Media & Communications Officer

at Islamic Relief
Published August 18, 2022
Location Garowe, Somalia
Category Media & Journalism  
Job Type Full Time  




To undertake all media and communication functions in Puntland Islamic Relief Somalia office and to provide effective and efficient implementation of IRS programmes;


Ensure that coordination among the teams is enhanced to better serve the target communities in different regions of Puntland


Deliver all media functions of Islamic Relief Somalia with an aim of ensuring services reach the population in need within the required timeline such as; photos, videos, case stories etc.




The media and communications assistant will play a crucial role in effective and timely documentation and capturing of all projects in Puntland. The assistant will report to the Senior Media and Communications Officer based in Mogadishu with close working relationship with the Programmes Manager, Logistics, Finance, Admin, HR and other team members. The assistant will ensure the highest level of data integrity and capturing of high-Quality media materials. The assistant will be the media focal person of all Islamic Relief Somalia projects in Puntland




  • Prepare quality media material based on project activities to capture photos, video B-ROLLs, stories etc.


  • Collect, archive and share all projects media materials to the Senior Communications Officer in monthly basis with a timely manner.


  • Edit and do the subtitles of interviews


  • Provide administrative support to programs and internal teams


  • Help implement communications strategies


  • Draft and edit communications copy (e.g., press releases, publications, social media posts)


  • Assist in maintaining web content and executing social media strategies


  • Update databases and media lists


  • Help implement communications strategies


  • Track projects and media exposure


  • Facilitate effective internal communications


  • Help implement communications strategies


  • Maintain calendars and appointments


  • To prepare annual report designs


  • To prepare case studies of the project right holders with consideration of IRW media guidelines


  • Ensure donor compliance for any grant approved based on specific media requirement and requests


  • Ensure IRW branding is maintained all the times


  • Ensure media relations are well established with the good expanding of IR image


  • Organize training sessions


  • Provide technical support to the team if necessary.




  • Willing to adapt to IRW’s norms and values without compromising personal beliefs and principles.


  • Excellent communication skills - able to communicate and report effectively, both orally and in writing.


  • Willing and able to work long hours as required and meet deadlines.


  • Commitment to participatory approaches when working with communities.


  • Willing to learn local mechanisms, culture and humanitarian and development issues of the region.


  • Able to build productive working relationships; work as part of a team, and support colleagues.


  • Communicates honestly, openly, and consistently. Shares information appropriately and ensure that views of all members of the team are freely expressed.


  • Encourages a positive rather than negative viewpoint.


  • Good numeracy skills with knowledge of local markets and cost estimating are desirable.


  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to build working relationships quickly and to work sensitively with people from various cultural and social backgrounds.


  • Able to form recommendations for creative solutions in problem solving.


  • Energetic and able to operate in situations which may be arduous.


  • Should be prepared mentally to do extensive fieldwork and visit other locations within the country.


  • Able to work flexible hours when necessary and strive towards task completion.


  • Flexible and patient for emergency response deadlines.


  • Ability to work on your own initiative as well as a part of a team.


  • It is essential that the post holder show a good understanding of humanitarian principles and sympathy with Islamic Relief’s values, as well as a commitment to Islamic Relief’s vision and mission.




  • A university degree/Diploma in mass media, communications Journalism and other relevant fields from a recognized university


  • Minimum of 4-5 years experience including at least 3 years of working for UN bodies and international NGOs in the field of mass media and communication.




  • Good editing skills. Knowledge of Final Cut Pro, Adobe InDesign, Adobe premiere pro, photoshop, Corel Draw and Adobe Lightroom 5.


  • Good knowledge of camera handling and taking photos, videos of different aspects like; B-rolls, interviews and case study videos.


  • Knowledge of community-based approaches in humanitarian and development settings is desirable.


  • Proficiency in English (Written and spoken) is essential


  • Video and photos editing skills


  • Knowledge of international standards in logistics, procurement procedures and logistics online software is desirable.


  • Competency with the analysis of contextual information, and developing clear, informed recommendations.


  • Good IT skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Word and Excel is essential


  • Experience in ERP systems is added advantage e.g., Microsoft dynamics, Navision etc.


Additional job responsibilities:


  • Any other duties assign by Line manager.


Equal Opportunities


  • Islamic Relief is equal opportunity employer, however encourages female candidates to apply


How to apply

Islamic Relief Worldwide, Somalia Programme is inviting applications from qualified motivated candidates who are interesting to submit their CVs, cover letters, academic qualifications, copy of national ID card/Passport and contact information for three work related referees should be addressed to the HR account by email.


NOTE: please make sure the job title in the mail subject line is clear


  • Only short-listed applicants will be contacted
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