Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) – Communications & Knowledge Management Manager.

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 Communications & Knowledge Management Manager


Full time

Working hours:

Monday to Friday reporting in the office from 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m


Head of Programmes


ICT Officer, Communications and Media officer, Online Communications Officer,

Young Digital Activists (YDAs), Communications Interns and also oversees Graphic designs

 Duration of Contract

 One year renewable subject to performance

Duty station:

 PACJA Secretariat 

Grade and Salary level

Grade 5, Annual gross salary range of 54,000-78,000 USD

PACJA employs four main approaches to advocacy: empowerment, policy influencing; campaigning; and convening for change. Advocacy is, in essence, about communicating to convince people to change, and communications tools are an essential aspect of this. Just as important as our policy positions are the ways in which we communicate them. Concise and coherent messaging of our positions will lead to more effective communications and a more receptive audience.

Within the broad parameters set in PACJA’s Strategic Plan 2021 -2025 and PACJA’s Advocacy strategy:

1.Strategy: Foster a robust communication strategy for PACJA’s impact and added value underpinning its advocacy work and supporting fundraising.
a) Lead the development of PACJA’s communication strategy and coordinate its implementation
b) Ensure necessary monitoring and evaluation of activities to inform future communication directions
c) Contribute expertise in media and online engagement and public outreach to PACJA’s overall strategic planning.
d) Stay abreast of developments of communications tools and methodologies and recommend PACJA on how best we can improve our internal and external communications.

2.Advocacy: Enhance the efficiency of PACJA’s people-centered advocacy campaigns and help increase public awareness of the issues we are working on
a) In collaboration with PACJA’s Thematic Leads and the National Platforms, contribute to raise public awareness and positively influence public opinion around thematic issues that PACJA is working on
b) Develop new and creative communication streams, including podcasts and videos
c) Coordinate public and targeted outreach and profiling of PACJA at events, including workshops, conferences, forums.
d) Coordinate the effective and successful implementation of PACJA’s digital strategy
e) Respond, or ensure that the communication team responds to public inquiries about PACJA issues received by phone, email, or letter.

3.Profiling and Branding: Build consistent and powerful branding at local, national, regional, Pan African, and international levels and increase PACJA brand awareness
a) Ensure that the PACJA website is updated and steadily improved by posting articles, blogs, videos, and other educational content and by overseeing all website copy to ensure quality
b) Ensure that the website audit is implemented within the given timeframe.
c) Review and update PACJA branding guidelines, and ensure its dissemination and application across the network
d) Provide technical backstopping and support to improve National Platforms programs’ branding and profiling
e) Ensure that all PACJA output, including articles, briefing papers, and key communication material, is in PACJA’s in-house style
f) Identify opportunities for profiling PACJA in Africa and beyond as required.

4.Media: Get our messages across on media such as newspapers, magazines, radio or television, and new social media
a) Build relationships and contacts with relevant print, broadcast, and online journalists in Africa and beyond when relevant for PACJA’s work.
b) Review PACJA’s work and research regularly to identify possible stories, undertake proactive media engagement, and coordinate writing press releases and pitching feature articles.
c) Ensure that PACJA responds to all media inquiries in a timely and accurate fashion
d) Ensure that journalists are briefed as required and draft reactive statements and letters to editors
e) Organize press conferences as required
f) Produce media briefings for press conferences and events as required
g) Coordinate the arrangement of media interviews for PACJA staff and draft briefings for them when appropriate
h) Ensure that all PACJA media coverage is recorded for dissemination and archive
i) Offer periodic training to staff at PACJA in media skills and dealing with the press more generally.

5.Supporting fundraising
a) Ensure that PACJA’s best practices are communicated in a way that foster visibility and ultimately contribute to fundraising for the organization
b) Develop PACJA promotional material, leaflets, and portfolio documents
c) Gi technical advice and input for incorporating visibility and communications in funding proposals and reports where appropriate
d) Ensure that PACJA’s database is up to date and effectively used for communication and fundraising purposes.

6. Team management and coordination
a) Train, motivate and manage the Communication and Media Officer and the Online Communications Officer to assist in carrying out the above responsibilities.
b) Manage and supervise the work of communication interns as required
c) Coordinate the support offered by the Communications Team to PACJA’s National Platforms and thematic programs
d) Manage and support the Young Digital Activists in their campaigns at the National Platforms
e) Contribute to a culture of information sharing and organizational learning in communication;
f) Develop and administer the necessary administrative systems for tracking all PACJA’s interactions with the press and members of the public
g) Coordinate quality translation (English to French) in the organization
h) Because of the dynamic environment, there might be a need to take on any emerging tasks in agreement with the supervisor. PACJA’s work in relation to communication keeps evolving.

7. Capacity building of PACJA staff across the network in communication skills and practices
a) Develop training packages for PACJA staff at the Secretariat and the National Platforms level
b) Train staff and other stakeholders on emerging issues in communications and how to harness opportunities in the area i.e., digital media, social media etc.
c) Train staff and other stakeholders on branding and use of visual communication
d) Train staff on strong presentation skills, i.e., creating professional and short power points

a) Master’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, and International Relations or a similar field.
b) At least 5 years’ relevant experience in communications (preferably in the climate change sector)
c) Fluent in written and spoken English and French is an added value.
d) Fully conversant with ICT and office applications; experience of web content management systems

a) Excellent written and oral communications skills (English and French), with the ability to adapt style to suit different audiences and communicate complex and nuanced issues to the media.
b) A creative and innovative approach to communications and branding.
c) Up to date on new opportunities for the climate change sector presented by blogging and social media
d) Excellent collaboration, teamwork, and interpersonal skills
e) Creativity, innovation, and ability to take initiative
f) Ability to work well in a multicultural environment across different geographical locations
g) Ability to handle change and unpredictability
h) Ability to deliver under pressure and to multi-task
i) Attention to detail
j) Ability to conceptualize and present ideas in a clear and convincing manner
k) Good analytical and strategic skills
l) Good understanding of and willingness to learn more about development and climate change injustices in Africa and trends in public and private sectors



If you meet the requirements, kindly submit your applications to;

Human Resources and Partnership Manager
Email: copy to
by 27th May, 2021.

Citizens from all African countries are eligible to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.




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