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Communications Officer



Marketing & Communications
Bujumbura, Burundi
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2024

Company Description

SNV is a mission-driven global development partner, rooted in the contexts and societies where we work. Inspired by the transformational principles and objectives set out by the SDGs, we are committed to building resilient agri-food systems that deliver food security and adequate nutrition; to increasing the reliability and availability of water and sanitation at an acceptable quantity and quality; and to improving access to affordable and sustainable energy for all. In doing so, we aim to strengthen institutions, markets, and effective governance within and across the agri-food, energy, and water sectors, reducing gender inequalities and barriers to social inclusion, and enabling adaptation and mitigation to the climate and biodiversity crises. We are one team of over 1,600 people, the vast majority of whom come from the contexts where we work, in more than 20 countries in Africa and Asia. Together, we are committed to effective and efficient stewardship of resources and maximising positive, lasting impacts. Our ability to deliver results rests on our robust foundation of experience, knowledge, evidence, and learning; our commitment to strengthening capacities and catalysing partnerships; and the relationships and trust of those we work alongside. Our core values of people-centeredness and respect, equity and equality, and diversity and inclusion, are fundamental to who we are, and what we do. This is reflected in our vision and mission, and strategy, which sets out our aspirations and commitments as our compass towards 2030.

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Overview of the project

The Projet d'Appui au Développement Agricole pour la Nutrition et l'Entreprenariat (PADANE) is a 5-year project implemented in Burundi by SNV and funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The aim of the project is to improve the livelihoods of farming households, women, young people and market players by increasing income, improving nutrition, employment and entrepreneurship. The project targets four main outcomes: i) increased productivity in the selected value chain, ii) employment and entrepreneurship for young people, iii) improved and diversified diet, and iv) climate change resilience; with cross-cutting sections such as gender and hygiene. In 2024, PADANE will be operating in 188 "hills" in 21 communes in 7 provinces (Cibitoke, Bubanza, Bujumbura, Makamba, Rumonge, Muyinga and Gitega) and in the 5 value chain nodes (supply of inputs / production / transport / processing / marketing/services) of these 8 value chains: Amaranth, Japanese plum, Maracuja, Milk, Chickens and eggs, White sorghum, Sunflower and Patchouli.

Job Description

Under the overall guidance of the Project Manager the Communication Officer is responsible for implementing the Project’s communication and visibility plan, and for supporting the internal and external communication strategy of the project, in order to contribute to effective branding of the project and to enhance communication and knowledge sharing.

Key Responsibilities

  • Implement the project communication and visibility plan and ensure its implementation, in close collaboration with the project team.
  • Coordinate the project related communication activities.
  • Ensure strong messaging on the project in alignment with the organization’s strategic goals and standards.
  • Produce good quality communication material for the project (stories, photos, videos, etc.); including making content documents user-friendly for the partners in terms of terminology and presentation.
  • Write/edit annual plans and reports, ensure attractive lay-out, using visuals, diagrams and easy accessible information.
  • Execute dissemination strategies tailored to the project’s communication and visibility plan and overall project goals.
  • Support the organization of public relations activities, corporate branding, and higher visibility of the donor.
  • Draft messages for different media and audiences (articles, interviews, blogs, press releases)
  • Coordinate press and media contacts and references to the project in the press and media; co-write press releases; maintain relations with the local newspapers, TV and radio.
  • The development and production of visibility material such as t-shirts, banners, signs, etc.
  • Manage and further strengthen social media accounts; coordinate social media and online media (including blogs).
  • Prepare invitations, flyers, and promotional material in relation with campaigns for the project and relevant conferences.
  • Ensure collaboration with communication staff in Kenya & Burundi (CoP) and the MCPA team from head office aligning SNV standards while balancing that with project requirements.


  • Master’s or higher university degree in relevant subject areas including Mass Communication, Journalism, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in a communication role, particularly in designing and implementing communication and visibility strategies.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Very good drafting and editing skills; interest in data visualisation.
  • Good time management, planning and organizational skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, content management systems, and social media platforms. Solid digital skills (knowledge of html, web analytics and graphic design software are a plus).
  • Excellent presentation skills and ability to convey complex issues in an accessible way.
  • The ability to produce content while keeping track of tasks and logistics.
  • Interest in data visualisation a plus.
  • The ability to take responsibility and work well independently and in team.
  • Fluency in both written and spoken French is required. Professional proficiency in English is highly desirable

Additional Information

Terms of Appointment

  • This is a full-time position with the successful candidate being contracted until 31 March 2025 with the possibility of renewal.
  • This position is strictly open to Burundi nationals/citizens.

How to Apply

Please apply by clicking on the “I AM INTERESTED” tab on this page and submit an application letter and a CV that contains three referees. Please note that the CV should be in Ms Word format and (preferably) in English and should be submitted by 16th June 2024.


Only shortlisted will be contacted.

We do not appreciate third-party mediation based on this advertisement.

SNV is an equal opportunity employer: Female candidates are encouraged to apply.