Communications Officer (External Communication)
CBM is an international, Christian, disability and development organization committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities.
Job Category: Category II
Location: East Africa Regional Office, Nairobi
Time Frame: Two Years
The purpose of this position is to be a key player in the development and implementation of the Communications Plan of the East Africa Region and where required, the CBM Kenya Communications and Fundraising Plan.
Structure Of Authority
The incumbent will report to the Communications Manager of East Africa in matters pertaining to the East Africa Region, and the Communications Director of CBM Kenya in matters pertaining to CBM Kenya.
Working at the Regional Office, this position will take responsibility for:
Take specific responsibility for the development and implementation of components of the approved Communications Plan assigned to this position.
Emergency Communications: Efficiently handle regional communications needs for internal and external stakeholders for any emergency related activities affecting the East Africa Region. In 2012-3, this will include supporting reporting, media activities and communications in relation to CBM’s engagement and response to the Horn of Africa food crisis.
Public Relations: Support CBM regional public relations efforts and partnerships.
Events: The focal person for events and special projects, supporting planning and taking responsibility for the development and implementation of non-routine events, functions and other regional Communications initiatives.
Capacity Development: Support planning and drive implementation of capacity development initiatives of the Communications Department for internal and external parties.
Media Relations: Under the guidance of the Communications Manager / Communications Director provide support in maintaining CBM AFE’s/CBM K’s relationships and engagement with the media.
As a member of the Communications team participate in the collection and documentation of various kinds of information (including pictorial) and consequently the development of regional communication tools and materials.
Effectively organize visits to the field by key stakeholders in the region, including CBM Member Associations.
Represent CBM in required forums and generate follow up reports and documentation
Bring initiative and creativity into Communications Department projects, including proposal development and writing.
Research, collation of information, and database development as required.
Additional / Stretch Duties:
In addition to the responsibilities outlined in section IV above, the incumbent may be called upon by his / her superior to perform ad hoc activities which are either by their nature related to his / her normal duties or evolve from operational requirements.
First degree in Communication, Public Relations, Media or related area.
Four years previous work experience in a similar position, preferably in an INGO.
Competencies and Skills:
Excellent written and verbal English.
Ability to prioritize work, and meet deadlines.
Good organizational capabilities with attention to detail
Good event management abilities
Ability to take responsibility for and lead processes
Ability and experience writing for different purposes.
Ability to integrate well in a multi-cultural and multi-disability environment.
Able to work effectively as a member of a team.
Computer literacy. Experience with use of Microsoft packages including Outlook, Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Access. Knowledge of creative design/publishing packages an advantage.
Photography skills an advantage.
Willingness to travel occasionally within the region, when required.
Ability to reflect CBM values in daily work.
How to apply:
Expression of Interest
Interested candidates should forward their application letter and curriculum vitae together with three referees to email@example.com by 14th August 2012.Please indicate your current salary.
Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Note: We shall only communicate to the shortlisted candidates.
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