Sightsavers Head of Communications Jobs in Kenya

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a mixture of treatable and preventable diseases that continue to affect over a billion of the world’s poorest and most marginalized people.



They are a consequence and cause of poverty as they thrive where access to clean water, sanitation and healthcare is limited. Their impact on individuals and communities can be devastating.


Many of them cause severe disfigurement and disability. They impact on life expectancy, education and economic opportunities of affected individuals and the communities they live in.


Principal Accountabilities:


  • Working with the Director of the Support Centre and with partners:
  • Build on and execute a communications strategy to tell the story of Uniting to
    Combat NTDs
  • Bring communications planning alive and show how media and technology platforms can be used creatively to achieve organizational goals
  • Prioritize and lead Uniting to Combat NTDs’ communications activities
  • Ensure consistent messaging and branding for public relations work, spokespeople and all program materials
  • Create communications campaigns to target key audiences with compelling calls to action and increase their engagement with NTDs, our organization and our partners
  • Challenge and inspire teams to think differently about communications channels and platforms
  • Provide key stakeholders with counsel on communications strategies, messaging, channels and content
  • Collaborate with team members and partners in preparing briefing materials for senior officials prior to their participation in key events
  • Coordinate and partner with global communication counterparts on an ongoing basis
  • Build and facilitate strategic contacts with media houses and partnerships to ensure effective public advocacy and communications
  • Promote public and partner engagement during key campaigns and events
  • Consistently identify and execute opportunities to insert Uniting to Combat
    NTDs’ views and/or information about NTDs in relevant news cycles
  • Monitor, analyze and report on resulting coverage
  • Perform targeting exercises and develop deep human insights to inform ways
    in which we can connect with audiences


    The principal accountabilities are not meant to be an exhaustive list of tasks. The need
    for flexibility is required and the job holder is expected to carry out any other related
    duties that are within the employee's skills and abilities whenever reasonably instructed.


    Jobholder Entry Requirements - the essential knowledge, skills and behaviours required


  • University degree in relevant field or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum 5-7 years strategic communications experience with excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Experience managing and executing across several communications media
  • A strategic and results-oriented focus with the ability to effectively lead a project team
    as well as work as part of a management team
  • Substantial hands-on communications/marketing or journalism experience
  • Experience/knowledge in development communications with a health/science
    background either at university level or working for other NGOs
  • A passion for communicating complex, often very technical and jargon-riddled medical stories/developments in an approachable and engaging way, making full and creative use of available assets
  • Ability to keep up with the latest developments in 10 key neglected tropical
    diseases and liaise with all the relevant partners/stakeholders
  • Understanding of the relationship between NGO, government and private sector to spot new developments, target new audiences and drive further engagement
  • Experience of working in developing countries desirable but not essential
  • Understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity for disabled people
  • English fluency/proficiency is essential; French language would be desirable
    Skills (Special Training or Competence):
  • Ability to work collaboratively, as well as manage staff
  • Capable leader, manager and coach for staff or volunteers
  • Ability to build relationships at various levels within stakeholder organisations
  • Ability to identify key risks, problem solve and rapidly escalate critical issues
  • Passionate about marketing, digital communication and emerging digital trends, plus strong understanding of best practices
  • Proven ability to write, create and implement communications plans and deliverables, for the overall partnership
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot, multitask, prioritise deadlines, work
    independently and take initiative
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and project-management skills
  • Ability to prioritize and follow through effectively
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Proven track record in managing communications/marketing campaigns
  • Good analytical skills and the ability to monitor and evaluate campaign performance
  • Creatively minded with strong business acumen
  • An understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity for disabled people
  • Open to travel as necessary


    Core Behaviours:


  • Communicating and influencing
  • Team leading and collaborating
  • Planning and organising
  • Decision-making
  • Delivery and implementation
  • Monitoring and measurement
  • Self-Motivation
  • Digitally connected and curious


    How to apply

    Interested candidates should apply online by July 20, 2018



    For more information and job application details, see; Sightsavers Head of Communications Jobs in Kenya



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