development of the advocacy, communications and media relations capacities of ACPF’s staff through on-the-job learning, in-house training, and knowledge sharing activities;
  • Supervise the performance of consultants and institutions contracted to support media, advocacy and communications activities;
  • Assist with the effective management of ACPF’s websites and social media channels;
  • Ensure that all ACPF fund-raising activities are supported by effective communications materials;2.


  • Assist the Director of Programmes with the design and implementation of strategies to influence policies of governments and international actors, including African States, the African Union and major donor organizations;
  • Develop and implement advocacy campaigns, policy lobbying and other initiatives to reinforce ACPFs strategic goals and programme priorities;
  • Write and edit papers and reports and prepare opinion pieces for publication;
  • Promote and represent ACPF as an effective voice on children’s issues and present ACPF’s research and recommendations in public forums;
  • Prepare advocacy messages to the press and general public;

    Media and Communications

  • Develop, execute and monitor ACPF’s Communications Strategy;
  • Gather and package knowledge resources about ACPF’s programs in Africa including major reports, assessments, success stories, case studies, factsheets, media pitches and other resources, and work with stakeholders to use this information to promote ACPF’s work;
  • Produce communication products, including policy briefs, blogs, press releases, messaging, talking points, website content, etc. as needed, and upload and distribute products as required in multiple and appropriate formats (print/broadcast/web) and monitor their use and ensure their quality, consistency and appropriateness;
  • Guide the development of ACPF’s branding standards, including by preparing and maintaining a Branding Toolkit and monitoring brand compliance;
  • As ACPF’s focal point with the media, establish and maintain positive partnerships with key media outlets throughout Africa as well as at international level;
  • Work with the ED and other relevant senior team members on relevant communication and advocacy functions, including, wherever applicable, by supporting staff in their media engagements;

    Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Ensure the inclusion in the ACPF Annual Work plan of a set of advocacy, communications, and media relations indicators to facilitate tracking of results/impact;
  • Monitor the timely and accurate implementation of advocacy, communications and media relations objectives and make recommendations on management issues and alternative approaches to improve performance;
  • Support ACPF in tracking the impact of its work;
  • Support the evaluation of advocacy and monitoring activities.
  • Report to CCFC on the impact of the Advocacy and Communications Work and its attributions to the success of the KPIs which will be jointly set with ACPF’s program impact and influence.

    Job Requirements

    Minimum Requirements /Qualifications:

  • At least a post-graduate degree in Development Communication, Journalism, International Development /Relations, Public Relations, Media Studies or other related fields;
  • Minimum eight years of progressively responsible and relevant professional experiences working in the fields of communications, external relations, public affairs, public relations, social media or advocacy, preferably with NGOs and in Africa;
  • Economic and political issues in ‘developing’ countries especially in Africa, particularly in regard to children and families;
  • Methodology and practical application of communication management, communication research, planning and strategy;
  • Fundamentals of working in various media formats including photos, audio, video print, and web;
  • Computer systems, including internet navigations, office applications and interactive digital media;
  • Social media including uploading and developing materials for websites and intranet.
  • Commitment to CCFC’s Vision, Mission and Values.

    How to Apply

    Application Process:If you have the passion and expertise to help CCFC Ethiopia country office achieve our vision of social sustainability, submit: (1) Cover Letter, (2) Current Resume, (3) Gross Salary Expectations through the Careers & Opportunities page of our website:

    Applications are welcome from qualified applicants and will be received until September 19, 2019.

    If you experience any issues with the application process, please contact us at

    Applications must be submitted in English.

    Women and African nationals who meet the minimum requirements for the posts are highly encouraged to apply.

    Consistent with our Child Safeguarding Policy the successful candidate must receive clearance by a criminal record check.

    We thank all applicants for applying, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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    Christian Children’s Fund of Canada

    Christian Children's Fund of Canada Senior Advocacy and Communications Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

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