WWF ESARPO Communications Officer Job vacancy in Nairobi, Kenya today


Why we are here: To stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
Position title: Communications Officer, WWF Kenya Country Office
Reports to: Country Director, WWF Kenya
Supervises: All WWF Kenya staff in Communications Department
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Mission of the Department: To ensure relevant and accurate communications to Kenya society on conservation issues, and in places that are key for WWF Kenya conservation priorities, in support of the WWF Kenya Conservation Strategy.

Major Functions: Ensure that the WWF Kenya Country Office communicates impact of its Conservation Programme that are of the very highest quality and relevance to Kenya and to the implementation of its Conservation Strategy, in line with that of WWF-ESARPO and WWF International overall Communications Strategy.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develops and implements a Communications Strategy of the greatest relevance to and in support of the Conservation Strategy for WWF Kenya Country Office;
  • Provides leadership in communication that promotes conservation impact/outcome to inspire action by the identified target audiences.
  • Disseminates information in appropriate media, as appropriate for different target audiences, that clearly explain WWF Kenya’s role in conservation and its relevance to the Kenyan society;
  • Promotes and markets the WWF brand to improve its image and galvanize partnerships;
  • Establishes and maintains good working relations with the media (traditional and new);
  • Maintains an updated www.panda.org/kenya website;
  • Ensures effective knowledge and information management, and ensures that these are available to WWF Kenya staff and the WWF Network;
  • Establishes and maintains a library and a communications data base;
  • Organises events;
  • Works closely with, and seeks support from, the Country Director, Heads of Departments and their teams, WWF ESARPO, WWF International, and other WWF offices as appropriate to undertake the above tasks most effectively;
  • Performs other duties as requested by the Country Director.
Required Functional Skills:
  • University degree in Communications, Public Relations, Media Relations, or other related fields;
  • Proven track record, and at least 6 years years experience (preferably in Kenya, in communications or PR;
  • Understanding of the institutional and legal framework in Kenya, as it relates to PR, media and communications issues;
  • A good understanding of the realities of PR and communications for promoting conservation issues;
  • Hands-on multi-media skills (desktop publishing, film, photography); good knowledge of IT is an added advantage;
  • An understanding of, and vocational interest in, environmental conservation, international development, NGO sector and other related fields would be preferred;
  • Excellent English and Kenya with knowledge of other local languages an asset
Required Skills and Competencies
  • Excellent communication interpersonal, organisational, analytical and research skills;
  • Innovative, creative and willing to learn;
  • Passionate about biodiversity conservation;
  • Adherence to WWF’s values, which are: Passionate & Optimistic, Challenging & Inspiring, Credible & Accountable, Persevering & Delivering Results.
Supervisory Responsibilities
The Communications Manager is responsible for the day-to-day supervision and management of all WWF Kenya staff in the Communications Department.
He/she will involve himself/herself as appropriate in the hiring, development, and evaluation of all WWF Kenya staff in the Communications Department.
Working Relationships
Internal – interacts with the WWF Kenya, Country Director, Heads of Department and staff on a daily basis, and as required coordinates and interacts with the Coastal East Africa (CEA) NI team, ecoregion teams, species teams, and WWF ESARPO, WWF International, and other WWF Network staff.
External – Interacts with national governmental institutions, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions, the media, donors, specialists / consultants, and other stakeholders, in collaboration with the WWF Kenya Country Director.
This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff.
Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.

How to Apply

Interested candidates who meet the above requirements should email a cover letter and CV with the Procurement Officer Application on the subject line to the Senior People Organisation Development Officer (Snr. POD), WWF-KCO, HResource@wwfesarpo.org not later than 30th November 2013.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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