Media Engagement Consultant

International Foundation for Electoral System - IFES

Addis Ababa
Posted 2 weeks ago

Job Features

Job CategoryMedia(Advertisement/Journalism/PR/Writer/Editor/Movie), Social Sciences and Community(Food Security/Livelihoods)
Job LevelSenior Level(5+9)
DeadlineOct 31 2020

Job Description

TRAVEL: Travel may be required.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORK ENVIRONMENT: Standard office work environment. 

PRIMARY FUNCTION/PURPOSE: 

The Media Engagement Consultant is expected to support the Communications Department at the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (hereinafter ‘NEBE’) on a range of issues including the development and execution of an effective media engagement strategy to support the success of the upcoming Ethiopian general elections. 

MAJOR DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:      

  • Develop and/or update media and journalists’ contacts;
  • Receive and organize inquiries from the press or other media representatives and present them to NEBE communications manager for response;
  • Draft press releases and news reports for the media, the NEBE website and social media pages;
  • Monitor urgent matters that need a media response related to the NEBE;
  • Coordinate with media monitoring team and recommend possible media responses;
  • Prepare an online media engagement strategy and database;
  • Organize press conferences, media interviews and media briefings for the NEBE; 
  • Distribute approved press releases to media and other stakeholders;
  • Ensure NEBE events and initiatives receive high media coverage;
  • Design different strategies to promote and ensure high media coverage of NEBE’s work;
  • Serve as a lead communications person between NEBE and the media community for any engagement;  
  • Identify basic information needs and ensure they are available for stakeholders, including the media;
  • Any other duty assigned by the NEBE communications manager. 

Job Requirement

SKILLS & SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Ability to establish, maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships;
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team environment, and take the initiative to direct own and others’ activities;
  • Ability to remain highly organized while handling multiple tasks under tight deadlines and show initiative, good judgment, and resourcefulness;
  • Not be a member of any political party;
  • Willingness to adhere to all principles of confidentiality;
  • Ability to conduct self with integrity, and function ethically and impartially;  
  • Comfortable with public appearances and strong ability to organize events;  
  • Strong oral and written communication in Amharic and English;
  • Strong knowledge of the electoral, political environment in Ethiopia;
  • Strong knowledge of the Ethiopian media landscape;
  • Strong command of more than one NEBE working languages preferred.

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Journalism, Communications, International Relations or related field is required;
  • Five years of demonstrated professional experience, out of which three years of direct work with media are required;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:  Fluency in English and Amharic required.  

How to Apply

   Interested and qualified applied applicant should apply through the email below

ifesethiopia@ifes.org

 Please state the subject line of your email As “Media Engagement Consultant”

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