OPPORTUNITY: Communications Coordinator at the Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (Johannesburg)

We seek a dynamic, enthusiastic, and self-motivated Communications Coordinator 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.

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