ProProgramme Officer, Strategic Engagement & Communications
●To support the delivery of CIFF’s strategic engagement and communications (SEC) for CIFF’s work in Africa; including responsive work in relations to CIFF grantees in their SEC efforts
●To co-create innovative SEC initiatives for programmes with tangible return on investment.
●To leverage research and analytics to inform Africa programme engagement and communications -managing the SEC Africa repository.
●To execute CIFF’s efforts to sustain effective stakeholder engagement, cultivating new relationships and building new partnerships -in collaboration with sector teams.
●To initiate the delivery of SEC communication and digital strands of work -as informed, by quarterly plans and calendar of events.
●To spearhead the development of concept notes/ proposals -in collaboration with grantees, partners and internal CIFF teams.
Accountabilities & Responsibilities
•The team:you will be part of the SEC team, in Africa, comprising one manager and one officer•Key contributions:you will play a critical role in the execution of SEC Africa communication and digital work •Reporting lines:you will report to the Director, SEC Africa Stakeholder Engagement
●Conduct landscape analysis and develop a stakeholder map to inform engagement strategy -to beupdatedregularly.
●Develop and cultivate linkages and relationships in the wider development space (especially youth & gender) and the corporate sector -contributing to SEC issues campaigning
●Intelligence gathering regular monitoring media and government -debates, trends and any new developments on Africa programme related issues. Maintain networks and various channels to gather updated information. Rapidly analyse information and create simple briefings for internal strategic stakeholders, CIFF partners, and media (as needed).
●Work closely with the Africa teamand partners to implement a communication plans to support stakeholder engagementand organisation profiling
●Work closely with the Programme, Evidence Measurement and Evaluation team to develop a strategic engagement plan integrating data and evidence from CIFF funded and other programmes.Partnerships (National and Regional):
●Identify and shortlist strategic partners (local philanthropies, development agencies, corporates, think tanks and prominent civil society organisations) at regional and National level. ●Develop innovative investment proposals that will help build partnerships both at co-funding and implementation level. This will include partnerships with other funders, CSR organisations etc.
●Build networks comprising of development sector partners, youth groups, think tanks and other opinion leaders to champion children’s agenda
●Support for Programme Development and execution:Help build strategic engagement and communications capacity of CIFF partners wherever needed.Communications
●Proactively leverage and provide content for social and multi-media channels;
●Write, edit, and manage articles, speeches and internal briefings;
●Represent CIFF in at Government meetings and other events
●Coordinate Africa programme reporting
●Act as spokesperson for CIFF when required
●Draft specific briefings, media advisories/ press releasesand presentations for executive team as required
●Identify important events and ensure CIFF participation
●Manage and/or build new communication and digital platforms for engagement -including ownership of the Africa team’s content calendar.
Knowledge, Skills & Experience
●Thorough understanding of the CIFF Africa priority country context –politics, culture, society, economics and media
●At least 8years’ experience in a leadership role in the development sector, corporate or media organisation, with extensive experience in East Africa.
●Well networked with government levelopinion leaders, bureaucrats, think tanks, funders, CSR organisations, and civil society
●Experience in managing Government relations, networking and partnership building for delivering programme goals
●Background and experience executing both project and budget management
●Master’s degree or equivalent in Political Science, Research,Public Relations or Marketing
●Excellent communication skills, with good command in English(read, write and speak). and French (is a bonus).
●Passion for solving issues affecting children
●Candidate should have the right towork in Kenya