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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Communications Associate at OpenMap Development Tanzania




Position: Communications Associate


Application Close Date: July 30, 2021


Estimated Start date: August 23, 2021


Work Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (locally recruited position)


Reports to: OMDTZ Communications Lead


Terms: Part time (20 hours a week), one year initial contract





OpenMap Development Tanzania is a Non-Governmental Organization operating across Tanzania with offices located in Dar es Salaam. Since its establishment in 2017, OMDTZ has executed and promoted several community mapping projects, generated map awareness, actively pledged open datasets, and continued to build a network of enthusiastic mappers in Tanzania. OMDTZ heavily contributes to the OpenStreetMap platform, which is both a map and database of geographic data owned by contributors on OSM; anyone can view, create and use this information for free.


We create open datasets and advocate for different innovative solutions for different cases such as disaster response for floods, waste management etc.


OMDTZ is looking for a candidate with experience in digital content creation, video, graphic design, photography, etc. The candidate should ideally have a background in Journalism, Marketing, or Communications, or any other related field.


About the Position


Reporting to the OMDTZ Communications Lead, the Communications Associate will support digital content creation, capturing videos, editing, creative videos for YouTube, etc. The communications associate will dedicate up to 80% of his/her time to the Open Skies Fellows project - a fellowship program that focuses on exposing youth in Africa, especially in East Africa, to emerging technologies to create more experts from Africa. The fellowship is expected to directly benefit 40 youth from Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Learn more about the project here:

About You


We’re looking for an individual well versed in the use of communications techniques in humanitarian and development contexts. Our preferred candidate should be comfortable working in a fast pace, startup-like environment with a highly motivated and unconventional team. We are particularly interested in candidates with a strong background and passion for creating and editing videos.


You should have three or more years working in a communications role in a tech startup, NGO, or humanitarian/development agency. You should thrive in an environment where you direct your day-to-day tasks and build a strategy through consensus with a team of staff and volunteers.


Our ideal candidate moves fluently between the styles of our partners which range from formal intergovernmental processes to informal tech speak. You will primarily work at the OMDTZ office in Dar es Salaam but will also have the option to work remotely for some of your time. You will sometimes be working with remote teams so you should be familiar with online conferencing tools, i.e Skype, Google Meet, Zoom etc. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.



Duties and Responsibilities



     Content creation/curation/optimization: Assist with writing, creating, editing, delivering and optimizing a range of communications-related materials including video, photography, brochures, graphic design, etc.


     Event support: Assist with coordination of special events, projects, and campaigns including event coverage, i.e photography, videos, recording interviews, etc.


     Build and maintain internal relationships across the organization including with the senior leadership team, program staff and communications, outreach and development.


        Contribute to and content and editorial including developing guidelines for content, tone, images, etc.


     Pilot innovative communications methods such as podcasts or short videos.


     Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Experience


     3+ years in similar digital communications management, content development, mass communications, public relations, or external affairs role with a desire to use digital skills for development/humanitarian relief to improve the lives of others


     Bachelor’s degree or diploma in English, Journalism, Marketing, or Communications, Emergency/Disaster Management, International Affairs, Public or Business Administration, Nonprofit Management or similar


     Portfolio of videos or digital content


     Clear, concise, and compelling writing skills in English


     Ability to use graphic design tools (Canva, Adobe suite, basic photo editing)


     Ability to use Content Management Systems (GitHub)


     Ability to organize interviews in relation to the context


     Excellent data management, organized, and attentive to detail


     Flexible and adaptable thinker, with the ability to work independently, collaboratively and manage multiple projects and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.




OMDTZ values transparency and equity. The gross salary will range from 700,000 - 1,000,000 TZS, depending on the candidate’s experience. We have flexible working arrangements, but preferably the Comms Associate will also spend time in-person, in the office, depending on the week’s tasks. OMDTZ also offers health care options for all of its staff working half time or more.


Equal Opportunity


We seek to recruit persons that reflect the diversity of the communities we work with and further, support their retention and advancement within the organization. OMDTZ does not discriminate on the basis of ability, age, gender, race and ethnicity, or religious beliefs. Our staff includes people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds, lived experiences, and perspectives on the world. OMDTZ is an equal opportunity employer. We seek to live our values and promote inclusivity. All of our staff work collectively and individually to promote a constructive and sensitive approach to others from a variety of backgrounds, where the work of all is valued and respected.

To Apply


Please complete the application by July 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm East Africa Time. Your CV/resume should not exceed 2 pages. Highly desirable: A link to video content you have created, or any other media you were the primary author of.