Communications Specialist

  Integrity Watch Afghanistan
Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 304
Date Posted:Nov 10, 2019
Reference:026/19
Closing Date:Nov 25, 2019
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Gender:Any
Functional Area:Communication
Nationality:Afghan
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:1 Year
Contract Duration: Unspecified
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Long-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About Integrity Watch Afghanistan:

Founded:  

Integrity Watch is an Afghan civil society organization committed to increase transparency, accountability, and integrity in Afghanistan.


The mission of Integrity Watch is to put corruption under the spotlight through community monitoring, research, and advocacy. We mobilize and train communities to monitor infrastructure projects, public services, courts, and extractives industries. We develop community monitoring tools, provide policy-oriented research, facilitate policy dialogue, and advocate for integrity, transparency, and accountability in Afghanistan.


Integrity Watch was created in October 2005 and established itself as an independent civil society organization in 2006. It has approximately 90 staff members and 381 Local Monitors. The head office of Integrity Watch is in Kabul with provincial programmatic outreach in Balkh, Bamyan, Herat, Kabul, Kapisa, Nangarhar, Parwan, Baghlan, and Kunduz, Paktia.


Integrity Watch’s work has three major components: (1) Community Monitoring, (2) Research, and (3) Advocacy. Integrity Watch tries to encourage active citizenship and community mobilization through its programs. Our community monitoring work includes development of community monitoring tools, mobilizing and training communities to monitor infrastructure projects, public services, courts, and extractives industries.


Our research work is focused on policy-oriented research measuring trends, perceptions and experiences of corruption and covering wide range of corruption related issues including security and justice sectors, extractive industries, budget and public finance management, and aid effectiveness. The objective is to develop new, ground-breaking empirical research in order to set the agenda, influence decision-makers, and bring to the public attention non-documented and non-explored issues.


The aim of our advocacy work is to enhance Integrity Watch’s pioneering role in advocating for knowledgeable decision-making and informed public debate on corruption and integrity. Our advocacy work includes facilitation of policy dialogue on issues related to integrity, transparency, and accountability. We advocate for integrity of justice sector, access to information; budget transparency, accountability, and participation; aid transparency and effectiveness; social accountability; and other issues related to anti-corruption. 

Job Summary:

The Communication Specialist will be responsible for implementing and monitoring IWA communication strategy. S/he will be responsible to write, produce, disseminate and monitor communication products (press releases, videos, infographics) that are strategic and serve a wide range of audience, but particularly the Afghan media and population. S/he will also monitor and analyse current events and public and press opinion. Moreover, S/he will plan and coordinate scheduling and logistics for conferences, seminars or public appearances. 

Skills Required:

Communication

Requires travel to provinces:

No

Skills Description:

• Ability to develop relations with government, donors and CSOs;

• Result-oriented and able to deliver within tight deadlines;

• Willing to work overtime if requested by Integrity Watch management;

• Ability to follow instructions;


Duties & Responsibilities:

Content development

-      Create and/or update effective communication strategies for the organization and oversee its implementation.

-      Write and produce press releases, case studies, brochures and multimedia presentations that serve a wide range of audience, including Afghan media, government and citizens.

-      Create and produce small multimedia productions to increase people’s awareness on the work of IWA including a monthly newsletter in English.

-      Assure qualitative translation of IWA communication products into Dari and Pashto.

-      Assure that different communication tools are available in Dari and Pashto and prepare Amanat magazine in Dari and Pashto.

 

Public Outreach

-      Collaborate with other departments to increase public outreach through radio, TV, internet and print media.

-      Support advocacy campaigns by creating, organizing and coordinating adequate communication products.

-      Monitor and analyze Afghan media outlets and increase IWA coverage on Afghan media and write guest entry blogs on integrity websites and create IWA podcasts.

-      Monitor and analyze current events and public opinion to advice IWA’s senior management on engagement strategy and coordinate and organize press conferences Social Media

-      Maintain IWA’s facebook, twitter and Youtube accounts in Dari, Pashto and English and create and maintain an IWA’s blog in Dari, Pashto and English.

-      Manage media inquiries and arrange interviews, statements etc.

Even management

-      Plan event from start to finish according to requirements, target audience and objectives

-      Prepare events’ concept note and organize conferences and workshops in Kabul and provinces;

-      Prepare event’s participants and speakers in consultation with advocacy, research and management.

-      Follow up with the decisions or recommendations of the events in coordination with advocacy team.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

Qualifications:

3 years of working experience in the communications and public outreach field.

• Excellent Knowledge and experience of Afghan and international media.

• Excellent skills of report writing in English as well as Dari and/or Pashto

• Experiences of event management and conducting workshops and conferences;

• Ability to translate documents in English as well as Dari and/or Pashto;

• Excellent computer skills of Ms, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and outlook;

Education:

• A bachelor of journalism, mass communications or any other relevant degree is required. Master degree is be preferred.

Job Keywords:

Communications Specialist

Submission Guideline:

Please apply by sending a CV that outlines how your experience and education relate to the skills and experience outlined in the Terms of Reference to: hr@iwaweb.org In the e-mail subject line please write “Communications Specialist “and your name.


The deadline for application is 25 November 2019. However, interviews of suitable candidates may begin as applications are received.