ESSA Job offer: Communications Assistant

Job type: Initially nine months with potential for extension, from October 2020
Location: Accra, Ghana (this role requires the right to live and work in Ghana)
Salary: GHS 77,000 annual (plus medical insurance cover)
Hours of work: Full time
Travel: 10%
Reporting to: Communications Manager
Direct Reports: None

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Job details

ESSA - Education Sub Saharan Africa is a charity established in 2016. Our vision is to transform education: increasing employment for young people in sub-Saharan Africa.

We bring together a network of young people, educators and decision-makers. Together we use evidence to improve the tertiary education system, equipping millions of young people in sub-Saharan Africa with the skills for work.

Our team is small but driven, working remotely in sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. To find out more about our work, read our Impact Report.

The Communications Assistant is a new position within the ESSA team, you will help us reach our audiences with engaging content that has impact.  

Working with colleagues across the organisation, you will be supporting us to turn evidence about education into compelling messages and tools for our audiences, produce content for our platforms, and take our social media engagement to the next level. You will also be highly organised; helping produce and distribute marketing materials, plan events and provide administrative support. 

We are looking for a dynamic, effective and organized communicator. This is an exciting opportunity to become part of a small but enthusiastic team and play a key role in expanding our work. 

Main Responsibilities

Stories, Content and Media 

  • Work with the Communications Manager to create regular content about our work including crafting key messaging, stories, videos and blogs. 

  • Upload content to our website and other digital platforms. 

  • Design fundraising materials, short research reports, graphics and other materials.  

  • Support the Communications Manager with pitching stories to the media. 

  • Generate newsletters for ESSA’s communities and partners, including managing ESSA’s monthly newsletter. 

  • Work with the Communications Manager to keep track of trends in education and evidence in sub-Saharan Africa. 

  • Review research and select interesting insights to support our messaging and communications.   

Social Media 

  • Ensure a wide and engaged social media presence and maintain different social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.  

  • Work with the Digital Manager to regularly monitor social media analytics. 

  • Identify key social influencers suitable for ESSA to engage with. 

Team Support  

  • Support the ESSA team with offline and virtual event planning (such as webinars), including managing event lists and producing event marketing materials. 

  • Assist with communications support for programmes and research as needed. 

Person Specification


  • Excellent knowledge of social media.  

  • Knowledge of traditional and online media in Ghana. 

  • Copy writing skills. 

  • Basic design skills. 

  • Able to organise and communicate about online and offline events.    

  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to manage and prioritise tasks under pressure. 

  • Self-motivated and able to work from home and without close supervision.  

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to liaise and communicate with colleagues at all levels of seniority and from different cultures. 

  • Holder of a Higher National Diploma (HND) or Bachelor's degree, or relevant work experience. 

  • Strong IT skills, with experience of Microsoft Office applications. 

  • Excellent written and spoken English. 

  • Most importantly as a representative of ESSA, you should be independent, driven by values, and possess a powerful drive to use communications to make positive change.


  • Advanced design skills. 

  • Video editing skills. 

  • Media contacts and press experience in the sub region. 

  • Knowledge of French. 

  • Understanding of the education sector and international development. 

  • Experience of using Office 365 for collaborative working. 


Initially for nine months with potential for extension, from October 2020. The contract of employment will be based on the requirements of Section 1 of the Employment Rights Act 1996. There will be a probationary period of three months.

Please note this role requires the right to live and work in Ghana.

Reporting and communication lines

The position reports to the Communications Manager, with interaction with the entire ESSA team, including Board members.

Where is the workplace?

ESSA operates from collaborative working spaces in London and Accra. In other locations, staff members work from home, from other collaborative working spaces, or are hosted by a partnering institution. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all staff are currently working from home.

Communication relies on telephone, video conferencing and e-mail, supplemented by physical meetings as required.

ESSA will reimburse all reasonable expenses on a pre-agreed basis. Details will be agreed on appointment.

Start date

October 2020

Recruitment process

Candidates will be informed if their interest is being progressed. If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a cover letter explaining your suitability for the role along with a CV by 9am BST on 21st September 2020 to:

First round interviews will be held on the week commencing 5th October 2020

You can also download a PDF file of the job description:

 Communications Assistant Job Description (PDF)