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The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is a regional grouping of 21 African States which have agreed to promote regional integration through trade development and transport facilitation.

The African Development Bank collaborated with COMESA, EAC and ECOWAS through the 50 Million Women Speak (50MWS) Project to create a dynamic networking Digital Platform for women entrepreneurs. The Platform will enable women to connect with one another in ways that will foster peer-to-peer learning, knowledge exchange/transfer, mentoring and the sharing of information and knowledge within communities, and provide them with access to trade finance and market opportunities between urban and rural areas, and across borders and between countries.

National Content Developer for Seychelles

Scope of Work

Specific roles and responsibilities the National Content Developer will include, though not limited to:

Key responsibilities

  • Developing an editorial calendar of content to be developed based on the identified information needs;
  • Developing relevant original content beneficial to women entrepreneurs
  • Collaborating with Country Teams to continuously identify sources of content and develop appropriate content;
  • Developing content that is informed by country-specific information needs and services to enhance the prospects of ownership and sustainability;
  • Ensuring content is developed within the set timeframe;
  • Ensuring the content gathered is validated by relevant authorities;
  • Coordinating Country Teams for all 50MWS related activities;
  • Coordinating content revision and updates – ensuring that the content on the platform is relevant and up-to-date;
  • Liaising with the line Ministries/Agencies, National Gender Machineries including both the Private and Civic Society;
  • Curate content related to women economic empowerment initiatives and repurpose to suit the target audience;
  • Continuously identify topical and business trendy content beneficial to women entrepreneurs and develop relevant content;
  • Promote the project by participating in national events which focus on women empowerment;
  • Produce content (through articles, infographics, images or videos), which highlight success stories;
  • Provide capacity building and technical support through a combination of both hand-holding and tuition-based transfer of knowledge to members of the Country Team regarding content gathering, development and packaging and eventual dissemination;
  • Develop simple, easy-to-understand, user-friendly content while employing good search engine optimisation (SEO) techniques;
  • Coordinate meetings of the Country Team;
  • Write and submit country reports and statistics on the project.

Reporting and Management

The national content developer will work under direct supervision of the Ministry responsible for Gender and Women Affairs or Trade and Commerce in respective countries with the dotted reporting lines to the Project Content Manager and the Project Coordinator at COMESA

Skills and Experience

The incumbent should demonstrate and provide examples of past similar tasks undertaken in content development for websites, portals and/or related media channels at the national and/or regional level. They must be a creative thinker to conceptualise content.

Experience in knowledge management will be highly desirable. The incumbent should be able to stay up-to-date with developments and generate innovative ideas to draw the audience’s attention. The incumbent should have a good understanding of the challenges affecting women in business as well as various sources of content required for the platform in the respective country. He/She should have the following skills:

  1. Excellent writing, editing and presentation skills;
  2. Ability to synthesise information from multiple sources and translate it into creative and engaging digital content;
  • Data analytics skills in collection, interpretation and reporting;
  1. Ability to independently plan, direct and evaluate all the content-related assignments;
  2. Knowledge of Search Engine Optimization and web traffic metrics

General Competencies/requirements

  1. Excellent command of English both written and oral; (French will come first for
  2. French-speaking countries and Arabic for Arabic speaking countries).
  • Knowledge of French and Arabic languages even for English speaking
  1. Countries will be an added value;
  2. Ability to work in a team in a multi-cultural environment;
  3. Ability to multi-task and work irregular and long hours; and
  • Applicants must be citizens or full-time residents within the country they are applying for.

Reporting and Management

The national content developer will work under direct supervision of the Ministry responsible for Gender and Women Affairs or Trade and Commerce in respective countries with the dotted reporting lines to the Project Content Manager and the Project Coordinator at COMESA.

Skills and Experience

The incumbent should demonstrate and provide examples of past similar tasks undertaken in content development for websites, portals and/or related media channels at the national and/or regional level. They must be a creative thinker to conceptualise content. Experience in knowledge management will be highly desirable. The incumbent should be able to stay up-to-date with developments and generate innovative ideas to draw the audience’s attention. The incumbent should have a good understanding of the challenges affecting women in business as well as various sources of content required for the Platform in the respective country.

He/She should have the following skills:

  1. Excellent writing, editing and presentation skills;
  2. Ability to synthesise information from multiple sources and translate it into
  • Creative and engaging digital content;
  1. Data analytics skills in collection, interpretation and reporting;
  2. Ability to independently plan, direct and evaluate all the content-related
  3. assignments;
  • Knowledge of Search Engine Optimization and web traffic metrics

General Competencies/requirements

  1. Excellent command of English both written and oral; (French will come first for French-speaking countries and Arabic for Arabic speaking countries).
  2. Knowledge of French and Arabic languages even for English speaking countries will be an added value;
  • Ability to work in a team in a multi-cultural environment;
  1. Ability to multi-task and work irregular and long hours; and
  2. Applicants must be citizens or full-time residents within the country they are applying for.

Academic Qualification

  1. Advanced University Degree in International business, International Marketing,
  2. Business journalism, Economics and or related fields.
  • Minimum 7 years’ experience in international business at regional and international levels.
  1. Experience in Digital marketing will be an added advantage
  2. At least five years’ experience in writing for a B2B audience

Duration of Contract

The Position has a duration of 6 months with the possibility of extension subject to the availability of funds.

Remunerations

The estimated budget remuneration for 6 months with all-inclusive is $US12, 000 (monthly the incumbent will earn $2000 US dollars only).

The 50MWS Project now invites interested applicants to submit their Expressions of Interest including a detailed updated Curriculum Vitae with certified copies of academic and professional certificates and a motivation letter of not more than two pages explaining the applicant’s understanding of the various responsibilities required for this position on or before 18th January 2019 at 15:00 hours Zambian time.

For enquiries regarding the application process, please contact the COMESA Desk Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs on 4 28 35 00 or visit www.mfa.gov.sc.

The Expression of Interest/Application must be submitted to the below address electronically/by email;

The Chairman – Procurement Committee

COMESA Secretariat.

P.O. Box 30051

Lusaka, Zambia.

Email: procurement@comesa.int  and copy smwesigwa@comesa.int and ps@mfa.gov.sc

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