ActionAid International Media Officer Africa (2023)

Closes: 23 April 2023

ActionalAid International is looking for a candidate who can identify a strong news angle and react quickly? Are you able to write compelling written copy to tight deadlines, which sparks the interest of journalists and gets cut through in an international market? Do you want to use your communications skills to strengthen our fight for climate and gender justice?

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and reliable Media Officer to join our Campaigns and Communications team at ActionAid International as we prepare to launch a new global campaign for climate justice.

As Media Officer, you will develop and deliver creative on-message media materials including press releases, stories, statements and opinion pieces across a variety of topics. Often working under pressure in response to large scale humanitarian emergencies.

ActionAid is a global federation working for a world free from poverty and injustice.

We want to see a just, fair and sustainable world, in which everybody enjoys the right to a life of dignity, and freedom from poverty and oppression. We work to achieve social justice and gender equality, and to eradicate poverty.

Ideally with previous experience working in a press office, you’ll have experience managing competing priorities, responding to incoming media requests and developing and delivering PR plans which support the organization’s strategic priorities.. Your expertise will support with the effective delivery of international media moments, linked to multi-country campaigns and core communications priorities, including climate justice, women’s rights and youth involvement.

You’ll use your exceptional communication skills to build relationships and work closely with ActionAid countries to amplify their visibility and develop stories with both national and international significance.  

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The Minimum Requirements Include :

  • At least two years of experience working in a press team or in public relations in an International Non-Government Organisation or similar organisation.
  • Excellent written and communication skills–with experience writing press releases, reactive Q&As, key messages, features, opinion pieces, letters to editor and blogs – producing accurate work to a high standard particularly under tight deadlines. 
  • Demonstrable experience of juggling multiple workloads, prioritizing as needed under pressure, to deliver a high quality of work at all times.
  • Proven experience of liaising with journalists.
  • Experience devising and producing successful proactive media campaigns.
  • Excellent news sense and proven experience in identifying, pitching and getting coverage for an engaging story.
  • Experience using media monitoring services (e.g. Vuelio or Gorkana) with the degree of proficiency required to run reports and provide others with basic training.
  • Good understanding of international development, climate justice and/or women’s rights issues, civil society activism and effective campaigning is desirable.
  • Good understanding of the international media is desirable.
Host NationSouth Africa
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Closing Date23 April 2023
Eligible CandidateDegree
ActionAid Job Summary

What we offer

ActionAid is committed to providing a welcoming, supportive workplace where we recognize a job well done. We offer a fair compensation package and a flexible working environment. At ActionAid, you can look forward to

  • Fantastic training and development
  • A workplace that embraces feminist leadership
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption pay.

How to apply

Please click on the “apply” button to start the application process.  Applications close on 23 April 2023 at 23:59GMT. Please upload an up-to-date CV and a cover letter, clearly explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile.

To be considered for this role, you must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in any of the mentioned locations at the time of appointment.

Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted- usually within 2 weeks of the closing date.

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