West Africa Press Officer

Closing Date:    5 January 2014
Directorate:    Campaigns and Communications
Location:    Dakar
Type:    Permanent
Working Hours:    35
Salary:    €50,926

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced press officer to join Amnesty International in West Africa in order to shape and develop a media profile for its human rights work across the region.

This is a new post based in Dakar that will take strategic ownership of Amnesty International’s media strategy across West Africa, creating awareness of human rights as well as bolstering support for Amnesty International and shaping a better future for those in need.

 You will drive media coverage across national, regional and international media in order to promote Amnesty International’s campaigning, research, advocacy and growth objectives. You will provide communications that help to develop the human rights agenda and raise awareness of Amnesty International’s work in this important region.

You are passionate about Amnesty International’s aims and are experienced in the media industry. You have a strong news sense and know how to place a story to achieve maximum impact.

With a background in journalism or public relations in an international setting, you’ll have a detailed knowledge of West Africa and a strong network of media contacts across the region.  You will have experience in developing strategies and running successful media events and will combine sharp news skills with a good understanding of human rights that will enable you to deliver prompt and impactful media response to world events.

 You will be part of a new team to be based in Dakar covering research and campaigns and will work closely with other communications colleagues and with the media programme in London. 

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