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Communications Manager at KCB Bank Kenya

The KCB Foundation is seeking to recruit dynamic, highly motivated and results oriented individuals to fill the following vacant posts at the Foundation:

Requirements

Reporting to the Managing Director, KCBF, the Communication Manager will be responsible for developing and implementing plans to successfully and continuously engage colleagues worldwide with a shared vision aligned to the KCBF’s corporate strategy and serves as a trusted partner to the group and senior leadership teams dealing with strategic issues as they emerge.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain strong strategic alliances and partnerships, both public and private sector, that galvanize action and bring resources and visibility for KCB Foundation and its work;
  • Collaborate with programme teams to structure and execute KCBF’s initiatives and partnerships;
  • Work with partners to ensure that their communications and joint programs/initiatives align with the Foundation;
  • Lead the development and implementation of a robust strategic communications and public engagement plan integrated with the strategic priorities and major activities of the Foundation;
  • Lead the development of a clear vision for promoting the Foundation’s brand awareness globally with compelling messages;
  • Collaborate closely with the Business Development, Policy and Advocacy, Programmes and MEL teams to advance the brand and strategic objectives;
  • Track and maintain annual department budgets;
  • Monitor traditional and online spheres for ongoing reputation management, and when required, advise the organization on appropriate crisis communications responses;
  • Provide leadership in the implementation of a robust strategic communications and public engagement plan for KCBF country offices and programmes that is well-integrated with the strategic priorities and major activities of the organisation;
  • Provide leadership in the development of a clear vision for promoting KCBF’s brand awareness in East Africa and beyond, with compelling messages that convey our unique niche;
  • Ensure excellence for all of KCBF’s communications efforts, including producing high quality communications materials, telling powerful stories about the impact of KCBF work, and reaching our target audiences in an effective and engaging way that is responsive to their needs and interests;
  • Collaborate closely with the Chief of Party-Business Development, as well as Monitoring and Evaluation Manager to advance KCBF brand and strategic objectives;
  • Develop innovative communication products and platforms to support fundraising, advocacy, partnerships and research efforts;
  • Oversee the operation and performance of the outsourced communications functions in terms of existing Service Level Agreement (SLAs) and contracts; and
  • Regularly review communication processes and tools for continuous improvement; set and achieve ambitious metrics that measure the success of KCBF’s communications department.

Person Specifications

  • Be a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Public Relations, Communication, or any other related field, gained from a recognised institution. A Master’s Degree in in Journalism, Public Relations, Communication, gained from a recognised institution will be an added advantage;
  • Have demonstrable knowledge and relevant work experience of not less than 12 years, with over eight (8) years in management roles, two (2) of which should be at senior management level, and a minimum of 5 years’ experience managing people in a similar organisation;
  • Must be a member in good standing with relevant Professional Body e.g. PRSK, CIPR;
  • Practical and hands-on experience in leading the implementation of robust strategic communications and public engagement plans; engaging and building robust networks with mainstream media outlets as well as social media influencers to generate specific coverage that builds organisational profile; and evidence of developing innovative communication products and platforms to support fundraising, advocacy, partnerships and research efforts are essential requirements for this role; and
  • Must be business savvy, and innovative, with excellent communication, presentation, negotiating and conflict resolution skills, as well as ability to interpret long-term plans, programs and budgets developed at senior management level.

Benefits

If you believe you clearly meet the relevant criteria for this role, please submit your application, copies of your academic and professional certificates, testimonials and your curriculum vitae, including among other, details of your current position, current and expected remuneration, email and telephone contacts of three (3) referees, two (2) of whom should be your immediate former line managers, and a third, a peer or senior at your current employer, who can speak objectively of your competence, character and integrity.

To be considered, your application must be received not later than 16 March 2020 addressed to the contact provided below, quoting the relevant reference number. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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