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PR Supervisor, Afghanistan (deadline: 21 Jun 2017)

Seefar is looking for talented PR professional in Afghanistan to work on our communication activities. You must be based in Afghanistan and be fluent in written and spoken English.

Job Description

We are a social enterprise with a mission to work with vulnerable people to build a better future. We specialise in justice, migration and social inclusion. Our expertise is in strategic communications, counselling, consulting, monitoring and evaluation, and research. We work in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, North Africa, the Sahel and Europe. For more information about us, please visit https://seefar.org/about-us.

Under the overall supervision of the Country Manager for Afghanistan, you will be responsible for providing the following services:

  • Supervise work and outputs of two junior PR officers and ensure the delivery on their work plans and targets;
  • Provide coaching and training to junior PR officers as needed;
  • Follow media coverage in Afghanistan on the topic of migration and provide updates on this as needed;
  • Maintain an updated list of target media outlets (including TV, radio, print, online) and journalists that might be interested in migration stories;
  • Build relationships with target media outlets and journalists and stimulate their interest in the topic;
  • As needed, provide training and information materials to target media outlets and journalists;
  • Create story ideas and content for target media outlets, including news articles, features, opinion pieces, social media posts, talk shows and documentaries, and pitch this to media outlets and journalists;
  • Maintain a rolling list of story ideas that will be pitched to media over the next two months and based on feedback, adapt this as needed;
  • Write articles in English for The Migrant Project website and translate approved articles into Pashtu and Dari;
  • In collaboration with Seefar’s Social Media Manager monitor comments and messages on The Migrant Project’s Pashtu and Dari Facebook pages and respond as needed, translating content and responses into Pashtu and Dari;
  • Maintain accurate records of all your work activities and collect copies of all media coverage achieved;
  • Provide a summary of all PR efforts and results every two weeks for a fortnightly report;
  • Follow developments in the Afghan media sector and media landscape and provide updates as needed on this;
  • Advise Seefar on any challenges and opportunities for effective implementation of the project;
  • Prepare and translate other information materials when requested.

Working with Seefar

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as positive features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • The Enterprise combines entrepreneurialism with a focus on social impact.
  • You work with highly diverse people and across a diversity of contexts.
  • There is a high level of trust that supports you to work autonomously.
  • The people in the Enterprise encourage innovation and experimentation.
  • Achieving results is prioritised over rigid structures and workflows.
  • You are never bored and always challenged.

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as negative features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • Collaborating with geographically dispersed teams requires flexibility and patience.
  • Working remotely can make you feel isolated and so requires you to invest time in communication.
  • Travel schedules can sometimes be heavy.
  • A high-growth phase means problem-solving as the Enterprise’s systems evolve quickly.

An Excellent Candidate

To excel in this role, you will have substantial PR and communications experience as well as some management experience. You will have an existing network of media contacts in Afghanistan and a good understanding of how to build effective media relationships. You will also have a good understanding of what makes a news story. It is essential that you have strong writing skills in Pashtu and Dari and that you are fluent in written and spoken English.

To apply for this Role

On or before 19 May 2017, send a CV and introductory cover letter through our online recruitment system (opportunity closed).

Your introductory letter should include the following:

  1. Your key professional achievements.
  2. Details on the languages you are fluent in.
  3. Your availability to start.

If you do not follow the instructions above, you will not be considered for short-listing. Remuneration is set through discussion in the recruitment process.