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Communication Officer

Job Category:
Communication Officers
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
Sustainable Land Management Project (SLMP)
Posted On:
08 March, 2008
Last Date to apply:
19 March, 2008
Experience in years
2 to 4

Relevant Experience:

 A minimum of  seven (7) years experience in communication or advocacy public and private sector projects;
Experience of working with donor funded projects, particularly with UN agencies will have an added advantage;
Previous experience of developing, operationalzing and managing project advocacy, outreach  & communication strategy;
Ability to work in a complex and multi-stakeholders environment;
Good computer skills for data analysis, preparation of presentation and report writing; and
Excellent writing skills and ability to fluently speak English and Urdu.

Job Description:

Ministry of Environment is implementing Phase-I of the UNDP-GEF & GoP funded project on “Sustainable Land Management to combat Desertification in Pakistan”. The overall goal of the project is to combat land degradation and desertification in Pakistan in order to protect and restore ecosystems and essential ecosystem services that are key to reducing poverty. The main objectives are to strengthen institutional capacity, create an enabling environment, and demonstrate good practices – all in an effort to help remove key barriers to Sustainable Land Management (SLM). The Project will facilitate implementation of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and NAP to Combat Desertification in Pakistan.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Communication Officer will develop and coordinate implementation of project communication and outreach strategy. He/She will work under the direct supervision of the Coordinator, Capacity Building and Trainings and will closely collaborate with National Project Coordinator (NPC), Provincial Project Coordinators (PPCs) and other thematic experts for advocacy and creating awareness on combating desertification through sustainable management of land resources.
The specific tasks of the Communication Officer will include:
Conduct communication needs assessments for the Project;
Develop & implement communication and outreach strategy focusing on project outcomes, objectives and activities;
Recommend and oversee the development and implementation of efficient internal project communication protocols;
Act as Project Communications Focal Person and manage various activities related to outreach and awareness campaign;
Organize media events such as press conferences, interviews of key Project staff and stakeholders on public & private channels of TV & radio, newspapers, and magazines;
Coordinate the development of publications – hardcopy, multimedia and/or web-based, and provide quality control in line with the UNDP-GEF standards;
Ensure that publications like case studies, project updates, occasional papers, newsletters etc.) are printed, and updated (in case of website) in a timely and consistent manner;
Review the Project’s website(s) on a regular basis and provide content development support for website  updating and ensure consistency of the material;
Maintain regular liaison with project partners to develop linkages and provide necessary support accordingly;
Assist the project team in documenting case studies and lessons learnt for the Project website, advocacy campaigns and progress reports;
Undertake field visits to the pilot project sites for documenting success stories and providing communication support;
Write, design and edit project publications/brochures/factsheets/news letter/posters on various topics of SLM for wider dissemination among stakeholders;
Undertake initiatives for community awareness on project interventions in Urdu and regional languages;
Assist the project team in organizing  conferences, workshops, and seminars;
Assist GIS Specialist/Coordinator  SLMIS in managing SLM Information;
Coordinate with the Project team for dissemination of project publications/awareness material; and
Perform any other duty assigned by the NPD, NPC and Coordinator, Capacity Building for achieving an above objectives;

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
YesMASS Communication/JournalismMasters DegreePakistanMasters degree in Communication filed (mass media/Journalism/publishing or any related field from a recognized university