SFMP Job Vacancy: Communications and Media Relations Officer

Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP)

Vacancy Announcement

Communications and Media Relations Officer

The USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) seeks a Communications and Media Relations Officer for a full-time employment. SFMP is a 5-year (2014-2019) US Government food security project, headquartered in Accra.  The project seeks to rebuild targeted marine fisheries stocks through the adoption of sustainable fisheries practices. The project works closely with government agencies, fisheries authorities, policy makers, and fisher folk in the entire coastal stretch of Ghana to achieve project goals. This position is based in Accra, with periodic travels to locations in all four coastal regions in Ghana.

Terms of Reference

The Communications and Media Relations Officer will report to the Communication and Outreach Specialist to achieve the following:

¬ Engage with the Fisheries Commission and other partners to communicate sustainable fisheries management concepts and programmes to all stakeholders on the direction of the Communications Specialist or the Chief of Party as needed.

¬ Contribute to development and execution of specific SFMP communications work streams by interacting with the full range of media and communications partners, including print, television, and radio media houses and points of contact in coastal regions of Ghana.

¬ Lead on the design, production, and dissemination of multimedia products such as videos, audio products, and photographs and the production of IEC materials to enhance visibility of Fisheries Commission efforts.

¬ Work with other SFMP staff and sub-grantee implementing partners to communicate the state of artisanal fisheries in Ghana and the causes of the current crises in small pelagic fisheries.

¬ Develop and maintain close working relations with media outlets and identify opportunities for SFMP for media placement.

¬ Prepare written news articles, press releases, and media advisories to be disseminated through press and other channels.

¬ Implement media relations with national, regional, and local media.

¬ Assist with any other aspects of SFMP’s media work as directed by the Communication and Outreach Specialist.

Required Qualifications and Experience

¬ A minimum of University Degree in Communications, social science, journalism or related field.

¬ A minimum of 7 years relevant experience in public relations, communications, and/or advocacy

¬ Excellent written and oral communication in English and a good understanding of Ghanaian languages such as Twi, Ga, Ewe, and Fante.

¬ Demonstrate experience in the development and use of multi-communications.

¬ Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office products used for document preparation and production, including Word and PowerPoint.

¬ Experience with print, electronic, and broadcast media relations.

Preferred qualifications

¬ Familiarity with USAID or other international donor project communications requirements, including branding and accessibility requirements for electronic documents

¬ Familiarity with the utilisation of Adobe family of document formatting and processing software, especially Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat, as well as In-Design or their equivalent

¬ Experience or training in basic graphic design using PowerPoint, Adobe illustrator, Adobe Photoshop or their equivalent.

¬ Knowledge in basic photography skills is ab added advantage.

¬ Knowledge or experience working with the Fisheries sector, a plus.

Send your CV and Cover Letter (in one document) to:


Not later than October 24th, 2017.

Please Note:  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Download the Job Vacancy: Job Vacancy-Communications and Media Relations Officer_SFMP[pdf]

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