Job Opportunity: Communications & Events Officer

The South African Urban Food & Farming Trust (SAUFFT) is a non-profit organisation working through food and farming to strengthen South Africa’s urban communities and the ecosystems that sustain them.

SAUFFT, based in Cape Town, South Africa, is pleased to invite suitably qualified individuals to apply for the position of

Communications and Events Officer

The ideal candidate for this exciting and challenging position has a gift for storytelling, a passion for people, and a commitment to community development. They will enjoy helping others’ voices to be heard and be a detail-oriented professional communicator not afraid to try some new things that may not always work as expected. They will work happily with partners from across communities, across Africa and the globe, and thrive in the tension between in-person live events and carefully curated digital channels. They will have solid skills and know their craft, but be hungry to make the kind of impact that only comes from doing mission-driven work.

Please note that this is a full-time, Cape Town-based position, however some flexibility exists to allow for locations elsewhere in exceptional cases or for periods of time. Candidates must have a fully Internet-connected, functional, dedicated workspace at home for times when they may be required to work remotely.

Primary responsibilities for this challenging position include:

  • Coordinate and implement day-to-day and project-based communications across all SAUFFT’s areas of work in diverse formats in all channels
  • Organise a wide range of events and workshops
  • Manage and maintain the websites and social media channels of the organisation
  • Monitor and track communications and events outcomes and impacts, prepare reports and participate in strategic planning
  • Curate and grow a collection of visual, audio and video assets
  • Coordinate projects involving media and creative agencies and project partners
  • Provide administrative support as required from time to time

Required minimum training and work experience:

  • 3+ years’ experience in communications and events
  • 1+ year experience with social media platforms in a professional (i.e., not personal) capacity
  • Computer literate in MS Office, E-mail, Calendar and internet browsers, use of G Suite/Google Workspace or similar cloud-based file sharing and collaborative software, experience with WordPress.
  • Use of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Canva or similar graphic design tools
  • Experience editing video and audio
  • Experience working with content relating to sustainability, food, agriculture, community development, education or similar fields

Applicants with the following attributes are encouraged to apply for this exciting new opportunity:

  • Exceptional English language communications skills
  • Strong visual, non-verbal storytelling skills
  • Methodical and systematic, accurate and detail-oriented
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to work with minimal direct supervision in a hybrid work setup
  • Enthusiastic and pro-active approach to work
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to a changing environment
  • Agreement with and personal and professional commitment to the principles and goals of the Trust
  • Ambition to play a key role in building a world-class organisation

What SAUFFT offers:

SAUFFT provides the opportunity to work with an established and well-known NGO entering a period of expansion. Compensation offered will be based on experience and qualifications, considering the constraints of the non-profit sector.

To apply for this position:

NB: this is a 3-year contract with a possibility of renewal subject to funding and performance.

The following documentation needs to be submitted:

  • A letter of motivation, not to exceed two pages, including salary expectations and available starting date
  • A CV of not more than three pages
  • Three contactable references
  • Copies of your ID/passport and relevant qualifications

These should be submitted to no later than 17h00 (UTC+2) Friday, 11 November 2022.

No late or incomplete applications will be considered. All documents will be treated as strictly confidential and for internal use only during this recruitment process.

Kindly note that applicants who have not been contacted within 30 days of the closing date should consider their application unsuccessful. The SA Urban Food and Farming Trust reserves the right not to appoint an individual in relation to this job advert.

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