Council of Governors (CoG) Director of Communication Job in Kenya

The Council of Governors (CoG) is established under Section 19 of the Intergovernmental Relations Act 2012 with the mandate to provide a mechanism for consultation amongst County Governments, share information on performance of the counties in execution of their functions, facilitate capacity building for governors, and consider reports from other intergovernmental forums on national and county interests amongst other functions (Section 20). 
To enable the Council achieve its mandate and vision, the Council wishes to recruit results oriented individual with drive, vision and creativity to fill the following position: 
Director of Communication


Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Communication will set and guide the strategy for all communications, and collateral to consistently articulate the Council of Governor’s vision and mission.
The Director Communication will be responsible for building visibility, managing CoG’s reputation by implementing a vibrant communications strategy and stakeholder engagement plan, including traditional and social media.

The Director of Communication will work closely with Heads of Departments, Technical Committees and other stakeholders to provide leadership, coordination and guidance on all matters pertaining to the implementation of the communication strategy in accordance to the CoG Strategic Plan and Terms of Reference.
Essential Job Functions: 
  • Implement the Council of Governors Communication Strategy and identify the components that require further review, and develop an implementation strategy that meets the demands of the CoG and effectively communicates the results of the work of the CoG. 
  • Set up the communication unit of the Council Of Governors.
  • Develop branding initiatives for the Council of Governors with a view to ensuring that the larger public understands the role of the CoG secretariat. 
  • Work with the County Directors of Communication to ensure that there is sharing of information between CoG Secretariat and Counties to facilitate information sharing.
  • Develop branding initiatives, internal communication and external media relations.
  • Execute programs to deliver communication objectives throughout the organization and strategies for delivery of corporate culture and business strategy. 
  • Manage media relations, research editorial opportunities and build relationships with print and electronic media and manage all social media communication platforms including twitter, Facebook, among other online communication platforms.
  • Develop, execute and manage internal and external communication strategy aimed at establishing congenial and constructive partnerships for the organization and stakeholders.
  • Provide weekly media briefs and information to the public on Council of Governors
  • Overseeing development of all CoG communications materials, including press releases, talking points, reports, speeches, web materials, and videos. 
  • Ensuring all communications materials are in tandem with CoG’s Vision, strategy and policy positions. 
  • Sensitization and training of the CoG members of staff to own and support the communication strategy. 
  • Have direct supervision of the Communications Department staff. 
  • Any other tasks incidental to the forgoing tasks. 
Qualifications & Experience: 
  • A Bachelors degree in any of the following disciplines: Communications Studies or Public Relations and a Masters degree from a recognized institution. 
  • Certificate in computer applications. 
  • The candidate must have served in the grade of Director, Corporate Communications or in a comparable position for a minimum period of four (4) years with proven experience in communication.
Skills and Specific Knowledge requirements:
  • Proven ability to design, develop and implement both strategic communication programs.
  • Expertise in media outreach and excellence in originating and preparing written material – such as issue briefings, press releases, web content and layout – for use in various communication media.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills, coupled with highly developed interpersonal, reporting and analytical skills.
  • Familiarity with international best practices in communication strategies
  • Strong leadership capabilities and a demonstrated record of successful leadership of multidisciplinary teams.
  • An understanding of the Kenya Constitution 2010 and devolution.
  • Diplomatic skills and ease with working in a political environment.
  • A team player.
  • Strong managerial skills, including motivating, developing, coaching and leading teams.
  • Demonstrated self-authored or produced report(s) or publications. 
Other requirements: 
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling CoG values and ethical standards
  • Treats all people without favoritism 
  • Ability to work under pressure 
  • Initiative and independence 
  • Adaptability 
  • Commitment to national values and sensitivity to cultural and gender issues
  • Meets the requirements of Chapter 6 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 
The contract duration is for three (3) years annually renewable subject to availability of resources and performance. 
How to Apply
Interested candidates should send a CV, cover letter, copies of ID, certificates, two (2) authored publications, testimonials, current and expected remuneration, names and addresses of three referees to on or before Friday, 16th September 2016 and indicate the name of the position you are applying for as the Email subject

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