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Communications Officer Vacancy Deadline: 9am, 9th November 2015

Position: Communications Officer
Location: London, UK
Start date: As soon as possible
Salary: Up to £25,000 depending on experience

The job

Africa Research Institute (ARI) is looking to recruit an experienced and enthusiastic Communications Officer.

The institution

ARI encourages debate, questions orthodoxy and challenges “received wisdom” in and about Africa. We seek to promote an informed, nuanced and representative understanding of the continent.

ARI was founded in 2007. We are an independent and strictly non-partisan think-tank. For examples of our work, please visit our website.

The role

As part of a small, collaborative team, you will manage the Institute’s external communications strategy. You will also be required to manage a busy schedule of events, co-ordinate our demanding publications cycle and oversee the editing, production and distribution of our work. Applicants should be self-motivated, creative and possess outstanding and proven communication skills.

The successful applicant will need to demonstrate that s/he can improve the dissemination of ARI’s research through a range of channels, including social media and targeted engagement with policymakers and appropriate organisations. S/he will be expected to represent us with confidence at public events and conferences, as well as in targeted meetings with individuals and institutions.

This role requires considerable initiative and creative thinking. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the ability to devise innovative communications strategies for ARI publications.

Previous experience in communications and/or external relations is essential. A keen interest in contemporary sub-Saharan African affairs is desirable. A working knowledge of French would also be an asset.

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

How to apply

Applicants are requested to send a covering letter and CV to with “Communications Officer” in the subject line by 9am on Monday 9th November 2015. Those selected for interview will be contacted on that day, if not before, and interviews will take place at our offices in the week beginning 16th November.

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