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Job Title: Senior Communications Officer
Supervisor: Chief Communications & Fundraising Officer
Job Location: Aitong’, Narok County
Job Grade: F
1. The Organisation
The Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association (MMWCA)
http://www.maraconservancies.org/ is a membership organisation of all the Mara conservancies, open to any existing or upcoming wildlife conservancy whose land is part of or integral to the greater Maasai Mara ecosystem. MMWCA is one of the Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association’s members (http://kwcakenya.com/), contributing to the growth and development of conservancies nationally. MMWCA serves to meet three primary objectives:
i. Provide a convening space for open discussions, a hub for knowledge sharing and coordination across conservancies; a voice for advocacy; and driving policy in the interest of conservancies and conservation-related issues across the Mara.
ii. Support the creation and development of conservancies and their
neighbouring areas across the greater Mara ecosystem as a sustainable form
of land use and provide mechanisms for equitable and value-based benefit
sharing to sustain land under conservation.
iii. Lead and/or implement development and conservation programmes across member conservancies to facilitate coordination, collaboration and synergetic action.
MMWCA is looking for a Senior Communications Officer to strengthen its
communications team in line with the profile outlined below.
2. Purpose of the Role
The Senior Communications Officer is the deputy to the Chief Communications and Fundraising Officer and supports developing and implementing the communications strategy. In addition, the Senior Communications Officer is responsible for internal communication and specific communication roles to facilitate stakeholder engagement.
3. Scope of Work
- Support the development and implementation of organisational and project-specific communications strategies and plans.
- Generate terms of reference and specifications for promotional and communication materials and liaise with vendors to facilitate production according to service-level agreements.
- Write articles for organisational publications, including newsletters, impact reports and the annual organisational magazine – the Voice of Mara.
- Produce multi-media content for dissemination to diverse stakeholders, including landowners, youth and funding partners.
- Generate content for the website and frequently update it while monitoring content consumption and aligning content development accordingly.
- Support the development of fundraising concepts/proposals.
- Provide editorial support for organisational publications and external communication.
- Coordinate field visits for journalists, provide briefs on relevant thematic areas under consideration, and coordinate interviews.
- Carry out and support research to inform communication work.
- Proofread and edit organisational reports and social media content.
- Generate communication briefs for internal and external audiences.
- Plan and coordinate MMWCA’s events, including thematic outreach days and relevant exhibitions.
- Develop and implement youth advocacy campaigns working closely with the Gender and Youth Team.
- Participate in programme activities and generate news stories for MMWCA’s own media and external outlets.
- Provide support in building the communication capacity of MMWCA and conservancy staff.
4. Minimum Qualifications
- A degree in communications, public relations or journalism (or Social Science with relevant experience).
- At least five years’ experience in communications with a strong bias on multi-media content and social media management.3
- Strong writing and editing skills.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
- Experience engaging with journalists and deploying mainstream media to generate support for organisational work.
- Proficiency in Maa is desirable.
- Experience of working with pastoralist communities and ability/willingness to work in a remote place – the job will be based at Aitong’ in the Maasai Mara.
5. How to Apply
Send an application to the Chief Executive Officer, Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies, to reach us by close of business on June 30, 2022, to email@example.com. A complete application will have the following:
i. A cover letter.
ii. A detailed curriculum vitae highlighting relevant experience.
iii. A daytime telephone contact, email address, and the names of three professional referees