Public Information Specialist

  Afghanistan Justice Sector Support Program
  Afghanistan Unspecified 413
Date Posted:Feb 24, 2011
Reference:Public Information Specialist
Closing Date:Mar 14, 2011
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Public Relations
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension:Yes
Contract Type:Permanent
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:

About Afghanistan Justice Sector Support Program:


The Afghanistan Justice Sector Support Program (JSSP) is a multi-pronged effort to develop and strengthen the capacity of the Afghan criminal justice sector institutions and justice professionals. JSSP is funded by the United States Department of State/Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). PAE is INL’s prime contractor responsible for implementing JSSP. Through capacity building, technical advice and direct assistance, JSSP helps the justice institutions and the justice professionals perform their respective roles in delivering fair and effective justice services to the citizens of Afghanistan. In addition to working with justice institutions, JSSP participates in a variety of projects designed to promote access to a fair and effective justice system.

Job Summary:

The MOJAS, primarily through its embedded policy and strategy unit of ALCs, and a Project Consultant assists the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) fulfill its role as the leading governmental justice institution. The MOJAS works to build management, technical, and donor coordination capacity within the MOJ, and supports the MOJ’s work to develop strategies and plans within the framework of the Afghanistan Compact and the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS). The MOJAS also promotes access to justice through criminal defense, juvenile justice, public awareness, and human rights. The MOJAS also provides advice and assistance, upon request, to the U.S. Embassy.

Duties & Responsibilities:

This position will be responsible for liaising with the AGO and MOJ, providing cultural and substantive feedback on training matters developed in concert with the Public Affairs Advisor and the MOJAS Legal Advisors. MOJAS has significant experience in legal affairs; this position is for a professional with significant experience in public awareness campaigns.

Assist the Public Affairs Advisor to:
Develop public information and outreach programs to educate the Afghan citizenry about their legal rights and appropriate government functions in the justice sector. Develop awareness messaging programs that will reach down to the district and village level. Build capacity within the Attorney General’s Office (Director of Publications Department) and Ministry of Justice (Huquq Department) to instill public confidence in the justice sector, publicize successes, and develop ties between the institutions and the public. Coordinate with other donors initiatives regarding public information and outreach. Develop training curricula, a Public Information Training Manual, and a training implementation plan for the following areas: Drafting a press release, Responding to press inquiries, Developing outreach materials, Coordinating press events for the Attorney General, the Minister, and other top officials, Conducting interviews (identify interview questions), Highlighting successes and synthesizing information for the public. Develop a public information strategy with the cooperation of the Ministry of Justice’s Huquq Department’s Legal Awareness Section. Provide guidance in developing new and maintaining contacts with local, regional, and international journalists and editors to ensure coverage of the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Office activities. Provide oversight of public information campaign materials, to include posters, signs, booklets, stickers, radio and TV ads, produced by regional sub-contractors. Report to and perform related duties or special assignments as assigned

Job Requirement:

The position requires a minimum of three years previous experience in large scale public information campaigns and has strong writing skills. Must have graduated with a relevant degree from an accredited university. Fluency in English and Dari, both spoken and written, is required. Pashtu fluency is preferable. Excellent computer knowledge (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, internet). Excellent professional appearance and presentation; good social and communication skills a must.

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