Head of Communications (The Girl Generation, Phase 2)

Location: 
Nairobi, Kenya
Contract type: 
Full-time, fixed term contract
Salary: 
Commensurate with experience
Closing date: 
Friday, 15 November, 2019
The Head of Communications will lead on the development and implementation of the end FGM programme’s communications strategy. He/she will support the African-led movement to end FGM, including partners, grantees and stakeholders, to communicate effectively about FGM to the targeted audience through capacity building, amplifying stories of change, and ensuring a cohesive messaging.
Responsibilities: 

The Head of Communications will oversee content development for all of the programme’s platforms, including social media, the website, and for public relations and mainstream media coverage. They will be responsible for producing, and overseeing the production of, written and graphic materials which ensure consistency and compliance with programme brand, values, key messages, and style guidelines. The Head of Communications will liaise with colleagues and grantees in focal countries to amplify stories of change and showcase the African-led movement on the global stage.

The Head of Communications will ensure that all communications work relating to the programme adheres to Safeguarding and Do No Harm guidelines, given the sensitivity of the programme focus.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Development and implementation of communications strategy
  • Oversee content creation, including managing external suppliers and quality assuring their work
  • Social change communications
  • Amplify stories of change from the Africa-led movement
Person specification: 
  • Demonstrated experience of developing and implementing complex integrated strategic communications programmes at scale
  • Highly experienced brand strategist, with experience gained in either the commercial or not-for-profit sector
  • Experience designing and implementing effective advocacy media campaign, preferably on social issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to optimise brand strategies within an African context
  • Extensive on the ground experience of working in a minimum of one sub-Saharan African countries.
  • Experience in effectively managing relationships, including at a distance
  • Opportunistic in a dynamic environment and able to swiftly change course
  • The ability to communicate complex concepts to a variety of audiences/stakeholders
  • Exceptional and creative written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Experiencing of working on sensitive issues such as FGM
  • Strong commitment to safeguarding and Do No Harm principles
  • Strong preference for candidates with the right to live and work in Kenya
  • Fluency in English; working proficiency in French desirable
Benefits: 

Options offers a comprehensive and competitive salary and benefits package.

Application process: 
  • To apply, please email your CV with a covering letter detailing how you meet the requirements of the role to opportunities@options.co.uk. Candidates should state the role in the subject header.
  • Closing date for applications is: 15 November 2019
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview.
Other information: 

Options is an equal opportunities employer.

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment.

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