The PLAAS Communications Officer is responsible for providing central co-ordination, overall management and technical support for all PLAAS’s scientific communication, research dissemination, publication and public relations needs.
Organisational communications, marketing and media
Developing and executing PLAAS’s communication, marketing and social media strategies.
Ensuring timeous and accurate public communication of all PLAAS-related news on all relevant platforms, including social media.
Actively engaging with stakeholders and media regarding reporting on the activities of PLAAS, and liaising with the University’s publicity officers.
Regularly preparing news items for public dissemination.
Designing and managing branding of PLAAS materials, and marketing of all PLAAS activities.
Production of all PLAAS publications and reports
Driving and ensuring overall co-ordination of publication processes – this includes logistical co-ordination (monitoring deadlines, preventing bottle-necks) and maintaining house styles (publication look and feel, branding, templates and layouts).
Providing technical support for authors. This includes getting quotes (for editing, layout, printing, etc.) and liaising with researchers on their publications and service providers (editors, printers, illustrators, etc.).
In-house layout and templating of selected publications where these are not outsourced.
Designing, updating, and maintaining the PLAAS website
Maintaining the overall design and layout of the website to ensure alignment with PLAAS’s organisational and needs and communication strategy.
Ensuring and co-ordinating technical support for the website (including liaison with service providers, UWC IT, etc.).
Ensuring that the website is up-to-date and current. This includes updating the PLAAS publication database, events list, current news, and other announcements.
Scientific communication, dissemination and recording of PLAAS outputs and findings
Uploading all new reports and publications onto the UWC institutional repository.
Recording all researcher outputs and activities on the UWC Converis system.
Driving and co-ordinating scientific communication and the dissemination of PLAAS outputs policy in web-based, print and electronic media. This includes the use of key content portals (e.g. ELDIS, academia.edu, ORCID, Google Scholar, etc.)
Assisting with coordination and consolidation of annual reporting on outputs and outcomes.
Where necessary and appropriate, working with researchers to develop publicly accessible materials, communicating the content and implications of research findings and policy advice in accessible formats, including blog posts, video material, audio recordings, newsletters, etc.
Monitoring and analysing the impact and reach of PLAAS’s media and information footprint using appropriate bibliometric and alt-metric tools.
An appropriate bachelor’s qualification in journalism or related fields
Minimum five years’ relevant experience
Proven experience handling/managing institutional social media platforms
Experience and knowledge of Web-based Content Management Systems
Exceptional English language writing and editing skills
Active interest in and knowledge of the political economy of development on the African continent
Skills and competencies:
Excellent communication skills
Fluent in MS Office as well as a wide range of computer and internet-related skill sets such as Web 2.0, the use of social media, website management, etc.
Excellent organisational skills
Sound knowledge and understanding of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn) and how to communicate effectively to each of these audiences
Experience in media relations and engaging with journalists across all media
Experience in website maintenance using WordPress
Interest or experience in Google Analytics and data analysis
Ability to work independently but be a team player
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