AAH-I Communications Specialist Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Oct 1, 2016

Action Africa Help International (AAH-I) is an African-led, regional organisation, working in Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, and Zambia with Board approval to expand to Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi.

It brings over 25 years’ experience working with communities in conflict and post-conflict situations, including refugees, internally displaced people, host communities and communities in urban slums. 

AAH-I is seeking to fill the following position:

Job Title: Communications Specialist
Salary Scale: AH5
Reports to: Partnership and Busniess Development Adviser
Liaises with: Partnership and Business Development team; Country Offices; HR
Duty station: Nairobi, Kenya with visits to the country programmes as needed
Job Purpose: To strategically use media and communications to improve the health and wellbeing of lively-hood challenged communities in Africa.
Job summary: Under the direction of the Partnership and Business Development Adviser, manage the planning, coordination and completion of regional plans, processes and projects in the execution of AAH-I’s Communications Strategy. 

Work in close liaison with others to identify, develop and communicate the impact of AAH-I’s work.
Duties & Responsibilities
  • Work with country teams, programme staff and partners to ensure high quality communications products – such as stories, photos, annual reports, newsletters, blogs, website, video and exploring new ways to get messages across using social media, online platforms and mobile technology – for a wide range of audiences at various levels.
  • Support AAH-I’s internal communications by working closely with IT; HR to increase staff understanding of AAH-I’s vision and mission and capture and share learning through a variety of channels such as newsletters, videos, talks, calendars and so on
  • Build media and communications capacity by delivering training and advice to AAH-I’s staff, partners and communities on media, documentation and communications skills.
  • Manage the organisation’s knowledge management system to support documentation and sharing of best practices and success stories and ensure accessibility through various tools – intranet, portals etc.
  • Manage organizational events and launches for publications, projects, PR activities and donor visits.
  • Provide communications advice including crafting of relevant messages, use of the right media channels by critically developing strategic solutions to given communications challenges.
  • Update and maintenance of social media channels within the regional office (Twitter, Facebook, You tube).
  • Support in corporate branding through
  • Train and advise (as needed) Country communicators in providing and managing content for these sites.
Expected Outcomes
  • AAH-I’s work at country, regional and global levels is furthered through effective execution of the Communications strategy and budget
  • AAH-I’s audiences and supporters are effectively influenced to support our core development and humanitarian issues through the creative and strategic use of both traditional and new media
  • AAH-I is effectively represented in the media and other external audiences and delivery of messages and reputational risks and opportunities is enhanced
  • Staff and partners are empowered through enhanced capacity in communications
  • Innovation and finding creative new ways to communicate messages to new audiences
Professional qualifications
  • A Bachelor’s degree in communications or its equivalent
  • Over 5 years’ experience working with media, delivering communications strategies, managing internal communications, knowledge of digital media, and building capacity and creating networks.
Skills and competences
  • Minimum requirement: Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, public relations or related field.
  • Good understanding of East Africa region.
  • At least five years’ experience in communications in the development sector.
  • Advanced understanding of internet and latest communication trends/ technologies.
  • Extensive background in communications, journalism and web-based information management.
  • Extensive background in coordinating; producing written content for donor/ sponsor engagement, public advocacy and media relations purposes.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate complicated and technical issues in a concise and clear way, to a wide range of target audiences.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work in multi-national, multi-cultural teams
  • Contacts with media and other key external relationships in the region and AAH-I’s countries of operations
  • Knowledge of professional and ethical issues relating to the Profession.
  • Commitment and knowledge of AAH-I’s vision and values.
Application Instructions

Interested candidates should email application letters and CVs (with 3 referees) addressed to recruitke@actionafricahelp.org to be received by 7th October, 2016. 

The email Subject Line must show the job title of the position applied for. 

AAH-I is an equal-opportunity employer. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

AAH-I does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process nor does it use recruitment agents.


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