Working for access to quality public healthcare in South Africa since 1998
24 Jul 2018

Vacancy: Communications Officer

The Treatment Action Campaign seeks to employ a Communications Officer 

To be based in Gauteng

Purpose of the position

  1. Develop, implement and report on TAC’s Communications and Advocacy strategy and contribute to the establishment and maintenance of TAC’s national and international position, influence and authoritative voice, in line with TAC’s overall strategic objectives and goals and in collaboration with other TAC teams.
  2. The role will ensure that TAC’s core work on the ground is communicated to the public, donors and TAC staff, political leadership and members, and that each audience responds appropriately.


  • Oversee and coordinate the development of a Communications and Advocacy strategy for TAC, and consolidate communication and advocacy information for strategy development and organisational innovation;
  • Coordinate and deliver Communication operational plan and ensure outputs have direct linkage to strategy priorities, in particular to support the advocacy work of TAC at all levels;
  • Oversight of TAC’s Provincial Output;
  • Contribute to implementation, monitoring and reporting of strategic focus areas work to enhance programme delivery and improve TAC’s impact and influence;
  • Advocating for TAC at a national and international level;
  • Ensure an effective team of staff members and leadership which has the ability to respond to communication needs of the organisation;
  • Ensure provision of mechanisms to disseminate and promote TAC strategy, programme focus areas and regional priorities to all identified interested groups;
  • Messages aimed at different populations, stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries must be accessible, appropriate and easily understood;
  • Production of all kinds of materials – those that support direct engagement, print media, social media, as well as all of the electronic media;.
  • Creative and innovative approach to ensure that all media platforms are effectively utilised in as cost effective way as possible.

Skills and knowledge required

  • A Degree in Journalism
  • Experience of 4 years in journalism and communication field
  • Strong demonstrable skills to performance manage staff;
  • Strong demonstrable skills in strategic planning and budgeting, project management, financial management, and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and under pressure, set priorities, work to deadlines, and work independently as well as being a part of a team;
  • High-level understanding of the functioning of membership-based or similar social organizations.
  • High-level understanding of political and civil processes and how to engage with them;
  • Significant up-to-date knowledge of HIV and AIDS and TB and appropriate responses to them;
  • Strong understanding of political and social dynamics in South Africa, and especially in relation to the HIV and TB epidemics;
  • Experience in Website and all media management;
  • Fluency in English, including speaking, reading and writing with the ability to conduct high-level business in English;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

The closing date for application has been extended to the 31 July 2018. People who have applied before do not have to re-apply.

To apply, submit your cover letter, detailed CV, copy of a valid driver’s license, matric certificate, qualifications and three contactable references by e-mail to

Contact will be made with shortlisted candidates.

The Treatment Action Campaign is guided by principles of employment equity; women, people living with HIV, and people with disability are encouraged to apply.