Communications Officer/Associate (5-Month Contract) – FILLED

The Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) is a project of the Open Society OSISAInitiative of Southern Africa (OSISA). SARW objective is to strengthen natural resources governance in Southern Africa, promote revenue transparency, foster community participation, and monitor companies’ extraction activities to ensure that they respect environmental requirements and human rights. It does so, inter alia, through research and monitoring, advocacy and capacity building (training). SARW operates in 10 countries.

SARW has the responsibility to ensure a successful implementation of the Natural Resource Initiative (NRGI). The Southern Africa Resource Watch programme has a strong research and publications agenda which enables it to produce cutting edge papers, books and policy briefs. Through these various publications SARW seeks to consolidate research and advocacy on natural resource extraction issues as well as to highlight the relationship between resource extraction activities and human rights through publication and social media to ensure that our work is shared with a large audience in Southern Africa and beyond. To sustain this agenda and continue to produce high quality work SARW requires the services of a short term Communications Officer.

Purpose of the Role

  • Support NRGI to maximize its impact by leading the development and delivery of media and communications strategies for flagship communications projects of the initiative;
  • Build up a body of quality content that can serve as a regional knowledge resource in the area of Natural Resources Governance;
  • Produce and Manage content of the SARW website and social media platforms.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

NRGI Communication Strategy Development for flagship project

  • Develop (in collaboration with Communications and NRGI teams) an integrated media and communications strategy for the flagship project of the initiative.
  • Identify and plan actionable projects to operationalise and implement the strategy.

SARW website content development, management, update, maintenance and delivery in three regional languages in collaboration with the OSISA Web Manager.

Content Communications

  • Development, production and management of all communications outputs of the NRGI. This will include (but not be limited to):
    • production and dissemination of key internal and external communications products
    • dissemination of communications products to relevant audiences and stakeholders
    • contribution of regional articles and information in the media
    • NRGI media monitoring (using Meltwater License)
    • Lead the capture of NRGI policy positions, talking points and external messaging
    • Produce regular features, blogs and content that showcases the NRGI work, and the work on the ground of its partners and research initiatives.
    • Project-manage NRGI research publications (in collaboration with the Communications Unit)

Campaigns and Advocacy

  • Produce campaigning and advocacy material as needed to support the strategic goals and objectives of the NRGI
  • Build and maintain a database of regional NRGI advocacy and campaigns networks and stakeholders

Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Meet monthly with the Communications and NRGI teams for progress updates, planning and coordination.
  • Document and disseminate communication reach, impact and learnings of NRGI
  • Produce monthly reports on work implemented

How to Apply

All applications must be sent directly to stating the reference OSISA-CO-RSA in the subject line.


28 August 2015