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Communication and Media Officer Job in Kenya

Communication and Media Officer

Nairobi, Kenya

2 years with possibility for extension


ACORD (Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development) is a Pan African organisation working for social justice and development in Africa, through a combination of practical interventions on the ground, people-centred research and policy advocacy.

Job specifications and qualifications


  • Edit, finalise, oversee production, and ensure overall quality and consistency of a range of publications including technical reports, annual reports, general and targeted audience articles, information sheets, posters, thematic brochures, presentations, and others, including rewriting and tailoring language for different users, and supervision of editing consultants.
  • Edit/write press releases and media background material
  • Support country media work and develop a national and Pan African media database
  • Write/edit material to enrich and update the ACORD website - primary responsible for ACORD website updated content (news, country/thematic pages, blogs...)
  • Write summaries and syntheses of ACORD countries and partners work for dissemination
  • Help in evaluating material proposed for publication, and suggesting appropriate forms for dissemination
  • Evaluate branded items and ensure consistency of brand application
  • Offer training to ACORD staff - in particular country staff - to support development of writing and communication skills and in branding applications
  • Support the development of new communications instruments
  • Contribute to a culture of information sharing and organisational learning in partnership development and communication
  • Any emerging tasks within the Funding and Partnership Unit
Because of the dynamic environment there might be a need to take on any emerging tasks in agreement with the supervisor and as ACORD's work in relation to Partnership development, funding and communication keeps on evolving.

Required qualifications
  • Master's degree in journalism, mass communications or equivalent
  • Excellent written and spoken English. French would be an advantage
  • At least five years experience in editing and writing for development organisations for a variety of media
  • Knowledge of African media houses and preferably strong networks among African and international press senior editors
  • Familiarity with production and layout approaches
  • Familiarity with the concept and application of a corporate design (brand) and of working with brand guidelines
  • Excellent inter-personal skills, and ability to work as a team member with colleagues of different nationalities/cultural backgrounds
  • Fully conversant with ICT and Microsoft or Mac applications
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines
Relevant Knowledge and Skills
  • Excellent collaboration and team work
  • Excellent networking skills
  • Creativity, innovation and ability to take initiative
  • Ability to work well in a multicultural environment across different geographical locations
  • Ability to handle change and unpredictability
  • Ability to deliver under pressure and to multi-task
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to conceptualize and present ideas in a clear and convincing manner
  • Good analytical and strategic skills
  • Good understanding of the development challenges in Africa and trends in communication, social media, advocacy and fundraising

The contract will be for two years with possibility for extension.

On the basis of this broad TORs an individual operating plan with specific deliverables within the team and organisational work plan will be agreed with the supervisor

Remuneration: A competitive National package

Closing Date: 7 June 2013

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