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Communications Manager – BUILD

Job Overview

The Communications Manager reports to the Project Director, BUILD. This position serves as the lead for all the project’s communications functions.

Key duties and Responsibilities

  • Strategic communications and knowledge management
    • Lead the planning, development and implementation of the project’s programmatic communications and knowledge management strategy,
    • Support the development of content for communications materials such as web stories, op-eds, press releases, fact sheets, talking points, and event briefings as needed, working closely with consortium members.
    • Support consortium partners in implementing the project’s communication and knowledge management strategy.
  • General communications and knowledge management; Execute communications projects for the project, including managing the production of all project communications material, Draft and coordinate the production and dissemination of a diverse range of products including external facing reports, technical briefs, infographics, program updates, media releases and success stories.
  • Support the project in developing and implement communication campaigns around key events such as global commemoration days to demonstrate the project’s work presence at regional convenings and events, including logistical work, collateral design, and staffing.
  • Manage the dissemination and maintenance of BUILD publications and products through channels such as website, social media, and other external facing platforms to ensure emerging research, program updates, success stories and reports of hub country and regional progress reach their target audiences and are consistently branded.
  • Establish metrics for measuring and gauging impact of materials and publications and provide updates on these metrics throughout the project.
  • Where necessary develop, manage, and maintain internal communications resources such as branding guidelines, style guide, templates etc.
  • Work with BUILD program and technical staff on the design and delivery of a regular program of technical updates for staff and partners.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Masters’ Degree or equivalent standard of education required, preferably in communications, digital media, journalism, international relations, global health, or other directly related field.
  • At least five (5) years’ experience in science and development communications.
  • Experience and interest in global population, health, environment and development issues including family planning, and reproductive health.
  • Demonstrable track record of successful communication projects executed in previous roles
  • Excellent and demonstrable writing and technical editing skills, especially policy-oriented publications and media products.
  • Excellent presentation and public-speaking/verbal communication skills.
  • Technical skills in publications design, web design and management, and social media platforms.
  • Ability to negotiate, network and form credible relationships within organisation as well as with senior decision-makers in external institutions.
  • Skilled communicator, able to dialogue effectively with a wide range of audiences and to represent the organisation with authority and credibility to the outside world, including the media.
  • Experience in science and development communications, including translating and communicating research to non-scientific audiences such as the media and the public.
  • Knowledge of the African context and how this influences decision-making in the areas of health, population and development, education, environment and climate change, and governance.
  • Knowledge of current global issues and debates in development policy and international development politics.

Population, Environment, and Development – BUILD

ABOUT THE POSITION

BUILD is seeking to recruit a Population, Environment, and Development (PED) Director with experience in cross-sectoral development policy, research, MEL, and programming to join our team. The role will be the technical PED lead of the project, providing technical support to our cross-sectoral PED policy, research, and advocacy efforts towards achieving the BUILD project objectives.

The position could be at either AFIDEP’s Nairobi or Lilongwe offices.

KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • The PED Director shall provide support to the Project Director with strategic leadership and oversight of the BUILD project.
  • Serve as a member of the senior leadership team of the project and support the Project Director in oversight of project staff.
  • Provide technical leadership and management on Population, Health, Environment, and Development.
  • Provide technical support to policy, advocacy, and MERL efforts related to cross-sectoral population, health, environment, and development approaches.
  • Provide PED technical assistance and training to the project staff, consortium partners, and other key stakeholders.
  • Co-lead and oversee programmatic functions, i.e., development of work plans, budgets, quarterly/annual reports, and ensure effective implementation of program strategy.
  • Maintain effective and open communication throughout the project with the Project Director, the Program Manager, the Hub Leads, project implementation teams, consortium partner staff, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Work with the Project Director, the Program Manager, and other project staff to continuously refine implementation processes by integrating lessons learned and best practices.
  • Serve in an acting capacity in the absence of the Project Director.
  • Oversee the design and strategy of new activities, ensuring that agreed activities and targets are fully accomplished, meet expected technical and management quality standards, and are delivered on schedule and on budget.
  • Lead the writing and dissemination of analytical program reports and related publications.
  • Identify opportunities and negotiate partnership programs to leverage synergistic donor, governmental, and organizational resources.
  • Manage and mentor a team of senior technical and program management staff and facilitate strong communication and coordination with and between all team members.
  • Cultivate and provide oversight to a network of diverse local and international project consultants, sub-contractors, and grantees to ensure quality and timeliness of deliverables and facilitate regular communication among consortium partners to encourage maximum participation in the project.
  • Communicate with USAID regular technical updates and support other technical leadership tasks, as assigned by the Project Director.

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

  • PhD or Masters’ degree in social sciences i.e. international development, demography, public health, environment, climate change or related field.
  • At least 5 years post-graduation experience in cross-sectoral development policy, research, and programming.
  • Strong research and analytical skills, including experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex issues to a range of audiences.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Experience in project management and/or monitoring and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment in a fast-paced environment, as well as independently with minimal supervision.
  • Fluent in English, with proficiency in French desirable.
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HOW TO APPLY

To apply for this position, please submit a detailed CV and cover letter to recruitment@afidep.org  including the position title on the subject of the email by 31st January 2024. In your cover letter, please highlight your relevant experience and qualifications, and explain why you are interested in this position. Your CV should include three relevant referees. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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