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Communications Manager Somalia (Internal Recruitment)


  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Mogadishu
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Females are highly encouraged to apply. 


What we are looking for

The Communications Manager will be responsible for the development, coordination, and effective delivery of communications in line with NRC Somalia priorities. We are looking for an excellent storyteller with an exceptional attention to detail, and an all-rounder who is confident gathering content, editing and writing as much as working with international media and briefing journalists on Somalia’s humanitarian crises, preparing talking points and draft headline-grabbing press releases for global media.

The Manager will work closely with the programme and operations staff in the country, area, and field offices, and with the Regional Media and Communications Adviser. 

What you will do:

Key objectives for this role include:


  1. Develop and implement a media and communications strategy and workplan in line with NRC Somalia’s country strategy.
  2. Build relevant external and internal networks (including journalists, media organisations, other media points of contact); develop and maintain the country office media contacts database; pitch and coordinate interviews with local media. 
  3. Draft, distribute, and follow-up media products, including press releases, Op-Eds, and visibility and communications products including reports and newsletters. 
  4. Identify and develop case studies and stories that showcase NRC’s work, in collaboration with programme and operations teams. 
  5. Develop and produce high-quality communications and media products in line with NRC’s programming goals.
  6. Ensure NRC and donor branding and visibility is in line with global NRC identity guidelines. 
  7. Work closely with the Advocacy Manager to produce field stories, press releases and other communication materials. 

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develop a communications strategy for NRC in Somalia.
  • Gather and produce high-quality photo, video, and written communications products to profile programmatic and operational success and challenges. This includes highlighting the different programmes undertaken by NRC, and implementing partners during crisis; and activities across sectors contributing to durable solutions and self-reliance.
  • Improve the quality of NRC Somalia’s donor visibility and communications content to secure and maintain funding. This includes the sharing of human-interest stories, photos, videos and interviews on different social media platforms on how donor funding and NRC’s efforts has helped individuals and families in Somalia recover from crisis and shocks.
  • Engage strategically with national and international media to build NRC Somalia’s profile as a go-to source on emergency response, durable solutions, and self-reliance in Somalia.
  • Improve staff awareness/understanding to uphold principles and professionalism of public communications.
  • Mentor and coach focal points for content gathering in NRC area and field offices.
  • Mentor, coach staff to give interviews and prepare talking points for NRC spokespeople.
  • Identify a pool of in-country freelance comms content gatherers we can rely on in times of emergency.
  • Work with Regional Media and Communications Adviser and Head Office Communication team to pitch and manage interviews, press releases, and field visits to international and local media outlets to draw attention to humanitarian needs in Somalia.
  • Produce engaging stories and content on a weekly basis for social media posts.
  • Provide regular updates, news angles and trends that can be pitched to international media to bring attention to Somalia.

Please download the detailed job description to learn more about the position.

What you will bring

. Professional competencies:

Generic professional competencies for this position: 

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in journalism and/or media management, including experience in social media.
  • Degree in journalism or communications is highly regarded but experience, motivation and/or demonstrated ability is more important.
  • Experience working in communications for a humanitarian organisation will also be highly appreciated. Demonstrated ability to write and review draft documents in English language.
  • Understanding and respect for humanitarian work, particularly relating to displacement issues.
  • High level of computer literacy, including use of Word, Powerpoint, Photoshop, high level photography and videography skills.

Context related skills, knowledge, and experience: 

  • Top notch photography, filming and editing skills.
  • Top notch writing skills in English.
  • News and feature writing.
  • Teaching, mentoring and coaching non-communications professionals.
  • Good existing media network connections in Somalia and the ability to develop new media contacts.
  • A passion for working with media and communications.
  • The ability to travel regularly to the field independently is essential.
  • Flexibility to work outside standard working hours.
What we offer
  • Duty station: Somalia – Mogadishu, Somalia         
  • Salary/benefits: grade 8 on NRC’s national salary scale. 
  • Duration of Contract: 12 months with possible extension
  • NRC is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to diversity without distinction to age, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and physical ability.
  • We think outside the box, encourage ideas, and give responsibility to all employees at all levels. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.

Find out more about the benefits of working for NRC

Important information about the application process
  • Internal candidates only: To apply as an internal candidate, log in with your official email or click on Opportunity MarketPlace.
  • When creating your profile, include your full name as given on your passport. Complete all the system-required fields for experience, employment history and education.
  • Submit your application and CV in English, taking care to attach your latest CV.
  • Applications that do not meet the minimum standards in terms of experience or qualifications will generally not be considered. Unsolicited applications not related to this specific job advertisement will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We receive many applicants for each vacant position.
  • This position is open to candidates who have the legal right to work in Somalia.  Please note that we are unable to provide work permits or visa sponsorships for this position.
  • If you have any questions about this role, please email ESA Recruitment  esa.recruitment@nrc.nowith the job title as the subject line.
Why NRC?

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with over 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the sectors of shelter, education, protection, emergency response, food security, information, counselling, and legal assistance (ICLA), and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). 

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has been present in Somalia since early 2004 and has since expanded its programme. Since 2004, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has demonstrated a regional competence and expertise in working with displaced populations. 

With four area offices established in Somaliland, Puntland, South and Central, and Jubaland, NRC Somalia has strategically positioned itself to address the needs of displacement affected communities across the country. Moreover, NRC has been actively extending its operations to additional hard-to-reach areas, further expanding its humanitarian reach. 

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We are looking for people who are passionate about helping refugees and people forced to flee. Are you one of those people? If you are, NRC offers you the opportunity to:

  • Do demanding and professional work, often in challenging contexts.
  • Join a work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility.
  • Be part of a welcoming and supportive community committed to human dignity.

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