Employment Opportunity - Communications Director

Job Title: Communications Director

Contract: Fixed Term; Full time contract till March, 2018

Reports to: Direct Report - Executive Director; may also report to the management team as required

Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Note: All candidates must have the legal right to work in Tanzania. dLab is unable to sponsor work permit for this position

Role Overview:

The Data Collaboratives for Local Impact (DCLI) program was launched in April 2015 with funding from President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), with oversight by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Data Collaboratives projects are strengthening the availability and use of data to improve lives and empower citizens to hold governments and donors more accountable for results. The program aligns with broader U.S. government efforts to maximize the effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance and with the Global Data Partnership’s efforts to promote data collaboration to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Tanzania Data Lab (dLab) is the first of two projects underway in Tanzania. The dLab is a centre of activity, connecting the data revolution to national priorities, global commitments and diverse programs and investments. It serves as an anchor for the Data Collaboratives for Local Impact (DCLI) program, enabling data analysis and use to become more prominent in decision making in Tanzania.

The dLab activities include training in data literacy and analysis, focused content-area data analytics, and the development of “use cases” to showcase how data can be used to improve lives. The dLab is supporting the development of a roadmap, assisting the country to monitor progress toward meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the National Five Year Plan. The dLab project is being implemented by the University of Dar es Salaam Computing Centre (UCC/UDSM), SBC4D of France, Open Data Institute of UK, and IntraHealth of USA.

Working closely with the dLab project team and in particular the two project managers and the executive director, the communications director will lead on producing quality content, manage dLab website and all social media accounts, formulate a communications strategy and work closely with all program areas and assist them in communicating their work effectively. The director is expected to lead content creation and communications outreach for the dLab with a particular focus on how health, gender and economic development data can be better used in close coordination with all program pillars – training, engagement, resources and M&E. The director will also be responsible for raising the profile of the lab at the national and international level including engaging partners in Tanzania both at the national and sub-national level. The lab also aims to work with other regional hubs and the director will assist the regional coordinator in such initiatives.

In the first 3 months the Director will support the management team in formulating a communications strategy and content creation including managing and enhancing the existing website, blog posts, presentation materials and developing a repository of existing resources from the region, and social media content. He / She will also be responsible for designing and managing the production of brochures, flyers, kits for conferences and round-tables etc.   and work closely with all project partners including other communications tasks as well as new initiatives that will continue to emerge as the dLab expands its scope of work.

Person Specification

  • Education: An undergraduate degree is essential [BA, Mass Communication, Business Administration, Marketing etc.]. Preference with be given to candidates holding Masters qualification.
  • Experience: At least four years’ experience as a communications officer with proven track record of success working with diverse cultures, and in developing countries. Must have designed and executed communication strategy including design skills and experience managing start-ups. Managing social media accounts and campaigns.


  • Fluent in Kiswahili and English.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills. Candidate with project management experience will be preferred.
  • Understand the global Open Data landscape, SDGs and key partnerships striving to strengthen global open data movements such as the OGP, GPSDD, OD4D etc.
  • Contacts in the print and online media. Experience of more than one global media market is essential. Experience of having worked in Tanzania will be preferred.
  • Knowledge of software like InDesign, Photoshop, MailChimp, etc. would be an advantage.


Competitive salary commensurate with experience

How to Apply:

Kindly send your application to recruitment@dlab.or.tz

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