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 Public Outreach & Communication Advisor

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Job Description

General Information

 Post/Title: Public Outreach & Communication Advisor

Reports to: Secretary General

 Employer:  National Independent Electoral Commission

Duty Station: Mogadishu

 Date of issue:  12/05/2019

Deadline for application 11/06/2019

  1. About NIEC

The National Independent Electoral Commission “NIEC” is responsible for the entire electoral process in Somalia. From the preparation of the elections, registration and management of political parties, and the delimitation of polling stations, as well as other electoral matters.

  1. Purpose of the Job

The Outreach and Communication Advisor will provide technical support and guidance to the National Independent Electoral Commission in the areas managing the external & internal commination, dissemination of information and collecting the views of Somali people in the electoral process. The Advisor will provide support to the Outreach & communication department and all other departments as they need assistant. The advisor is expected to enhance the engagement of a wide range of public to maximize the impact of communications strategies to increase public awareness on electoral process and achievement of master plan. Advisor will be responsible for overall quality and timely submission of the activity and report and deliverables to NIEC.

  1. Job Description

Under the supervision of the Secretary General of Somalia’s National Independent Elections Commission (NIEC) and work closely with the Director of Communication of Outreach. The advisor will advise on and execute public outreach and communication activities of the NIEC in support of the country’s evolving electoral program. The Public Outreach & Communication Advisor will deliver results in the following areas:

  • Support the NIEC to identify priority objectives and develop its public outreach strategies and campaigns to underscore the importance of broader democratic participation and inclusivity in electoral initiatives;
  • Support the NIEC and relevant stakeholders to identify target audiences including women/marginalized groups and plan outreach activities through traditional national and regional mass media outlets (radio, television, print);
  • Support the NIEC to develop targeted public outreach strategies and materials to communicate messages especially to women, as well as to marginalized and rural communities that may have special information needs;
  • Contribute to outreach reporting and progress updates, and document capacity building support;
  • Organize and conduct training on public outreach methodologies as required;
  • Consult with relevant stakeholders including women & marginalized groups to assess needs for training and capacity building to carry out outreach activities; Communicate and coordinate with other federal state and regional ministries and public institutions

(i.e. Parliament, MOIFA, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Information, ministry of women etc.) on public outreach activities to disseminate information on national and regional electoral initiatives; Also, coordinate with other stakeholders to ensure coordinated messages and activities;

  • Identify Commission’s communication and awareness needs to ensure prevention of uncertainty and ambiguity on its role, responsibility and neutrality;
  • Plan, craft and communicate the Commission’s messages to the public and other stakeholders and ensure overall continuity of institutional brand consistency and image;
  • Support the Commission’s staff in developing and maintaining strategic relations and partnerships with the media, government bodies, Constitutional Commissions, Non-governmental actors and donors;
  • In cooperation with the Commission’s Communications and Corporate Affairs department provide support in the development of an overall Information and Communication Strategy. The Strategy should include an overview of the NIEC’s crucial communications goals, impact objective(s), target audiences, communication components to be addressed, action plan (targets to be achieved, activities and their timeframe, ways and methodologies to be used), monitoring and evaluation indicators, risks and recommendations. Support the Commission to write stories, Opinion pieces, press releases and news about its most important achievements to be placed in the national and international media as well as in the local and regional websites;
  • Promote the Commission’s work in the media by organizing and facilitating interviews with the Chairperson, Commissioners and any person authorized to do so in writing by the Commission Chairperson;
  • Ensure and maintain the cooperation and communication with mass-media and other organizations. Participate in communication meetings related to the NIEC activities; also, elaborate and submit regular reports at the agreed periodicity and reporting format. Provide support on other related issues;
  • Perform other tasks and duties as requested by the Commission;
  1. Academic Qualification
  • Master’s degree in Communications, Journalism, International affairs, Public Policy or in related area;
  1. Work experience
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience is desirable in designing and implementing public outreach, providing Communications advise at board level, working with civil society and media houses;
  • Knowledge of media, social media and public outreach sectors;
  • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools;
  • Experience in developing a broad range of public outreach materials, including websites, radio and television announcements;
  • Ability to plan and execute a deliberate and sustained communication strategy;
  • Extensive networks in in Government, NGOs and private sector;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Experience in public sector and/or international organizations is an advantage;
  • Knowledge of FGS policies, regulations, rules, procedures and practices;
  • Experience in previous post-conflict elections is an asset;
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of the Somalian political context;
  • Experience working in Somalia is an asset;
  • Familiarity with working with an international organization is an asset;
  • Ability to work with results orientation and efficiency in a multitasking environment;
  • Ability to perform efficiently under high pressure, hardship conditions and long working hours;
  • Capacity to handle with diplomacy and in responsible and flexible manner political sensitive;
  1. Preferred skills
  • Solid analytical, advocacy and presentation skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiating skills, and a passion for his/her work;
  • Fluency in English and Somali languages, both written and spoken;
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, be diplomatic and partner with stakeholders and international teams;
  • Self-motivated and driven individual with a proven ability to work independently and with team to achieve goals with ambiguity, prioritize work, implementing structure and clarity to a process/program;
  • Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools;

Documents required

  1. Application/Cover letter
  2. Updated CV
  3. Copies of certificates and other supporting documents.


Applicants should send their documents to the following link: https://niec.so/en/jobs . The screening of your application will be conducted based on the information you submitted. Before applying, we strongly suggest that you review your profile to ensure completeness. Note that the closing date for application is 11/06/2019, 12:00pm “midnight”.

“NIEC is an equal opportunity employer”

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