Interim Communications Specialist – max. 4 days per week

The Mukwege Foundation is seeking an experienced communications specialist with at least 5 years of relevant experience who is accurate, utilises a hands-on approach, and has strong inter-cultural communications skills. The ideal candidate is a real team player, has a sincere interest in the topic of human and women’s rights, and is keen to work in the non-profit sector.

About Us

The Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation is an international human rights organisation working together with survivors of conflict-related sexual violence from around the world. Drawing attention to the most shameful crimes committed during conflicts, the Foundation envisions a world in which sexual violence as a weapon of war is no longer tolerated. Together with its special adviser, the Congolese gynaecologist and women’s rights activist Dr Denis Mukwege, the Foundation works for a future where survivors worldwide receive the holistic care they need and obtain reparations; where they have the freedom to speak out and organise globally to end wartime sexual violence. See also www.mukwegefoundation.org.

Job overview

The Interim Communications Specialist is responsible for executing the current communications plan of the Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation and will take the lead in adapting in case needed. The Interim Communications Specialist will ensure a professional, reliable and cohesive presence when it comes to media relationships, social media presence, website functionality, and support the Foundation with public campaign development and other relevant communication materials.

The Interim Communications Specialist reports to the Director based in The Hague, and directly collaborates with the Fundraising officer and various Project Managers concerning e-mail marketing, mailing list communications, and the development of communication strategies, messages and communication materials.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain and advise on a clear, cohesive and mission-driven communication plan
  • Create related communication materials
  • Identify strategic opportunities for both advocacy purposes and visibility
  • Plan and execute campaigns that increase awareness for the mission of the Mukwege Foundation
  • Develop and regularly update the organisation’s communication tools and materials
  • Engage the public via (social) media
  • Ensure the website is up to date, has the right tone of voice and is fully functional.

Areas of Result

1. Maintain communication policies and strategy

  • Advises on official Mukwege Foundation language and tone of voice
  • Maintains professionalism – our outward look-and-feel should be accurate and of the highest quality • Advises on creative projects, including execution or facilitation of design
  • Strategically plans and designs campaign execution, taking advantage of timely opportunities • Oversees e-mail marketing language and strategy
  • Is directly responsible for social media, website content, press response and releases, and campaign development and execution.

2. Social Media

  • Maintains professional and cohesive social media presence that engages followers
  • Creates inspiring, inventive and engaging posts • Monitors social media activity and mentions • Monitors relevant current events on social media
  • Executes social media plans in line with campaign strategies
  • Encourages and supports organisations or activists that support the Mukwege Foundation

3. Website Content

  • Maintains the virtual presence of the Mukwege Foundation
  • Oversees approval of content by staff
  • Corrects errors and updates pages
  • Develops news articles in response to relevant events

4. Press Response and Releases

  • Responds to relevant press inquiries for the Mukwege Foundation
  • Coordinates with project managers to facilitate survivor interviews when requested
  • Creates and deploys press releases upon the advent of breaking news, campaigns or responses from the Mukwege Foundation
  • Promotes the events of Dr. Mukwege or partners as is appropriate

Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies

  • Relevant university degree (for example communications or marketing), and/or 3+ years relevant working experience in a comparable setting.
  • Sound knowledge of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and online communications.
  • Experience of using WordPress, Google Analytics. SEO, graphic design, producing infographics and video editing skills would be a strong advantage.
  • Strong writing skills in English (French and/or Dutch are a plus).
  • Sincere interest in the topic of human and women’s rights, sexual violence and the non-profit sector.
  • Flexibility, independence, reliability and commitment to the goals of the Foundation.
  • High ethical standards of behaviour, good judgment, respect for others, diplomatic skills, confidentiality and attention to detail.
  • Strong ability to work independently and to organise work efficiently and effectively.

How to apply

Please send your cover letter and CV, no later than November 14, 2021 to Brynn Campbell, Office Manager at: vacancies@mukwegefoundation.org.

Start date: as soon as possible. Interviews will be conducted in the week of 22 November.

This is an interim position to replace a colleague for a period of at least 3 months, with possible extension. The gross full-time salary for this position is between 3,490 and 4,447 EUR per month. As this position is for 4 days per week (80%), the gross salary would be between 2792 and 3558 EUR per month, depending on age and experience. Consultants are also welcome to apply.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. It will not be possible to obtain a work permit for this position. All candidates must be fully eligible to work in The Netherlands. This means that non-EU nationals must already have permission to stay and work in The Netherlands.

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