Junior Communications Officer at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit Gmbh

  • Company: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Location: Ethiopia
  • State: Addis Ababa Jobs
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: Media/Journalism

Job Description

Junior Communications Officer

GIZ-Internal/External Vacancy Announcement #155/2019

GIZ- Office Addis Ababa


As a provider of international cooperation services for sustainable development and international education work, GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – is dedicated to building a future worth living around the world.


We have over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including rural and economic development, education and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. Together with our partners, we work to deliver flexible, effective and cost-effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions. Of our 18,260 employees in some 120 countries, almost 70 per cent are national personnel working in the field.


As a public-benefit German federal enterprise, we are committed to meeting our clients’ high standards with regard to transparency and accountability. German and European values are central to our work. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is our main commissioning party. European Union institutions, the United Nations, the private sector and national governments benefit from our services, too.


In Ethiopia GIZ has been implementing development programmes on behalf of the German government for over 40 years jointly with our national partners. The focus of our work in the country is on vocational education, sustainable use of natural resources, land management and food security, biodiversity and forestry. Further programmes enhance the development of a sustainable textile sector and renewable energies.


At the GIZ Country Office in Addis Ababa the communications and events unit is responsible for the external and internal communications of GIZ on country level and reports to the GIZ country management. The unit manages the communications strategy for GIZ Ethiopia, national media relations of GIZ, conveying clear and consistent image of GIZ and ensuring that corporate communications standards are met. The unit is in charge of communicating results of our work through a broad range of internal and external channels including print, digital and face-to-face communication. It provides also advisory services to the programmes on communications concepts and measures, corporate design, press relations and events. The unit liaises closely with the corporate communications unit at GIZ Headquarters in Germany, with communication units of national or international GIZ partners, other German Development Cooperation stakeholders and different service provider.


For our communications and events unit at GIZ country office in Addis Ababa, we are looking for a


Position :                                             Junior Communications Officer

Remuneration:                                  As per the GIZ scale

Application deadline :                       September 16, 2019

Place of Work :                                   Addis Ababa



  1. Duties and Responsibilities
  • Media relations (national)
    • Editing and circulating press invitation, including follow ups
    • Editing and circulating press releases, including follow ups
    • Preparing and briefing for interview situations
  • Corporate Design
    • Ensuring GIZ corporate design principles on all publications and media formats
    • Update & (develop) corporate design materials with the help of design templates
  • Strategic consultancy on…
    • Advising programmes on how to develop communication strategies
    • Advising programmes on how to develop a media campaign (print, audio, film)
  • Internal communications
    • Conducting regular meetings with PR and Communication Officers from the programmes
    • Maintaining the Country Page of GIZ Ethiopia on the intranet platform IDA
    • Editing & layout support
  • Administrative processes
    • Supporting (journalist) visa application process for international journalists
    • Updating framework agreements within the field of communication

Job Requirements

  1. Required Qualifications
  • University degree in relevant field of work (Communications, International Relations, Journalism) with 0 years of experience
  • Fluency in writing, reading and speaking in English and Amharic, knowledge of German language will be an advantage
  • Work or study experience abroad is a strong asset
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and a confident journalistic style that is suited to the target group
  • Editorial knowledge in writing articles and press releases
  • Knowledge of project and/or event management
  • Knowledge of production of publications and materials


  1. Other knowledge, personal and social competency
  • Basic knowledge of national development policy issues, development cooperation and international cooperation
  • Knowledge of desktop publishing or graphics applications such as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator is an asset
  • Very good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office)
  • Social, intercultural understanding and interest, flexibility, ability to work in team, sense of diplomacy, ability to a politically sensitive environment, highly motivated
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced office environment, both independently and as part of a global team
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high quality work products
  • Willingness to up skill as required by the tasks to be performed
  • Strategic thinking; ability to develop and implement strategies to further advance and improve the services offered
  • Highly service-oriented character and communicator
  • Solution-oriented mindset.
  • Takes over responsibility for the tasks assigned to her/him and carries them out independently.
  • Exhibits conscientiousness, reliability, integrity, loyalty, commitment and perseverance.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates shall submit their motivation letter along with their non- returnable recent CV via Email: hreth@giz.de

Note: –

Please make sure you mention the vacancy number and position title ‘Junior Communications Officer #155/2019’ in the subject line of your email application. Due to large number of applications we categorise applications with the vacancy numbers.

Applications without vacancy numbers in subject lines might not be categorized in the appropriate folder and could be disqualified.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

We encourage persons with disabilities to apply for the position. In case of equal qualification, persons with disabilities will be given preference.

Applications from qualified women are encouraged.

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