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Communications Officer, WCS Congo


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Country: Congo
Organization: Wildlife Conservation Society
Closing date: 10 Jul 2020

Reports to: Congo Program Coordinator

Location: Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Country Program/Sector: Central Africa

Internal Liaison Expected travel: The Communication Officer will work with WCS Congo project leads and other staff to develop media content. Regular travel to isolated field sites will be necessary and will represent at minimum 30% of the employee’s time. Around 10% of time will also be spent working for the WCS DRC program, with associated field trips to DRC (Kinshasa and other field offices in country, as required).

Organization Background:

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895 that saves wildlife and wild places by understanding critical issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity. With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in more than 60 nations, and experience helping to establish over 150 protected areas across the globe, WCS has amassed the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant, wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities. Working with local communities and organizations, that knowledge is applied to address species, habitat and ecosystem management issues critical to improving the quality of life of poor rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct utilization of natural resources.

Program Overview:

WCS Congo is one of the largest programs in the WCS network, with a particular focus on protected area management, effective law enforcement, research and monitoring, and capacity building. Over the past three years, the program has worked hard to develop its presence in the press and social/online media.

Job Summary:

The primary objective for this position is to continue developing WCS-Congo's media presence, focusing on improving recognition and awareness of WCS Congo activities on an international scale. The position will concentrate on creating an active presence on social media in particular, as well as preparing professional media pieces highlighting specific activities.

A second objective is to recruit, train and mentor a national communication assistant that would take over this officer position over the long run.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a WordPress Blog site for WCS Congo
  • Update Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram accounts for WCS Congo
  • Additional social media development as determined by the WCS RoC and DRC Program and including monthly or bimonthly newsletters for all sites
  • Organize and create media features (i.e. documentary, news pieces, print articles) with a focus on specific anticipated and high-profile activities as prioritized by WCS Congo
  • Maintain standardized media templates (i.e. fact sheets, brochures, etc.)
  • Maintain media database (i.e. photo and video storage and cataloguing)
  • Assist with media development for tourism initiatives and other ongoing program related campaigns.
  • Ensure good communication and relationships with donors’ and partners’ media teams.
  • Develop press release and ensure increased presence on national and international forum.
  • Ensure all communication strategies and products follow WCS and donor’s procedures and branding and marketing obligations.
  • Organize WCS Congo events and related communication in Brazzaville or at field level when necessary
  • Recruit, train and mentor a national communication assistant over the course of the contract that would ultimately take over the officer position.

Deliverables include:

  • A regularly updated WordPress site for WCS Congo
  • Monthly or bimonthly newsletters
  • Regularly updated Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram accounts for WCS Congo
  • At least 5 high profile media pieces per year
  • Report on metrics of media pieces

Minimum Requirements:

  • Degree in media-related studies. A degree in conservation related matters with over 3 years’ experience in media and communication will be considered.
  • At least 1 year experience working in media relations; conservation experience an advantage.
  • Proven ability to work with international, national and local organizations. NGO experience an asset.
  • Experience working in a developing country setting.
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal. Fluency in English. Proficiency, both verbally and in written form, in French required.

How to apply:

Please send your CV and a cover letter before the 10th July 2020 to: the WCS Congo program at wcscongobrazza@wcs.org. Include contact information for 1-3 references and specify whether we may contact each of these or whether this should await your approval.

WCS is an equal opportunity employer and the organization complies with all employment and labor laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in hiring and ensures that candidates from all backgrounds are fairly and consistently considered during the recruitment process. We are dedicated to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value

The organization provides equal employment opportunities for all qualified candidates. The organization does not discriminate for employment based on age, color, disability, gender identify, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by laws and regulations.

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