AKDN Regional Communications Officer Job at Aga Khan Development Network

Organisation: The Aga Khan
Development Network (AKDN)
About AKDN:
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of private, international,
non-denominational agencies working to improve living conditions and
opportunities for people in the developing world. The Network’s organizations
have individual mandates that range from the fields of health and education to
architecture, rural development and the promotion of private sector enterprise.
Together they collaborate in working towards a common goal – to build
institutions and programmes that can respond to the challenges of social,
economic and cultural change on an ongoing basis. AKDN agencies conduct their
programmes without regard to the faith, origin or gender of the people they
Job Summary: The AKDN
Regional Communications Officer will create awareness and raise the profile of
the Network, its agencies and activities, throughout East Africa with a current
priority on Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania and as required on Rwanda and Burundi.
Depending upon the successful candidate, the RCO will be based in the AKDN
Office in Kampala, Nairobi or Dar-es-Salaam and will report to the AKDN
Executive Committee (EC) on AKDN communications matters relating to these
respective countries.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Take overall charge of the development and
    implementation of the AKDN Communications Strategy in East Africa.
  • In consultation with the Executive
    Committee, develop the national country communications priorities and
    strategies. This will require that the incumbent spends appropriate
    amounts of time in each of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, and as required in
    Rwanda and Burundi to manage a systematic rollout of initiatives,
    communications products and events to deliver the regional EA
    Communications Strategy.
  • Under the direction of the EC, develop and
    manage the AKDN profile in the region while at the same time, monitor,
    assess and manage reputational risk on an on-going basis.
  • Develop strong relations with the media in
    each country, monitor media and manage the image of the AKDN on a
    proactive basis.
  • Organise and manage all AKDN external
    events – aimed at various high level audiences, such as government
    officials, the diplomatic community, corporate leaders, the general public
    etc, as well as major staff events organised by the AKDN Offices.
  • Develop country and regional-specific
    materials such as AKDN briefs etc. on an on-going basis, in consultation
    with the AKDN Communications offices in Europe.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The candidate should possess a University
    degree in a relevant field such as communications, journalism, development
    etc. and at least seven years’ experience in a PR/communications/marketing
  • The candidate must demonstrate good
    knowledge of the local scene in Kampala, Nairobi and Dar-es Salaam and be
    prepared to develop local knowledge of Kigali and Bujumbura as well as
    knowledge of the media in East Africa.
How to Apply:
All candidates should send an application via AKDN Career Centre
Deadline: 31st
August, 2013
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