Publications and Communications Officer

Au Watch seeks an experienced publications and communications officer to effectively publicize its exciting work and to manage its publications. Au Watch was founded in 1997 as a pan-African non-governmental organization, based in The Gambia, to enhance the use and effectiveness of African regional human rights mechanisms through legal advocacy, capacity building, research and publications, and cooperation with the African regional human rights system.

The publications and communications Officer should start work in January 2015.

The Publications and Communications officer will:

  • Develop and implement publication and communication strategies;
  • Write and disseminate press releases, news articles, electronic newsletters and other publicity material;
  • In consultation with Au Watch programme staff, plan, organize and edit all Au Watch
  • publications, both electronic and hard copy;
  • Manage the AU Watch’s case law analyser (CLA);
  • Liaise with printers/suppliers on production management;
  • Publicise and ensure wide and relevant distribution of the AU Watch’s publications;
  • Write website content and ensure regular updating of the website;
  • Develop and maintain contacts with various stakeholders and partners;
  • Manage the AU Watch’s documentation centre, maintaining the organization of printed material and identifying new information likely to be of interest to staff working on the main programme areas of AU Watch;
  • Assist in fundraising activities, including grant writing;
  • Perform administrative tasks relating to the post.


  • A bachelors degree;
  • Excellent writing, editing and speaking skills in English and or in French; a good working knowledge of the other language is an important asset. Knowledge of another African Union language an advantage;
  • Ability to transform complex texts into reader-friendly documents for a pan -African audience and to proof-read translations for obvious errors;
  • At least three years demonstrated experience with publications and relevant experience in media relations and NGO an advantage;
  • Excellent computer and internet skills, especially related to the production of publications, and experience writing for the web. Proficiency with Windows, Microsoft Office, graphic design and web publishing products essential;
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision within a multicultural team;

Compensation is very competitive and is tax-free. Retirement benefits and family health coverage is provided. Interested candidates are invited to submit: a letter of motivation; a recent CV; three writing samples and a list of 3 referees who are not related to the candidate. Please note that only short listed candidate will be contacted.

Closing date for applications is 31st October 2020

How to apply:

Kindly send your application and all relevant documents [email protected]

AU Watch  is committed to equal opportunities. Women candidates are encouraged to apply.

This is a permanent position based at our Headquarters currently at Atlantic Road, Cape Point Road, Banjul, Kanifing Municipal Council. Email your applications to: [email protected]

Benefits: 25 days annual leave + public holidays, a contributory pension scheme and more.

Appointment subject to satisfactory references, proof of right to work in The Gambia.