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Jun 152018
 

Organization: Ghana Health and Education Initiative
Country: Ghana
Closing date: 29 Jun 2018

Description

GHEI is recruiting for a Communications Officer to be based in Humjibre, Ghana. This position entails working closely with both GHEI’s local Ghanaian staff and western team to manage GHEI’s international volunteer programs and organizational publicity and web-based marketing. International volunteer program responsibilities include managing volunteer recruitment, applications, pre-departure and providing program support while volunteers are on site. The Communications Officer is also responsible for promoting GHEI’s work through social media and blogging, website maintenance, organizing promotional and fundraising campaigns, and writing reports intended for Ghanaian and Western stakeholders. This position requires a great deal of flexibility since responsibilities can change greatly throughout the year. Other essential qualities include creativity, an outgoing personality, thoughtfulness, initiative, and an ability to live and work in a challenging, resource poor environment. This position reports to the Country Director and U.S.-based Executive Director.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage Summer Serve and Learn volunteer recruitment, applications, pre-departure and provide support to teams of volunteers while on site
  • Manage GHEI’s social media presence, blog, and website
  • Organize all hard mailings, e-newsletters, and fundraising campaigns for donor affinity groups, Serve and Learn alumni, and others
  • Create promotional materials marketing GHEI and GHEI volunteer programs
  • Coordinate annual and quarterly reports for Ghanaian and Western stakeholders
  • Revise internal and external proposals and reports

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Relevant work experience in a developing country
  • Familiarity with social media and blogging
  • Creativity, outgoing personality and willingness to take initiative
  • Ability to live and work in a resource-poor environment with limited internet capabilities and intermittent power outages
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural awareness
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to collaborate effectively with all stakeholders in Ghana and staff in the US/UK/Canada
  • Ability to work independently and as part of multicultural team
  • Commitment to the highest professional standards, ethics, and values
  • Resilient, patient, flexible, and willing to perform a wide variety of tasks as they arise
  • Commitment to building local capacity and working within established local systems, structures, and cultural norms

Desirable Qualifications

  • Familiarity with volunteer and volunteer program management
  • Familiarity with nonprofit publicity and marketing

Compensation

The Communications Officer will receive a monthly stipend starting in August at 800 Ghana cedis a month (approx $200 – more than enough to live on in our area). The CO will also receive: housing on-site, a local sim card, initial transport to our operation from Accra, all necessary immigration registrations and documents for foreign residents in Ghana, and 25 days holiday a year. The coordinator will be reimbursed for all program related transportation and other costs.

Currently, GHEI puts nearly all of our funds into supporting our mission of providing necessary health and education programs for children in Ghana. Unfortunately, we cannot cover the cost of international travel, visas, and health insurance. Upon completion of the contract, GHEI is prepared to assist with letters of recommendation and helping with job placement, using our considerable network of NGOs both in the United States and in Africa.

How to apply:

Applicants are strongly advised to apply early as applications will be considered as they are submitted. To apply, please send a completed GHEI application form and your resume to communications@ghei.org with ‘CO-Your Name’ as the subject line.

In addition, all applicants must provide one professional recommendation (preferably sent directly from the recommender) to communications@ghei.org with ‘CO-Your Name’ as the subject line.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

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