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Information and Communications officer – Baidoa, Somalia

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Job Description

Information and Communications officer: re-advertisement

IHRO Background

The Isha Human Rights Organization (IHRO) is a non-governmental, non-political and non-partisan, peace and development organization committed to protecting human rights and working with all communities in Somalia, particularly the marginalized groups in war-torn Southwest State and Banadir.

IHRO was formally launched as a national NGO Baidoa Somalia on 1st November 1999.

The founders of the organization are dedicated Somali national professionals and community members working for human rights, peace and development. 

Job Purpose:

  • Ensure programme participants rights are protected. When participants are included in communications outputs ensure they are treated and portrayed in a dignified and positive manner.
  • Support IHRO in meeting its donor visibility requirements.
  • Gather content including photos, videos, quotes, case-studies
  • Process and store content, ensuring data protection best practice is followed.
  • Transform content into branded photos, videos, GIFS, banners for dissemination.
  • Run the IHRO social media profiles: Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  • Design full length research/output reports and fact sheets.
  • Identify regional media outlets to partner with.

Project Background

IHRO is implementing the Addressing Root Causes (ARC) programme in Somalia with SAFERWORLD, from 2017 to 2021 and is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the Netherlands. The overall goal of the programme is to reduce root causes of armed conflict, instability or irregular migration.

The programme strengthens the capacity of local civil society groups and communities to research and facilitate broad dialogue across clan and state-society divides about local security issues, provide resources for implementation of joint conflict prevention and community security initiatives, support cross-regional community exchange to share experiences and common security problems; and link community members with existing dispute resolution mechanisms. At the state level, it seeks to re-establish bodies that promote community-responsive policing, acting as a link through which information on security provision is channelled, and form bridges between local, state and national levels. Learning and insights from all levels will be fed upwards through national-level civil society networks, promoting community-focused security provision at national and international levels. Broadly, the programme aims to improve the roles and responsibilities among communities, administrations, police and courts in the three state capitals, in the interest of mutual accountability. This will result in improved state-society relations, especially in the provision of security services, through improved perceptions of safety and security, and practically, a more functional and responsive formal security sector.

The programme seeks to contribute to the following:

Outcome 1: Communities and civil society in Benadir, Jubaland and South West State, including marginalised groups such as women and youth, work together across clan lines to resolve safety and security issues, advocate with relevant authorities for appropriate responses and promote cross-regional cooperation.

Outcome 2: Police and state institutions coordinate, share information, implement inclusive responses to communities’ security needs and are actively engaging with Police Advisory Committees (PACs) to discuss and respond to issues and concerns raised by Community Action Forums (CAFs), resulting in increased citizen-state trust.

Outcome 3: National (FMS and Mogadishu), regional and international policy makers reflect the security needs of local communities, in particular the concerns of women and youth across clan divides, in policies and practices on security in Somalia.

Employment type: Full time job

Duration: Six months

Reports to: Executive director

Responsible for: No direct reports

Exact job location: Baidoa

Liaises with: Project team and Saferworld

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

Content gathering

  • Consistently and proactively identify opportunities for content gathering.
  • Travel to project locations to gather content
  • Gather photos and videos of IHRO activities and stakeholders.
  • Ensure all content gathered follows ethical guidelines
  • Gather quotes, cases studies, stories in audio and written formats.
  • Translate content between Somali and English, and English and Somali to a publishable standard.

Content transformation and design

  • Store gathered videos
  • Transform and edit photos into high quality, high-impact branded content
  • Edit videos/photos into short, social media ready content
  • Draft cases studies and blogs
  • Taking content provided by programme teams, transform it into long-form research/output PDF reports

Media management

  • Identify local media outlets for possible placement of outputs
  • Accompany project team during content gathering trips
  • Draft press releases.

Social media account management

  • Identify opportunities for blogs and engage team
  • Manage the IHRO Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages, including scheduling tweets using Hootsuite.


  • Coordinate with IHRO partners to ensure project communication outputs are high-quality
  • Proof read and correct written Somali and English to a publishable standard.


  • Update progress against planned outputs.

Other Duties

  • Participate in Programme Meetings.
  • Support logistics and programme teams in communication related event management.
  • Take active measures to address equality issues, particularly relating to gender
  • Ensure the highest stands of accountability through ensuring good communication and information sharing within and outside the organisation
  • Any other duties as assigned by the line manager.

Person specification:

Qualifications required

Degree/Diploma/similar – in visual media related field such as communications, Journalism, Development studies, International Relations or public administration. Desired

  • Evidence of further professional development

Skills required

  • Desire to work in a small, dynamic team
  • Having previous work experiences in communications or relevant field.
  • Experience taking high quality photos/videos using smartphones and Camera
  • Ability and experience using Adobe’s InDesign and Photoshop.
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office and familiarity with digital communication tools
  • Have strong communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure independently and within a team.
  • Fluent in Somali and English
  • Excellent written and communication skills in Somali and English
  • Experience of working in a complex and insecure environment

Experience required

  • At least 2 years’ experience in a content collection, design and publication
  • Experience of working in an NGO or social impact organisation
  • Experience of managing and practices of social media accounts and channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.
  • Experience of creating and implementing Public Relations campaigns.

How to apply

Interested candidate are encouraged to send their updated CV, cover letter, and copy of their certificate   to: ishahrsomalia@yahoo.com

Deadline for Application is 28th October 2020.

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