Communications Manager, Africa (Secondment) | WWF

Communications Manager, Africa (Secondment)

Posted on
31 May 2018
WWF (The World Wide Fund for Nature) is an International Non-Governmental Organization that deals with conservation of nature. Our mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. 
 
WWF Africa Regional Office (ROA) seeks to hire an experienced and motivated individual for the position of Communications Manager (Secondment).

Location: Home Base

Staff Time: 40-50%

Duration: 4 Months

Main Responsibilities:

  • Help identify and develop stories in Central Africa and Madagascar and help market them within and outside of the WWF Network.
  • Input daily into WWF Africa's social media calendar and encourage new ideas and explore possibilities of paid content.
  • Coordinate the production of digital assets particularly showcasing Central Africa and Madagascar.
  • Act as a communications focal point for WWF Gabon and WWF Central African Republic.
  • Work closely with the WWF-International media unit on the development of Q&As and reactive statements as needed. 
  • Work closely with practice communicators for the development of practice related communications materials from Madagascar and Central Africa. 
  • Launch the global ranger report in September in Africa and advocate for African rangers to be well represented in the global communications package and possibly in the wildlife trade conference in London in October.
  • Co-organise the Africa communicator’s forum in August and contribute actively to some of the capacity building sessions.
  • Lead on the selection process and organisation for the 2018 WWF Youth Award in October 2018.
  • Continue building a media relationship with Jeune Afrique.
  • Organise regular (monthly) calls with Central Africa and Madagascar to build their capacity in topics of their choice.
  • (Help) coordinate the launch of the Living Planet report at the end of October. 
  • Help identify and produce assets from African offices to be brought to the CBD and the UNFCCC COP.
  • Represent ROA communications in the global working group for "youth engagement and mobilization" within the WWF Network.
  • Represent WWF ROA in our developing partnerships with the Africa Scouts Movement and the YMCA Africa Alliance.
  • Participate in bi-weekly Africa community of communicator’s communications calls.
  • Support Cameroon, Madagascar and DRC with the revision of their national communications strategies (especially the integration of the brand survey recommendations into their strategies).
  • Further develop the relationship with WWF-France for French content in the WWF Network and capacity building for francophone communicators in Africa.
  • Lead the creation of a new ROA website with the help of a (catchafire) volunteer.
  • Act as a communications coordinator for the development of the transformational programmes at WWF ROA.

What you need?

Required Qualifications:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification from an accredited institution in the field of Communications, Public     Relations, Marketing, Journalism, International Relations and Development. An advanced degree (Masters) would be a definite advantage.
  • A minimum of 7 years relevant experience as a Communications and Media lead for a large organization.
  • A successful track record in the development and implementation of medium and long term Media and Communication strategies across diverse markets in Africa (or equivalent emerging markets).
  • Managing diverse internal communication initiatives, working with colleagues and suppliers.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Written, verbal and non-verbal communication, specifically in both English and ideally French. Additional regional languages would be an advantage.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to rapid environmental changes.
  • Problem analysis and resolution.
  • Self-confident and well rounded, with the capacity to understand multiple perspectives and cultural diversity and deal with those differences diplomatically.
  • Energetic, enthusiastic and likeable.

Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Track record of breaking down silos between business and support functions and working across an entire organization.
  • Flexibility and change orientation with ability to balance competing priorities.
  • Understanding of the wider strategic context, both internally and externally.
  • Able to demonstrate a range of communication and influencing styles to suit a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrates leadership in suggesting ideas and persuading others to follow.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and manage a number of conflicting and frequently changing priorities.
  • Communication skills – interpersonal, presentation and written.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to rapid environmental changes.
  • Problem analysis and resolution.
  • Self-confident and well rounded, with the capacity to understand multiple perspectives and cultural diversity and deal with those differences diplomatically.
  • Energetic, enthusiastic and likeable.
Please consult the attached job description for more information on the position.

How to apply?

Email a cover letter and CV as one file with subject line “Communications Manager Africa - Secondment” to The Human Resources Manager – Africa through careers@wwfafrica.org.
Deadline for applications: Friday 8th June 2018.

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