Communications Specialist at Right To Play Rwanda: (Deadline 19 December 2021)

Communications Specialist at Right To Play Rwanda: (Deadline 19 December 2021)

Communications Specialist at Right To Play Rwanda: (Deadline 19 December 2021)

JOB POSTING – Communications Specialist

Organization: Right To Play Rwanda

Work location: Kigali, Rwanda

Authorized to work in: Rwanda (Eligible to work legally without requiring sponsorship or work permit)

Target Start Date: 01 February 2022

Contract Duration:1-year contract with possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding

Closing Date:19 December 2021


Right To Play is a global organisation that protects, educates, and empowers children to rise above adversity using play. By harnessing play, one of the most powerful and fundamental forces in a child’s life, we helped 2.3 million children last year to stay in school and out of work, to prevent life-threatening diseases like HIV and malaria, and to stay safe from exploitation and abuse. We are the only global development organization focused exclusively on using play to transform the lives of children and youth impacted by poverty, war, disease, and inequality.

Established in 2000, Right To Play reaches children through experiential programming in 15 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North America. These programs are supported by our headquarters in Toronto, Canada; London, UK and eight national offices across Europe (Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK) and North America (Canada, US).

With a shared passion for our mission, our Culture Code guides how we act and interact based on five core pillars:

  • Accept Everyone – Be intentional about inclusion
  • Make Things Happen – Seek opportunities to lead and innovate
  • Display Courage – Act with integrity
  • Demonstrate Care – Look after yourself and one another
  • Be Playful – Have fun at work

Please visit our website to learn more about who we are and what we do, and watch this video to find out about the five pillars of our Culture Code.


The Communications Specialist reports directly to the Country Director (CD) in Rwanda. S/he also works closely with and receives guidance from the Marketing and Communications Team at Right To Play’s Headquarters.

The Communications Specialist is responsible for developing and implementing the Country Office’s communication strategy, plan, and activities, and for contributing to Right To Play International’s communications objectives. S/he also The Communications Specialist supports advocacy and fundraising efforts at the Country Office. S/he contributes to building and enhancing the organization’s overall public image and brand awareness in the country.

The Communications Specialist also contributes to Right To Play’s global fundraising and awareness efforts / by collecting and developing multimedia content that communicates the impact of our programs on the lives of children and youth. The incumbent works closely with the Country Office’s Program Manager, and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist.

The incumbent is required to travel within Rwanda and internationally when requested.



  1. Planning and compliance
  • Develops and implements an annual communications plan, in line with the Country Office’s strategy plan and the needs of program funders and global communications.
  • Provides leadership for overall communications related to Right To Play in the respective country.
  • Ensures that all communications materials and messages are in-line with project grant agreements and donor requirements.
  • Ensures that all communications are aligned with the Right To Play brand and advances the understanding of the organization’s mission and impact.
  • Conducts field visits to project sites and ensures proper collection and dissemination of information for events and success stories.
  • Ensures proper documentation of communications materials.
  • Conducts ongoing review of the country communications plan and communications components of country action and strategic plans to ensure compliance; identifies gap areas and recommends solutions.
  • Ensures that the Office’s participation in and promotion of various International “Days” such as Child Day, Diabetes Day are in-line with national strategy and behavioural and social goals.
  • Facilitates field visits by VIPs including donors, partners, board members, Athlete Ambassadors, media, global staff and international consultants working for Right To Play in the respective country. This includes planning events, developing itineraries, etc.
  • Plays a key role in the development and dissemination of behaviour change communication messages and social mobilization campaigns.
  • Ensures compliance with Right To Play brand and messaging guidelines, Right To Play Policies (including in particular, Right To Play’s Child Safeguarding policy), and other policies as needed, and any relevant government legislation.



  • Develops systems for effective and efficient communications and best practice sharing within the Country Office.
  • Creates compelling photo, video, and written collateral and content that communicates Right To Play’s work and impact.
  • Collaborates with the HQ Communications and Marketing Team to fulfill communications requests
  • Develops a system to produce success stories, quotes, and photographs of teachers, coaches and children in Right To Play’s programs;
  • Oversees photo, video and message archiving in the Country Office
  • In collaboration with project teams, develops informational and promotional material on Right To Play projects.
  • Trains Country Office team members on the value and usage of the brand.
  • Creates and edits designs for communications materials and brand merchandise and liaises with printing and design companies to see them realised.
  • Oversees and approves all proofs of all branded documents and merchandise.
  • Manages the Country Offices social media and communication platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Workplace, Sharepoint, and Playspace. As part of their social media management role, the candidate ensures that the Country Office’s social media accounts are on brand and on message.
3. Media and public relations 

  • Under the guidance and direction of the Country Director, coordinates media relations in-country to raise awareness of Right To Play programs and impacts, and the issues affecting the children we serve.
  • Closely monitors and tracks media coverage for Right To Play, play-based learning, and other issues Right To Play works on in the country.
  • Establishes contacts with media and writes media releases and success stories.
  • Conducts media development activities in country to build capacity of local media to advocate for the importance of play-based learning in protecting, educating, and empowering children.
  • Works with the HQ Marketing and Communications team and the Country Office team to develop and implement a media relations strategy for any high-profile visit to the country including preparing background materials and relevant packages.
4. Performs other duties as assigned.



Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations, journalism, or any related field


  • 5 years’ experience with I/NGOs in the country of operation in a communications role.
  • Experience with brand management
  • Experience in media relations
  • Experience developing communication plans and material.
  • Experience creating and editing high-quality written, photographic, and video content
  • Experience managing social media accounts
  • Experience working with global colleagues
  • Demonstrable experience in networking
  • Understanding of human rights and social change issues
  • Experience in working according to child protection and child safeguarding best practices, especially with regards to photography and videography involving minors.
  • Experience with graphic design


  • Excellent interpersonal skills and confidence using these in a cross-cultural environment
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Ability to proofread and ensure consistency and the highest quality of professional presentation in all communication products.
  • A solid team player with respect for others
  • Ability to understand and motivate others
  • Proven ability in transferring knowledge and experience
  • Adaptable with the ability to deal with stress and competing priorities
  • Demonstrated professionalism and positive attitude
  • Effective organization skills


  • Strong Office 365 skills, especially Word, PowerPoint, and Sharepoint
  • Experience in photography and videography (filming and editing) (an asset)
  • Experience with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social media platforms
  • Experience with Canva
  • Fluent with standard photo and video editing software like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro (an asset)


Fluency in written and spoken English and Kinyarwanda.


If you are interested in applying for this position, please apply here to upload your resume and cover letter in English.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Shortlisting of applications will begin immediately and interviews may be held before the closing date.

Right To Play provides equal employment opportunities to employees regardless of their gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status. As such, we encourage groups who have been historically disadvantaged with respect to employment to apply for positions at Right To Play. We offer a family-friendly environment that allows for flexible work arrangements in order to support staff diversity and ensure a healthy work-life balance.

We are a child-centered organization. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs. The successful candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening or equivalent criminal check as a condition of employment.

Should you require any form of accommodation during the recruitment process, kindly contact the People & Culture team by email at

To learn more about who we are and what we do, please visit our website at


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