Senior Communications Manager Employment Opportunity – Village Enterprise

Job Title:   Senior
Communications Manager

Organization: Village
Enterprise 

Duty Station: Uganda or Kenya

Reports to: Director
of Development and Marketing

 

About US:

Village Enterprise’s
mission is to end extreme poverty in East Africa through entrepreneurship and
innovation. Since its inception, Village Enterprise has been developing and refining
an innovative model of poverty reduction combining training, seed capital grant
or non-cash asset transfer, and ongoing mentoring to create small, rural
businesses. Village Enterprise’s economic development model plays a unique role
in the microfinance industry, providing economic opportunities in rural,
agricultural areas that other organizations are not reaching, and gives people
living in extreme poverty the opportunity to transform a small grant into a new
business, a better standard of living, and hope for the future.  Village Enterprise has started over 48,000
businesses and trained over 185,000 East African people.

 

Job Summary:  The Sr. Communications Manager is an
in-country based position (Kenya or Uganda). This position serves as the Village
Enterprise resident communicator. This person will be tasked to identify,
collect, and share — externally and internally — a variety of compelling
stories that represent Village Enterprise.

 

The Sr.
Communications Manager will work in tandem with the Director of Development and
Marketing and Chief Development Officer to manage a wide-ranging communications
program with a specific focus on storytelling, pitching, media relations,
internal communications, and social media with the key goal of maximizing awareness
of Village Enterprise’s work.

 

Reporting to the
Director of Development and Marketing, you will be an integral part of
implementing Village Enterprise’s marketing/communications plan that aims to
help reach the organization’s annual goals. You must be a communications ace
with a passion for collaboration and have the ability to thrive in a
fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Storytelling and
Communications

·       
Work to
develop a story identification and tracking system

·       
Liaise
with field staff to plan field visits to collect stories

·       
Compile
stories (written, photo, and video content) for dissemination, internally and
externally

·       
Write
1-2 blog posts a month

·       
Manage
story bank and editorial calendar for social media, blog posts, and eblasts

·       
Create
and manage talking points, press releases, fact sheets, and other background
materials

·       
Source
and manage opportunities for the Village Enterprise leadership team to serve as
thought-leaders at events and conferences/webinars

·       
Assist
leadership team in writing articles and/or white papers to build organizational
thought-leadership

·       
Pitch
stories to local and national media in Kenya and Uganda

·       
Assist
the Director of Development and Marketing in managing PR agency

Social Media

·       
Manage
social media messaging calendar

·       
Work to
develop social media processes for post creation, scheduling, monitoring, and
tracking

·       
Create
compelling content to grow, engage, cultivate and nurture Village Enterprise’s
online communities

·       
Compile
story content into platform specific content (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,
Linkedin)

·       
Develop
relevant platform-specific KPIs and monitor performance accordingly

·       
Stay
up-to-date on emerging platforms, technologies and industry best practices

·       
Design
and implement social media campaigns as needed according to messaging calendar

·       
Develop,
document, and manage content database for photos, video, and stories

Other

·       
Copy
editing/report review

·       
Produce
the monthly internal communications newsletter

·       
Help
with message refinement and website development/update

Safeguarding

·       
Safeguarding
is everyone’s responsibility at VE, and it begins with me

·       
Communicate
where necessary, uphold and adhere to VE photo safeguarding standards that
protect the identities of our staff and program participants

·       
Report
any incident of safeguarding in program operations for appropriate
action/follow up.

·       
Support
in investigations and input as required during safeguarding disciplinary
processes

 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required

·       
Minimum
of 5-8 years experience in public relations, communications, journalism, brand
management, or a related field

·       
Experience
in photography and videography — including editing

·       
Demonstrated
knowledge of mobile, emerging and social media, and advertising campaigns

·       
Understanding
of the social media universe including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube,
and LinkedIn

·       
Ability
to adapt to create and adapt content to relevant audiences on Facebook, Twitter
and other social media.

·       
Skills
to own the planning, development, and implementation of projects

·       
Ability
to work well under deadline pressure

·       
Technology
savvy with understanding of digital design and editing

·       
Excellent
communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to
collaborate with a culturally and geographically diverse team

·       
Highly
organized and detail-oriented

·       
Self-starter
with demonstrated ability to initiate, plan, and execute projects

·       
Excellent
project management skills, including a strong track record of delivering
projects on time and within budget

·       
You are
a self proclaimed storyteller. You are fascinated by the human experience, and
helping others tell their stories brings you joy

·       
You are
passionate by Village Enterprise’s mission

·       
You can
work well independently but are energized by being part of a team

·       
You are
patient, creative, and relentless about sharing a great story

·       
You’re
an extremely strong, concise writer

·       
You have
experience and success with pitching media/journalists in Kenya and Uganda

·       
Flexibility,
patience, and a sense of humor

 

Desired
Qualifications:

·       
Proficient
in Social Bakers and/or HootSuite or another social media monitoring platform

·       
Wrike
and/or other project management systems

·       
Microsoft
and Google Suites

·       
Social media
platforms

·       
Google
Analytics

·       
Mailchimp

·       
HTML,
Wordpress, CSS, and Javascript

·       
Adobe
Creative Suite

 

How to Apply:

All candidates
should apply online by submitting a cover letter, CV and salary requirements to
this application portal.

 

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