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ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability – Jobs in South Africa 2020

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ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of over 1,750 cities and other subnational governments committed to building a sustainable future. ICLEI provides technical services, capacity building, networking opportunities and cutting-edge urban solutions to its member cities and their communities. ICLEI’s African Head Office, which serves ICLEI’s member cities from across Africa, is based in Cape Town (www.africa.iclei.org).



Job Title: Communications Officer (Energy & Climate Change)
Location: South Africa
Duration: (2-year fixed term contract position with the potential of renewal)

We are looking for a multi-talented, tech-savvy Communications Officer, who is passionate about making a difference in the world! He/she needs to be a conscientious individual with a ‘can do’ attitude who can learn fast, adapt quickly, work well under pressure with multiple stakeholders at different levels and think on his/her feet. This person should ideally have experience working in/with local government and be able to communicate in French.

The job will include the following and the successful candidate should have proven expertise/skills in these areas:

  • Communicating concepts related to sustainability, preferably climate change, energy and resilience to diverse stakeholders, and in particular, politicians and technical officials
  • Website content management: Producing and editing content, and updating websites (e.g. WordPress)
  • Social media: Developing and implementing successful Twitter and Facebook campaigns
  • Website, media and social media tracking
  • Organising and managing webinars and online meetings on platforms such as Zoom and GoToMeeting
  • Writing: Identifying story angles, interviewing, researching, distilling key messages and writing up content for articles and media releases
  • Mailing list: Setting up and designing digital mailers (e.g. Mailchimp), producing regular newsletters, growing the mailing list and keeping the mailing list healthy
  • Editing and proofreading
  • Collating content (articles, reports, photos and video) from various stakeholders and managing approvals, timelines and deadlines
  • Event planning and organisation of smaller and largescale events (these will now mainly be online)
  • Project management: Ability to motivate and coordinate a diverse team to deliver on high quality deliverables on time
  • Brand management: Maintaining a professional and positive brand image, ensuring guidelines are adhered to and high standards are upheld.

The job will also include these tasks and expertise/skills in these areas is preferable:

  • Development and implementation of communication campaigns and communications protocols
  • Website conceptualisation and the ability to work with a developer to produce a visually appealing and user-friendly, interactive website suited to the target audience
  • Videography and editing: Briefing, writing scripts and producing both short campaign clips and longer, informative videos, uploading to Youtube
  • Podcasts: Briefing and managing the production of podcasts
  • Photography: Taking photographs and managing photography database
  • Production of publications from brief to print

The following would also be advantageous:

  • Diplomacy, particularly with high ranking government officials and funders
  • Experience in working with/within government
  • Proficiency in another language spoken in Africa, especially French
  • Knowledge of the African and global geo-political context


  • Relevant post-graduate degree or equivalent qualification
  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience related to the above listed areas
  • Be based in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Proven ability to work remotely
  • Excellent English written, presentation and verbal communication skills
  • Highly computer literate and tech savvy
  • Good eye for design
  • Good people skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, in multiple and multi-disciplinary teams across the world, in a highly dynamic, fast-paced and creative environment
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks concurrently, effectively and accurately
  • Ability to interact with all levels of staff, as well as manage consultants
  • Ability to be agile and flexible about work responsibilities, prioritise and thrive under pressure
  • Ability to navigate complex organisational and project structures
  • Problem-solving and analytical skills, well-organised, attention to detail and quality, and a structured and pro-active working style
  • Valid code B driving license, with at least one year’s driving experience
  • South African resident/valid work or critical skills permit
  • Must have a passion for, and willingness to travel, locally and internationally, when appropriate

To apply

Please forward the following documents to Sonya Smith – [email protected]

  • Motivating letter, including your available starting date
  • Comprehensive CV
  • Certified copy of your ID (and if relevant, visa)
  • An example of your writing
  • Links to a website and social media platforms you have managed
  • Three contactable references

Application Deadline:  11h00 SAST on Tuesday 28 July 2020

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