AFAP Vacancy Announcement : Communications Officer

05 Jul 2019




Reports to:         Chief Strategy Officer
Location:             Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration:             Twelve Months, renewable



Reporting directly to the Chief Strategy Officer, the Communications Officer will plan, research, and produce accurate, analytical and thematic content for corporate and programmatic publications, social/digital media, stakeholder briefs and internal communication.

The ideal candidate will be a strong copy editor and have excellent stakeholder service skills.



Content Development

  • Develop and implement improved and consistent communication approaches in AFAP including the communication of AFAPs social and economic impact and achievements.
  • Update the AFAP Communications Strategy, Policy and Plan.
  • Develop consistent communications tools, strategies and materials for use across the organization.
  • Utilise and repackage monitoring, evaluation and learning evidence information for communications purposes.
  • Assist in the development of appropriate measures to better track the communication of performance, results and learning for AFAP.
  • Conceptualise and write creative copy content for internal and external publications: speeches, presentations, media messaging, newsletters, website content, editorial-style articles, briefing notes, video and radio scripts.
  • Develop and issue creative content that engages target audiences and demonstrates an understanding of newsworthy copy that journalists will publish for local and international media.
  • Manage AFAPs day-to-day interactions with key communication partners to ensure adherence to internal and external partner communication and branding guidelines.
  • Review and edit content to ensure the voice is consistent with AFAP brand and proper usage of English (USA) grammar, spelling and structure.
  • Work out a message simplification strategy to communicate with a broader stakeholder constituency.
  • Facilitate internal intelligence sharing of information of programs.
  • Manage AFAP’s style guide.



  • Day-to-day management of the AFAP website, including updates, ongoing monitoring and obtaining input from other AFAP staff as necessary.
  • Research, plan and implement the medium-to-long term development of the AFAP website to ensure it continues to achieve its objectives.
  • Develop and manage social media platforms.
  • Develop and leverage an Africa-wide media contacts list.
  • Proactively seek media opportunities that support organization- and program- objectives with key media partners, including African outlets – local and national newspapers, trade magazines, radio and television, PR agencies and contractors.
  • Co-ordinate the development, production and distribution of PR and media materials (TV and Radio), web-based advertisements and other broadcast media materials.
  • Develop and distribute releases to media outlets including TV, radio and print, to high standards consistent with AFAP messaging and editorial guidelines.
  • Make use of search engine optimisation, including keyword strategy, key term discovery and optimised content development and prioritisation on the Web.
  • Sub-edit and proofread articles.


Graphic Design

  • Design all organizational presentations: PowerPoint and Word designs, email footers and website banners; to promote core organizational activities, as well as to provide communications support to all Business Units.
  • Direct all outsourced artwork and designs in order to maintain corporate image and standards.
  • Develop marketing artwork to advertise the organization’s actives and events.



  • Contribute to the planning of, and arrangements for, AFAP events, in particular regarding the design and production of materials.
  • Manage press briefings and press attendance at conferences and workshops.
  • Design and disseminate invitations, reports and any other material to the AFAP database, specifically or more broadly.





  • Diploma or Degree in journalism, media studies, copywriting, communications, marketing, advertising or relevant qualification
  • Strong research, analysis, editing and interviewing skills
  • Portfolio that reflects creative copywriting proficiencies
  • Experience within African agriculture a distinct advantage
  • Computer literate – proficiency in Microsoft Office products: Word, Outlook, Power Point and Excel; Website maintenance (content management)



  • Excellent analytical writing skills
  • Versatility – ability to work across the board, transitioning between functions as necessary
  • Team orientation – can work in an integrated team environment
  • Consultative capabilities – able to work with all levels of people
  • Resilience – maintains composure and deals effectively with stress
  • Flexible and adaptable – in light of changing situations
  • Methodical and systematic, with strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Action-oriented, confident and takes initiative
  • Operates with integrity
  • Delivery and deadline orientated
  • A passion for exceptional service
  • Willingness to work long hours from time to time
  • Own car and holds a valid driver’s license



Qualified applicants, please send your CV and a one-page cover letter to support your application, along with salary requirements to


The closing date for submission of applications is 19th July 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.