Communications Assistant ( Grade-2) in Kabul


Job Location: Kabul
Nationality: National
Employment Type: Full Time
Category: Other
Salary: As Per Medair Salary Scale
No. Of Jobs: 1
Organization: MEDAIR
Experience: Experience in media, communications, advertising,
Contract Duration: 1 Year
Gender: Male
Education: Degree/professional qualification - Professional qualification in communications/fundraising/PR/medi
Closing Date: 2021-12-07

About MEDAIR:

Medair is an international humanitarian organization established in 1988. Medair has been operating in Afghanistan since 1996 with programmes mainly in the Health, Water & Sanitation, and Livelihoods sectors with significant reconstruction activities in remote areas. Current projects are Water & Sanitation, Food Security, & Disaster Risk Reduction.

Medair Afghanistan is a complex and dynamic country programme due to instability related to politics and insecurity. Medair has been operating in Afghanistan since 1996, and is currently implementing multi-sectoral projects in nutrition, WASH and food security (including cash transfer programing) in vulnerable communities in the Central Highlands and Southern Afghanistan. Natural Resource Management and Emergency Response activities are also undertaken as required. All projects contribute to the overall objective of increased resilience.


Job Description:

Overall purpose:

To contribute actively to generating awareness and support for Medair’s work in Afghanistan, with a focus on both local and international audiences. The successful candidate will be a dynamic, passionate, and creative communicator with professional experience and skills in communications. S/he will be highly motivated, capable of managing an exciting and varied workload, and able operate in complex but fascinating contexts.

Given the high importance of private in addition to institutional funding, the role is essential in ensuring that Medair raises the financial support and awareness necessary to achieve its mission. 

Project overview:

The Afghanistan programme works across the country supporting vulnerable people with multi-sectoral relief programmes. The Communications Assistant will spend a significant amount of time in the field collecting stories, resources, photos, and working with the base teams in Daykundi, Uruzgan and Kandahar.

Main Duties & RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Communications and Fundraising Resources

  • Travel frequently to field sites to pro-actively and re-actively obtain and pitch resources including photography, interviews, and video etc.
  • Proactively engage in the monthly regional communications meetings, and the quarterly global editorial meeting, including pitching and collaborating with other Communications Officers from other country programmes.
  • Gather and prepare fundraising materials (e.g. gift handles, direct marketing resources, thank-you videos) in coordination with the Engagement Department at the Global Support Office (GSO) in Switzerland
  • Work closely with the Regional Communications Manager (RCM) to gather specific resources for GSO initiatives and projects, the year-end campaign, events, or fundraising pushes.
  • Provide in-country briefings to all staff about their role in communicating about the organisation and its work privately and to support the public communication and fundraising activities of Medair.
  • Act as the key Communications Focal Point for all communications enquiries about Afghanistan
  • Provide support to the Programme Funding Manager to deliver Private Funding proposals and reports to small institutional donors and foundations.

 

MAIN ACTIVITIES:

Media and Public Relations

  • Regularly monitor local press and events and in case of emergency situations, immediately inform the Regional Communications Manager.
  • Prepare, organise, and lead field visits of high-profile visitors, photographers, journalists, or media crews.
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    Job Requirements:

    Vocational Qualifications: 

    • Degree/professional qualification
    • Professional qualification in communications/fundraising/PR/media/marketing or a related field
    • Training or experience in multi-media production and editing

    Work Experiences

    • Experience in media, communications, advertising, marketing, or fundraising
    • Professional experience in a similar position

    Languages

    • Excellent English (spoken and written)
    • Excellent Dari and Pashto (spoken and written)
    • Report writing experience

    Computer

    • Computer literate with good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook
    • Strong grasp of online social media tools and techniques
    • Knowledge and experience of multi-media editing software

    Organizational capacity

    • Ability to prioritise and multi-task
    • Ability to supervise teams in other locations
    • Experience in remote management

    Team building

    • Excellent and inspiring communicator
    • Keen to share information internally and provide training
    • Self-starter while being a team player
    • Diplomatic
    • Experience in cross-cultural communication

    Adaptability

    • Capacity to work under pressure and manage personal stress levels
    • Able to work to tight deadlines and manage multiple priorities
    • Creative, open-minded, flexible, self-learner
    • Ability to relate and establish good rapport well with many kinds of people
    • Willingness to be stretched professionally, personally
    • Quick learner, teachable

    Technical expertise

    • Highly organised with a creative flair and a good attention to detail
    • Able to interact with people in crisis to gather stories with tact and diplomacy.
    • Excellent writing skills adaptable to varied internal and external audiences, adapting technical language, ‘human interest’ angles and sector needs
    • Above average photography/video skills
    • Ability to dialogue with the media in written and verbal communication
    • Competent with photo-editing software
    • Experience in video editing
    • Awareness and interest in creating social media content

    Character

    • Honest and conscientious
    • Dedicated with strong attention to detail
    • Accountable, high work-ethic

    Communication skills

    • Maintains perfect communication with line manager and other team-members
    • Willingness to lis


      Submission Guideline:

      Interested applicants should forward their applications and CV to:  https://form.123formbuilder.com/5821821/form

      by not later than 07-December-2021

      For technical questions only, please message:  hr-afg@medair.org 

      “Medair is committed to safeguarding the protection of beneficiaries, volunteers, staff and partners, and particularly children. Therefore, we do not employ staff whose background we understand to be unsuitable for working with children. Medair staffs are required to give the utmost respect to, and comply with, Medair’s accountability policies and best practices”


      Submission Email:

      https://form.123formbuilder.com/5821821/form



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