LEWA Head of Development Communication Jobs in Kenya

LEWA Head of Development Communication Jobs in Kenya


Job Summary:

  • Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (LEWA) is a not-for-profit organization, which works as a catalyst for the conservation of wildlife and its habitat.

  • LWC does this through the protection and management of species, the initiation and support of community conservation and development programmes and the education of neighboring areas in the value of wildlife.

    Overall Job Purpose:

  • The Head of Development Communications is responsible for a broad range of development activities supporting Lewa’s fundraising and external communications goals.

  • S/he plays a critical role in designing and implementing communications to secure gifts globally, identifies and articulates compelling stories for global audiences and keeps the fundraising team advised of priority funding needs on the ground.

  • Responsible for leading the creation of coordinated global communications plans in consultation with the Deputy Director of Development (based in USA) and Lewa’s Senior Communications Officer (based in Kenya).

  • S/he also leads and manages the Lewa Kenya donor development and communications team. This position also reports to Lewa’s Chief Executive Officer in Kenya.

  • The post holder will have a solid understanding and successful track record of supporting fundraising initiatives globally and locally through communications, brand building, media relations, data management, nonprofit administration, budget oversight, and will be passionate about contributing to high standards of excellence.

    Key Responsibilities and Duties

  • Leadership and management of Kenya based PR / Communications and Development team

  • External Communications and Fundraising advancement:

  • Work closely with Lewa’s Donor Stewardship Officer, Senior Communications Officer and department heads, to identify current programme funding gaps and priorities, create related compelling stories, and communicate these to the international fundraising team.

  • Proven experience in leading production of Development Communications strategies, development and implementation of communications plans, incorporating fundraising, media relations, social media, publications, events and branding.

  • With Deputy Director of Development, International, create and implement annual donor solicitation and stewardship plans across all main markets (Kenya, USA, UK, and Canada) via email, social media, and direct mail strategies.

  • Lead the global delivery of Lewa’s key messaging to all audiences, with support from the Senior Communications Officer and contract writing support.

  • Develop strategies to raise Lewa’s visibility globally and attract new donors via communications and events, particularly supporting expansion of fundraising activities into new territories, including within Kenya and Africa wide.

  • Oversee written and verbal communications with national and international media; expand Lewa’s media contacts and coverage in key global markets.

  • Oversee and conduct due diligence on engagement plans with media and potential
    partners where joint brand promotion is expected.

  • Training and mentoring Lewa staff for media engagement.

  • Plan and manage Kenya centric donor related events.

  • Lead in developing and implementing Lewa’s external communications plans and unique Kenyan voice for donors, media, partners, stakeholders, etc.

  • Oversee and/or author (when needed) a multitude of communications materials including newsletters, donor updates, annual Impact Report, pitch decks, presentations, brochures, pamphlets, website content, social media posts, press releases, etc.

  • Produce and maintain style guides for the organization; review and approve communications systems and policies to meet high standards of excellence.

  • Assist the team and volunteers in planning and managing major events as needed including preparations for International Board meetings

    Qualifications: Education / Knowledge

  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree

  • Master’s degree in Communications, International relations or a related field is an added advantage

  • 10 years’ experience in similar role working with NGOs and donor organisations leading and coordinating development communications at a conservation OR sustainable development NGO, in an international setting.

    Competency, Technical Skills and Experience

  • Strong management and leadership skills.

  • Demonstrate excellent, proven verbal and written skills for both local and international audiences.

  • A good understanding of the Kenyan/African social-political context is essential

  • Experience and understanding of social media and digital engagement, pitching successful stories, interacting with international news media, and managing brand partners.

  • Skilled in Microsoft Office and use of a CRM database (Lewa currently uses Salesforce).

  • Strong skills in PowerPoint, Photoshop or InDesign and email marketing platforms like Mailchimp, Constant Contact, Campaign Monitor, etc is highly preferred.

  • Flexible working schedule necessary to accommodate international team working and time differences.

  • High level of cultural sensitivity and professionalism to enhance a global team

  • Building relationships, Networking, Results orientation and Team Leadership

    How to Apply

  • To apply, send your CV to

  • executive@flexi-personnel.com by 16th September 2021.

  • Indicating Head of Development Communication – International as the email subject.

  • Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

  • NB: Flexi Personnel does not charge candidates for job placement.


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