Communications officer


IRD SA NPC: Communications officer

Interactive Research and Development South Africa (IRD SA NPC)
Opportunity closing date:
Friday, 14 May, 2021
Opportunity type:

REPORTS TO:        Deputy Chief of Party
Employment Type: Fixed Term Contract


This individual is responsible to manage corporate communications and facilitate digital media for the TB LON project. The Communications Officer will write and distribute content to promote the Project’s brand, activities. They will act as a liaison between the Project, the public, and the media to ensure that the Project brand remains top of mind.


1. Create digital media campaigns
2. Develop content for scripts street theater
3. Create and implement mass media communications campaign
4. Liason with procurement to manage mass media campaign
5. Work with field teams to implement baseline and endline assessments

Main responsibilities:

  • Develop, write and edit marketing and communications materials, including press releases, blog posts and social media content
  • Promote communications and marketing materials through appropriate social channels
  • Track analytics and create reports detailing successes and failures of communications campaigns
  • Ensure that all communications and marketing material aligns with brand standards
  • Maintain digital media archives including photos and videos
  • Work with communications team members to conceptualize and implement communications strategies and campaigns
  • Respond to media inquiries and perform media outreach to achieve brand placement in publications
  • Develop escalation protocols for managing communication crises, should they arise


  1. Strong written and spoken communication skills in English and any other SA local languages.
  2. Profient in MS Office and preferrably word press
  3. Strong attention to detail
  4. Organizational skills
  5. Ability to multi-task


Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Communications,
  • Communications Design, Economics, BBA, Journalism, Marketing

Required work experience:

  • Minimum of  2-3 years of work experience in a relevant communications position
  • Understand the best practices of main social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc
  • Must possess exceptional writing skills and be able to compose engaging and accurate content
  • Strong communicator who works well independently and with a team
  • Superior time management skills and the ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Knowledge of Adobe PhotoShop, InDesign, and Illustrator is an asset
  • Understanding of communications, public relations and marketing best practices
  • Ability to think strategically and identify ways to improve communication efforts
  • Must be resourceful and take initiative even when given minimal direction

Interested candidates are welcome to apply, please provide two (2) current, relevant employment references. Submit a brief CV and supporting documents, indicating the job title in your cover letter and subject line on email to Lee-Anne Ogle: Human Resources Dept. @ fax +27 (0) 865722820 or e-mail

Closing date for applications:  Friday, 14th May 2021

Salary range CTC: Market Related. Bio-data will also be taken into consideration.

Should you not hear from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, kindly regard your application as unsuccessful

IRD SA is an equal opportunity employer