The Communications Manager, Africa, and Latin America will develop and execute a communications strategy to advance Malala Fund’s work in Brazil and program countries in Africa. This position will work to raise awareness of the Malala Fund’s work to progress girls’ education in these regions. They will be the lead on grantee communications requests, working closely with the Advocacy and Programmes teams. The Communications Manager, Africa, and Latin America will also work on regional media relations, communications, and media training for grantees within the Education Champion Network and Malala Fund Girl Programme and advise on communications strategy for national advocacy initiatives and campaigns. The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator and writer, highly organized, and has experience developing communications strategies and working with media in a variety of contexts.
- Minimum Qualification:Degree
- Experience Level:Mid level
- Experience Length:4 years
Strategic leadership and management:
- Lead all public engagement opportunities for grantees in the Education Champion Network and Malala Fund Girl Programme; track and evaluate engagement opportunities; lead on speaker preparation, coordinate with Education Champion Network Manager and the In-Country Representatives on logistics.
- Provide communications strategy and guidance to the Advocacy team and In-country Representatives on global and national campaigns, in line with advocacy goals; advise Education Champions in Brazil and the African region on all aspects of their campaign development including traditional media, social media, digital initiatives, speaking opportunities, developing partnerships and risk mitigation.
- Lead the Communications and Development teams in adapting technical reports, personal stories, and data on Champions’ work for a range of audiences including grassroots supporters, high net-worth donors, and corporate partners.
- Facilitate and lead coordination between In-country Representatives in Brazil and the African region, Champions, and communications staff on all communications requests.
- Act as the primary communications contact for Education Champions in Brazil and the Africa region and In-country Representatives (ICRs), fielding general media requests, consulting on communications-related questions, and identifying opportunities to elevate the collective work of Education Champions across Brazil and the Africa region.
Grantee Communications Support and Engagement:
- Work one-on-one with education activists to develop individualized communications work plans, including skills assessment, media training, and developing social media and digital presence; liaise regularly with communications staff at grantee organizations.
- Co-create talking points, speeches, opinion editorials, and other communications products alongside grantees for Malala Fund-related public engagements.
- Provide logistics, staffing support, and media training to grantees for interviews, speaking engagements, and other appearances.
- Coordinate with Malala Fund’s communications team to secure external content — photos, stories, quotes — from grantees that will showcase impact to donors, partners, and the general public.
- Write and edit press releases, interviews, and features about regional advocacy, programs, and other related updates for Malala Fund Newsroom.
- Advise Development team on Champion-focused grant applications, including writing and editing copy, collecting additional information, and sourcing impact data.
- Build and maintain relationships with journalists in Brazil, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania, and other target countries to pitch Malala Fund’s work.
- Prepare and review op-eds, press releases, media statements, and other media outputs; help secure coverage for national programs and advocacy campaigns.
- Pitch and land coverage of grantees in their national or regional media to strengthen regional recognition for the Education Champion Network and national advocacy objectives.
- Research new markets for regional and international press coverage.
- Actively contributes to making Malala Fund a diverse and equitable workplace through inclusive practices and openness to different perspectives, cultures, and ideas.
- Actively builds and maintains systems that allow for the growth and development of all direct reports.
- Welcomes and inducts new team members into Malala Fund, and facilitates collaboration across and within your team.
- Co-creates clear objectives and development plans for direct reports, and engages in regular and constructive performance conversations.
- Shares key messages and relevant information with direct reports, and seeks out, addresses, and/or escalates feedback as appropriate.
- Ensures all team members understand and comply with Malala Fund policies, procedures, and resources.
- Upholds the values of the Malala Fund.
- Actively contributes to making Malala Fund a diverse and equitable workplace through inclusive practice and openness to different perspectives, cultures, and ideas.
- Maintains behavior and conduct that uphold the highest standards for safeguarding, professionally and personally.
- Acts as a role model for a ‘learning organization’ culture by seeking insight and using problems as opportunities to learn.
- Strong editorial and creative copywriting skills; experience writing speeches, press releases, and talking points.
- Demonstrated leadership and management skills, with the ability to lead multiple cross-team projects simultaneously.
- Demonstrated success in pitching stories to journalists and non-U.S., and U.K. media outlets.
- Solid judgment and problem-solving skills with high attention to detail, accuracy, and quality.
- A creative, open, and innovative mind energetically searching for new solutions.
- Awareness of global and regional issues and sensitivities, especially in regions where the Malala Fund works.
- Work experience in communications, public relations, and working with globally dispersed organizations and stakeholders.
- Experience developing communications strategies and effective storylines.
- Experience working with national and regional media in at least one of Malala Fund’s program countries specifically Brazil, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania.
- Strong commitment to Malala Fund’s mission, purpose, and values.
- Strong commitment to gender equality, anti-racism, anti-discrimination, decolonization, and social justice.
- Strong commitment to professional development and continued learning.
- Excellent team player with the ability to work independently and in collaboration with colleagues at all levels across departments and external stakeholders.
- An understanding of the communications landscape, and the ability to bring fresh ideas and perspective to the team.
- Networking skills - ability to develop and maintain build relationships with a network of journalists, communications consultants, and media agencies.
- Working knowledge of any language(s) relevant to the Malala Fund’s work.
Remuneration: NGN 24,439,401 - 26,944,500 per annum
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