Work at Sonke

Multimedia Communications Associate

About Sonke

With a full-time staff of about 100 people working from offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Agincourt, Sonke works globally, and especially across Africa, to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to take action to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS. In this way, the organisation contributes to the development of societies in which men, women, youth and children can enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of just and democratic societies (see www.

About the position

The Multimedia Communications Associate will report on, document and secure media coverage of the work of Sonke Gender Justice (“the organisation”) and the issues on which it works using visual and digital media, and sometimes also print media. This person will also support and contribute to the social media profile and activities of the organisation.

This position has the following primary responsibilities:

  1. Reporting and content production
  2. Social media engagement
  3. Media relations and distribution
  4. Manage digital media content
  5. Assist with the management and updating of the organisation’s website
  6. Technological development, research and acquisition
  7. Meetings and organisational responsibilities

Key duties and responsibilities


  • Film and edit two to four short movies, documentaries or interviews per month
  • Photograph activities of the organisation
  • Write photo captions
  • Produce slideshows and/or audio slideshows
  • Write narratives to report on the organisation’s issues or activities, or to accompany digital media products
  • Research information for media production and other communications activities of the organisation
  • Check reporting facts and obtain and file necessary releases/consents and documentation


  • Regularly post to the organisation’s social media accounts
  • Reply to public inquiries and requests (made to the organisation through online channels)
  • Contribute to building a dynamic, professional and engaged social media profile


  • Develop relationships between the organisation and the media
  • Distribute content produced by the organisation to the media
  • Help develop distribution channels for the organisation’s content
  • Work as a media liaison between the organisation and the media, and assist with related logistics


  • Archive and catalogue the organisation’s media assets
  • Develop and implement organisational systems to file, label and archive media content and assets
  • Ensure that the organisation’s media assets (including photos, videos, case studies) are readily available to staff
  • Ensure that the organisation’s media assets are securely backed up


  • Update content to the organisation’s website (or provide content to web producer)
  • Assist with writing and producing content for the organisation’s website
  • Assist with management of the organisation’s website


  • Help the organisation to develop media and technological capacity
  • Research as necessary to advise the organisation on technological assets and acquisitions (including software and equipment)
  • Help set up the organisation’s technological systems (including editing workstation etc.)


  • Prepare for and participate actively in unit meetings, programme and staff meetings
  • Complete relevant work, financial and trip reports


  • Excellent multimedia production and video editing skills;
  • Demonstrated visual competencies;
  • Strong writing skills with the ability to write clearly & concisely;
  • Web skills advantageous;
  • Excellent photographic skills;
  • Demonstrated social media competence;
  • Organisational and planning skills with the ability to prioritise time and work effectively;
  • Strong people skills with the ability to work under pressure;
  • Highly-motivated, confident communicator with the ability to engage with people at all levels;
  • Pays attention to detail and displays a high level of integrity;
  • Able to multi-task and is deadline orientated;
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in a team;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work across diverse cultural backgrounds;
  • Technologically savvy and/or proficient;
  • Innovative and creative, able to see new opportunities;
  • Reflective and open to learning.

Qualifications and experience

  • Recognised university degree, post graduate qualification an advantage;
  • Minimum of 3 years work experience in a relevant field (e.g. journalism, media, communications);
  • Fluency in English, a local language is advantageous;
  • Excellent photographic, video editing, multimedia and writing skills;
  • Strong online media experience;
  • Above average competence in the use of computerised packages – proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications; i.e. Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint;
  • Experience working in the NGO environment advantageous;
  • Willingness to travel 20-40% of the time.

To Apply

 Interested applicants should submit their Curriculum Vitae, a motivation letter (please provide contact details of two referees) detailing experience and two relevant examples of multi-media work to Sonke’s Human Resource Department via email to The closing date 28 October 2016. Salary is negotiable dependent on experience & qualifications. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. If you do not hear from us by 15 November 2016, please consider your application unsuccessful. For non-South African nationals or permanent residents, it is the responsibility of the applicant to attain a work permit from the Department of Home Affairs; employment will depend on a valid work permit being in place. The organisation reserves the right not to make an appointment.


Cape Town or Johannesburg


R321 000 per annum

Closing Date

28 October 2016