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SAK söker Senior Communications Specialist

Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) is looking for a senior communications specialist for a postion at the Communications Unit Afghanistan, which is a strategic and implementing unit, with the objective to make target groups in Afghanistan increasingly supportive to SCA’s mission and vision. The Communications Unit is responsible for external and internal communications in Afghanistan and give support to the Communications Unit in Sweden in its work regarding communications, fundraising and advocacy.

The Communications Unit has five employees, including the Head of Communications Unit. Each of the five regional offices have a Regional Communications Officer, whose work is coordinated by Communications Unit.

Scope of Work

The job holder participates in all activities in the Communications Unit, with a special focus on the relationship with Sweden. He / She keeps close contact with the Communications Unit in Stockholm (COMS), follow Swedish media and society, and may come up with suggestion for activities in Sweden.

He/she should have the ability to be a media spokesperson when Swedish is asking for a voice from Afghanistan. Swedish media will ask for his/her support in obtaining information about Afghanistan and SCA, or support during a visit to Afghanistan. He/she will produce information for communications, fundraising and advocacy in Sweden.

He/she is involved in developing the internal dynamics of the unit and provides special support to the Head of COMA in hers/his role as leader of the group, and coordinator of the five regional communicators.

He/she has a lead role in the capacity building of the unit’s staff. He/she will arrange practical training sessions based on the identified needs of the unit.

He/she is involved in improving channels of internal and external communication to increase knowledge SCA as an organization among its stakeholders, inside and outside Afghanistan.


  • Coordinate the communication needs of COMS with COMA and RMOs, regarding communication, fundraising, and advocacy.

  • Follow issues in Sweden relevant to SCA and Afghanistan and propose initiatives from SCA.

  • Produce communication materials for COMS and occasionally for COMA.

  • Be a spokesperson and manage media requests from Sweden.

  • Support Communications Unit in Sweden, COMS, in arranging visits of international media and of COMS staff to Afghanistan, in collaboration with Senior Communication Officer Media and Senior Communication Officers at RMOs.

  • Developing communication strategy, tools and guidelines for SCA Afghanistan, in collaboration with Head of COMA.

  • Assist Head of COMA in advising Country Director and senior management of SCA Afghanistan on various issues regarding branding, media relations, reputation management, internal communications, and crisis communication.

  • Strategic support to Head of COMA, especially regarding the achievement of the strategic objectives of the unit.

  • Planning and implementing capacity building and strategic or creative workshops both for COMA staff, communication staff at RMOs, and other staff in Afghanistan.

  • Fill in for Head of COMA to lead the daily work or participate in meetings and workshops, when Head of COMA is on annual leave or unavailable for other reasons.

  • Hands-on support to COMA in all its tasks, to RMOs and to the Communication Unit in Sweden.

Entry Requirements


  • Preferably Bachelor’s degree in the related professional field.

  • Excellent command of written and oral Swedish and English.

  • A minimum of 3-4 years relevant experience, with a special focus on content writing experience for all media platforms.

  • Being a reasonably good photographer.

Essential competence

  • Experience from working in a challenging environment.

  • Experience of planning and structuring communications work.

  • Documented knowledge of social issues, preferably with focus of global issues and development cooperation

Desired competence

  • Experience from assignments in conflict areas.

  • Knowledge of Dari/Persian and Pashto.

  • Experience as press secretary and spokes person.

  • Experience of crisis communications.

  • Experience of professional management of web and social media.

  • Have participated in HEAT-training or other security training

Application information

  • Contract period: 2 years with an initial 6 months probationary period

  • Conditions: Non- family posting. SCA offers a competitive salary, free housing, insurances and other benefits.

  • Duties to begin: April 2020

  • Last date for application: 23 February 2020

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