East African Science and Technology Commission is a newly established Institution of the East African Community (EAC) with its Headquarters in Kigali-Rwanda. The core function of EASTECO is to promote and coordinate the development, management and application of Science and Technology to support regional integration and socio-economic development.
EASTECO is seeking to engage a Communication Assistant who will be reviewing, implementing and monitoring the effective implementation of the EASTECO Communication Strategy and action plan.
The incumbent will provide technical assistance in four key result areas: (1) Media Relations (2) On-line communication (3) Corporate communications (4) Event communication.
Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified citizens of Rwanda for the position of Communication Assistant which is vacant at the East African Science and Technology.
The main purpose of this job is to review, implement and monitor the effective implementation of the EASTECO Communication Strategy and action plan.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Engage and build effective relations with the media, with the over-arching message to media professionals to help create a new norm that brings Regional Integration to the fore of communication agenda setting;
Liaise with and collaborate with Communication Officers of Ministries in charge of EAC Affairs and science &technology in engaging national media on issues related to EAC and the EASTECO;
Seek for media opportunities that EASTECO can utilize to disseminate information;
Coordinate responses to and manage requests from media experts and speakers on a wide variety of subjects/issues on EASTECO;
Undertake regular media monitoring– daily tracking of media coverage (such as use of press releases, coverage of EAC/Science, Technology & Innovation issues in the media, compilation of frequent factual errors, etc.);
Identify and develop a list of key media outlets in each Member State, in terms of listenership, viewership, readership, circulation and credibility);
Pursue proactive outreach to maintain relationships with Editors in each Member State including establishing and maintaining a database of the Editors;
Pursue proactive outreach to and establish and maintain relationships with key journalists and opinion writers on issues relevant to EASTECO’s work in each;
Member State including establishing and maintaining a database of the journalists and opinion writers;
Organise media engagement activities at national level including: Press briefings; Press conferences; ‘Meet the Press’ panel discussions; Editors breakfast; Talk shows; Courtesy calls to media houses, media training, i.a.