Ministry of National Development Planning Recruiting: Communications Officer

  • Job Title: Communications Officer
  • Company: Ministry of National Development Planning
  • Location: Lusaka
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: Communication Jobs in Zambia

The Government of the Republic of Zambia with the support of the World Bank is implementing the Zambia Integrated Forest Landscape Project (ZIFLP) in Eastern province. The Project Development Objective (PDO) is “to improve landscape management and increase environmental and economic benefits for targeted rural communities in the Eastern Province and to improve the Zambia’s capacity to respond promptly and effectively to an Eligible Crisis or Emergency”. The project aims to provide support to rural communities in Eastern Province to allow them to better manage the resources of their landscapes so as to reduce deforestation and unstainable agricultural expansion; enhance benefits they receive from forestry, agriculture and wildlife; and reduce their vulnerability to climate change. The project intends to also ensure that enabling conditions are in place for these changes to happen. Simultaneously, the project will create the enabling environment for carbon emission reduction purchases to be made in a subsequent project. The ZIFLP’s key beneficiaries are poor communities of the Eastern province. The Ministry of National Development Planning now invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill the following vacancies in Lusaka and Chipata:


  • The Communications Officer shall support and maintain internal and external communications with project collaborators and implementing agencies
  • S/he will develop a comprehensive Communication Strategy for the project in consultation with all relevant stakeholders, implement and monitor the strategy and document best practice examples from the project.
    S/he shall ensure full coherence and alignment of the communication strategy with the project document and the World Bank Project Appraisal Document (PAD)
  • S/he shall provide technical advice and support to the ZIFLProject in planning and developing relevant information and communication products
  • Develop, implement and evaluate a comprehensive Communication strategy and provide support for publicity, monitoring and evaluation
  • Provide media relations for the project by developing an active media database and contact list
  • Oversee the design of the website and developing content of the website, while ensuring that the content is regularly updated, promoted and remains relevant
  • Develop and organize publication activities to explain the emission reduction payment Phase of the project by producing communication materials, flyers, videos, information briefs, posters, aimed at informing project beneficiaries and stakeholders the project objectives
  • To Link ZIFLP communication activities to other national, regional and international activities, networks and partners
  • Support organization of project events during implementation on local and national level to achieve better
  • Programme understanding, recognition, and visibility
  • Draft press releases, statements, news summaries and ensure print and electronic media coverage of the events related to the ZILFP at national, regional and international level are documented, filled and also shared with management
  • Proactively identify media opportunities in close liaison with various stakeholders and partners on the Project,
    Plan and implement media and other communication events including press releases, report launches, ad-hoc briefings, public information events, interviews, lectures/talk and press conferences
  • Create a photobank of project photographs that are of high resolution
  • Develop simple communication tools that will communicate the project in simple terms to stakeholders
  • Develop as well as maintain databases of stakeholders and partners in the field of information and communication media
  • Initiate and implement communication activities in the Project annual plans
  • Help organize visits for journalists, NGOs, and community groups in order to best disseminate information on the ZIFLProject and initiatives
  • Assist with the development of partnerships with networks of civil society that influence and impact on climate change
  • Reach out proactively to private sector, CSO, Cooperating partners and communities and maintain active communication and dialogue between them and the Project
  • And any other responsibilities as determined by the National Project Manager


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication, Information Communication Technology or related field
  • No less than 3 years’ working experience in similar field
  • Good Communication and Report Writing Skills
  • Computer literate with skills in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Powerpoint
  • Familiar with Web design and database Management
  • Possesses high initiative and observes confidentiality
  • Experience in donor-funded projects, in particular, World-Bank funded projects, would be an advantage
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision, good team player, self-starter and maintain good relationships

Duration of the Assignment

  • The contract will be for a period of 24 months renewable based on performance evaluation with an initial probation period of 6 months

How to apply
Send application letters with current curriculum vitae (CV), traceable referees and copies of academic/professional qualifications must reach the undersigned:
Head Procurement,
For/ Permanent Secretary – DPA,
Ministry of National Development Planning,
Fairley Road,

For more information

Ministry of National Development Planning (Ridgeway, Lusaka)