Malawi: Malawi Communications Assistant

Organization: Pact
Country: Malawi
Closing date: 25 May 2017

Malawi Communications Assistant


Department Name
Chief Global Programs

Pact Overview

Pact Overview
At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future. Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Department Overview
Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Pact Malawi office contributes to realizing this purpose through the FISH project by applying an integrate approach to improve the conditions and well-being of residents of fishing communities around the four lakes in Malawi. The Fisheries Integration of Societies and Habitats (FISH) project is a 5-year integrated project working to improve the livelihoods of communities based around the four lakes in Malawi through improved co-management of the fisheries sector. Recently, additional funding has been given to the project to create an enabling environment that encourages men in fishing communities to seek care and treatment for HIV.

Position Purpose
Reporting to the Chief of Party for FISH, the Communications/Knowledge Management Assistant will play an essential role on the team in documenting and sharing information about the FISH project with stakeholders and the public. The assistant will be responsible for updating Pact Malawi’s content on the Pact website, generating fact sheets for the office, editing reports, updating files, and providing support to local partners with finalizing important project-developed materials such as policy briefs and reporting.

Key Responsibilities
The key responsibilities assigned to the Communications/Knowledge Management assistant are as follows:
Monitor and update content on Pact’s external website in coordination with home office Integrated Communications team;
Develop and/or update project and country office fact sheets and other handouts;
Collaborate with project staff and partners to edit and finalize reports and other materials generated by FISH;
Develop infographics and other innovative approaches to sharing information about Pact’s impact in Malawi;
Use Photoshop and other software packages to aid in documenting and sharing Pact’s approaches and impact;
Collaborate with M&E Staff to gather relevant data for development of communication tools
Train partners and Pact staff in how to develop infographics and other;
Identify media outlets in Malawi to get project information to the public; and
Assist in developing a project communications plan to ensure project messages reach stakeholders and beneficiaries.

Basic Requirements
Native English speaker with excellent writing skills
Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science, international relations, or other relevant field
High degree of professionalism and organization with strong commitment to submission of deliverables in a timely manner
Proven ability to design communication tools such as fact sheets and manage website content
Experience developing infographics
Ability to travel at least 25% of the time
Strong cross-cultural communication skills
High degree of professionalism and ability to meet deadlines

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors

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