East Africa Regional Communications Officer

East Africa Regional Communications Officer

CRS - Catholic Relief Services

Maryland, United States

Job Summary

The Regional Officer, Communications (ROC) for CRS’ East Africa Regional Office (EARO) will implement a communications strategy that establishes CRS as an industry leader with key audiences in the U.S. and in the region. The ROC will capture and effectively disseminate written and multimedia content that demonstrates the impact of CRS’ work across the region, increases CRS’ visibiltiy and influence among key stakeholders, and supports business development through effective positioning. (S)he will establish and maintain relationships with US and international media representatives based in the region, and regularly pitch stories for publication. The ROC will help ensure strong and consistent branding and messaging and work with country program Communications or other designated staff to create impactful and compelling storytelling.

Roles and Key Responsibilities

  • Travel throughout the region to gather information on CRS and partner programs and create compelling human interest-focused content, including stories, photos and videos, that can be used for marketing and communications materials across platforms and for different audiences;
  • Identify and utilize effective distribution channels to disseminate marketing materials to key audiences;
  • Help manage the design and production of creative and compelling communication and marketing material and in conjunction with country program and HQ MarCom staff, coordinate visits of freelancers to the region;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with US and international media representatives based in the region and frequently place CRS in high level and strategic media to increase awareness of CRS;
  • Support country program Communications staff in the development and execution of annual work plans for communications and marketing.

Qualifications

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism/communications or related field;
  • 5 - 7 years work experience in journalism, communications and public/media relations;
  • Solid understanding of U.S. and international media;
  • Proven track record of high-level US media placements;
  • Experience working in international development preferred;
  • Proven written and oral communication skills;
  • Significant photography and videography experience;
  • Basic knowledge of social media, especially Twitter;
  • Travel - Must be willing and able to travel up to 30-40 %.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of video editing;
  • Overseas work experience in the developing world, preferred.

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