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Dec 20, 2017

Catholic University Head of Communications & International Relations

The Catholic University of Eastern Africa is seeking to recruit a hands-on, dynamic, knowledgeable and performance-oriented person to fill the position of Head of Communications & International Relations.
 
Reporting to: Vice Chancellor
 
JOB SUMMARY: To develop and implement internal and external communications strategies, and lead in building strong international linkages and partnerships towards the attainment of the University’s Strategic objectives.


KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  1. Work with the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellors to plan, lead, monitor and manage the University’s internal and external communications.
  2. Periodically direct the University on viable ways of branding and rebranding CUEA – that is, build and maintain the corporate brand in consultation with Students Recruitment Officer.
  3. Develop and implement external and internal communications/public relations strategies and policies to establish strategic and long-term links with key influencers, and persuade local, national and international decision makers.
  4. Provide advice to the University in matters of communication, promotional opportunities and crisis management, and oversee production of news and feature stories, publicity materials, press releases, photographs and videos, and other strategic communications.
  5. Enhance and protect the University’s reputation/profile by managing relationships with external stakeholders including media.
  6. Oversee the University’s electronic communications including supervision of content and web administration.
  7. Ensure a cordial working relationship with affiliate and Constituent Colleges, correspond with them and advise them on quality assurance aspects of their programmes in liaison with DQA.
  8. Ensure continuing education linkage services are coordinated, planned and accredited.
  9. Ensure that academic programmes inspections are carried out in Constituent Colleges in liaison with DQA.
  10. Monitor and evaluate CUEA’s partnerships and correspondence with internal and external partners.
  11. Develop and coordinate partnerships and collaborations with other Institutions for linkages inclusion.
  12. Source and coordinate scholarships received through partnerships and work closely with the Students Recruitment Officer to recruit international students.
  13. Formulate and implement viable community service programmes that make the University visible in the society.
  14. Organize and coordinate exchange programmes for students with other institutions.
  15. Budget responsibility for the Corporate Communications function, including profiling and regular evaluation of expenditure.
  16. Any other duty as assigned by the Supervisor.
WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
  • Work closely with Vice Chancellor and DVCs.
  • Work with Deans, HODs and ICT Manager.
  • Build strong relationship with key stakeholders, donors and development partners.
KEY PERFORMANCE MEASURES
  • Increased inter-departmental communication.
  • Enhanced University’s image
  • Media relations
  • Stakeholder relations.
  • Website traffic.
  • University Linkages and Affiliation.
KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
  • Masters Degree in Communications, Public Relations or other relevant field from a recognized institution.
  • At least 5 years of corporate communications, collaborations and international linkages experience in a similar position, preferably in the higher education sector.
  • Proficiency on Computer Packages like Microsoft Office.
  • Significant experience in a senior communications role with demonstration of a measurable improvement in communications impact.
  • Track record of success in developing strategy and action plans which have achieved their goals in a relevant and complex organization.
  • Relevant experience in creating and managing corporate communications strategy across an organisation both internally and externally, ideally in a knowledge-led organisation.
  • Demonstrable success in creating and executing an effective media and public relations strategy which has had a significant impact on reputation awareness.
  • Experience of high profile media relations.
  • Experience in print and electronic media advert development.
  • Experience in academic linkages.
VALUES AND COMPETENCIES
  • High level of integrity, professionalism and discretion when handling confidential information.
  • Ability to develop high level networks and partnerships.
  • Ability to deliver results and meet customer expectations.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
  • Excellent stakeholder management and influencing skills.
  • Excellent networking and relationship management skills and the ability to work across organizational boundaries.
  • Excellent negotiating and diplomacy skills with the ability to manage through influence internally and externally.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Dynamic, mature and self-driven leader.
  • Exceptional, visionary and strategic leadership skills.
  • High sense of initiative and creativity.
  • Good understanding of legal framework, policies and regulations governing university education in Kenya;
  • Be customer oriented with a clear understanding of the University’s customers’ needs, preferences and interests.
  • Persuasive with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and customer service skills.
Applications should reach the Human Resources Manager on or before 5th January 2018.

Applicants should enclose a C.V., copies of relevant certificates and three reference letters from recognized persons/institutions.

NB: ONLY SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES SHALL BE CONTACTED.

Contact Information

The Catholic University of Eastern Africa
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Administration, Finance And Planning
P.O. Box 62157 - 00200 

Nairobi - Kenya
 
Telephone: (020)2525811-5
 
Fax: 254-20-891084
 

Rev. Dr. Pius Male Ssentumbwe
Deputy Vice-Chancellor/Administration, Finance and Planning

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