Communication Officer

Note: Only short listed candidates will be called for the interview.

Ministry of Border and Tribal Affairs

Policy Planning and Strategy Development Unit

 

Communication Officer

 

Ministry of Border and Tribal Affairs:

 

Ministry of Borders and Tribal Affairs (MOBTA) is a leading ministry that supports and represents the needs and grievances of the tribes and border communities of the country. The ministry has always played an instrumental role in political stability, governance and economic growth.

Policy Planning and Strategy Development Unit:

Minister of MOBTA has established a new Policy Planning and Strategy development Unit within the ministry, to define and sets out the key direction, and establish a foundation to produce qualitative strategic documents which enable the ministry in developing future National Programs, and understand the role of Afghan tribes and border communities in peace building and political stability. The unit will also assist to develop the capacity of the current ministry employees, and closely work with them to identify technical gaps within the ministry and address their long term plans and policies. It has been prioritized that the unit will be more focused on the provinces, and will be establishing a visible and active sub-office within each border provinces, and these offices will be systematically working with the tribes and communities to understand them and identify means how to integrate them in the mainstream population and to address their grievances.

Job Summary

 

The Communication Officer will be reporting to the project manager and is responsible for the coordination and implementation of internal and external communication for Policy Planning and Strategy development Unit. This role requires an experience and enthusiastic communication professional who is a strategic thinker, a relation builder and a reliable team player with integrity, initiative, adaptability and enthusiasm. 

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

 

  • Creatively write content for website, newsletters, magazines, info-graphics, leaflets, brochures, fact sheets, and social media outlets of MOBTA ensuring all published information are error-free and up to date
  • Develop ideas for visibility activities and write promotional material for various audiences including general public, media, government and the international community
  • Provide writing and content development training to staff in center and regions 
  • Travel to provinces to collect material for publication
  • Coordinate and organize special events or MOBTA inputs to special events, with a view to reaching wider audiences; and develop and compile relevant materials
  • Coordinate visibility activities in provinces with and synchronize center and provincial visibility activities where possible
  • Maintain an up to date events calendar and closely work with M&E unit to track progress of projects for communication purposes 
  • Manage and keep up to date the photos, video and audio footage database
  • Provide clear, consistent and timely responses to media inquiries; issue statements and corporate positions to media and other external audiences including line ministries
  • Draft press releases, advisories, background information, and media kits based on need 
  • Implement MOBTA communications strategy through annual and quarterly communications plans.
  • Facilitate, develop, and maintain strong and ongoing relationships with journalists from the print, radio, online, and television media in Kabul and provinces. Write press releases and disseminate information to the media on project activities. 
  • Lead the production of high-quality communications materials for the project intended for the public. This may include production of brochures, fact sheets, posters, videos and other multi-media products.
  • Develop a mechanism to receive regular feedback from the line ministries so that it helps with tweaking MOBTA communication. 
  • Provide advice to manager and the Board on internal and external communications.
  • Build strong relationships with key people in media agencies, and other key stakeholders, 
  • Carry out any other communications activity as assigned by the manager

 

Qualification

 

  • University Degree, preferably in Communications, Journalism, Public Administration or other media related subjects is required.
  • More than 5 years of experience in a well-reputed organization.
  • Computer skills including the ability to operate computerized accounting, spreadsheet and word processing programs at a highly proficient level.
  • Advanced analytical and problem solving skills,
  • Supervisory and decision making skills.

 

Language Skills:

Effective communication required in the following languages, both written and oral:

  • English
  • Pashto
  • Dari

 

Personal Attributes

The incumbent must maintain strict confidentiality in performing the duties of the Communication Officer. The incumbent must also demonstrate the following personal attributes:

 

  • be honest and trustworthy
  • be respectful
  • possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • be flexible
  • demonstrate sound work ethics

 

Submission Guideline

Interested and qualified candidates should submit introduction letter and CV to the MOBTA’s Policy Planning and Strategy Development Unit, HR email address:  infomobta@gmail.com