Communications Associate at Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa

South Sudan PROGRAMME OFFICER at Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa

About SIHA

The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) is a coalition of civil society organizations from Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia and Somaliland. SIHA was founded in 1995 by a collection of women’s groups with the view of strengthening the capacities of women organizations in the Horn of Africa countries. SIHA advocates for social change and gender equality in the Horn region and works specifically on: gender equality, women rights activism, women economic empowerment, eliminating violence against women and girls, promoting human rights, peace building and conflict transformation, enhancing women’s leadership and political participation and the production and dissemination of knowledge. More information about SIHA is available at


SIHA is looking for a savvy Communications Associate to come aboard our organization for a dynamic employment opportunity. The Communications Assistant will ensure effective implementation of SIHA’s communication and advocacy strategy, media relations and organizational outreach efforts. Central to this function will be the provision of communications support to Advocacy and Communications Division and curation of SIHA’s social media interaction across a multitude of platforms under the direct supervision of the Regional Advocacy and Communications Officer.

If you’ve got your finger on the pulse of communications trends, social media, research and/or advocacy, you’re exactly what we’re looking for.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Assist the SIHA Network Communications and Advocacy Working Group in the following tasks:

  • Assist with the preparation and production of communication materials, including fast facts brochures, newsletters and publications;
  • Update SIHA Network social media on a regular basis with relevant material, highlighting key events and achievements;
  • Assist in executing any campaigns and events that the SIHA Network Communications and Advocacy division undertake;
  • Provide support in developing press and public statements capturing key messages of SIHA Network’s work;
  • Contribute towards the development of new vectors of communication to support the Communications and Advocacy division;
  • Assist in planning and implementing new initiatives from the division;
  • Assist in writing press releases and feature articles related to activities/events;
  • Assist the rest of the division and programme with any other duties as may be assigned;

Qualifications and Experience

  • Strong combination of studies and work experience in the fields of women, human rights and development in the African context, East and Horn of Africa;
  • Have at least 2 to 4 years of work experience in the field of gender and/or development cooperation preferably within civil society, human rights NGO organizations, with preference being focused on work in the human rights field and similar sectors;
  • University degree in the field of social studies and gender, public relations communications, journalism or equivalent;
  • Strong knowledge of content management systems like WordPress; digital tools and social media platforms;
  • Proven experience and interest in the field of advocacy and communication, especially new media;
  • Strong editing skills;
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English is mandatory;
  • Ability to think and work logically and work precisely with attention to detail;
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely;
  • Initiative, sound judgment and demonstrated ability to work harmoniously with staff members of different national and cultural backgrounds;

Key Competencies

  • Proactive and practical-minded
  • Team Player
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Quick learner
  • Self-reliant
  • Good computer skills
  • Creative

How to apply

Interested Candidates are asked to provide their current CV and Cover Letter, expressing her/his motivation in applying and relevant experience/expertise, to SIHA’s Human Resources Department before 15th September 2022Please enter “Application Materials: Communications Associate”. Due to the anticipated volume of applications, please note that SIHA will contact only shortlisted candidates. We thank you for your interest in joining SIHA!


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