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If you are an outstanding individual who wishes to work within an organisation committed to growth and development in Africa, then we are interested to hear from you. Please view our current vacancies.

Location: Somalia

Type of Contract: 1 year, extendable

Line Manager: Team Lead, Newsroom, MIA, Mogadishu

africapractice is an Africa-focused strategic advisory firm operating at the intersect of industry and government. We combine insights and advocacy, enabling our clients to navigate complex stakeholder ecosystems and lead with confidence. We believe sustainable performance depends on managing political and policy risk, doing no harm, building trust and delivering meaningful social and economic impact.


Our clients are among the largest institutions, companies and investors on the African continent. We help them to manage complex relationships with demanding and critical audiences including regulators, media, capital markets, customers and suppliers.


Our clients have one thing in common – they each face significant challenges in competitive environments where the margin for error is small and where the opportunities are great.  We support them to enter new markets, engage on policy and regulation, launch new services, acquire or restructure, raise capital or simply raise awareness and understanding.



The Role

The position supports the Team Lead Newsroom in ensuring the successful implementation of the responsibilities assigned to the Newsroom by its customers AMISOM, UNSOM and UNSOS under the general direction of the IST Project Manager/Chief of Party. The Senior Press Officer deputises the Team Lead, Newsroom, in their absence and will routinely coordinate with Press Officers to discharge and deliver assigned tasks. This position requires willingness to travel at short notice inside and outside Somalia and work long hours. This position requires one to be fully conversant with AMISOM, UNSOM and UNSOS’ roles in Somalia and how they align to the overall objectives of the Federal Government of Somalia.





  • Provide strategic communications input to the assigned office.
    • Monitor and analyse local as well as international events and bring them to the attention of the office.


  • Monitor conversations in local and international media and bring relevant topics to the attention of the office. Where applicable, initiate action in consultation with the Team Lead, News, the office or other relevant offices.


  • Initiate or propose media activities (e.g. press conferences, interviews, seminars and other special activities) that will give visibility to AMISOM, UNSOS and UNSOM. 


  • Prepare press releases/statements on key events and get them approved.


  • Research and produce information communications products such as speaking notes, speeches and fact sheets for the office, in consultation with Team Lead, News and relevant focal points at AMISOM, UNSOS and UNSOM.
    • Build and sustain professional relationships with key constituencies, organisations and media contacts.


  • Act as a focal point on media related issues, monitoring and reporting on developments, responding to inquiries, etc.


  • Participate in selecting the information transmitted to key constituencies


  • Assist the Team Lead, News, in revising articles/scripts in conformity with set Standard Operating Procedures.


Competencies and Skills

  • The Senior Public Press Officer is a mature media personality with considerable experience in newsroom-related activities and responsibilities.
  • He/she should have exceptional writing and editing abilities, with a keen eye on detail and be a good team player.
  • He/she must be conversant with the situation in Somalia and how it impacts on the communication objectives of AMISOM.
  • He/she must be detailed on the daily schedule of activities and upcoming events that may need the attention of the offices.

Do you want to join a dynamic and fast-growing company? Please send us your CV along with a covering letter explaining why you think you are suited to this position. Please specify your availability and send the entire application with the reference ’Snr PO’  to: &


Deadline 28/03/2019




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