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Posting: 20 January 2012
Start date: Immediately – Initial duration: 3 months
Deadline for application: 10 February 2012
Location: Yaoundé, Cameroon, but could be home-based with travel to the region
The Gulf of Guinea Citizens’ Network (GGCN) is an advocacy initiative created by a concert of community, citizens and civil society actors for effective enforcement of standards of legal, political, and social responsibility in natural resources exploitation, management, and accounting in the countries of the Gulf of Guinea.
The Gulf of Guinea Citizens Network (GGCN) is seeking a Communications and Online Advocacy Officer to coordinate the promotion of its activities and message to the public, and raise awareness about human rights, natural resources management, governance and transparency in the Gulf of Guinea
Task and duties
In collaboration with the GGCN Secretariat, develop and/or contribute to the development of communication and advocacy objectives, plans and strategies. Specifically:
Identify beneficiaries, users, communications products, and best forms of communications
Develop and maintain a calendar for new website content
Provide, write and edit content for new website
Plan and edit updates
Creation of an automated “newsfeed”
Manage the production of online resources, verify content and work in collaboration with translators and editors as required
Monitor and report on analytical web
Develop and strengthen links with online human rights, governance and transparency communities in the Gulf of Guinea and beyond. This may include:
o Develop strategies for websites and social media in English and French, notably Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Flickr and others
o Develop articles related to GGCN objectives and activities on Wikipedia and other media
o Develop mailing lists and for a as necessary
Arrange publicity for projects and programmes through different outlets
Compose, edit, design, record and produce publications, including newsletters, leaflets, and brochures
Write news releases, speeches and articles
Keep staff, beneficiaries, users, partners and the general public up to date with programme news
Assist with communication and online advocacy in other projects with respect to multimedia, campaigns, training, etc…
Carry out other tasks as required.
Skills and personal qualities
Commitment to the values, aims and objectives of the GGCN and its partners
Excellent communications skills (written and oral in English and French)
Computer, desktop publishing skills
Creativity, innovation, and ability to communicate in different and innovative ways
Attention to details, result-oriented, strong analytical skills and team player
Excellent interpersonal skills, outgoing personality and comfortable meeting new people
Ability to form and maintain relationships through teamwork and networking
Time-management and organizational skills
Flexibility, ability to work well under pressure and to juggle several tasks at once
Fluency or good understanding of Spanish or Portuguese
Web design competences or experience
Software development skills or experience
Demonstrated experience of developing, monitoring and evaluating advocacy, new media and lobbying
Demonstrable awareness of own strengths and weaknesses, and evidence of self-managed learning
Experience of training others
Education and Experience
A university degree
1-2 years’ experience in communications, preferably in the area of human rights, international law and governance
Knowledge and understanding of the socio-political and economic landscape in Africa, particularly the Gulf of Guinea
Know how to use different media for different purposes, notably online advocacy
Demonstrated experience in developing communications plans, including using social media and new information technologies
English and French languages required. Spanish or Portuguese an asset.
Good contacts with media and/or political organs, institutions and movement across the Continent and beyond, would be a considerable asset.
The Officer will be located at the GGCN Secretariat in Yaoundé, Cameroon and may be required to travel from time to time to other Gulf of Guinea countries or outside the region.
Payment and benefits
Commensurate with resources & experience
Send CV, Cover letter and names of 2 referees (please do not sent references), in English exclusively, to:
Date of emission: 8th February 2012
Commencement: 1st March, 2012
Deadline for Application: 20th February, 2012.
The commencement may be advanced if a suitable candidate is identified earlier.
The Gulf of Guinea Citizens Network (GGCN) is seeking a candidate to carry out research on the state of natural resources in Cameroon and the Gulf of Guinea.
Specifically, the researcher will be requested to:
(1) Update the research on the legal, policy and practical framework of natural resources management in Cameroon. A draft study was carried out in 2009, but the research was never published. We would like to publish the study, and we are looking for a seasoned researcher to update the study in light of the numerous developments and natural resources management-related projects launched in Cameroon in recent times
(2) Carry out a specific research on energy and gas in Cameroon. Specifically:
Provide an overview of past, current and future electricity and gas needs (domestic and industrial) of Cameroon
Identify the actors responsible for regulating the electricity and gas sector at the legal, institutional and policy levels
Identify actors responsible for LNG development in the country
Identify plans for gas-powered energy generation plants in the country
Identify the state of hydro-generation power and their capacity to meet future energy needs of Cameroon
Assess impacts of environmental and social impacts of LNG developments in the country
Identify and provide an analysis of natural gas-related projects in Cameroon, including matters pertaining to their approval
Assess the use of natural gas produced in the region, including the quantities exported, the destination of exports, and the quantity used in the country, and the specific usages
Carry out any other duty with respect to the research as indicated by the Commissioning body upon recruitment
(3) Carry out other duties pertaining to natural resources management in the Gulf of Guinea
Parts () and (2) of the assignment are expected to be carried out over a period of 45 days. The researcher will be based at the office of the Citizens Governance Initiatives (CGI) in Yaoundé from 1st March to 31st May, 2012.
The commissioning body will cover costs pertaining to research including movements, communications, and material. The researcher will be paid a monthly allowance, commensurate with competences and experience.
Person specifications This assignment is suitable for a postgraduate student, ideally with knowledge expertise in the field of natural resources management, and a good knowledge and access to institutions dealing with natural resources in Cameroon. Specifically, the person will have the following:
Postgraduate degree in any discipline of social science
Proven research ability (ideally, the suitable applicant would have conducted desk and field research)
Bilingual in English and French (this is imperative, as the LNG research MUST be written in English).
Good interpersonal skills
Resilience, and ability to obtain information in an access to information-challenged environment
Ability to perform well under pressure
To apply, send CV, cover letter and the names of at least two academic and/or professional referees to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further inquiries, please contact:
GGCN Secretariat C/o Citizens Governance Initiatives (CGI) Quartier Nylon-Bastos www.citizens-governance.org Visit the GGCN website: www.ggcn-rcgg.org