Consultancy: Media and Communications
Equality Now seeks the services of an experienced, innovative Communication Consultant who will work with Equality Now and its partners in creating and nurturing a network of strategic communication and media allies in West Africa.
Location: West Africa, preferably Senegal
Contract type: 2-5 days a week depending on project needs
Contract length: 6 months contract with a possibility of extension
About Equality Now
Equality Now is an international human rights organization dedicated to ending violence and discrimination against women and girls and promoting the use of the law to advance their human rights. With a global team of 47 staff members and offices in Beirut, London, Nairobi and New York as well as presence in Amman Jordan, Delhi India, Tbilisi Georgia, and Washington, D.C., campaigns are centered on four programmatic areas: Legal Equality, End Sexual Violence, End Harmful Practices (including child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation – FGM), and End Sex Trafficking, with a cross-cutting focus on the unique needs of adolescent girls.
About Spotlight Initiative
Equality Now is undertaking a two-year plan of action aimed at accelerating the elimination of FGM in Africa through collaborative and multi-sectoral approaches under the Spotlight Initiative led by the United Nations Population Fund. The Initiative seeks to work with the African Union, Regional Economic Communities and individual member states, media and CSOs, on ending FGM by strengthening existing anti-FGM strategies. By leveraging the capacities and strengths of diverse actors, including state and non-state agents, Equality Now and its partners push for the enactment and implementation of anti-FGM laws while at the same time addressing cross-border dimensions of the practice.
About the Consultancy
Equality Now seeks the services of an experienced, innovative Communication Consultant, with excellent stakeholder and project management skills, who will work with Equality Now and its partners in creating and nurturing a network of strategic communication and media allies in West Africa. The purpose of this network will be to end FGM by amplifying and highlighting the anti-FGM campaign across West Africa and connecting this work into regional anti-FGM work.
The Consultant will be expected to be bilingual in English and French. Arabic would also be beneficial. Additionally, the person will have a flexible approach to working hours to ensure they can connect with the wider global Communications team and respond to reactive communications needs. This consultancy may include some travel, when safe and permitted.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Consultant will work with Equality Now and its partners to create and implement a sustainable multi-channel communications framework to amplify the issue of FGM in West Africa. The aim is to highlight state accountability for ending FGM in West Africa as part of the Spotlight Initiative Project. The Consultant will work in close consultation with Equality Now’s partners as well as the Communication and End Harmful Practices teams in spearheading communication advocacy interventions in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, and Guinea-Conakry.
Working directly with the Communication and Program teams in our Nairobi office, the Consultant will undertake the following successive tasks:
Strategy and Network Building
- Network building across the region to include journalists, CSO communication teams, activists and influencers;
- Scoping exercise with partners to understand communications aspirations for anti-FGM work in the region;
- Working with the EHP team in Nairobi to ensure to connect the work in West Africa and at a Regional level;
- Creating a communications framework and plan in tandem with key partners;
- Act as communications output hub and amplifier of partner/network work;
- Ensure the work is represented in Equality Now’s global editorial calendar by attending regular meetings with the global team;
- Create a communications activity timetable, with proactive communication moments that deliver on the communications plan, working with the wider comms and EHP team to deliver on the plan;
- React to external events to elevate EN’s and partners position in social media and the media with a view to influence decision makers and the public;
- Create written content for press, digital and social channels;
- Pitch press stories and handle inbound requests;
- Attend events where appropriate;
- Ensure a steady of flow of internal information and updates within the network;
- Train and build the capacities of the mapped journalists in West Africa;
- Organize and coordinate a study tour for the trained journalists aimed at illustrating cross-border FGM in select West African countries;
The assignment will begin in March 2021 and run until September 2021, with the possibility of an extension to December 2021.
Skills and Experience
- At least 5 years working experience in communications in a national, regional or international organizations;
- Fluent in French and English. Arabic desirable;
- Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills;
- Understanding/demonstrable experience of communications campaign strategy and project management;
- Understanding of the role of media in advocacy communications strategies, especially in the geography connected to the project;
- Must have demonstrable track record in placing stories in media outlets and have strong journalist contacts;
- High quality writing skills - that extend to digital channels, particularly social;
- A working understanding of how to use digital and social platforms - i.e. Twitter/ Facebook/ Instagram;
- Knowledge of FGM and of the communications landscape in West Africa;
- An understanding of human rights institutions regionally and nationally;
- Takes accountability for actions and; work with minimum supervision;
- Must have experience in delivering media trainings and facilitating workshops desirable;
- Ability to produce professional, journalist level copy for publication;
Interested and qualified candidates should email their applications – under the heading “Communication Consultant, West Africa” – to [email protected], by 1 March 2021.
All applicants should send the following documents as part of their application:
- Application letter (one page), stating your motivation and suitability for the position;
- CV (two pages), including the names and contact information for three recent referees; and
- Writing or work sample (maximum of three pages, in French or English) of original writing on a topic related to FGM in Africa or a women’s rights issue covered by Equality Now.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be required to be available for interviews in the week commencing the 8th March, 2021. Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
Equality Now employees are selected on the basis of ability without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, nationality, ethnic or social origin, disability, pregnancy, mental status, HIV status, age, marital status, or sexual orientation.