KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme Head of Communication Job in Kenya

Head of Communication

Job Ref: MN 5928

Our client, KEMRI – Wellcome Trust Research Programme based in Kilifi and Nairobi wishes to recruit a suitable person to fill the above position:

Overall Purpose: Responsibility for strategic development and management of communications for the Programme.

Covering internal communications (leadership of intranet and other internal initiatives) and external relations with international, national, county and local health-related public and private stakeholders, including developing advocacy strategies with key organisations.

Job Profile:
  • Lead and manage the communication and advocacy strategy for the Programme:
  • Providing overall coordination and managing capacity building for other staff working on communication at the centre; including the project communication and media officers, community liaison managers, MOH-KEMRI liaison manager.
  • Leading Internal communications through the further development of the intranet and other tools; and coordinating all branding at the Programme.
  • Managing content for the Programme website, intranet and all electronic/social media; ensuring that this is kept up-to-date and relevant
  • Engaging with national partner organisations and sponsors to build activities with their communication officers.
  • Developing active International networks to promote public engagement in science through collaboration with science related institutions and funders, including the Wellcome Trust, UK
  • Engaging local, national and international media, including newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, websites, documentaries and inputs to existing public for a for health and science. 
  • Including the development of a media engagement and management plan
  • Supporting research into practice by developing materials and mechanisms (with scientists) to disseminate summaries of research and research findings.
  • Developing and coordinating networking Initiatives with science related groups and Institutions at national and international levels.
Person Profile:
  • Advanced University Degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations; or equivalent professional work experience in the communication area combined with university degree in a related field.
  • 5-10 years of experience in managing communication.
  • Demonstrated skill in programme communication, development of information, Education and communication material, documentation and publication (Including web-based documentation).
  • Knowledge of current theories and practices in communication research, planning and strategy, and the role of mass media.
  • Analytical and conceptual skills to think and plan strategically. 
  • Skills and experience in communication programmes, monitoring, review and evaluation.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage relationships with media representatives, government officials and community groups.
Email your detailed application with details of your current or past gross monthly salary to before 12 Noon 18th February 2014.

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