Senior Communications and Media Officer


Senior Communications and Media  Officer
                                                               Terms of Reference

Position Title:
Senior Communications and Media Officer


Reporting to:
Head section planning


20 months (depending on continued budget availability and need for the position as well as satisfactory or better performance evaluations)

Duty Station:
Ministry of Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing (MPWR&H)

About MPWR&H
The Federal Ministry of Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing is responsible for managing, building and rehabilitating federal government buildings and the infrastructure of the country. The Ministry has always been the custodian authority of all infrastructures, buildings, bridges, highways and roads, land plots, land tenure, national infrastructure policy, urban planning and topographic and cartographic research in Somalia.
The Ministry is committed to deliver its mandate and functions in a transparent, accountable, effective and efficient manner. The Ministry is also committed to recruit a diverse and inclusive civil service work force that aims to best meet the needs of all Somali citizens.
Somalia Strengthening Institutions for Public Works
Project (SSIPWP)
The SSIPWP project is the centre piece for building the capacity of the Federal Ministry of Public Works, Reconstruction and Housing (MPWR&H) and the recently established state-level Ministries and the Banadir Regional Administration (BRA) by developing more effective, efficient, inclusive and accountable institutions for public works and infrastructure.
The SSIPWP project is funded by the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Transition Support Facility (TSF) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and implemented through a Tripartite Protocol Agreement between the Somalia Federal Government, African Development Fund and the United Nations Office for Project Service (UNOPS).
The purpose of the SSIPWP project is improve the capacities of MPWR&H, State-Level Ministries and BRA responsible for public works to enable them independently plan, manage and oversee infrastructure construction projects and maintenance of public works (Project Appraisal Report, 2016).
Purpose of the position

The officer will report to the Head of Planning section and his or her responsibility will be to increase the overall influence, income and impact of Ministry public works, Reconstruction and Housing Federal well-being by leading core communications and media functions.

Scope of services

The incumbent is responsible to manage the planning and production of compelling and issues-oriented project related, advocacy and publicity content (web-based, electronic, print and video) for effective donor and public engagement by Ministry.

Duties and Responsibilities, include, but are not limited to:

Contribute strategically to development and implementation of the MPWRH FGS Communications Strategy and strategically support documentation and resource generation strategy.
Planning & productionof compelling content for print, digital and online publications, including writing and editing of internal and external publications, website, presentations and other forms of communication;
Effectively manage communication projects, job flow and delegation, and provide consistent on-time progress reporting to communication partners and stakeholders
In collaboration with MPWRH FGS heads of departments/projects, support Communications team’s proactive partnerships to increase quality and impact of communication initiatives and components;
Management of content creation, editing and social media roles for effective team work and efficient collaboration
Provide accurate and timely management reports including Share Story Status, and C4D progress reports Web presence, Social Media Engagement, Publication Reports and MMR as required
Review and edit all publications produced by the organization to ensure consistency, clarity and brand alignment;
Take lead and optimize Social media engagement and vibrant presence across MPWRH FGS, partnership communications and media platforms.
Ensure the secure and catalogued management of all communications digital assets.
Set strategic direction for engaging media that will enhance the reputation and influence of publics for social and policy change
Establish and maintain relationships with national media contacts and develop champions of MPWRHFGS’s issues, for greater organizational influence
Maintain database of journalists and special interests
Media Relations; ensure quality stories and messages are broadcast regularly on traditional and online media platforms.
Provide guidance for media spokespersons on the ministry’s media guidelines and Protection policy.
Plan and implement press briefings including press releases
Monitor news relating to Communications and other development issues from print and broadcast media and identify possible response opportunities for each issueassigned by supervisor or designee from time to time

Required Qualifications, Experience and Skills

Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, communication, or equivalent;
5 years’ experience working with communications and media in international NGOs,UN, or large Media Companies,
High standard of copy and sub editing skills with proven ability to write creatively and edit communication narratives or resources and reports.
Excellent computer skills; Graphic Design and desktop publishing skills an added advantage
Fluency in English and ability to convey complex information in a straightforward, interesting and motivating manner
Proven experience of training and capacity building in journalism, media engagement, video or communications.
Knowledge of the principles of good design, content and editing
Excellent communications skills and understanding of new and multi media
Thorough knowledge of the communication and media industry with strong media links
Must have good photography skills

Submission Guideline:

Interested Somali candidates who meet the criteria above are encouraged to send their application letters and detailed CVs to, Closing date by 7th May 2019 @5:00pm.Kindly indicate “Senior Communications and Media Officer Officer MPWRH & VA-no: 0051/19– Mogadishu, Somalia” on the subject line when applying.
Qualified Female candidates is highly encouraged to apply.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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