Regional Communications Advisor, Play Matters at Plan International April, 2021

Company: Plan International

Plan International is an independent non-profit organization that advances children’s well-being and equality for girls. Working in building powerful partnerships for children for over 75 years and present in 70 countries, Plan International strives for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children while working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners. Plan International Ethiopia is looking for Regional Communications Advisor, PlayMatters for Country Office who will be reporting to the Senior Communications Advisor, Denmark National Office and Matrix Reports to Deputy Country Director – Humanitarian, Plan International Ethiopia and is managed in partnership with the Senior Communications Advisor, Denmark National Office.  The post holder will also have technical relation with the head of communication and influencing in Plan International Ethiopia as well as the Lego PlayMatters project Lead in Ethiopia and Project Managers in Uganda and Tanzania.  


  • Working with the Denmark National Office Senior Communications Advisor, develop and implement the PlayMatters regional and in-country strategy and communication implementation plan, ensuring Plan International internal communication policies and protocols are appropriately reflected.
  • Act as a focal point for communications with PlayMatters consortium partners and provide consortium leadership in ensuring all actors are aligned with and effectively implementing communications deliverables and branding expectations.
  • Work with Regional Communications Partnership team to collect and develop communications materials (e.g. media stories, photographs, video footage for external news outlets and social media) to raising project visibility via earned media and across Plan International digital channels.
  • Lead the creation of communication materials, content, and products in communication with the Lego Play Matters Regional Communication Advisor(e.g. fact sheets, case studies, PowerPoints, graphics, social media content, and newsletters) aimed at raising awareness about the project with key stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain project information, communication and branding policies and protocols in consultation with relevant focal points.
  • Respond to internal information requests from staff in Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia Country Offices as well as Plan international offices in consultation with respective program staff/supervisor.
  • Work with Consortium team members to prepare briefing packs for donor and other visitors to PlayMatters field activities.
  • Track, research and analyze information on key areas of interest as per the programmatic requirements or assignments from Lego Project Lead, Plan Deputy Country Director as well as Lego PlayMatters Regional Communication advisor. Project Director.
  • Advise the PlayMatters Senior Management Team on innovative means and ways of communicating internally as they respond to communication challenges, announcements etc.
  • Support research and writing of briefing materials and advocacy papers in coordination with the Sr. Technical Advisory and Policy & Advocacy Advisor
  • Ensure PlayMatters work is positively reflected amongst wider public by capitalizing on the regional and in-country organized public & programmatic events (e.g. ceremonies, commemorations etc.) as needed and appropriate.
  • Supervising the Regional Visual Content Producer who will lead in the technical development of communications and program materials through graphic design and audio-visual production.
  • Working closely with the LEGO PlayMatters communication and advocacy coordinators in Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania to prepare communication and advocacy materials.

Safeguarding Children and Young People (Safeguarding) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI)

  • Understands and puts into practice the responsibilities under Safeguarding and GEI policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), ensuring that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.
  • Ensures that all staff signed safeguarding policies;
  • Implement Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in day to day work.



Qualifications/ experience essential:

  • At least 7 years of relevant communications experience with 4 years’ work experience with any INGO in a similar role
  • Experience in collecting and developing content from the field, producing compelling communications materials and working with media
  • Excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively in a multi-cultural environment with international and national colleagues and partners.
  • Solid organizational skills: the ability to be flexible and work well under pressure, dealing with competing priorities, in a fast-paced team environment.
  • Detail-oriented and good multi-tasking abilities to meet multiple deadlines
  • Strong understanding of humanitarian crises and contexts in eastern Africa is a plus
  • Strong team player
  • Excellent graphic design skills, including ability to distil large amounts of information into aesthetically pleasing, donor-compliant and engaging materials for a wide audience.

Languages required:

  • Fluency and strong writing skills in English is required


The closing date for the application is April 25, 2021.

This position is only open to Ethiopian Nationals, who must be eligible to live and work in Ethiopia.

Please note that:

  • Applications and CVs written in English will be accepted and
  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Please note that we are not accepting CVs that are not sent through the indicated link.

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

More information about Plan International can be found on http://

References will be taken and background and anti-terrorism checks will be carried out in conformity with Plans Child Protection Policy. Plan operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all persons meeting the skills and experience required.

As an international child centered community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realization of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

The deadline for submitting the application is 25 April 2021


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