Terms of Reference – Communications Officer
Conducive Space for Peace (CSP) is now hiring a Communications Officer to support our work in pursuing change in the global peacebuilding system and in support of locally-led peacebuilding. The Communications Officer will play a key role in integrating strategic communications into all of CSP’s efforts to create a more conducive space for local actors in peacebuilding. This role provides a unique opportunity to put in to action your communications expertise and take a leading role both in CSPs communications strategy development and in delivery of communications processes and products.
As a Communications Officer you will become part of a small team of ambitious change makers with a global outlook. CSP is a five-year old organisation that stands on solid ground with a strong team with half of our staff members based in different locations around the world, long-term partners, and an extensive global network.
CSP strives to embody the change that we pursue, which means that we hold dignity, equity, and integrity to be at the core of our engagement and actions. As part of the change process, we seek diversity within the organisation and within the broader institutional framework with which we engage.
Background of CSP
CSP is an international NGO, based mainly in Denmark, with the mission to contribute to the transformation of the global peacebuilding system in a manner that changes the structures, attitudes and processes of collaboration to create a more enabling space for local agency and power in peacebuilding. Through our long-term engagement in the peace and development fields, we have seen how the current ways of working are not supporting local peacebuilding as well as it could. On the contrary, the ‘system’ is often not providing the funding, flexibility, predictability, and space for local actors to lead the development and peacebuilding process in their own context. We have made it our mission to change this in order to create an enabling space for local actors to build sustainable peace.
CSP catalyses joint engagement among change agents to create evidence that builds momentum for change and forms the basis for innovative action and for leveraging change. Accompanying and supporting change agents in leveraging change is key to CSP’s approach of creating spaces that connect change agents to become part of a ‘community’ of change makers. With a focus on creating platforms for collective action among change agents, at the global and country-levels, CSP catalyses, strengthens and scales innovative and transformative initiatives so that they contribute to broader systemic transformation.
The global context today is changing, and CSP is mandated to take on a co-creation role in transforming the system that supports peacebuilding and development in conflict affected countries. We hold the aspiration to be a strong catalyst for change through developing new thinking and ideas, creating innovative spaces for dialogue about change, and daring to take the lead in accompanying this change process.
The roles and responsibilities of the Communications Officer
The Communications Officer will be part of a small team consisting of the Director, three Senior Advisers, a Programme Adviser, two Programme Officers, a Financial Manager, an intern and an additional support staff. The Communications Officer will refer to and work closely with the team in taking responsibility for the following:
- Hold a central role in contributing to development of CSP’s thinking on strategic communications and development of its approach and strategy including advising on communications approaches and processes.
- Work with the CSP team in designing and implementing policies and systems relating to communications content production and quality control.
- Take a leading role in managing CSP’s online profile including its website and social media engagement.
- Create engaging and creative content for the CSP website, social media profiles as well as for other news outlets targeting various audiences.
- Ensure that communications outputs comply with our CSP identity and quality standards, including manage and update our digital identity templates.
- Support production of publications including editing, lay-out and production of basic graphic design content.
- Coordinate communications planning and delivery of launch of publications, initiatives and external events, including leading dissemination, drafting key messages for use on social media and designing graphics, videos and other social media content as relevant.
- Liaise with external consultants, including editors, translators, graphic designers, printers, photographers, etc.
- Manage and further develop the CSP membership base and ensure consistent communication with CPS’s members including newsletter planning and delivery.
- Support day-to-day administrative and coordination tasks as reasonably required.
Qualifications and Personal Competencies
The Communications Officer should either be enrolled in the last year of university studies in a relevant field of study such as Communications, Journalism, Multi-Media, or hold a relevant degree and up to one or two years of experience. Other qualifications needed for this position are the following:
- Excellent communication skills and ability to communicate complex issues clearly and creatively to various audiences.
- Knowledge and experience of working with a variety of social media platforms.
- Proficiency in WordPress and Mailchimp.
- Experience in using photo and video in communication. Proficiency in design software (E.g. Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) and video editing.
- Innovative and interested in creative communications.
- Proven experience in creating high-quality communications products.
- Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Proficiency in Danish is preferable and proficiency in Spanish, French or Arabic would be an advantage.
- Excitement towards working in a small team of deeply committed, experienced, multi-national, and mostly young persons with a mission and high standard of professional engagement.
- Openness to working as a full team member who takes on a variety of tasks, including logistics and administration in relation to concrete activities and in preparing meetings and other activities.
- An interest in peacebuilding and development.
The work location of the Communications Officer may be Copenhagen, Denmark, however there is flexibility to be based remotely with some travel including to Denmark. The Communications Officer is expected to become a full member of our team and to work approximately 15 hours per week. The salary level will be determined on the basis of the qualifications of the candidate and Danish labour regulations. Should the successful candidate be a student in Denmark, CSP strives to accommodate to the requirements for applying for SU. The successful candidate is requested to start in August or as soon as possible thereafter.
Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting Programme Officer Jasper Peet-Martel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit a one-page motivation letter and your CV to email@example.com no later than 28 June 2021 at 12 noon CEST (Central European Summer Time). Please include “Communications Officer” in the subject line of the email. First round interviews will be conducted via video call on June 30th and July 1st.
For more information about Conducive Space for Peace, please consult our website www.conducivespace.org.