Communications Officer

Department:  Programming

Salary Grade: 7

Location: Tamale


About CRS:

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has been working in Ghana since 1958 and current portfolio focuses on Health, Agriculture, WASH, Microfinance, and Youth/Migration programs.

With the aid landscape shifting in Ghana, there is need to ensure enhance visibility of the Agency’s work, therefore, CRS seeks to invest in strategic communications with the goal of securing additional business opportunities, building and strengthening strategic partnerships and alliances, and promoting CRS’ contributions to the development of Ghana.

Job Summary:

The Communications Officer for CRS/Ghana will be responsible for developing and executing an effective and comprehensive communications strategy to raise the Country Program’s profile with target audiences, including donors, partners, local media, national and local government, the Catholic Church, and others. She/he will work closely with Health and WASH Technical Leads, Senior Management Team and Regional and HQ Communications staff to ensure strategic alignment of communications, consistent messaging, and a strong brand identity. The Communications Officer will create content and use effective communications channels to help position CRS/Ghana for funding and influence.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 25%.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Key Working Relationships

Internal: Country Representative, Head of Programs, Business Development Specialist, Program Managers, International Fellow, Finance Manager, Regional TA for Growth, Regional Information Officer/MarCom staff, and CRS’ Communications team in Headquarters, including the publications department, design team, and communications officers.

External: Relevant Government Ministries and decentralized units/departments, Multilateral Agencies, CBOs, FBOs, Communities, PR, and marketing firms; consultants/contractors in photography, videography, design, printing, event organizing; Ghana media; and local and international organizations



 Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, or related studies
  • Minimum three years marketing and communication experience, ideally for an NGO or organization in development and relief programming.
  • Must possess ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully disseminating information to a variety of audiences.
  • Highly proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and desktop publishing skills is required.
  • Experience in Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign, is strongly desired


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Self-motivated, proactive, and able to work without close supervision.
  • Demonstrated strengths in relationship management; and the ability to work effectively with culturally diverse groups.
  • Diplomatic; able to manage conflict and move groups toward consensus.
  • Able to manage deadlines effectively, often with tight time constraints.
  • Able to lead, manage, and motivate colleagues outside of supervisory authority.
  • Excellent organization and planning skills; able to be detail oriented as necessary.
  • Quick learner, agile, flexible, adaptable to different operating environments


Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

 Disclaimer:  This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

 CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

What we offer

CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, vision, generous retirement savings plan and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world.

CRS’ emphasis on family values supports benefits, including maternity and paternity leave, policies that promote exclusive breastfeeding, the availability of a baby room at the office, and flexible working hours where possible.

EOE/M/F/D/V – CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




Primary Location: WARO-GH-Northern

Job: Marketing Communication

Organization: Catholic Relief Services

Schedule: Regular

Shift: Standard

Employee Status: Entry Level

Job Type: Full-time

Job Level: Day Job

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

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