Hivos International

Communication Officer (Fixed term contract-Part Time 100%FTE)

To support our office generate new initiatives and mobilise resources we are looking for a Communication Officer
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Communication Officer (Fixed term contract-Part Time 100%FTE)
Southern Africa
Harare, Zimbabwe

The Regional Office for Southern Africa of the Dutch Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries  Hivos,  aims towards an open and green society, inspired by humanist values such as freedom, dignity, responsibility and curiosity. Our objective is that every person can live in freedom and dignity on a planet that is sustainable. We pride ourselves as upholding the principles of Social innovation of generating new ideas and approaches that resolve existing social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges for the benefit of people and planet. We use this frame to stretch Hivos’ view and remit beyond ‘development’ towards a future as a global organization that finds its relevance and impact in the generation of ideas, initiatives and relationships for open and green societies. Hivos has a long track record of being creative and innovative. With social innovation we’re going to take these developments to the next level by working more collaboratively, systematically, innovatively. We will do this by scanning, experimenting and scaling change initiatives and learning throughout the process

To support our office generate new initiatives and mobilise resources we are looking for a:

Communication Officer   (Fixed term contract-Part Time 100%FTE)

The job

The Communication Officer open will be the responsible communication person for Hivos Southern African Region.

Hivos Southern Africa seeks to radically reposition itself as a social innovator and leading actor in development in the Southern African region, particularly in the target countries, which include, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. A key priority is to align the Hivos brand across all the offices based on the guidelines that have been already developed by the global office. Overall, we want to position Hivos Southern Africa as a humanistic, frontrunner organisation with a substantial track record on the cutting edge of social innovation.

Hivos Southern Africa will strive to communicate a simple, singular idea that supports our positioning and the mindshare that we wish to own. It will have consistent personality, messaging and visuals

The Communication Officer reports to the Regional Director in the hub for Southern Africa. The Communication Officer develops communication strategies, organises online and offline communication activities (e.g. conferences, seminars), develops and disseminates communication materials and enables the Hivos community and its partners to communicate effectively.

The Communication Officer's responsibilities are as follows:

  • Communication strategy development and implementation
  • Online strategy and content development
  • External positioning
  • Engagement of project teams
  • Quality improvement
  • Network development

The person

You are a qualified individual with strong analytic skill and an ability to translate analysis into meaningful interventions. You have a proven track record in Communication,Relationship management and Planned workinging.You are a good networker with a proven ability to mobilize your network in support of the programme objectives. You are a capable process manager, sensitive to social and political environment and trends in the Southern African Region, able to transform ideas into tangible solutions; and have experience in co-creation and managing multi-stakeholder projects.


  • Level of professional and analytical ability: Relevant Degree in communication.
  • Recognised expert in relevant field
  • Relevant work experience: 4-7 years
  • A proven track record in communications.
  • Track record in lobby and advocacy will be an added advantage
  • Experience in programme management.
  • Recognised (social innovation) expert in sector or region.
  • Access to international network.
  • Excellent organisational, writing, analytical and administrative skills
  • Self motivation and enthusiasm and ability to work under own initiative

Hivos offers a challenging position in an international environment.

The Regional office is based in Harare, Zimbabwe. This position will be based either in Zimbabwe, Malawi or Zambia. Hivos welcomes applications from citizens from countries in the Southern African Region but can only offer a position to only those with a valid workpermit in the country in which they want to work in,  and can only offer employment on local terms and conditions.

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If you meet the above mentioned qualifications (please look carefully), send a letter  explaining your motivation and your CV to:

Hivos e-mail:

Deadline: 22 September 2017

Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted.