AATF Communications Officer Jobs in Nairobi, Kenya

AATF Communications Officer Jobs in Nairobi, Kenya


  • Under the direct supervision of the Senior Manager Communications & Partnerships , and overall guidance of the Executive Director, the Communications Officer – East and Southern African will have responsibility over building the visibility of AATF, telling its story and promoting the brand among target audiences both in and outside Africa.

  • S/he will be responsible for designing and implementing AATF’s communications outreach utilising a fitting mix of channels and tools.

  • S/he will work closely with AATF management, projects and partners to ensure alignment of communication efforts with the organisation strategy and initiatives.

    Functions / Key Results Expected

    Corporate Communications

  • As a key member of the Communications Unit, you contribute to development of the AATF communications strategy and direction in support of raising visibility and positioning the organisation appropriately

  • Lead the development, implementation and monitoring of AATF East and South Africa regional communications in line with the overall communications and corporate strategies and project goals

  • Provide strategic advice to AATF management, staff and partners on communications ensuring preparedness for media engagement and other presentation opportunities including preparation of press releases, talking points and speeches

  • Cultivate a healthy working relationship with regional media maintaining a database, managing media activities and ensuring appropriate plans are drawn, implemented and monitored in support of engagement with AATF

  • Ensure consistent use of messages across the organization and among project partners, monitoring effectiveness of the messages in delivering results and making necessary adjustments

  • Anticipate and prepare staff and partners to proactively manage possible controversies through a well-structured and disseminated issues management plan

  • Develop and disseminate appropriate knowledge products and communication materials (technical and non-technical) including reports, leaflets, brochures, web materials and videos, ensuring clear messaging and adherence with organisational branding guidelines

  • Guide effective identification, selection and utilisation of events for organisational visibility, ensuring brand alignment and fitting media coverage.

  • Liaise with human resources department to build internal communications systems to support to build team cohesiveness

  • Monitor and report on progress with communication initiatives, working closely with Monitoring and Evaluation office

  • Guide on consultancy support needs and requirements and oversee performance in line with AATF policies.

    Project Communications

  • Work with project leads in developing workplans, identifying and packaging stories that demonstrate AATF’s work and results for dissemination to key audiences

  • Work with advocacy teams to support outreach to key audiences as per project goals. Any other duties assigned from time to time.

  • Produce talking points, website stories, media briefings, AATF project brochures, thematic summaries, executive bios, and Q&As

  • Produce photos and video of AATF programmes for AATF photo archive

  • In collaboration with programme team develop and disseminate quality communication materials to a range of external and internal audiences, including AATF project brochure, thematic summaries, Q&As and talking points to keep external stakeholders effectively
    informed and engaged

  • Assist in collecting testimonies and case studies from the field as required

  • Produce for projects regular contextual analysis documents, briefings, trends report, situation updates, research, draft advocacy position papers, talking points, key messages, and ad-hoc reports

  • Provide media relations and support public relations activities for AATF projects , including distributing press releases, coordinating interviews, and hosting media visits to AATF projects

  • Assist in collecting testimonies and case studies from the field as required, or other tasks as needed at AATF

    Impact of Results

  • The key results have impact on AATF’s corporate brand positioning, visibility and reputation, including overall success with implementation of AATF projects, initiatives and strategies.

  • The results will build AATF as a strong development partner.

    Competencies

    Corporate Competencies

  • Ability to build and sustain relationships with key constituents (donors, research institutions, media, government institutions, etc.)

  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment.

  • High-level interpersonal and cross-cultural skills including ability to build alliances and collaborative relationships with sensitivity to diversity.

  • Ability to maintain high standards of integrity; establish straightforward, productive relationships; treating individuals with fairness and respect.

  • Excellent writing and editing skills

  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of French or Portuguese would be an added advantage

    Recruitment Qualifications

    Education

  • Master’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or any other related and equivalent disciplines from a recognized institution;

    Experience

  • At least Five (5) years’ experience in public relations and communications

  • Documented experience with the production of written materials – such as reports, briefing notes, position papers, talking points, etc.

  • Experience of leading communication activities (including information management) in a challenging environment

  • Understanding of media handling, pitching and media management

  • Experience delivering communications assets across multiple channels, including print, social, and digital, with a solid knowledge and use of media and multimedia platforms

    Language Requirements

  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

  • A working knowledge of French would be an added advantage

    How to Apply

  • Qualified candidates are invited send their applications on or before 7 February 2020 to

  • aatf-hr@aatf-africa.org and clearly indicate on the email subject –Communications Officer – East and South Africa

  • African Agricultural Technology Foundation is an equal opportunity employer; committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious and ethnic backgrounds and any other diversity groups to apply and become a part of our organization.


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