Co-operative University of Kenya (CUK) – Corporate Communications Officer I.

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The Co-operative University of Kenya (CUK) is a State owned University established by the Government of Kenya under the Universities Act 2012. CUK invites applications from qualified and experienced persons with excellent credentials to fill the listed vacant positions;


i. Corporate Communications Officer I – Grade 12, Ref CUK/VC/COPCOM/2/20(1)




Applicants should meet the following requirements:

i. Must possess a masters degree in Corporate Communications, Marketing or Public Relations from a recognized or accredited university;

ii. Must possess three (3) years’ experience in grade 11 or equivalent position in an institution of higher learning or a comparable institution with a proven track record of exemplary performance;

iii. Must be a member of the Public Relations Society of Kenya/Marketing Society of Kenya;

iv. Must be commuter literate;

v. Must be a confident communicator and possess presenter skills;

vi. Must possess exceptional writing and editorial skills;

vii. Must possess strong knowledge and understanding of current trends in digital/social media;

viii.Possession of relevant additional qualifications will be an added advantage.

Key Responsibilities

i. Develop and implement a strategic marketing, student admissions, communications, Public Relations and digital strategies in line with the overall University’s Strategic Plan.

ii. Develop, implement and monitor policies, plans, strategies, and outputs.

iii. Maintain and develop links with local and metropolitan media outlets to facilitate good communication and ensure fair and accurate coverage of the university.

iv. Responsible for communicating key messages to defined target audiences to establish goodwill and understanding between the university and its stakeholders. This is proactively achieved by generating positive coverage through effective media relations with broadcast, print and new media.

v. Monitor the publicity that is generated on behalf of the university, as well as liaising on an everyday basis with the executive management team to update and report on the success of the publicity.

vi. Prepare and present media statements, responds to media enquires – is the institutions spokesperson.

vii. Approve the corporate trend to maintain a positive image of the University.

viii. Coordinate organization of protocol during all university functions and media events.

ix. Continually build all aspects of the University’s brand in collaboration with its stakeholders.

x. Ensure consistent articulation of the University’s brand to internal and external stakeholders.

xi. Design and implement effective internal communication strategies to the University’s various constituencies.

xii. Develop, implement and monitor effective use of the departmental budget.

xiii. Provide guidance for university functions to be executed in line with the University’s brand, policies, and aspirations.

xiv. Manage the University’s marketing efforts in liaison with schools, admissions, and other stakeholders.

xv. Act as the University’s representative with the media in negotiating and building relations with the media.

xvi. Continuously monitor and report on the University’s media coverage and brand positioning across multiple media channels.

xvii. Recommend strategies to manage Corporate Communication, including identifying appropriate responses and communication channels to maintain a positive image for the institution.

xviii. Approve content of print, electronic and digital publications that relate to corporate communication at the University.

xix. Prepare speeches for the Vice Chancellor and other senior staff and any other authorized spokespersons as required.

xx. Sensitize the board and senior management on medial liaison including how to effectively respond to media queries.


Applicants should:

i. Visit the University website on the footer under the IMPORTANT LINKS section, CLICK on ONLINE RECRUITMENT PORTAL , Login and fill the application form, attach testimonials then submit the online application; ii. Submit three (3) hard copies of the letter of application, certificates, testimonials and updated curriculum vitae to include full details of education, professional qualifications, experience, membership with professional bodies present salary, names and addresses of three referees;

iii. Academic staff should include:

 Evidence of publication;

 Evidence of supervision of post graduate students ;

 Evidence of curricula developed;

 Evidence research funds attracted.

iv. Clearly indicate the position and the reference number on the application letter and on the envelop which should be addressed to:

The Deputy Vice Chancellor, FPA,

The Co-operative University of Kenya,

P.O Box 24814-00502.

Karen, Nairobi, Kenya.

v. Recommendations from at least three (3) referees should be sent separately to the address above on or before Tuesday, 3rd March, 2020 at 12 noon;

vi. All applications must be received by Tuesday, 3rd March, 2020 at 12 noon. Applications received later than this period will not be considered;

vii. SHORTLISTED candidates will be required to submit VALID AND CURRENT clearance certificates from the following:

a) Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA);

b) Higher Education Loans Board (HELB);

c) Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC);

d) Criminal Investigation Department (Certificate of Good Conduct); and

e) Registered Credit Reference Bureau;

f) In addition, those with academic qualifications obtained from foreign Universities will also be expected to undertake recognition and equation of their certificates from the Commission of University Education (CUE).

Note: The Co-operative University of Kenya is an Equal opportunity employer; Female applicants, persons with disabilities and those from marginalized areas are encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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