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Communications and Knowledge Management Officer Job in Nairobi Kenya

GVEP International is inviting applications for a Communications and Knowledge Management Officer position based in Nairobi, Kenya which may involve extensive travel within the East Africa region.

Communications and Knowledge Management Officer
Contract: Open ended contract.

Reporting to: Communications Manager (London) and Africa Regional Manager (Nairobi)
Staff reports: None but required to supervise/work closely with other staff and occasional volunteers/interns.
Salary: 2,4 m  KES annual gross + health insurance.

GVEP’s East Africa Regional Office in Nairobi has been operational since July 2008 and manages regional activities. GVEP International is currently looking for a highly motivated and talented communicator to join our team and play a key role in driving our external relations in East Africa and support the whole organisation with its internal communication and knowledge management activities. An experience of the business environment is preferred.
This is a great opportunity for an experienced communications professional to step up and help promote the reputation and work of GVEP International throughout East Africa. You will play a strategic role in supporting the communications (external and internal) and knowledge management of the regional team.

We are looking for someone with a minimum of five years’ experience, ideally in the energy and business sector, who can write effective copy and brings in her/his own media contacts. Organised and systematic, the candidate will demonstrate high personal standards and ability to communicate effectively, at all levels.


External communications function
  • Develop GVEP’s brand in East Africa in line with GVEP’s strategic goal of delivering quality business advisory services and contribute to a positive understanding of GVEP to all target audience in the region.
  • Deliver marketing and PR campaigns in coordination with London office and in line with the Communications strategy.
  • Contribute to the development of GVEP’s annual PR and marketing plan, messaging and positioning;
  • Identify and exploit opportunities to maximise GVEP’s exposure to our target audience.
  • Assist with the collation of raw information and of case studies for publication
  • Assist with B2B marketing and with presentations of professional services
  • Produce concise and accurate copy according to the GVEP’s house style, and to strict deadlines.
  • Assist with the production of various publications such as the Annual Review, newsletters, website blog and social networks content;
  • Research and write longer feature articles, sometimes for subsidiary or third-party publications;
  • Identify, make contact and establish relationships with press and media contacts in East Africa; and maintain media database with key media contacts
  • Distribute GVEP-related press coverage to relevant media contacts in East Africa  and deal with media enquiries;
  • Monitor, evaluate and report on the effectiveness of the marketing and PR activities in East Africa and alert the Communications Manager and the Business Development Manager to relevant media opportunities;
  • Build relationships with GVEP’s representatives in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania to maximise opportunities for media coverage and to maintain a flow of news;
  • Maximise the marketing and PR potential from sponsors, partners, and recipients of services;
  • Produce background briefings and prepare spokespeople for interviews and events and actively seek interview opportunities with Kenya-wide media outlets;
  • Source high quality photographic material to be used in GVEP’s publications; and maintain GVEP’s photo library up-to-date
  • Work with the web team to implement the social media strategy;
  • Carry out other general or communications specific tasks that may arise in the Communications Team;
Knowledge Management and Internal Communication Support function
  • Help to keep the organisation informed about developments in our industry, by highlighting to internal audiences the publication of new reports, research studies etc,
  • Support staff who have attended conferences to share their knowledge and maximise learning opportunities
  • Keep the organisation informed about GVEP own accomplishments, project experiences and skill sets. 
  • Help increase and manage GVEP knowledge database, highlighting where in the organisation information and resources are to be found.
  • Help the regional East African Managers  write a monthly update for all GVEP staff,
  • Act as the key contact between the East African offices and the London headquarter
Person Specification, Qualifications and Skills
  • Excellent writing and editing skills and ability to write targeted audience-responsive communications materials and to position stories relative to the target audience.
  • Good understanding of B2B marketing and corporate branding
  • Minimum two years’ relevant experience of working in a PR environment (professional PR qualification is desirable as well as the ability to contribute own media contacts to the GVEP’s PR database).
  • Demonstrate a strong track record of understanding of how to build relationships with diverse range of media and business networks.
  • Good knowledge of how East African media works, including print, TV and radio, and online, and how the voluntary sector is represented in it. And at ease with dealing with all type of national and local media.
  • Proven experience of reaching wide range of stakeholders in voluntary and community, public and private sector.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of communications activities: marketing, press, advertising placement, website, social media engagement, events, broadcast media etc.
  • Highly motivated and organised – able to manage a varied workload to tight deadlines with excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to take a creative and innovative approach to promoting the work of GVEP, and to ensure that our key messages cut through in a crowded marketplace.
  • Ability to monitor and analyse the result of media campaign and compiling clear evaluative reports.
  • A team player and able to work on own initiative.
  • Online and social media communications experience.
How to apply:
Send your application including a cover letter indicating your desire to work with GVEP; a detailed CV highlighting relevant experience, details of current and expected salary, a daytime phone contact, email address, and the names of three professional referees to, using “Communication” as reference, by Wednesday, 10h April 2013. 

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

GVEP- Kenya
GVEP International
Kiganjo House, Rose Avenue
P O Box 76580 - 00508
Nairobi, Kenya
Mobiles: +254 (0) 722 508 789 or +254 (0) 725 708 842
Landlines: +254 20 2714 165 +254 20 2714 164 or +254 20 722 508 798 (mobile)

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