Press and Media Coordinator At U.S. Embassy Mogadishu

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Press and Media Coordinator – U.S. Embassy Mogadishu (Located in Nairobi)



The U.S. Embassy Mogadishu (located in Nairobi) is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Press and Media Coordinator




  • The Press and Media Coordinator works under the direct supervision of the Public Affairs Officer and has no supervisory responsibilities.
  • Monitors Somali and international press and media coverage of issues of importance to the U.S.
  • Identifies and advises Mission leadership on strategies for promoting accurate, balanced host-country press and media coverage of U.S. foreign policy and American interests; correcting misinformation; and countering disinformation.
  • Builds productive relationships with press and media professionals in person and online.


  • A university degree in Journalism, Communications, International Relations, Political Science, Digital Media Design, or local equivalent is required.


Level IV English (fluent, reading/writing/speaking) is required (this may be tested) and Level IV Somali (good working knowledge reading/writing/speaking) is required.

More Details on Experience


  • A minimum of four years of progressively responsible experience in a media outlet, think tank, university, NGO, international organization, foreign embassy, government office or corporation is required, with responsibility for public relations, public affairs, journalism, communications, marketing, managing public relations, outreach events, press conferences, and other media interactions as significant parts of the job.


More Details on Skills



Analytic skills:

  • Ability to identify, analyze, predict and continually assess attitudes of press and media outlets and information consumers across a wide range of thematic policy areas.
  • Strong analytical skills to match specific U.S. foreign policy objectives with relevant Somali attitudes, perceptions, and stereotypes, and the ability to conceptualize how best to use the full range of Public Diplomacy (PD) communication and program tools to move those attitudes in positive ways.
  • Ability to advise senior Public Diplomacy /Mission leaders of opportunities to promote Mission objectives.
  • Must be able to perceive significant changes in the Somali influence landscape, and to adjust press/media operations and products to maximize balanced coverage for priority audiences.
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Communication/Interpersonal skills:

  • Must have excellent customer relations, interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Ability to identify influential voices in both traditional and digital information outlets, and engage them to positive effect;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in formal and informal situations on nuances of U.S. policy;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in order to speak publicly;
  • Write reports, press releases and other products; engage in online fora; and contribute to publications in English and host-country language;
  • Ability to tailor communications to fit formal and informal situations;
  • Ability to brief U.S. officers and visitors on a variety of issues and interpret between English and Swahili for public programs.

Management skills:

  • Strong event and management.
  • Must be able to organize and run events such as press conferences, interviews, workshops and journalism training seminars, often on short notice or in emergencies.

Technical skills:

  • Good keyboarding and data entry skills are required;
  • Excellent familiarity with electronic discovery tools, in particular the Internet, and standard information retrieval practices and procedures.
  • Detailed knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and databases, as well as Public Diplomacy-specific software, databases, and reporting tools.
  • Knowledge of Public Diplomacy-specific funding authorities is required.
  • Ability to use digital platforms, tools and products, good numerical skills to develop budget projections and statistics for press and media analytics.
  • Basic familiarity with TV and radio production skills to oversee logistics for press and television coverage.
  • Ability to use social media and mobile platforms and photo editing software, photo and video sharing sites, and to create podcasts.


  • Must be available, as required, to travel throughout Somalia to support Mission press and media engagement activities.
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Terms And Conditions

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO): The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.

How to Apply:

All candidates must be able to obtain a Local Security Certification.

Interested candidates for this position must submit their application to the following for consideration:

Required Documents: Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

  • Residency and/or Work Permit (If applicable)
  • DD-214 – Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Secondary school Certificate.

What to Expect Next: Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

For further information: the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained from the recruitment website.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Nairobi, Kenya

Press and Media Coordinator At U.S. Embassy Mogadishu

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