World University Service of Canada Communications Specialist Jobs in Kenya

World University Service of Canada Communications Specialist Jobs in Kenya


The World University Service of Canada’s Field Support Services Project (WUSC FSSP) is a
project established to provide a range of services (technical, administrative, financial and logistical) in support of the implementation of Canada’s development programming in Kenya.

WUSC FSSP is contracting the services of two Technical Specialists to support Global
Affairs Canada (GAC) in Kenya, in the delivery of all its programming areas.

Introduction

The World University Service of Canada’s Field Support Services Project (WUSC FSSP) is
contracting the services of a Communication Specialist to support Global Affairs Canada (GAC) in Kenya in the delivery of all its programming areas over a 2-year period.

Objective

  • The main objective of Communication Specialist position is to provide technical assistance to Canada’s development programming in Kenya in order to improve its visibility on social media and other platforms.
  • The Communications Specialist will work part-time to assist with the development of communication products and publications focused on GAC’s country development strategy as well as lead the production of high quality, brand-compliant, multimedia information products and visual assets.

    Specific Tasks

    Social Media and Media Monitoring

  • The Communications Specialist will be responsible for managing Canadian projects’ presence in social media and for the creation of content necessary to grow GAC’s engagement within the media sector. The Specialist will also focus on content creation, basic online graphics and development of products and messages for public access and online platforms including GAC website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other similar social media platforms.
  • Author brief social media messages with corresponding links and source appropriate images for the postings on GAC’s programme and projects implemented by GAC’s partners.
  • Schedule and post social media content as per the content calendar and obtain GAC’s
    approvals for content prior to publishing.
  • Produce social media toolkits and contribute to the management of several accounts such as the Canadian Education Partners Forum (Facebook and twitter) accounts.
  • Provide analytics, identify trends and develop creative inputs.
  • Review daily press and produce media monitoring reports.

    Event Coverage

  • Work closely with the GAC/FSSP TAs to provide communication and media support to
    events/workshops/meetings and conferences.
  • Prepare website stories.
  • Engage in media calls and prepare press kits.
  • Take, edit and post photos.
  • Update media contact lists.
  • Prepare event specific media monitoring reports.

    Gathering Content from the Field

  • Work with GAC/FSSP TAs and partners to undertakes field visits and to write impact
    stories/success stories/case studies.
  • Support and coordinate photography and videography activities for field activities
  • Gather stories from implementing partners via field visits at the discretion of the GAC Head of Cooperation.
  • Produce stories from the field projects that reflect GAC’s reach and impact with a human development interest focus.
  • Prepare content for use in other publications including annual reports, e-newsletters and brochures and videos.

    Strategic Planning

  • Design and implement an effective and innovative communications strategy to further
    enhance GAC’s profile in Kenya and other countries of accreditation;
  • Provide regular input into GAC’s country strategy and investment plan activities;
  • Review and assesses GAC’s communications activities using indicators established by the
    overall communications strategy;
  • Highlight successes, challenges and recommendations;
  • Synthesize journalist participation and press coverage;
  • Pitch potential stories or identify gaps in content based on field work and research.
  • Support coordination of regular briefings with GAC staff.
  • Build and maintain a photo library of all photos and videos of the GAC, a database with
    photos and videos taken during events, which can be easily found by date, events, names of
    participants or other functional types of classification;
  • Participate in various meetings with sectoral teams to help ensure the strategic positioning and visibility of GAC in Kenya and countries of accreditation;
  • Develop and maintain a network of strategic contacts to support communication activities in
    Canada’s programming area in the country.

    Level of Effort

    This assignment is a part-time position from January 2019 to December 2020. A 50% level of effort (approximately 10 days per month) will be required. The estimated distribution of the 50% level of effort will be as follows:

  • Visibility of Canadian programming in Kenya: 85%
  • Other tasks for GAC and FSSP: 15%
  • The Communication Specialist will operate
    from the WUSC FSSP Office in Nairobi during the
    period of the assignment.

    Workplan and Deliverables

  • The Communication Specialist will produce quarterly work plans, which will detail the deliverables expected for that period. The work plan will be based on needs identified by Global Affairs Canada and the Specialist’s recommended priorities which will require approval by Global Affairs Canada.
  • The work plan must be submitted to the GAC Head of Cooperation in Kenya or an officer with a delegated authority from the Head of Cooperation. The work plan will be reviewed and updated monthly, taking into account changing priorities in the Global Affairs Canada Program and/or the countries’ context.

    Reporting

  • The Specialist reports directly to the Manager of the Field Support Services Project based in Nairobi, Kenya who has responsibility for the administration of the contract. Day to day management of deliverables and performance will be coordinated by the GAC Head of
    Cooperation in Kenya or an officer with a delegated responsibility, including approval of work plans, service requisitions and deliverables, authorization of travel, evaluation of the quality of services and deliverables against work plans and performance indicators, etc.
  • The Communication Specialist will be expected to keep the respective Development Officers at the Canadian High Commission in Nairobi and GAC HQs informed and updated about the implementation and progress of his/her work. The Specialist will submit monthly reports on her/his activities related to communication, consistent with the priorities established in the work plan.

    The monthly report (max 2 pages) will:

  • Highlight tasks and results achieved; problems encountered and how they were dealt with;
  • Outline innovative initiatives, work plan/activities/expected results for the following month.
  • Highlight relevant information of use to the Program and projects, such as: outstanding issues and constraints, innovative initiatives, best practices, and lessons learned;
  • Identify new opportunities, and make recommendations for the next work plan period; and
  • Identify key issues for Global Affairs Canada’s attention, and make recommendations for follow-up;

    Qualifications and Mandatory Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, communications or a relevant related field of study from a recognized university. A master’s degree will be an added advantage.
  • 3-5 years of related public relations, public outreach or communications for
    development experience;
  • Demonstrated experience in drafting, producing and editing written products such as
    news/blog articles, reports, fact sheets, speeches, success stories, and press releases
  • Expertise in using social media and other media platforms including drafting and
    sharing messages on Twitter, Facebook, etc.
  • English language skills to perform communications technical services;
  • Ability to travel as needed throughout Kenya and other countries of accreditation;
  • Knowledge of GAC policies and procedures is a plus;
  • Have an excellent ability to archive information such as for the photo library;
  • Have good judgment and ability to give relevant opinions and recommendations;
  • Mastery of ICT tools and basic computer software such as Microsoft Office, email and other social media tools.

    Competencies, Skills and Behaviors

  • Ability to synthesize and develop high quality knowledge products from diverse
    programmatic materials and tools;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to develop strong working and
    organizational boundaries with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Works well independently with little supervision, as well as within a dynamic team;
  • Superior English communication proficiency and writing skills; proficiency in French is an
    asset;
  • A good team player.

    How to apply

  • Interested Candidates should email a letter of application (maximum 2 pages) and a CV (maximum 4 pages) by 9th November 2018 with subject heading “Communication Specialist - Kenya”, showing how the candidate’s background is linked to each item in the mandatory qualifications and additional desirable qualifications categories to :fsspkesa.recruitment@wusc.ca
  • Only Candidates whose documentation confirms they meet the mandatory criteria will be contacted to assess their technical abilities and knowledge.

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