Primary Duties And Responsibilities
Coordinate the preparation of the Centre Communications Strategy in line with SEI Strategy 2020-2024, and the preparation of the Annual Centre Communications Plan.
Manage the Centre’s knowledge management activities in liaison with the Centre’s Knowledge Management and Learning (MEL) Focal Point Lead and coordinate SEI outreach activities that include media appearances, public presentations, science-policy dialogues, media briefings, and preparation of articles for specialist publications as appropriate;
Contribute to strengthening the relationship between the Centre and other partners through joint research, policy engagement and capacity development activities.
Coordinate and lead the development of the Centre’s outreach documents, publications and materials (annual report, brochures, factsheets, etc.), and work with the Global Communications team in ensuring wide dissemination of the outreach materials.
Manage the Centre’s digital presence, including websites and social media content (e.g. blogs, Twitter, Facebook), and monitor trends in social media.
Establish and build relationships with decision-makers, and journalists, and maintain communication with key contacts in media, research, government, private sector and partner organizations in Africa.
Lead and coordinate events organized by the Centre including Workshops, Conferences, Seminars, Press Briefings, and Trainings, among other.
Contribute to reputation management for the Centre and global SEI.
Provide guidance to the Centre Director and Management team on communication needs and decisions pertaining to SEI Communications.
Lead the Communications team, including supervision of the Communication Officer and Communications Intern
Project specific tasks
Lead communications component across Centre projects, including developing and implementing project communication plans, coordinating project communication outputs, and delivering project communication activities on time and within budget.
Contribute to grant preparations, including reviewing and editing proposals, developing communication plans (audiences, channels, activities, budget), and outreach to different target groups for larger projects.
Empowering and building trust
A Master’s degree, preferably in Communications, Science Communications, Journalism, or Communication related fields.
Experience working for an international organization.
Experience in science writing and event management.
At least 10 years of progressive working experience in the field of communications, and/or journalism and related areas, preferably in Africa.
Expert knowledge of social networking channels and demonstrated experience in administering social media platforms is essential.
Fluency in English is required; fluency also in Kiswahili is preferred; fluency in French is an added advantage.