Communication and Media Officer

Plan International, MAROUA, Cameroon

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th September, 2015

Job Description


Under the supervision of the Emergency Response Manager / and technical support of the PR & Communication Advisor, the incumbent will perform the following tasks:

  • Develop and amend as necessary a communications plan for national and international media.
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships with key national and international journalists, other Communications Officers, and with representatives of other NGOs, etc.
  • Act as the main point of contact for media and respond to requests for information from journalists, NOs, and donors, including arranging interviews and field visits.
  • Act as spokesperson for the organization when appropriate and with approval of the CD.
  • Prepare, distribute and log press releases.
  • Conduct regular field visits to interview staff and beneficiaries, write human interest stories and take photos and video.
  • Work with national PR & Com Advisor, CD and Emergency Team to determine how to liaise with local media.
  • Identify key media outlets and suggest initiatives to promote Plan’s emergency response operations
  • Participate in the Communications to Disaster-affected Communities (CDAC) working group or public information working group if active
  • Disseminate a steady flow of information (social media updates, human interest stories, talking points and Q&As, blogs etc) to the PR & Com Advisor for internal and external dissemination as per Plan’s emergency communications guide.
  • Prepare Situation report  to update on the status of PLAN’s disaster response activities;
  • Regularly provide high-resolution, good quality digital images of the emergency and PLAN’s work;
  • Work with PR & Com and external media service providers to produce response audiovisual material (documentaries, spots, etc).
  • Compile a log of media calls.
  • Work with PR & Com Advisor and IH Communications Officers to monitor media and compile a list of national/international media coverage.
  •  Work with PR & Com and IH Communications Officers to produce a ‘lessons learned’ document and make recommendations for future operations


  • University Degree in Journalism, Communication or equivalent experience
  • At least one year of experience working in journalism, communications, media, or Public Relations
  • Strong understanding of print, radio, television and online media
  • Experience as a spokesperson
  • Intermediate photography and/or filming skills
  • Additional technical skills are desirable, including proficiency in Adobe Photoshop or photo-editing software and movie-editing software such as Adobe Premier
  • Fluent written and spoken English and French. Preference will be given to candidates who speak more than one working language.
  • A minimum of one year of experience working with or in collaboration with an NGO or UN agency, or equivalent, is preferred.
  • Prior experience travelling to, or working in an emergency environment will be an asset.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player.
  • Works with trustworthiness and integrity and has a clear commitment to PLAN's values and principles.
  • Ability to operate effectively in stressful situations, including working overtime.
  • Gender awareness and cultural sensitivity.

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