Lushomo Current Available Job Opportunity – Apply Now!

Posted on :

21 Aug, 2019

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Communications Jobs in South Africa, Research Jobs in South Africa

Lushomo helps partner organisations do good by communicating complex information in a simple, effective way. We work mainly with United Nations clients in areas of health, environment and development, to transform complicated and technical information into compelling communication products.

We are looking for a communications and research assistant: someone with a blend of creativity and technical know-how who is organised, quick to learn and works well under pressure within a small team.

 

Job Title: Communications and Research Assistant
Location: Cape Town

You will be working within a core team of six and a wider group of freelance designers, web developers and researchers from all over the world. This job involves a high level of creative collaboration, including frequent meetings to brainstorm, give input and receive feedback on various communication products.

We often work under pressure to meet tough deadlines but the work tasks are varied and each day is different from the rest. We are always pushing the boundaries to learn new technical skills (such as filming videos, augmented reality etc.) and keep our products fresh and relevant in an increasingly digital landscape.

Your main role initially will be to slot into some of our existing projects, including on reproductive and maternal health, education, and malaria research. This will involve digesting and summarizing research from our partner organisations, communicating our ideas to designers and developers, some data analysis, and generating content for web and social media.

A large component of the work is conceptualising products that communicate the information and data visually, such as data visualisations, infographics, animations etc. This will require a lot of creative thinking and it is important that you have an interest in design and will enjoy developing these products in a very iterative process. Once the ideas are in place, you will help ensure that everything is rigorously checked and accurate. So you will need a good eye for detail.

Our job is to make it possible for our partner organisations to communicate crucial, evidence-based messages to country leaders and other decision-makers, to researchers in other fields, and even to the general public. There is plenty of scope for growth in a number of career areas, particularly in the area of information design, working with the UN and project management. If you like it here, and we work well together, the idea would be for you to learn and grow into an account management role over time.

This job involves:

  • Understanding and communicating statistics and technical writing
  • Conceptualising visuals, maps and infographics from data and text
  • Writing and editing content for websites and reports
  • Desk-based research about our partner organisations’ projects and topics, as well as trends in design and technology
  • Communicating with and briefing technical experts (designers and developers etc.)
  • Help with proposal writing and business administration
  • General helping out – we are small team of 6 so we all do a bit of everything

The applicant should:

  • Be a team player and enjoy working in a collaborative environment.
  • Have a Master’s degree in public health, development, communications or another relevant field. This job involves academic and report writing, so experience in understanding and re-summarising large texts full of academic jargon is a must. You will also have to engage with scientists/researchers in the fields of health, environment and development, so it is important that you are able to quickly develop a general understanding of any of our clients’ areas of expertise.
  • Be able to simply and effectively communicate data and concepts.
  • Have a good understanding of numbers, graphs and statistics. Many of the reports involve statistics that will have to be conceptualised visually.
  • Be creative with an interest in design.
  • Be able to think visually.
  • Have an eye for detail.
  • Have excellent English language skills – both verbal and written. You will need to communicate with clients, write and edit content.
  • Be able to set and meet deadlines.
  • Work well under pressure with strict time deadlines.

Bonuses:

  • Previous experience working in visual design or another communications-related field.
  • Knowledge of GIS, Tableau, PowerBI or other data processing software.
  • Language skills, particularly in any of the 5 UN languages other than English

If you’re interested in joining the team, let us know why. We look forward to hearing from you!

To apply

Please send your CV, cover letter and any additional documentation (feel free to send examples of your academic or creative work) to [email protected].

Application Deadline: Saturday, 31 August, 2019

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