Media and Communications Officer

Fixed-Term Contract

DESCRIPTION: Oxfam is a global movement of people who are fighting inequality to end poverty and injustice. We are working across regions in about 70 countries, with thousands of partners, and allies, supporting communities to build better lives for themselves, grow resilience and protect lives and livelihoods also in times of crisis.

Because we want lasting solutions, we fight the inequalities that keep people locked in poverty and injustice, we tackle not the symptoms but the systems, and we campaign for genuine, durable change. The specific areas of work for Oxfam in Southern Africa include: Just Economies (JE); Gender Justice (GJ), Climate Justice (CJ) and Humanitarian Response.

Media and Communications Officer INT10520

To support media and communications functions in the delivery of the Oxfam in Zimbabwe program and its visibility.

Specific duties

  • Managing Oxfam in Zimbabwe social media pages
  • Support programme’s communications and visibility activities functions
  • Visiting Oxfam impact areas and attending events to document programme’s impact including case studies.
  • Facilitating the design and printing of information, education and communication materials Support capacity building of staff and partners in media and communications related issues.
  • Develop innovative dissemination strategies for internal and external audiences.

Person specification

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to relate with people at different levels.
  • Excellent English and writing and spoken skills.
  • Strong organizational and personal management skills, with ability to prioritize work issues to meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English and other Zimbabwe local languages.
  • Excellent desktop publishing skills
  • Excellent new media (Facebook, Twitter and You Tube) skills
  • Skills in video production and editing.
  • Knowledge of Zimbabwe in terms of its political, economic and social trends plus a good understanding of the key development and humanitarian issues in the region.
  • Strong media experience and ability to develop and/or build on organizational networks and associations.
  • Good experience of media techniques in the emergency context and sound understanding of the possibilities and tactics for influencing through the media.

What We Are Looking For:

  • A university degree/Diploma from a reputable and recognised institution in media, communications, or related field.
  • A minimum of two years’ work experience in the Communications sector.
  • Knowledge of and possible experience with approaches involving innovative programming as well as nexus programming.
  • Strong analytical understanding of, and demonstrated experience in, gender equality and women’s rights programming.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Strong analytical and report-writing skills
  • Demonstrated capacity to work both in a self-directed manner and collaboratively with other staff and stakeholders.
  • Strong computer skills in word processing, spreadsheet, electronic mail and database systems, use of social networking.

Skills, Experience, and attributes

  • Excellent personal communication skills.
  • Clear support and respect to gender equality and equity.
  • Ability to build a people’s movement around the program theme and inspire followership.
  • Able to handle stress, leading by example and, thus, produce results, meet deadlines, and make others meet their deadlines.
  • Strategic and people management skills, supporting and mentoring the team in their professional and personal growth within an intercultural setting.


  • Solves basic problems, which have some variety, and takes decisions based on a number of possible options, sometimes with upward referral.
  • Communicates widely within the department, with some frequent Oxfam contacts and a number of external contacts.
  • Collates information and draws from a variety of information sources to inform individual and group decisions.
  • Has some broad knowledge of complex media and comms processes.

Key Attributes:

  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities.
  • Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity for all aspects of development work.
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible.

Key Behavioral Competencies 

Competencies  Description
Decisiveness We are comfortable to make transparent decisions and to adapt decision making modes to the context and needs.
Influencing We have the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders in a way that leads to increased impact for the organization We spot opportunities to influence effectively and where there are no opportunities we have the ability to create them in a respectful and impactful manner.
Humility We put ‘we’ before ‘me’ and place an emphasis on the power of the collective, nurture the team and play to the strengths of each individual. We are not concerned with hierarchical power, and we engage with, trust and value the knowledge and expertise of others across all levels of the organization.
Relationship Building We understand the importance of building relationship, within and outside the organization. We have the ability to engage with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in ways that lead to increased impact for the organization.
Listening We are good listeners who can see where deeper levels of thoughts and tacit assumptions differ. Our messages to others are clear, and consider different preferences.
Mutual Accountability We can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organizational values.  We are ready to be held to account for what we do and how we behave, as we are also holding others to account in a consistent manner.
Self-Awareness We are able to develop a high degree of self-awareness around our own strengths and weaknesses and our impact on others. Our self-awareness enables us to moderate and self-regulate our behaviors to control and channel our impulses for good purposes.


Interested individuals should apply using the following reference number INT10520 through the following link:

Internal Candidates:

External Candidates:

Our offer

At Oxfam, we believe that every aspect of our work can lead to a positive outcome. If you have the same opinion, together with the ability to meet the challenges involved, this role offers scope for immense personal fulfilment – as well as outstanding opportunities to develop your career.

Oxfam is committed to providing a competitive compensation package based on a 37.5-hour work week.

 The closing date is Friday 19 July 2024.

 Oxfam is an equal opportunities employer, we are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organization.

Oxfam is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those that are suitable to work within our values are recruited to work for us. This post is subject to a range of vetting checks.