British High Commission Jobs in Pretoria South Africa - Campaigns Manager Vacancy

British High Commission Jobs in Pretoria South Africa - Campaigns Manager Vacancy

Job Category
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
    Job Subcategory
  • Communications, Press and Media

    Job Description
  • In Cape Town last summer, the British Prime Minister made a new and distinctive offer for the UK to work alongside, invest in and partner with African nations to deliver more opportunities, more jobs and greater stability – both in the UK and across Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • To deliver these new partnerships, HMG (Her Majesty's Government) is rebooting its ability to deliver creative communication campaigns across the continent, with the launch of the Africa Campaigns Hub – and we are looking for an excellent campaigns specialist with a passion for strategic communications to join this new team.
  • The Africa Campaigns Hub will be a team of 14 communications specialists split between London, Pretoria, Nairobi and Abuja, designing and delivering creative communications campaigns.
  • This role will be based in the British High Commission in Pretoria, working closely with and complementing the existing HMG communicators network across Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The core team in Pretoria – with regional campaign support in Abuja and Nairobi – will bring specialist skills in campaign delivery, strategic communication, digital, insight, monitoring and evaluation to the network.
  • Working directly to the Head of Campaigns, you will be responsible for designing and delivering pan-African communications campaigns.
  • We are looking for a media and campaigns specialist with experience in planning, designing and delivering high-profile campaigns that are engaging and influencing, and deliver on policy or business objectives.
  • You will be enthusiastic and proactive; able to spot thematic links; engage with businesses, civil society groups and others; and take decisions based on audience insight.
  • With an eye for emerging communications trends, you will have a passion for sharing your communications skills with others.
  • You should also expect to travel, across the region and to the UK.

    Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Work closely with Africa Campaigns Hub colleagues in Pretoria and London, as well as the regional campaign heads in Abuja and Nairobi, to design and deliver strategic media and digital communications campaigns – informed by robust audience insight.
  • Support the up skilling of communicators across HMG’s Africa Network in line with the latest Government Communication Service learning and development programmes, including in campaign planning, audience insight and evaluation.
  • Build trusted relationships with local, national and international partners, developing and maintaining an active directory of third party stakeholder contacts – from academia, NGOs, think tanks, campaigners and social media influencers – for supportive engagement opportunities.
  • Translate business and policy objectives into communications objectives, generating ideas and plans to meet them.
  • This includes working closely with policy colleagues in London and across the HMG Africa Network to identify excellent stories for media and digital communications that will advance our communications objectives, whilst also identifying and managing risks.
  • Managing a Campaign Planning and Support Officer, helping maintain a grid of communications activity to help plan future campaigning and media stories.

    Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience
  • Postgraduate degree and/or undergraduate degree and other professional qualification.
  • At least four years professional work experience.
  • At
    least three years professional experience in media, communications or PR, with proven digital and social media skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including stakeholder engagement skills to build credibility with senior government/business representatives as well as colleagues within the UK government network;
  • Experience of engaging with the press and securing interview slots and other media opportunities.
  • Strong copy writing skills and experience of writing press notices and other written materials.
  • Experience of organising and delivering campaigns.
  • Excellent organisational and self-management skills to respond effectively to tight – and changing – deadlines and priorities;
  • Sound knowledge of MS Office and project management tools.
  • The ability to learn quickly and work with a high degree of autonomy;
  • A positive “can-do” attitude that can see way through challenges.
  • Strong editorial judgment and ability to communicate effectively with different audiences.
  • Evidence of research to inform communications advice and of using evaluation to learn lessons and improve communications.
  • The ability to build and maintain networks with counterparts in other organisations.
  • Experience of designing and delivering proactive and reactive communications plans.

    Language requirements:
  • Language: English
  • Level of language required: Fluent

    Desirable Qualifications, Skills and Eexperience
  • Experience of working with Government departments and/or public-sector agencies.

    Required competencies
  • Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating

    Other benefits and conditions of employment
    Learning and development opportunities:

  • Various courses and programmes are available across a huge range of professions from communications to project management and policy.
  • More details can be provided.
  • The British High Commission pays in full for the Key Care Plus option on Discovery Health for staff including spouses/partners and dependants.
  • Once you have successfully completed your probation the British High Commission will contribute 9% of your monthly salary to a Provident Fund.

    Additional Information
  • Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in Pretoria are subject to the Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in South Africa.
  • All applicants must be legally able to work in the country of application with the correct visa/status or work permit.
  • Employees who are not eligible to pay local income tax: e.g. certain third-country nationals and spouses/partners of UK diplomats will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.
  • Reference and security clearances checks will be conducted.
  • If you don’t already hold a valid SA Police Clearance Certificate, we recommend that you apply for the certificate at the time of your application.
  • Any questions you may have about this position will be answered during the interview, should you be invited.
  • Information about the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Competency Framework can be found on this link:
  • Complete the application form in full as the information provided will be used for screening purposes.
  • Check your application before you submit, as you will not be able to make any changes once submitted.
  • The British High Commission will never ask you to pay a fee or money to apply for a position.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 4th June 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; British High Commission Jobs in Pretoria South Africa - Campaigns Manager Vacancy

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