The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) is a disaggregated data collection, analysis, and crisis mapping project. The ACLED team conducts analysis to describe, explore, and test conflict scenarios, and makes both data and analysis open for free use by the public. ACLED material is regularly used to inform journalism, academic research, and public discourse on conflict, and to support the work of practitioners and policymakers. ACLED is the highest quality and most widely used real-time data and analysis source on political violence and protest around the world.
ACLED is recruiting a full-time Communications Specialist to provide dedicated communications support for the organization’s Africa-focused programs, including but not limited to developing and executing public outreach and user engagement strategies for special initiatives and local observatories such as the Cabo Ligado project in Mozambique, the Ethiopia Peace Observatory, and the Nigeria Election Violence Tracker. The ideal candidate will have experience with public relations, journalism, and data-driven research in and on African countries, as well as the communications skills to translate complex conflict data into digestible resources for use by policymakers, practitioners, and the media.
This position is fully remote and can be done from any location with reliable internet service. It is open to nationals of any country.
The preferred start date for this position is February 2023. This position reports to the Head of Communications and does not have any direct reports.
Specific roles and responsibilities
The Communications Specialist will be responsible for the following tasks:
Public Outreach and User Engagement: Support the execution of ACLED’s overall user engagement and public outreach strategy by developing and implementing tailored communications plans for the organization’s Africa-focused programming, special projects, and observatories. – Coordinate the production of outreach materials and public-facing resources like press releases, fact sheets, user guides, etc. – Liaise with the media and other key stakeholders to promote ACLED projects and disseminate content among relevant audiences.
– Partnership Coordination: Work with ACLED’s Research and Analysis teams to identify and connect with potential partner organizations (e.g. in media, civil society, academia, etc.) to support ACLED’s Africa-focused programming, and coordinate communications around existing partnerships and joint projects.
– Social Media: Support the execution of ACLED’s social media strategy for Africa-focused programming and contribute to the implementation of tailored social media plans for Africa-focused special projects and observatories.
– Generate content and coordinate post scheduling for platforms like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.
– Email Campaigns: Coordinate newsletters and mass email campaigns (Mailchimp).
– Editing: Work with ACLED’s Analysis team to provide editing and messaging support for Africa-focused public communications and research products as needed.
- Public Outreach and User Engagement: Support the execution of ACLED’s overall user engagement and public outreach strategy by developing and implementing tailored communications plans for the organization’s Africa-focused programming, special projects, and observatories. – Coordinate the production of outreach materials and public-facing resources like press releases, fact sheets, user guides, etc. – Liaise with the media and other key stakeholders to promote ACLED projects and disseminate content among relevant audiences.
- Event Planning: Coordinate with the wider Communications team as well as ACLED’s Operations and Programs teams to plan and hold webinars, panel discussions, conferences, and other events for ACLED’s Africa-focused programming in line with the overall user engagement and public outreach strategy.
- Monitoring and Evaluation: Assist in tracking and analyzing user engagement and impact with a view toward improving engagement with Africa-focused content and increasing visibility and impact within Africa.
- Administrative Support: Provide general administrative support to the Communications team as needed, as well as ad hoc support to other teams when relevant.
Skills and competencies:
ACLED is seeking applicants with the following skills and experience:
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Fluency in English and French;
- Ability to work remotely with limited supervision;
- Good judgment and extremely high attention to detail;
- Strong understanding of conflict, development, and human rights issues in Africa;
- Strong understanding of strategic messaging and conflict sensitivity;
- Experience in media relations and/or journalism, including fact-checking initiatives and efforts to monitor and correct dis/misinformation;
- Experience developing and executing public outreach strategies, including running social media campaigns (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) and newsletters (Mailchimp);
- Enthusiasm for media and communications, with a drive to learn and master new platforms;
- 3-4 years of experience in journalism, media relations, and/or communications in the non-profit and/or research sector (preferably focused on conflict, human rights, peacebuilding, humanitarian assistance, and/or development in Africa).
- Fluency in other languages commonly spoken in Africa (e.g. Arabic, Portuguese, Swahili);
- Experience with graphic design and audiovisual production and editing;
- Experience with ACLED and/or data-driven research and analysis;
- Experience with Cision and Salesforce.
How to apply
To apply, please submit a CV, cover letter detailing qualifications and experience, and a relevant writing sample by 31 January 2023 to our career portal. For more information, please review the Applicant FAQs. Please submit your salary range for consideration.