Join Our Team as a Communications Officer!

Join Our Team as a Communications Officer!

Are you a skilled communicator with a passion for making a positive impact? We are seeking a talented Communications Officer to join our dynamic team.

 

At Lightup Impact you will play a crucial role in crafting and delivering our organization’s message to diverse audiences—empowering grassroots organizations in East Africa to increase their impact and become sustainable.

About Lightup Impact

Lightup Impact is an online community of 150 early-stage grassroots organizations in gender and health in East Africa. We empower our grassroots members through peer-to-peer support, networking, trust-based partnerships, skills and capacity development, guidance, and governance to amplify their impact. As we apply a bottom-up approach to development, we co-create and co-implement solutions together with our community of founders. We offer a collaborative, international work environment, professional growth opportunities, and the chance to make a difference through your work.


We are a start-up NGO, only two years old. In the vibrant world of social change, the rhythm is fast paced and exciting, driven by our collective mission to tackle real-world challenges head-on. Working here isn’t just a job—it’s a heartfelt journey of purpose, where every action fuels our passion to make a difference that truly matters. Are you ready to take up this challenge? Then read below for more information.

The position

As a Communications Officer at Lightup Impact, you will implement our communication strategies—creating compelling content for various platforms, including social media, press releases, website, and newsletters; and coordinating the Lightup Impact website, events, and donor communications in support of Lightup Impact’s strategic goals. 

Responsibilities and main tasks

  • Coordinate our website, event, and donor communications 
  • Develop content for our social media, website, newsletters, and other communication channels
  • Update our website content on a regular basis
  • Manage customer relationships with donors, community members, partners, and other stakeholders via emails or distribution of digital communication assets (articles, reports, web features, newsletters).
  • Manage and regularly update our customer relationship management (CRM) system on Hubspot
  • Coordinate workshops on capacity building and skills development for grassroots organizations in East Africa
  • Coordinate and create content for the Lightup Impact blog (writing, editing, and soliciting articles) and event page 
  • Coordinate and create a communications and marketing strategies for our annual conference 
  • Coordinate the design and publishing of communications materials aimed at our donors, partners, and the general public (e.g. annual reports, policies, and impact reports)
  • Travel up to 5 days  twice a year to lead workshops or document visits with non-governmental organizations in Kenya and Uganda

Your profile

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Communications, International Development, Gender Studies, or related fields
  • At least 1-2 years of demonstrable experience in an editorial, journalism, or content creation and coordination role is highly desirable
  • Understanding of effective website communication practices
  • Ability to repurpose technical content to a broader audience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledgeable about the potential and value of storytelling in communications
  • Experience with content management systems (e.g., WordPress) and CRM software (e.g., Hubspot)
  • Excellent project- and time-management skills with the ability to meet deadlines and prioritize while maintaining a high level of attention to detail
  • Work confidently in a cross-functional role with a global team
  • Work well in conjunction with the ever-changing conditions of our young organization
  • Commit to and follow Lightup Impact’s vision and values: empathic leadership, collaboration over competition, courage and a can-do attitude, and passion for social impact

How to apply

If you’re passionate about effective communication, have a knack for storytelling, and are eager to make a difference, we would love to hear from you. 


Please send us your CV, including up to three reference contacts, a cover letter, and any other supportive documents (e.g., a portfolio of your work) to: contactus@lightupimpact.com. Please use as subject in your email: Lightup Impact Job Application – Communications Officer


You have until 1 April to send your application. Candidates will be notified about the outcome within 2 weeks from the application deadline. 

The hiring process is detailed below. Please note that candidates will be required to complete a content development assignment during or after the second interview. More information will be provided to those candidates who reach this stage of the hiring process. 

Hiring process at Lightup Impact

Shortlisted candidates for the position will undergo background checks, which may include verification of educational qualifications, employment history, references, and criminal records. 

 

P.S. We do not expect you to meet 100% of the job description. If you meet 80% of the requirements, we kindly ask you to apply for this position.

 

At Lightup Impact, we are proud to foster a welcoming and diverse working environment.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the hiring manager Valeria Santoro on LinkedIn or via email: valeria.santoro@lightupimpact.com.

 

We look forward to receiving your application!

 

The Lightup Impact Team

 

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