IFRC Senior Communication Officer Jobs in South Africa

IFRC Senior Communication Officer Jobs in South Africa

Job purpose

  • Reporting to the Head of Cluster the, Senior Communications Officer will be responsible for supporting Southern Africa National Societies to enhance their visibility and empower them to amplify the voice of the most vulnerable to influence policy and resource allocation.

  • The role will also support National Societies to develop deeper, more diverse and innovative strategic partnerships which could lead to multiyear thematic funding. The position holder will report technically to the Communications Manager, Africa Region based in Nairobi

    Job duties and responsibilities

  • Develop, coordinate and implement communication plans for southern Africa that support programmatic and policy priorities and aligns with regional communications priorities and initiatives:

  • For each emergency operation or advocacy opportunity, develop a brief but clear communication plan highlighting the communication objectives, the audiences, tools and deliverables, among other items.

  • Evaluate the success rate of every communication plan through media monitoring and social media analytics.

  • Strengthen the network of National Societies’ communications focal points in the cluster:

  • Conduct a mapping of qualifications and competencies in communication in the sub-region.
    Recommend and implement strategic interventions to address the identified needs and challenges.

  • Update the database of communications focal points and ensure a continuous engagement through online platforms, telephone and where possible through face to face meetings.

  • Write stories profiling the achievements of National Societies, with a focus on the impact on individual lives:

  • Increase the frequency of stories published on the organizational social media and other online platforms

  • Improve the quality of storytelling: focussing on people-centered stories

  • Use evidence-based approach to showcase the impact of the work on National Societies and IFRC

  • Support emergency communication and work on the implementation of the emergency communication rapid deployment mechanism:

  • In collaboration with the regional and global teams, identify and propose proactive and timely media opportunities, aimed positioning IFRC as a leading humanitarian actor.

  • Establish quick contact with the National Societies affected by disasters, in order to ensure speedy communications, online and in the media, with the ultimate goal of being ahead of other humanitarian organizations.

  • Write stories and interviews during emergencies and provide basic audio-visual material

  • Draft communication packs with key material (facts and figures, key messages, press releases etc)

  • Liaise with Africa regional DREF officer(s)
    and regional communications manager to identify DREFs to provide visibility to; follow up with affected National Society for visibility materials
    Media monitoring:

  • Monitor news and provide a news digest on a daily basis

  • Identify any issues that affect the organization’s reputation
    Maintain and update the media directory

  • Stay in touch with a relevant regional media house

  • Pitch stories and secure interviews from key media outlets

  • Maintain a database of photographers
    Operate as a member of IFRC’s Regional

  • Communications Team to advance corporate communications priorities and support a coordinated corporate approach to communications.

    Position Requirements


  • University Degree in journalism or communications, or closely related field proven qualification in External Relations (Required)
    Master of Arts in Communication Science (Preferred)


  • Minimum five years’ experience in communications, advocacy and/or media relations, or journalism Minimum five years’ experience working in the international humanitarian or development sector or a related field in a developing country (Preferred)

    Knowledge and Skills

  • Proficiency in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, outlook, windows. etc) ( Required)

  • Proficiency in the usage of video editing and photo editing software (Required)
    Setting and management of large budgets (Preferred)

  • Good presentation skills (Required)
    Federation systems (Preferred)

  • Establishment and enforcement of sound internal controls (Preferred)

  • Excellent writing skills (Required)


  • Fluently spoken and written English (Required)


  • Ability to work in a team, and occasionally under strict deadlines

  • High degree of integrity, discretion, and personal conduct

  • Flexible and adaptable to changing working conditions

  • Self-motivated, with good judgment and initiative

  • Good verbal and written communication skills

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • Sensitivity to diversity

  • Good level of attention to detail

  • Pleasant personality

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; IFRC Senior Communication Officer Jobs in South Africa

    Find daily jobs in South Africa. Jobs - South Africa jobs. Search our career portal & find the latest South African job positions, career opportunities & jobs in South Africa.

    Jobs in South Africa - banking jobs, IT jobs, accounting jobs, NGO jobs, business administration, ICT, UN jobs, procurement jobs, education jobs, hospital jobs, human resources jobs, engineering, teaching jobs, and other careers in South Africa.

    Find your dream job from 1000s of vacancies in South Africa posted and updated daily - click here!

  • Click here to post comments

    Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Africa Jobs.