Vacancies

Vacancy – Communications Officer

Communications  Officer

PURPOSE:

To manage the internal and external communications of the Minister Secretariat, in order to maximize the Ministry’s ability to communicate effectively with businesses, the general public and other state agencies.

KEY OUTPUTS:

  • High quality press releases and other media content Guide the development of formats for letters, advertisement or other content for the Ministry of Business, in collaboration with other staff
  • Prepare circulars and memoranda for communication to departments, agencies and staff of the Ministry
  • Updated communication records including press file and database of media contacts

RANGE OF ACTIVITIES:

  • Manage media enquiries and public relations of the Minister

Write press releases and draft content for news articles, other media items, and internal communications

  • Maximize media coverage for Minister and other staff by arranging and facilitating successful interviews and other activities
  • Develop strong relationships with the media, and be able to serve as spokesperson for the Ministry where relevant
  • Develop and implement strategies to enhance communication across the Ministry, working closely with any staff working on communications projects
  • Supervise consultants working on projects related to communications, such as website
  • Approve and monitor content for the Ministry’s website
  • Other activities to enhance the effectiveness of Ministry communications as determined by the Minister

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

  • A relevant university degree
  • At least 2years of relevant experience in communications, ideally for the business media or as communications officer in the public or private sectors
  • Advanced writing and editing skills
  • Experience writing content for newsletters, magazines and official letters
  • Excellent understanding of how to maximize media opportunities to advance the interests of businesses in Guyana
  • Excellent leaderships and negotiation skills
  • Good knowledge of information technology
  • Good knowledge of protocol in government and business sectors

DECISION-MAKING, PROBLEM SOLVING AND IMPACT ON RESULTS

The communications officer would often be the first point of contact with the media, and therefore their activities would have a major impact on how the Ministry of Business is perceived. Errors in communication could lead to the public misunderstanding the role and programmes for Ministry.

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: Responsible for creating files of press clippings, media contacts, and Ministry publications. May be responsible for communications budget and supervising consultants or other projects to enhance communciations.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Normal working conditions

PREPARED BY: Minister of Business