A Harare-based media activist and civil society information hub is looking for a communications manager. We have a reputation for sharing funky, balanced, credible information, and we’ve got a vibrant, robust membership across email / WhatsApp / Twitter / Facebook and our website. We love feedback, two-way communication and sharing “ordinary people’s” voices, as well as drawing content from more established news sources, commentators and NGO publishing.
The communications manager role is a senior position with a lot of say in visioning, developing and implementing Kubatana’s core work: informing and inspiring for civic action. If you are passionate about using information to promote civic participation, and love helping a small team turn vision into action, we want to hear from you!
- The communications manager is responsible for implementing Kubatana’s communications strategy and communications programming.
- In consultation with the programme director, s/he/they develops and adjusts this strategy in response to Zimbabwe’s changing landscape, and initiates new programming and projects as required.
- This is a senior role which requires an ability to analyse Zimbabwe’s social, political and economic environment, build relationships with other civil society organisations, evaluate and identify emerging issues, and develop communications campaigns and programmes.
- This role requires proactivity and initiative, with the communications manager expected to suggest new ideas, improve the ways Kubatana uses communications, and encouraged to have, present, and implement his / her / their own ideas and creativity.
- It comes with the benefits (and challenges!) of working in a small team, including having a lot of say in what the organisation does and how it does it (and also a lot of responsibility to make this happen).
- This is also a hands on role, with the communications manager expected to implement the majority of Kubatana’s programmes, including making webpages, posting to social media, formatting newsletters and managing member feedback.
Tasks for this role include
- Content selection, curation and development (this includes playing a substantial role in writing our weekly email newsletter);
- Publish across platforms (Facebook, website, Twitter);
- Solicit member inputs and running associated communications campaigns and competitions;
- Manage correspondence and feedback across platforms;
- Monitoring and evaluation – Coordinate weekly, monthly and quarterly monitoring activities across organisation’s activities, oversee external evaluations where required;
- Manage narrative reporting – Includes monthly and quarterly reporting against programme log frame and proposal deliverables, annual reporting and other reports as required;
- Generate, propose and implement new communications products and initiatives;
- Develop knowledge products which highlight and repackage selected materials;
- Other communications and management related duties as may be assigned.
- The communications manager reports to the programme director.
Qualifications and experience
- Communications or related degree desirable;
- Strong writing ability, computer skills and communications experience are a must;
- Minimum 3-5 years experience managing and implementing communications programmes – ideally in an NGO setting;
- Experience with WordPress, Mailchimp, and / or graphic design a plus.
- An informal, hands on, down to earth style is great.
- NGO / media house experience and bi- or tri-lingual (English / Shona / Ndebele) would be very valuable.
Submit your CV, cover letter, salary expectations and contact details (email) for three current references to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please indicate the position you’re applying for in the subject line of your email.
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
Deadline: 21 June 2020