Communications Assistant

Closing Date: 19 May 2023

Value: R358,146 - R421,349

About the Opportunity

The Global Parenting Initiative (GPI) seeks an experienced Communications Assistant, with interest in our research areas, to join our vibrant international team. The main purpose of this position is to assist with the Global Parenting Initiative’s (GPI’s) communications activities. Working with the Communications Specialist, the Communications Assistant will support with the outreach and planning for events; creating written, design and video content; and general help with website updating and social media.


About you

Essential Relevant Experience, Skills and Knowledge:

  • A diploma/advanced certificate/bachelor’s degree or equivalent, in a social science, public health, or related field
  • 2-3 years’ experience in a similar position, ideally in an academic or think tank environment
  • Experience with event planning and implementation
  • Experience creating and managing website content
  • Experience in writing social media copy for different platforms and ability to adapt writing style for different audiences


Desirable skills:

  • Additional Honour’s degree or equivalent 
  • Highly organised
  • Comfortable working in a hybrid online and in-person working environment
  • Easily able to pivot between different tasks and priorities
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Pays strong attention to detail
  • Experienced in Microsoft Office Suite, MailChimp, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, social media scheduling software such as Hootsuite, and Youtube
  • Basic familiarity with InDesign, Photoshop, and PremierPro
  • Experience in website management and editing
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to work effectively on multiple workstreams at once
  • Takes initiative
  • Can work independently and as part of a team
  • Clear communicator


How to apply

Applications close 19 May 2023 SAST.

Read the job advert here, and the job description here.

For more information and to apply, please submit your application to, subject line “Application for GPI Communications Assistant” before 19 May 2023. Only email applications will be accepted.


Please include the following documents in a single PDF:

  • Your CV (3 pages maximum) including contact details for three professional references.
  • A supporting statement or cover letter which must clearly give the reference number for the post, and demonstrate how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience, which may include evidence of experience gained in employment, education, or during career breaks (such as time out to care for dependents). Your application will be judged solely based on how you demonstrate that you meet the selection criteria stated above.
  • HR201 form


An application that does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.