Hivos EA Communications Manager (Making All Voices Count) Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Hivos EA seeks qualified candidate for the position of:
Vacancy Name: Communications Manager, Making All Voices Count (MAVC)
Number of hours: 40
Region: East Africa
Office: Nairobi, Kenya

About MAVC: Making All Voices Count is an international initiative that contributes towards effective governance and accountability by enabling citizen engagement and open, responsive government in 12 countries in Africa and Asia. 

It is an operational programme with a core, integrated research component. 
The Programme is committed to promoting transparency, fighting corruption, empowering marginalised citizens, and harnessing the power of new technologies to make government more effective and accountable.
It supports creative and cutting-edge solutions – many of which use mobile and web technology – to the challenge of amplifying citizen voices and enabling governments to listen and respond.

Making All Voices Count began its work in June 2013 and will run until May 2017 (an extension till May 2018 is currently under consideration). It is implemented by a consortium consisting of Hivos (lead organisation), the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Ushahidi

The consortium operates from offices in Kenya, South Africa, Indonesia, the UK and the Netherlands.

Using a $45m fund created by its donors, the Programme nurtures innovative approaches to strengthening citizen engagement and government accountability by:

  • Making grants and brokering new relationships to support the development of new ideas and the scaling-up of successful initiatives.
  • Investing in capacity-building for funded partners and other stakeholders in the technology, citizen engagement and open governance communities of programme countries.
  • Carrying out and commissioning research to build a base of evidence about what works and why.
  • Catalysing global action through engaging with policy makers, opinion formers and influencers in relevant debates.
Making All Voices Count is supported by DFID, USAID, Sida and the Omidyar Network
The donor group has recently reviewed the programme and provided a number of strategic and operational recommendations, which will be effected in the course of 2015 under the leadership of the Programme Director. 
A change in the positioning of the Country Programme Manager is one of these recommendations.

Job Context: The Communications Manager is responsible for the coherence and roll-out of Making All Voices Count’s communications work across the programme. 

This is with special emphasis on implementing the communications aspects of the Global and Country Engagement and Learning strategies which have been developed in order to complete MAVC with a strong legacy, and influence on knowledge and practice in the field of Transparency and Accountability and use of technology to enhance outcomes and impacts.

S/He manages a team of two Regional Communications Officers (Africa and Asia) and then also functionally oversees the work of the Communications Officer who is recruited directly by IDS.

Contracted by Hivos, and based within the Hivos Nairobi office, s/he works closely with other consortium partners and Making All Voices Count’s strategic partners to incorporate inputs on technology and innovation, and monitoring, learning and evaluation into all communications work.

The position requires frequent travel, especially to Global Events to both work the content into MAVC communication products or present Communications products at these events together with MAVC staff that work at the Global level. 

There will also be occasional travel to specific countries to support the work of Regional Communications Officers. .

Role Requirements

Making All Voices Count is committed to creating a diverse environment and Hivos is proud to be an equal opportunities employer. 

Qualified applicants from Making All Voices Count Programme countries (Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Mozambique, Liberia, Nigeria, Ghana, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia and the Philippines) are encouraged to apply but we remain open to looking at applications from other countries.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree (or equivalent) in communications related to international development.
  • Five to eight years of relevant international communications work experience managing project teams.
  • Demonstrated understanding of country political and social dynamics in (at least two of the) Tier 1 countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa, Philippines, Indonesia).
  • Up to date on latest developments with regards to policy debates and other initiatives on citizen engagement, transparency & accountability, open data and open government.
  • Experience in remote team management desired.
Skills and Abilities
  • Analytical and conceptual skills linked to ability to reduce complex project and programme documents into short and clear messages for a wide range of audiences.
  • Exceptional team management skills, able to build and empower a geographically dispersed team.
  • Ability to liaise with different stakeholders in a multicultural setting.
  • Willingness to travel extensively.
  • Full professional proficiency in English with demonstrably excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Compelling experience in working with all types of media.
  • Confident working in a research and tech-orientated environment.
What we offer: We offer a competitive package based on the candidate’s qualifications.

Like to apply?

To apply kindly send your CV and cover letter explaining why you are the suitable candidate for this position to 

Your letter should state your current and expected salary. 
Deadline is 14th October, 2016.

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