Position: Communications Assistant

The Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO) of the University of the Witwatersrand, based in Johannesburg, South Africa is an internationally recognized health research group which conducts research and analysis on issues of public health importance, including a strong focus on HIV, TB, and NCDs. HE2RO, with a complement of approximately 70 researchers and research and administrative support staff, seeks to build the evidence base to improve health policies and programs in South Africa and the region. We collaborate on policy relevant research with Boston University and other national and international organizations. For more information visit our website at www.heroza.org.

We seek a dynamic, enthusiastic, and self-motivated Communications Assistant with excellent communication and social media skills to support the internal communications team.

Responsibilities and Duties

Strategy support
Work closely with the communications team to support and assist with implementing a social media and communications strategy that incorporates best practices that will enable HE2RO to grow followers and audiences, increase engagement, and drive awareness.
Liaise with the communications team to support development and implementation of an editorial plan for the various dissemination strategies
Content development
Maintain a monthly social media calendar focusing on HE2RO themes priorities.
Assist with social media postings

Use social media marketing tools such as Buffer and Hootsuite
Assist in monitoring key blogs and other social media channels for mentions of our emerging issue priority areas.
Source content, compile and draft internal newsletter
Assist with drafting and preparing content for the HE2RO newsletter and distribute the newsletter by email, on the website, and via social media.
Responsible for HE2RO’s content and photo library, including print and digital materials.
Maintain content for the HE2RO website.
Support and monitor SEO and user engagement and suggest content optimization
Produce regular analytics reports on HE2RO website and social media channels.
General Communications:
Draft and edit briefing materials and talking points, respond to communications-related inquiries as well as liaise with Journalists and/or media houses when needed.
Coordinate content for print and other marketing material for internal and external use.
Handle the Publications portfolio which includes capturing, website updates and submissions to DEC, ROCS system for RINC funding and impact factor reporting.
Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in social media, public relations, marketing, communications, or related area of expertise.
Undergraduate degree or diploma in business, marketing / graphic design/ communications and / or journalism would be preferable
Demonstrated experience in social and digital media, including the ability to measure social media performance.
Basic proficiency in Photoshop and/or Illustrator, CANVA, Picta and or relevant software design system is required for use.
Proficiency in MailChimp, WordPress, Slack e.t.c.
Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple competing priorities.
Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills
Proficiency using Microsoft Suite of products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Graphic design and Photoshop skills strongly preferred.
Self-motivated, able to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
Driver’s License and own transport
If not a South Africa citizen, work permit required.

Closing Date20/11/2020
Position TypePermanent
Detailed Job description
Mail your application to [email protected]

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