Save the Children Communication Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

Save the Children Communication Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

Role Purpose:

USAID/LEGO Foundation Childhood Development Activity (previously known as Early Childhood Care and Education in Emergencies (ECCE) Activity) is to improve early learning and holistic development outcomes for preschool-aged children in emergency contexts.

The main objective is to increase opportunities for preschool aged young children (ages 4-6+), prioritizing those affected by crisis and conflict including refugees and IDPs, to participate in quality play-based, pre-primary programming that increases their overall well-being and improves their early learning outcomes and holistic development skills.

Key Areas of Accountability

Coordination & Development of reports and communications products

  • Develop and submit high quality reports (weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually) to key stakeholders including USAID, LEGO Foundation, Save the Children, and Ministry of Education

  • As per need, translate project reports into Amharic and other significant local languages

  • Work with the CO ACCM team to produce promotional materials, communications products, and local media engagement such as radio programmes

    Engage with key Activity stakeholders to broadcast literacy-focused radio content and other forms of communication

  • Manage the content and layout of the (CO/project) website to ensure of availability of resource materials, support the coordination of events and related advocacy activities; ensure news items and information about events are regularly disseminated to stakeholders

  • Oversee and contribute to the drafting and publication of project communication materials, all project capacity building materials and training events

  • Oversee the development of promotional materials, and strategic mass media approaches such as media releases, site visits, videos, websites, radio programs, social media and tweets, and other similar promotional opportunities

  • Manage the publication and sharing of resource materials on relevant platforms

  • Support the coordination of events (such as kick-off meetings/project launch) and workshops; ensure news items and information about events are regularly disseminated to stakeholders

  • Support the CoP and other project staff in writing up minutes of the Project Steering Committee as well as important meetings with donors, Government of Ethiopia, Local Education Group, local implementing partners, and meetings with other high level stakeholders

    Manage the USAID and LEGO Foundation Brands

  • Manage the development and deployment of the USAID and LEGO Foundation brand, ensuring consistency and compliance with USAID and LEGO Foundation branding and marking guidelines

  • Ensure that all project reports, event banners, project teaching and learning materials, project equipment and infrastructure are properly branded and marked as per the approved Branding and Marking plan

  • Ensure that all documents and deliverables for an external audience are of good quality, and that all products are consistent with the Editorial Style Guide and other branding guidance

  • Promote a common language across the organization to describe literacy needs and trends, and the Activity’s programmatic approach

    Facilitate cross-organization learning and sharing

  • Coordinate with other SCI colleagues in Ethiopia in organizing content and speakers for webinars, ensuring cross representation and contributions

  • Collaborate with partners and SCI colleagues in Ethiopia to ensure consistency of messaging and value addition across education and literacy campaigns

    Representation & Coordination

  • Ensure that the project’s work is
    well-coordinated with other efforts of USAID and LEGO Foundation projects in Ethiopia, other agencies and Government, advocating for the specific needs of children enrolled in early childhood and development programs

  • Work collaboratively with the ACCM team in promoting advocacy activities that support the project’s objectives.

  • In collaboration with project and other SC colleagues, feed in learning, experiences and evidence to relevant advocacy objectives, and identify opportunities and material to contribute to communications and media work.

    Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

  • Support as necessary in the cleaning up of reports from project studies and evaluations; this includes undertaking final edits to reports of special studies and evaluations

  • Document progress on achievement of targets, action plans and accountability mechanisms and provide feedback for improvements

  • Collaborate with the MEAL team to ensure that the use of MEAL findings inform program decision making and quality improvements

  • Develop success or case stories and other related materials.


  • University degree in a relevant field such as Communications, Education, Literature or equivalent experience; A Master’s degree preferred.

  • A minimum 8 years of proven experience of working in the role of Communications Specialist or equivalent role.

    Experience and Skills

  • Experience in reporting on program implementation and results, and writing project reports.

  • Experience working in the field of education desirable.

  • Experience of leading communication activities (including information provision), advocacy, journalism or protection in a challenging environment

  • Evidence of excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Amharic for a wide range of different audiences including donors, journalists and the ‘general public’.

  • Experience in translating documents from English to Amharic and vice versa

  • Demonstrable understanding of conflict-sensitivity and experience in conducting appropriate success stories/case study interviews with children and adults

  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy

  • An initiative-taking, proactive, creative and inspiring attitude with the ability to manage and prioritise an unpredictable workload and solve problems quickly with limited support

  • Commitment to humanitarian aims and principles, and to the mission of supporting vulnerable children.

  • Experience in creating communications products such as factsheets and briefings packages

  • Excellent writer and editor, skilled at distilling large amounts of information for diverse audiences

  • Excellent computer skills especially in web design, MS Excel spread sheets, SPSS, STATA and MS Word

  • Experience in literacy programming is an added advantage

  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment and to adapt to changing work plans.

  • Commitment to Save the Children’s mission and values.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Save the Children Communication Specialist Jobs in Ethiopia

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