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Nov 6, 2017

Busara Center Communications Manager Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Busara Center for Behavioral Economics
 
Job Vacancy: Communications Manager

Nairobi County, Kenya

Position Summary:
The Communications Manager supports Busara’s growing global team from its headquarters in Kenya.

 
This is a strategy and implementation focused position that cuts across Busara with the objective of building a world-class communications department and disseminating policy, research, and design both to the external community, as well as within the Busara team.

At Busara, communications serves multiple traditional and non-traditional functions. Thus, the Communications and Design Manager must have expertise across multiple domains of communications; from PR, marketing, and outreach, to internal communications, knowledge management, and design.

Busara is a behavioral science research and advisory organization that conducts projects across a wide range of sectors and disciplines. 

From highly academic lab experiments for world-class universities, to strategic consulting for pan-African telecoms, the communications work at Busara must be as flexible and far reaching as our work.

As an organization that prizes rigor in all the work that we do, the communications strategy should embody the same discipline and use of data that we use in our client-centered work.

That means using the latest research from behavioral science and optimizing our communication strategy through rigorous testing should occur wherever possible.

The Communications Manager will be integral to the new communications division at Busara, thus a self-starter with experience in management positions or previous experience on small, growing teams will be essential for this role.

Our Communications Manager report to the VP of Communications. Note, the role of VP of Communications is currently being filled by the Chief Strategy Officer.
 
Core Responsibilities
  • Support the strategic direction of the communications division in Busara.
  • Overall execution of a communications strategy, with the support of the VP of Communications.
  • Harmonize communications initiatives to support the other organizational divisions.
  • Develop and coordinate a consistent Busara brand, both externally and internally.
  • Contribute to the overall strategic goals and planning at Busara, with a particular emphasis on communications.
  • Use communications and design to drive growth at Busara.
Furthermore Communications Manager should have or be able to quickly develop expertise across the following sub-divisions within communications.

For each of these sub-divisions, the core responsibilities are as follows:

Policy and Outreach
  • Assist in building and lead implementation of a policy and outreach strategy, whose goal is to disseminate Busara’s research and advisory work and establish Busara as an intellectual leader in behavioral science.
  • Develop a core strategy for outreach and engagement, including publishing a white paper series, ensuring our attendance/participation at conferences and events, and using social media and website as a tool for outreach.
  • Oversee public relations functions and coordinate PR initiatives both at the local level as well as the international level.
  • Contribute to the development of a knowledge management system to ensure transparent and efficient communication across project teams.
  • Conduct trainings on the organization’s brand and vision
  • Organize and create best practices guides around common learnings across project for both internal sharing and external dissemination.
  • Execute the design of our communications collateral, including pitch decks, 1-pagers, internal memos, interactive dashboards, and business cards. Enforce common design standards across all organizational outputs.
  • Support the execution of design of project collateral, such as proposals, client presentations, final reports, and other key deliverables.
Communications and Knowledge Management
  • Contribute to the development of a knowledge management system to ensure transparent and efficient communication across project teams.
  • Conduct trainings on the organization’s brand and vision
  • Organize and create best practices guides around common learnings across project for both internal sharing and external dissemination.
  • Execute the design of our communications collateral, including pitch decks, 1-pagers, internal memos, interactive dashboards, and business cards. Enforce common design standards across all organizational outputs.
  • Support the execution of design of project collateral, such as proposals, client presentations, final reports, and other key deliverables.
Core Requirements
  • Deep understanding of Busara’s business and organizational culture and how to use communications and design to support that culture.
  • Ability to work with and inspire people from a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.
  • Experience leading teams, with a particular focus on communications, social media, policy outreach and design.
  • History of contributing strategically to organizations, with an emphasis on communications and design.
  • Use of data and state-of-the-art research in developing communications initiatives.
  • 3+ years experience in communications, policy outreach, PR, marketing, design or a related field.
  • A Degree in Public Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, Mass Communication, or International Relations. Master’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations or relevant field preferred.
How to Apply

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