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Country: Kenya
Organization: Africa's Voices Foundation
Closing date: 21 Aug 2020

Position Title: Communications Assistant
Position Type: Full Time
Application deadline: Friday, 21st August 2020 midnight (GMT)
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Language: English

See the full job description here.

Job Summary
Under the Business Development and External Relations Manager, the Communications Assistant (CA) is overall responsible for propelling AVF’s brand image through consistent messaging and strategy. The communications assistant manages the development of all external-facing brand communications and collateral and executes the external communications strategy across all relevant channels, including, but not limited to, social media, newsletters, and the website. They also support the external dissemination of Africa’s Voices work by identifying and sustaining relationships 1 with relevant mediums (media, industry fora, publications, conferences etc). The assistant CO is both capable of producing coherent and engaging communications content across all channels and competent in graphic design to support the creation of relevant graphic elements that enhance the work of the programmes (reports, infographics etc).


  • Oversees the maintenance of the website and social media, keeping them up to date, attractive and informative.
  • Sources and develops in house and outsourced marketing material, quality images and video to promote the foundation directly in support of fundraising efforts.
  • In charge of production of publicity materials, including email updates, newsletters, leaflets, Annual reports, programme briefs and posters to promote the work of AVF.
  • Reviews, standardises and enhances all written products, creates policy briefs and presentation slides.
  • Seeks innovative mediums to communicate our impact i.e. contributions in industry publication, collaborations with journalists.
  • Ensure that annual planning takes place; planners and detailed calendars developed and communication monitored.
  • Work with colleagues to lead on the sourcing and development of case studies, that can be used to support media and fundraising.
  • Co-develops and implements the communication strategy.
  • Works closely with Programme teams to remain informed about project impact and craft relevant content that showcases achievements.
  • Minute taking and preparing detailed reports on key meetings and events

Essential Education and Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferable in a relevant subject, such as Arts, Humanities or Communications Research Expertise and Skills

At least two years experience in the following areas:

  • Prior experience in the social impact/non-profit or aid and development sector; Proven graphic design experience and familiarity with design software and technologies (such as InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Photoshop); Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills;
  • Proficiency in PowerPoint Word and Excel as well as Google Suite;
  • Experience in social media management
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Working knowledge of Swahili and/or Somali is a bonus.
  • Basic working knowledge of social behavior change communication Personal Attributes and Language Competencies
  • High levels of energy, initiative, and flexibility in quickly adjusting to changing work 2 requirements.
  • Aptitude for and willingness to work in client-facing contexts, focused on delivering research value-add.
  • Clear and confident communicator of research design and findings to non-specialist and practitioner audiences.
  • Working knowledge of languages relevant to the African context besides English. Desirable
  • Knowledge of social innovation/ICT
  • Knowledge of African media or media development
  • Exposure to, interest in and some understanding of techniques for analysing textual data such as text mining, topic modelling and supervised machine learning.
  • Technical understanding of user interfaces and digital platforms.
  • Knowledge and understanding of data visualisation techniques.
  • Legal authorisation to work in Kenya

How to apply:

To Apply
Please send your CV and Cover Letter explaining why you are interested in AVF and this position, and how you fulfil the selection criteria to careers@africasvoices.org.

Please include “Communications Assistant” in the title of your email. It is mandatory that you include salary expectation in your cover letter. The application deadline is midnight (GMT) on Friday 21st August, 2020.

AVF is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity. All applications for vacant positions will be welcomed and will be considered on the relative merits of the applicant against the role profile for the position regardless of colour, race, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, parental responsibilities, age, religion, or belief.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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