Re-Advert Communications Advisor

Reports to: Programme Manager

Duration: Until 30 June 2024


The Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention Programme (VCP III) is a joint South African-German technical cooperation project, with co-funding from the Canadian government, that seeks to contribute to the national development priority of creating a safer South Africa. It works to improve the framework conditions for the effective, aligned and evidence-based implementation of South Africa’s national policy framework on violence and crime prevention, the White Paper on Safety and Security (WPSS) as well as the National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (NSP GBVF).

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is responsible for the implementation of the German contribution to the programme on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as the commissioning party and Global Affairs Canada (GAC) as a co-financing party. The multi-partner VCP Steering Committee is co-chaired by the Department of Cooperative Governance (DCoG) and the Civilian Secretariat for Police Service (CSPS). 

The programme supports multi-stakeholder-driven interventions towards addressing the root causes of violence and crime in South Africa through capacitating different sectors and levels of government for prevention work as well as activating and supporting different non-state societal resources and aligning their efforts. The programme recognises social and gender norms as key determinants of (gender-based) violence and crime, and accordingly applies an intersectional understanding of violence and prevention and strives to integrate gender-transformative approaches in its work.

The programme’s activities in its current, third commission (July 2019 – June 2024) are arranged in four areas of intervention:

  1. Supporting children and youth to grow up in a safe environment and become more resilient to violence and crime through in- and out-of-school peer-led interventions and the promotion of youth-focussed psycho-social wellbeing programmes.
  2. Localizing prevention through strengthening capacities of key state- and non-state actors, such as local government for community safety planning, municipal and local non-governmental organizations for area-based approaches to violence prevention as well as the faith-based sector for the prevention of gender-based violence in particular.
  3. Supporting the implementation and funding strategies for the White Paper on Safety and Security, the National Strategic Plan on Gender-based Violence and Femicide as well as the Integrated Urban Development Framework.
  4. Generating and disseminating knowledge and evidence for effective violence prevention, emphasizing an evidence-informed and data-driven approach to violence prevention coordinated and supported through strong networks of practitioners for exchanging knowledge and experience.

The VCP III Programme seeks to appoint a Communications Advisor who will be part of the GIZ-VCP team with the overall responsibility for implementing the programme’s Communication and Knowledge Management Strategy and providing strategic communication advice and support to VCP team members and partners in line with achieving the objectives of the VCP programme.


  • Strategic Communications Management
  • Overall responsibility for VCP Communication and Knowledge Management Strategy (internal and external), including further refinements of the strategy and development of an implementation plan that will be integrated into the VCP Operational Plan
  • Develop stories of change, case studies, articles, interviews, infographics, factsheets, presentations and multi-media content and other communication products to effectively and creatively communicate the activities, results and impacts of the VCP programme for different internal and external audiences
  • Provide ongoing advice and assistance to Advisors in the VCP team on strategic communication and communication plans in their respective areas of responsibility
  • Advise VCP partners on strategic communication of joint processes, and towards elevating the violence prevention agenda in South Africa
  • Carry out quality assurance on all VCP communication material to ensure alignment and compliance with GIZ/BMZ/GAC communication and visibility guidelines
  • Carry out basic design work where appropriate, and prepare and manage service provider assignments for the packaging, design and layout of VCP communication materials and knowledge products
  • Manage the production and dissemination of public relations content on VCP’s work on GIZ and other social media/digital communication channels, as well as for commissioning parties’ channels
  • Support and advise VCP team and partners on strategic communication related to events, including the development of relevant knowledge products and publicity materials
  • Liaise with external media where required according to project/partner and activity needs


Suitable candidates should apply for this position apply by submitting motivation letter (max. 1 page) detailing why they should be the preferred candidate This should be accompanied by a detailed CV indicating their nationality to:  for the attention of Head of HR with the Subject Line: “Application for VCP Communication Advisor Role”

Closing date for applications: 07 October 2022

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be informed.

Applications without a motivation letter will not be considered.