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Advocacy and Communications Manager

Date Posted: 1/21/22

Key Responsibilities

The responsibilities of Advocacy & Communications Officer/Manager include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Lead the conceptualization and implementation of communications strategies and campaigns to advance community-led health in national and county policy, in close collaboration with the HSS Director.
  • Develop and execute a communication strategy that targets key audiences in Kenya—including policymakers, technical staff in the Ministry of Health, partner organizations, and funders—in close collaboration with the Communications & Development Manager;
  • Develop, write and edit communications and marketing materials, including press releases, videos, newsletters, blog posts, pitch letters, case studies, feature articles, trend stories, with tailored content and messages and track analytics and create reports detailing successes and failures of communications campaigns.
  • Contribute to the Communications & Development Team editorial calendar, proactively identifying communication opportunities and conceptualizing new communication materials.
  • Track the development and revision of relevant policies, guidelines, curricula, etc. and identify opportunities for Lwala to contribute to policy analysis as needed.
  • Liaise with program staff to identify success stories, key learnings, and programmatic milestones to document for advocacy and communication materials.
  • Conceptualize and author content for social media, blogs/articles, briefs, fact sheets, newsletters, and quarterly and annual reports.
  • Own and drive Lwala’s social media strategy across multiple channels including Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, and Instagram; gather and create social media content as a driver of Lwala’s messages, appeals, and website traffic as critical platforms for building brand and issue awareness with audiences in Kenya.
  • Lead media engagement in Kenya, including preparation of media briefs (whenever necessary), in consultation with the HSS Director. Responsible for local branding, advertising, trade shows, organization events and assisting in the development of promotional collateral.
  • in collaboration with program teams, create conference abstracts and presentations for stakeholder meetings and conferences.
  • Support relevant business development opportunities, including participation in project design and proposal development and amplify donor and partner experience in effective and impactful field visits.
  • Support production of monthly, quarterly and annual reports, focused on reporting on policy advocacy related indicators. Gather, oversee, and deliver program impact stories for multi-channel campaigns encompassing thought leadership, email campaigns, blog posts, videos and social media.
  • Lead organizational brand positioning, design of branding and communications materials in support of fundraising, donor stewardship and managing contractors when needed.
  • Provide technical support to Lwala staff on advocacy and communication efforts, including capacity building for staff if needed.
  • Develop communications protocols for the organization including strategies for managing communication crises, should they arise.
  • Represent Lwala in national and global coalitions and technical working groups, partners with like-minded organizations to advance advocacy and positioning that contribute to coalitions’
  • Maintain digital media archives, including photos and videos.

Qualifications and Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (e.g. Communications, Communications for development, marketing, health communications). Master’s degree is a plus.
  • At least seven years of relevant professional experience, including five years supporting advocacy and communications initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate (orally and in writing) complex issues in a concise, compelling, and easily understandable manner, including the ability to analyze and draft policy. The ideal candidate should be an excellent storyteller experienced at translating complex issues into compelling communications and storytelling that inspire action.
  • Demonstrated experience developing communication materials and content creation for social media, blogs/articles, briefs, fact sheets, newsletters, and graphics. Experience in photography/videography is a plus.
  • Demonstrated success in influencing public health policies at the national or subnational levels. Knowledge of the community health system in Kenya is desirable.
  • Demonstrated success planning and coordinating advocacy activities to support policy goals.
  • Proven ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with government personnel, NGO partners, and international organizations and experience working with coalitions.
  • Experience interfacing with multiple communication channels, knowledge management systems, and online platforms and Knowledge of best practices and experience creating and publishing content on websites, social media, e-news communications, and other media channels.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment and cross-disciplinary team and regularly take meetings outside of normal business hours to connect with colleagues in the United States.
  • Maturity to tolerate nuance, handle competing priorities, multiple reporting relationships and communicate with executive-level leadership and a global audience.
  • Software Skills Desired – video editing and desktop publishing software including Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, In Design and Illustrator and/or open-source graphic design platforms, WordPress, mail chimp. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office including Excel and Google Suite.
  • Must be a creative and strategic thinker, problem solver with good judgment, strong communicator, with excellent written, presentation, oral communications in English and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of international development, gender and public health is a plus.
  • Based in Kenya, with the ability to travel between Nairobi and Migori County.

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Key Responsibilities

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The responsibilities of the Strategic Partnerships Manager include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Work with Co-CEOs and Communications & Development Manager on donor prospecting and organization positioning.
  • Develop a cultivation strategy and relationship mapping for large technical funders, including USAID, other bi-laterals as well as partners positioned to prime technical awards.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key partner organizations; position Lwala as a partner/sub-grantee of choice on community-led health
  • Scope funding opportunities lead the development of proposals, with special attention to program narratives, work plans, milestones, and budgets; liaise with program staff on the design of new or expanded initiatives.
  • Develop concept notes aligned to institutional funder priorities and use these concepts and other tools to attract new partnerships.
  • Lead the development of coalition/consortium proposals, including the negotiation of scope, roles, and budget; lead networking and positioning on behalf of coalitions where Lwala is a member.
  • Navigate due diligence and compliance processes, including for USAID and other high compliance donors.
  • Partner with communications and advocacy staff to develop and execute a communication strategy that targets key partner organizations and funders
  • Author content for communications materials, as needed, in support of the Communications & Development team.
  • Support knowledge management around donor engagement and cultivation.
  • Support the grants management team in managing technical grants and be the lead on such grants.
  • Work with the Communication & Development team to update grants management dashboard and track progress toward overall fundraising goals.

Qualifications and Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (e.g. public health, business development, health systems management). Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Ten years of relevant, professional experience, including four years of experience related to strategic partnerships and business development.
  • Knowledge of the funding landscape for health and development in Kenya, including existing relationships with key partners and donors. Knowledge of/experience with USAID bids is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop winning proposals, including the ability to facilitate communication between program staff and leadership about program design, objectives, and milestones.
  • Experienced relationship builder, with demonstrated ability to cultivate donors and build strong partnerships with implementing organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate (orally and in writing) complex issues in a concise, compelling, and easily understandable manner.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment and cross-disciplinary team and regularly take meetings outside of normal business hours to connect with colleagues in the United States.
  • Strong desire and aptitude to manage people in the future.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direction and under tight deadlines.
  • Maturity to tolerate nuance, handle competing priorities, multiple reporting relationships and communicate with executive-level leadership and a global audience.
  • Process-oriented with capacity to develop and drive work plans and meet deadlines.
  • Proficiency working with Microsoft Office including Excel and Google Suite.
  • Must be a creative and strategic thinker, problem solver with good judgment, strong communicator, with excellent written, presentation, oral communications in English and interpersonal skills.
  • Based in Kenya, with the ability to travel between Nairobi and Migori County.

To Apply

Please send the following to recruitment@lwalacommunityalliance.org  with the subject line of the post applied for .

  • Current CV/resume.
  • Letter of Interest detailing related skills and experience.
  • 3 professional references with name, title, email, phone contact, and relationship to the applicant.

Position is open until filled. We recommend submitting an application within 2 weeks of the posting date.

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