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Vacant Position: Communications and Media Officer.

Opportunity closing date: 

Friday, 30 October, 2020

Opportunity type: 

Employment

Vacant Position at CoRMSA Re: Communication and Media Officer
To be based in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Opportunity type: 1st December 2020 to 31st December 2021.  
Employment Type: Full time (5 days a week)
Closing date: 30th October 2020.
Report Directly to the Director.
 
The Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA / the Consortium) is a national network with a current number of twenty-six (26) member organisations in good standing whose main objectives and mission are the promotion and protection of the human rights of asylum seekers, refugees and other international migrants in ways that promote the well-being of all in South Africa and the region. The Consortium has over twenty years of experience working on migration and refugee protection engaging in advocacy and lobbying, including policy submissions; coordination and network building; capacity building; community engagement and dialogue; rights awareness and information sharing. Our member organisations include legal practitioners, community-based refugee- and migrant-led organisations, advice offices, academic institutions, and social service providers amongst others.

Responsibilities:

  • Work in close collaboration with other staff, CoRMSA network members and partners to advocate on matters of Social Justice as they impact on social services, basic human rights and respect to human dignity relating to non-nationals (asylum seekers, refugees and migrants).   
  • Develop and use innovative tools and promotional material for effective knowledge sharing, lobbying, campaigning, networking and resource mobilisation;
  • Write and edit copy for communication products, including media statements, op-eds, mailers, and other products for a variety of audiences;
  •  Contribute to media monitoring, analyse media coverage and identify media opportunities related CoRMSA’s work;
  • Develop and implement a Social Media Strategy including implementation of media strategies, tactics and messages, the production of communication products, [newsletters, and brochures].
  • Taking minutes that accurately reflect the decisions and discussion that took place during CoRMSA members meeting; workshops, dialogues, staff meetings, forums and networks gatherings etc;
  • Writing up these minutes in an agreed format (whether electronically or in hard copy) so that information can be easily discerned and communications are clear.
  • Distributing the minutes to the members timeously.
  • Ensuring that a copy is filed appropriately.
  • Represent CoRMSA in various forums and produce meeting reports thereof;
  • Build strategic relationships with relevant government departments and other institutions working with non-nationals in general and on access to social services in particular while identifying advocacy opportunities and strategies for engaging;
  • Ensures that CoRMSA norms and code of conducts are maintained all the times;
  • Media Communications on issues  related to specific populations known as CoRMSA beneficiaries (asylum seekers, refugees and migrants);
  • Assist CoRMSA staff in drafting identifying and drafting of Funding Proposals for CoRMSA;
  • Perform any other operational duties as per the Director directive that will benefit CoRMSA.
  • Management of Members through regular communication and management of the CORMSA membership Data base and related social media platforms.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree/diploma/higher certificate with major subjects in either communication, public relations, journalism, media, a related field or related work experience;
  • Diverse experience working on migration and social services related issues including education, social security, labour, documentations, health as they relate to refugees and migrants and understanding of asylum seeker, refugee and immigration laws is a prerequisite;
  • Job related knowledge required for this position includes public relations/media, branding and marketing, social/digital media, WordPress, publishing (print and electronic), production, and impact monitoring;
  • Willingness to work after hours and on weekends when required;
  • Knowledge of any African language or French language will be an advantage;
  • Valid Drivers’ license is essential
  • Travelling out of the Gauteng province, regionally and internationally is a must.

Application can be sent to:
Ms Gloria Makxeta – Finance and Admin Officer

Email: info@cormsa.org.za or Fax: + 27 11 403 7559. Tel: 011 403 7560.

NB! Please, take note that if you do not hear from us within two weeks of the application closing date, consider your application unsuccessful. Application closes on 30th October 2020 at 4pm.

Vacant Position: Communications and Media Officer.

Opportunity closing date: Friday, 30 October, 2020Opportunity type: Employment

Vacant Position at CoRMSA Re: Communication and Media Officer
To be based in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Opportunity type: 1st December 2020 to 31st December 2021.  
Employment Type: Full time (5 days a week)
Closing date: 30th October 2020.
Report Directly to the Director.
 
The Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA / the Consortium) is a national network with a current number of twenty-six (26) member organisations in good standing whose main objectives and mission are the promotion and protection of the human rights of asylum seekers, refugees and other international migrants in ways that promote the well-being of all in South Africa and the region. The Consortium has over twenty years of experience working on migration and refugee protection engaging in advocacy and lobbying, including policy submissions; coordination and network building; capacity building; community engagement and dialogue; rights awareness and information sharing. Our member organisations include legal practitioners, community-based refugee- and migrant-led organisations, advice offices, academic institutions, and social service providers amongst others.

Responsibilities:

  • Work in close collaboration with other staff, CoRMSA network members and partners to advocate on matters of Social Justice as they impact on social services, basic human rights and respect to human dignity relating to non-nationals (asylum seekers, refugees and migrants).   
  • Develop and use innovative tools and promotional material for effective knowledge sharing, lobbying, campaigning, networking and resource mobilisation;
  • Write and edit copy for communication products, including media statements, op-eds, mailers, and other products for a variety of audiences;
  •  Contribute to media monitoring, analyse media coverage and identify media opportunities related CoRMSA’s work;
  • Develop and implement a Social Media Strategy including implementation of media strategies, tactics and messages, the production of communication products, [newsletters, and brochures].
  • Taking minutes that accurately reflect the decisions and discussion that took place during CoRMSA members meeting; workshops, dialogues, staff meetings, forums and networks gatherings etc;
  • Writing up these minutes in an agreed format (whether electronically or in hard copy) so that information can be easily discerned and communications are clear.
  • Distributing the minutes to the members timeously.
  • Ensuring that a copy is filed appropriately.
  • Represent CoRMSA in various forums and produce meeting reports thereof;
  • Build strategic relationships with relevant government departments and other institutions working with non-nationals in general and on access to social services in particular while identifying advocacy opportunities and strategies for engaging;
  • Ensures that CoRMSA norms and code of conducts are maintained all the times;
  • Media Communications on issues  related to specific populations known as CoRMSA beneficiaries (asylum seekers, refugees and migrants);
  • Assist CoRMSA staff in drafting identifying and drafting of Funding Proposals for CoRMSA;
  • Perform any other operational duties as per the Director directive that will benefit CoRMSA.
  • Management of Members through regular communication and management of the CORMSA membership Data base and related social media platforms.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree/diploma/higher certificate with major subjects in either communication, public relations, journalism, media, a related field or related work experience;
  • Diverse experience working on migration and social services related issues including education, social security, labour, documentations, health as they relate to refugees and migrants and understanding of asylum seeker, refugee and immigration laws is a prerequisite;
  • Job related knowledge required for this position includes public relations/media, branding and marketing, social/digital media, WordPress, publishing (print and electronic), production, and impact monitoring;
  • Willingness to work after hours and on weekends when required;
  • Knowledge of any African language or French language will be an advantage;
  • Valid Drivers’ license is essential
  • Travelling out of the Gauteng province, regionally and internationally is a must.

Application can be sent to:
Ms Gloria Makxeta – Finance and Admin Officer

Email: info@cormsa.org.za or Fax: + 27 11 403 7559. Tel: 011 403 7560.

NB! Please, take note that if you do not hear from us within two weeks of the application closing date, consider your application unsuccessful. Application closes on 30th October 2020 at 4pm.

[PRESS STATEMENT] National Heritage Day 2020 | Building a #CollectiveCulture

The 24th of September, Heritage Day, in South Africa, is reserved as a national public holiday to celebrate the diverse cultures and traditions that make up South Africa’s contemporary social life.

South Africa’s history is scarred by divisive regimes including colonialism and apartheid which sought to create a segregated and unequal society through a racialized social structure. In celebrating South Africa’s liberation and the wealth of cultural diversity. This day of celebration enables the prioritisation of the all people from across the African continent and rest of the world who contribute to the rich cultures and forms of knowledge we have in South Africa today.

The theme for Heritage Day 2020 is celebrating South Africa’s living treasures’[1]. In launching this theme Minister Nathi Mthethwa noted that the Department of Arts and Culture would double-up the effort in ensuring that these suppressed knowledge forms receive the recognition and support they deserve; not only for aesthetic reasons, but also because of the potentiality of their political economy.’ This was also echoed by President of Republic of South Africa in his speech on the easing of lockdown alert level on the 16th September 2020 when he reiterated that “I urge everyone to use this public holiday as family time, to reflect on the difficult journey we have all travelled, to remember those who have lost their lives, and to quietly rejoice in the remarkable and diverse heritage of our nation”. He further   indicated that it will take the combined effort of each and every South African to restore our nation to prosperity and development.

For inquiries or more information please contact: Thifulufheli Sinthumule (CoRMSA) thifulufheli@cormsa.org.za/+27 71 358 0059 or Muluti Phiri advocacy@cormsa.org.za/+27 71 15 00113 Abigail Dawson (CoRMSA)  communications@cormsa.org.za/ +27 74 851 5683


What’s Happening This Week?

05 November-11th November

This week CoRMSA and its member organisations are organizing and apart of various activities and events in forwarding our mandate to promote and protect the human rights of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers in South Africa.

06 November 2018

The African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS), a CoRMSA member organisation, is hosting their weekly seminar. This weeks seminar is titled: The spectacle versus the ordinary: Urban change and narratives of difference along a ‘Chinese’ street in suburban Johannesburg by Romain Dittgen (African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand) and Gerald Chungu (School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand). Find the Facebook event here for more details.

08 November

Thifulufheli, CoRMSA’s director, will be in Windhoek Namibia from 8th-9th November attending the 16th Regional Seminar of EU-ACP Economic and Social Interest Groups. He will be presenting on projects that CoRMSA has developed and implemented in promoting and protecting the rights of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers. Read the background story to the seminar and engagements here.

Abigail will be attending the Migrants Psycho-Social Rights Forum hosted my Sophiatown Community Psychological Services. This forum brings together various Civil Society Organizations working with migrants including Lawyers for Human Rights, Future Families, CSVR and UNHCR. There are four task teams covering areas of access to healthcare, education, documentation and employment. These task teams collaborate to strengthen advocacy efforts to make these basic rights for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers attainable.

‘Keep them out’: Costs of South Africa’s Migration Policy

Today, 25th October CoRMSA is attending  a roundtable discussion themed “keep them out: costs of South Africa’s Migration Policy” at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) offices in Brooklyn, Pretoria. Panelists are Aimee-Noel Mbiyozo from ISS and Corey Johnson from The Scalabrini Centre in Cape Town chaired by Ottilia Anna Maunganidze from ISS.

The event is based on the new Policy Brief by Aimée-Noël Mbiyozo entitled ‘Aligning South Africa’s migration policies with its African vision’, to download the brief, click here. https://issafrica.org/media-resources/videos-and-infographics/iss-live-keep-them-out-costs-of-south-africas-migration-policy

Follow our social media feed for further updates on the panel discussion.

 

#EndStatelessness! Graphs on what to do if your child is undocumented

Lawyers for Human Rights has put together easy-to-use graphs on what to do if your child is undocumented. This is a useful resource for all those in the legal field or people seeking assistance.

 

Download graphs here

Final Civil Society Forum Communique and the SADC Summit Communique.

 

CoRMSA attended the SADC Civil Society Forum in Namibia in August 2018. Follow the links for the final communique from the forum is in the link. It is disappointing that migration has not been highlighted in this document, the issues raised by CoRMSA can be found on pages 4-5 of final communique.

The final Communique from the Windhoek SADC Summit can be found here.