Communications Officer (English)
Generations For Peace (GFP) is a Jordan-based global non-profit peacebuilding organization founded by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan in 2007.
Dedicated to sustainable conflict transformation at the grassroots, Generations For Peace empowers volunteer leaders of youth to promote active tolerance and responsible citizenship in communities experiencing different forms of conflict and violence.
Carefully facilitated sport-based games, art, advocacy, dialogue, empowerment, and media activities provide an entry point to engage children, youth, and adults, and a vehicle for integrated education and sustained behavioural change.
1. Purpose of the Position:
Reporting to the Communications Director, the Communications Officer contributes to the Communications Department’s overall purpose, which is to craft proactive, innovative and compelling English communications, content marketing and engagement in a mix of channels with our volunteers, donors and partners to share compelling stories to inform, motivate, inspire, and call to action, and to support positive behaviour change. Communications will follow best practices in social behaviour change communications (SBCC), and will maximise leverage of local, national and international broadcast and digital media, social media, website, blog, email direct marketing, and other external platforms, linking with our partners’ communications wherever possible to exploit a multiplier effect.
The Communications Officer serves as the communications project lead on specific assigned projects and supports the Communications Specialist and other colleagues on other projects, providing support on GFP's English content production, storytelling, campaigns, and digital media development to contribute to stronger engagement with key stakeholders including current and potential donors, partners and volunteers. The role requires close collaboration and teamwork with other colleagues in the Communications Department, the Programmes Department and other Departments, injecting creativity, solution design, positive energy and a “one team” attitude.
Reporting to the Communications Director, the Communications Officer will manage workload, priorities and schedule to meet deadlines in the following areas:
· Serving as the communications project lead on certain projects and project support on other projects, as assigned by the Communications Director and play an active role in the preparations of the relevant activities and events
· Contribution to conceptualization of communications content and selection of channels to best achieve the strategic objectives of each project
· Preparing media and digital media, engagement, communications and visibility plans, and communications campaigns
· Relationship building/liaising and engagement with donors, partners, and GFP volunteers to collect quotes/ testimonials, and leverage their communications strengths and channels.
· Drafting, as well as editing and providing feedback on, communications products in highest quality English, including:
· social behaviour-change communications (SBCC) campaigns
· social media posts
· website updates
· press releases
· video storyboards and scripts
· key messages, brochures
· talking points
· speech scripts
· Taking personal responsibility for the timely delivery of quality and accuracy of communications content before publication by conducting field visits, and through research and communication with colleagues at the different GFP departments and with partners
· Liaising with and reporting to GFP colleagues and Donors in good oral and written English
· Supporting translation of longer pieces, and proofreading translated content to English
· Coordinating with Head of Production on production of visual elements including video production, photo images, infographics and graphic design work
· Cultivating strong relationships with media contacts in Jordan, the USA, and internationally
- Supporting Communications and Programmes Department colleagues on Media For Peace programming, engaging both the “production side” of media (media and social media professionals and Fact Checking organisations; strengthening media ethics, conflict sensitivity, gender sensitivity and fact-checking) and the “consumption side” of media (engaging young people
· in communities to enhance their media information literacy and more critical consumption of media information)
· Coordinating Communications Department inputs into major events
· Coordinating Communications Department inputs into grant proposals
· Supporting the monitoring, evaluation, and growth of digital media influence, interaction, and engagement, liaising with MEAL team on M&E of communications campaigns
· Liaising externally with donors and partners, and internally with other Departments to seek feedback and ensure all Communications effort is supporting strategic objectives
· Following GFP’s brand guidelines and style guides for consistency across all communications products
· Following GFP’s procurement and financial management procedures for all Communications products and budget spending
· Supporting Knowledge Management and knowledge sharing within the Communications Department and across the entire organization
· Contributing and brainstorming ideas in support of the Communications Department and organisational objectives
- Completing other responsibilities as requested by the Communications Director.
3. Key Results Areas:
- Project concepts, creativity and strategic thinking
- Project management of assigned projects
- Quality of final written products in English
- Internal relationships with colleagues in Communications Department and other Departments
- External relationships with GFP volunteers, donors, partners, contractors and media
- Evidence of impact
- Supporting and leading Knowledge Management initiatives within Communications Department and across entire organization for continuous learning and improvement
- Teamwork and contribution to the broader work of the organisation
4. Generations For Peace Values:
- Leadership: demonstrating personal leadership and professionalism at all times and fostering leadership in others.
- Respect & Tolerance: showing respect and tolerance for diverse perspectives and for all Staff, volunteers, partners, donors, contractors, visitors and callers.
- Empowerment & Teamwork: supporting all headquarters Staff as a team player in creating impact.
- Responsibility: demonstrating and encouraging responsibility, accountability and transparency, professionalism, care and diligence in respect of all people and property, and the brand and reputation of the organisation; seeking quality, effectiveness, sustainability, efficiency and good value for money; to maximise positive impact whilst minimising risk.
5. Education, Qualifications, Competences, Skills Required:
- University Bachelor’s Degree minimum
- At least three to five years’ professional experience in a similar role
- A passion for NGO communications, GFP’s mission, and social behaviour-change communications
- A passion for conducting field visits to capture testimonials and success stories
- A passion for storytelling and engaging people in communities to share their stories
- Exceptionally professional standard of written English, and the ability to communicate well in Arabic with GFP colleagues and partners and donors.
- Experience in creating high quality visual communications content
- Experience in social media development and monitoring
- Experience in website content
- Experience with e-newsletters and Mailchimp
- Experience in media communications
- Experience proof-reading and fact-checking
- Experience in donor engagement and visibility
- Excellent active listening, problem solving, programme management and customer service skills
- Excellent computer skills (documents/spreadsheets/databases/presentations/calendars/email)
- Proven ability to work under pressure and multi-task, managing multiple priorities and meeting deadlines
- Proven ability to work in a multi-cultural team
- Cultural sensitivity and understanding of different interpretations of communications approaches in different global, regional, and local contexts
- Interest in global current affairs, peacebuilding and development
- Strong organisational skills, ability to multi-task and a solid work ethic
- Master’s Degree in a relevant subject
- International work experience outside Jordan
- Experience in social behaviour-change communication campaigns
- Experience in blogging
- Experience in web design
- Volunteer experience
** Candidates are encouraged to apply before the deadline 7 October 2023.
** Shortlisting and interviews will be on a rolling basis.