Lutheran World Federation Regional Communications Coordinator Job in kenya

Regional Communications Coordinator

Lutheran World Federation


Regional Communications Coordinator LWF/DWS East/Horn/Central Africa 
Place of Assignment: Based in Nairobi, Kenya 
Starting Date: As soon as possible

Duration of Contract: Initial contract of two years


  1. Experience: Three to five years practical experience in the field of journalism, preferably in the area of international humanitarian and development programs. Extensive knowledge of the region. 
  2. Education: A degree in journalism or related field. 
  3. Personal Attributes: Cultural sensitivity and adaptability. High degree of integrity and professional responsibility. Diplomatic skills. 
  4. Professional skills: Experience in web-writing, editing, media planning, communications training and working in emergencies and coordinating coverage of field programs. Excellent English writing and editorial skills. Strong oral, facilitation and networking skills. Proactive and flexible work style. Capable of identifying and responding to shifting priorities. Political awareness and in-depth knowledge of editorial processes. English will be the main working language; knowledge in French would be an asset. Experience with and commitment to working in a very diverse workforce. Ability and affinity for working in teams. Ability to travel in the region at short notice. 
  5. Commitment and ability to train national staff 
  6. Deep commitment to LWF’s core values and ability to work by those values in relationships with colleagues and partners.
Position Description for the post of Regional Communications Coordinator of the Lutheran World Federation, Department for World Service (LWF/DWS) Regional Support Unit, East/Horn/Central Africa

The Regional Communications Coordinator of the (new) LWF/DWS Regional Support Unit, based in Nairobi, Kenya shall be responsible to and report directly to the Resource Mobilization Officer/ Head of Communications in Geneva for programmatic matters and to the local LWF/DWS Kenya/Djibouti Country Representative in Nairobi for administrative matters.

His/her main duties shall include the following:

    Communications Planning  

  • To develop a communications culture in each DWS country program, and to work with country programs to ensure that communications is built into work plans, budgets, program plans & designs (emergency and development). 
  • In cooperation with the LWF Communion Office, to plan communications for the regional programs in line with LWF strategy and policies.
Production of News, Features and Stories 
  • To write news, stories and features which will translate complex information into powerful messages – intended to reach our target audiences (partners, donors & member churches). 
  • To produce powerful images and visuals for the above articles. 
  • The above material will be submitted for publication to the LWF Communion Office.
Emergency Communications preparedness 
  • To make sure that we are prepared (in country programs) to step communications up a gear when a crisis hits. 
  • More specifically to liaise with the emergency hub (in Nairobi) and ensure that from a communications perspective, country programs have the basic elements (resources and training) in place and are prepared (on the communications front) when an emergency or crisis situation hits. 
  • o compile a list of media in the region and be the initial media contact person in emergencies (until communications persons are deployed in country from the roster/other) 
  • To play a monitoring role during an emergency and in cooperation with the LWF Communion Office to ensure that communications material meet the agreed & basic standards and follows the LWF protocols & policies.
Media preparedness 
  • To provide basic media preparedness training to relevant staff in DWS Country Programs (especially to be media prepared and to know how to deal with media in the event of incidents involving LWF & LWF staff).
Training Personnel & Capacity Building 
  • To build our country programs’ capacity in communications. This will involve providing training support to country program staff and more specifically communication focal points in the DWS Country Programs in the region to feed into a regular & planned flow of engaging news stories and feature reports. 
  • To function as editor of content produced from country programs and to ensure consistency in messaging and perform quality control before submitting for publication to the LWF Communion Office.
  • Ensure visibility of the DWS Country programs to donors and partners 
  • To participate in the rolling out of the new LWF visual identity and ensure consistency in messaging and branding in country programs across the region.
How to apply:

Applications should be sent in English, accompanied by the names and e-mail addresses of three persons who know the applicant professionally to:

Victor de Barrena Human Resources Manager The Lutheran World Federation e-mail:
Closing date:  06 Aug 2012

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