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World Wide Fund (WWF) – Programme and Communication Assistant – Africa Sustainable Investments & Infrastructure (ASI).

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Position title: Programme and Communication Assistant – Africa Sustainable Investments & Infrastructure (ASI)
Reports to: ASI Regional Coordinator
Supervises: N/a
Location: Nairobi
Grade: TBD
 
1.  Background
 
Infrastructure supports essential services like drinking water, sanitation, agriculture, transport, and industry and electricity among others – that spurs economic development. However, unchecked investment has a potential to cause unsustainable patterns of natural resource use that drive climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste impacting humanity negatively that can now be linked to zoonotic diseases like COVID-19.  According to the UN Environment, to defeat these three planetary crises and deliver on the 2030 Agenda, we urgently need to rethink our infrastructure systems.
 
The infrastructure assets are measured in decades, while infrastructure footprint is measured in centuries and therefore locks in any impacts – positive and negative – for the longer term. The infrastructure boom in Africa driven by investments including from China has the potential to overwhelm the current norm of project-by- project environment and social safeguard systems. Without adequate environmental analysis and fully informed integrated planning, Africa risks locking in infrastructure that is neither sustainable nor resilient for future and affecting the growth of industry, transport and cities, and strongly Influencing the fate of biodiversity.
 
2.    Main Purpose and scope of the role
 
This role will support the implementation of the Africa Sustainable Investment & Infrastructure (ASI) Programme that is aimed at to promoting sustainable investment and infrastructure development Africa and hosted in Kenya with a focus on inward investments from China and African countries with a focus on the African Union, African Development Bank, China, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar.
 
The programme and communication assistant will provide operational support (50%) as well lead on communication (50%) for the ASI programme and this role will report to the ASI Regional Coordinator at WWF-Kenya.
 
The role is expected to build relationships with a range of stakeholders including WWF Programme and National Offices, Practices, Conservation Managers and Programme teams across various conservation themes.
 
3.    Key Responsibilities
 
Overall support: the ASI Regional Coordinator and WWF teams in the implementation of the Africa Sustainable Investments and Infrastructure Programme (ASI) Programme.
 
Operations (50%):

  • Logistics: support programme logistics including setting up virtual or face to face meetings, workshops, seminars and webinars and conferences, as well reports and or minutes of meetings.
  • Procurement: facilitate and follow up processes related to procurement of goods and services by the ASI programme ensuring these are timeline and diligent
  • Finances: provide support to ASI programme regional and finance manager to ensure that activities match with the set budget, and that expenditures are both timely and diligent
  •  Knowledge management: Ensures knowledge management and institutional of the regional ASI work through policy research, publication and dissemination of policy briefs and papers to different/relevant stakeholders and platforms;

Communications (50%)

  • Strategy: help develop and implement the ASI programme communication strategy in coordination and aligned with communication strategies of the WWF Regional Office for Africa (RoA), WWF country offices in China, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar, and the WWF network in general
  • Platforms and processes: support the development of communication platforms and processes such as ASI website, google docs folder, newsletter, and other range of media deemed relevant aligned with WWF branding guidelines
  • Compile and publish content: communicate about the ASI programme by regularly compiling and publishing on and off-line content, stories, news and features on the ASI website, ASI newsletter and other content across a variety of media in coordination with ASI team, WWF (RoA), WWF offices, partner CSOs and all the other relevant external stakeholders.
  • Capacity and follow up: provide communications advice, capacity building and support both internally ensuring the timely delivery of communications products;

 3. Qualifications

  •  At least 3 years of proven experience in public relations, communication or marketing.
  • Degree or equivalent work experience in management, public relations and communication. Knowledge in graphic design is an asset.
  • Knowledge of conservation, development studies or social sciences a plus
  • Proven ability to innovate, take initiatives and work alone or in a team
  •  Understanding of and exposure to international development issues and programmes are an asset.

 4. Key Skills /Competencies

  • Good knowledge of web-based technology, multi-media software
  •  Good organizational, writing and communication skills
  • Excellent diplomatic and networking skills
  •  Ability to work and communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of individuals within a wide range of cultural environments
  •  Fluency in English, with fluency in other languages a distinct advantage
  •  Ability to work well both independently and as a member of a team
  •  Excellent interpersonal skills, including a positive ‘can do’ attitude
  •  Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Courage, Integrity, Respect and Collaboration

 5.    Working Relationships

Internal:  Interacts with the ASI programme teams, country Sustainable Investments focal points and communication staff on a daily basis, and as required coordinates and interacts with the other internal stakeholders
 
External:  Interacts with partners, governments, non-governmental organisations, academic institutions, donors, specialists/consultants, and other stakeholders, financial institutions, WWF Network.
 
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?
 
Please Click Here to apply for the role.
Applications will close on 11th July 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
 
Work permit restrictions may apply.
WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.
 
Kindly note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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