Vacancy: Communications Officer at the Children's Institute

12 Aug 2019 - 10:15

The Children’s Institute (CI) is a multi-disciplinary research and advocacy unit at the University of Cape Town. It works to promote equality and improve the well-being of children in South Africa by producing rigorous research evidence to inform public policy and services. The main areas of enquiry relate to the interpretation of children’s rights; child poverty, inequality and social protection; early childhood development; child health; and violence and child protection.

The CI seeks to appoint a communications officer to co-ordinate, plan and manage communication and knowledge management within the Children’s Institute. We are looking for an experienced communications specialist who will be able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and have a passion for working towards social justice. This is a full-time, two-year contract position.

  • A relevant bachelor’s degree in, for example, Journalism, Communications, Marketing (or an equivalent)
  • At least five years demonstrated experience in communication strategy development and execution
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Strong writing, editing, production and distribution management skills
  • Demonstrated experience of knowledge translation into accessible formats
  • Proven track record in media liaison
  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet and online content management systems
  • Social media proficiency

The following skills would be advantageous:

  • Experience in Journalism/ Marketing/Advertising/Public Relations
  • Previous work in the policy arena
  • An understanding of children’s rights and the goals of applied social science research
  • Fluency in African languages


  • Manage the production of CI publications e.g. the annual report, research reports, policy briefs
  • Assist with the conceptualization, writing and editing of communication products
  • Contribute to planning, production and reporting to donors of the Child Gauge
  • Track the spending of Gauge budgets against planned activities in the incumbent’s area of control
  • Contribute to the editing of Child Gauge book chapters in line with the house style
  • Manage the production of the associated products of the Child Gauge
  • Manage the printing of the Child Gauge and associated products
  • Plan and manage the Child Gauge media and launch strategy 
  • Develop and implement distribution strategy for Child Gauge
  • Maintain and update the CI website, Facebook page and other relevant social media
  • Manage and package regular website updates and e-alerts
  • Develop and maintain CI’s online presence in collaboration with CI researchers and in line with latest developments in the area
  • Manage communication database and other KM tools (G drive, media monitoring, alerts on new publications, events, etc.)
  • Ensure that the admin team maintain the communication database
  • Monitor and timeously note problems with communications database for follow-up
  • Cultivates and maintains knowledge of and relationships with key news media contacts at local and national levels.
  • Responds to requests for information from the media and the public, determining appropriate, accurate response and linking with appropriate CI contacts (internal or external) for response.
  • Plans and manages media campaigns to keep public and partners informed of CI’s programs, accomplishments or advocacy messages e.g. child protection week.
  • Guide the communication and knowledge management strategy for the CI in collaboration with project staff
  • Contribute to the strategic planning of workshops, conferences, seminars to strategically advocate for realizing child rights
  • Contribute to various organisational strategic and planning processes

The annual remuneration is between R291 466 and R 471 495 depending on qualifications and experience.
To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Ms. Zelda Warrin at

Please ensure the title (“Communications Officer”) and reference number are indicated in the subject line.
An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo a competency test.
Telephone:  021 650 1473              
Reference number: E90807                                                  
Closing date: August 26, 2019
UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at  
For this post we seek to attract black South African candidates (African, Coloured, Indian), and in particular African.  
UCT reserves the right not to appoint.