Communications Coordinator (Nairobi)

Based in LAW’s Nairobi Office, the Communications Coordinator will be responsible for the wider regional context, working collaboratively with LAW programme teams, partners and colleagues across LAW’s Hub Offices.

The position

LAW has an exciting position for an experienced and skilled Communications Coordinator to join LAW. The selected candidate will report directly to LAW’s Programme Manager in Nairobi, with matrix reporting to the South Sudan Programme Manager and Communications Manager based in Geneva. They will promote LAW’s work in the region, and increase visibility, profile key events and advocacy activities. 

Based in LAW’s Nairobi Office, the Communications Coordinator will be responsible for the wider regional context, working collaboratively with LAW programme teams, partners and colleagues across LAW’s Hub Offices. You will have excellent experience in producing highly quality content for a variety of communication platforms including on social media and have a strong background or interest in human rights, governance, public administration, digitization, and reforms. You will be proactive, meeting tight deadlines, and fluent in English and a second language (preferably Arabic, Somali, or another regional language). The work will be both diverse and challenging.  

Background

LAW is an independent, non-profit organization comprised of human rights lawyers working in fragile and conflict affected areas in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. We have a particular focus on gender equality and sexual and gender-based violence, rule of law and accountability, and transformative justice, working to bring justice to those who need it most. LAW’s ground-breaking work has received international and local media coverage, and recognition.  

LAW’s Programmes in the Africa Regional Office: 

 LAW’s office in Nairobi manages programmes in Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan, and is strategically based to build networks and partnerships, working with a wide range of stakeholders on human rights issues affecting the population, and in the fight against impunity. LAW’s national lawyers in field teams work closely with international lawyers to develop innovative legal strategies designed to increase access to justice for victims and communities who have suffered human rights violations and abuses. 

More about the position

Where? The position will be based at LAW’s Nairobi Office in Kenya.  

Duration: 12 Months on a full-time basis with possibility of extension subject to funding.  

Salary: Competitive rates of pay apply.  

Role overview and responsibilities

The Communications Coordinator will work collaboratively with programme teams in the field, extracting key impact information to increase visibility, profile key events and advocacy activities in country, in the region, and globally. The post holder will perform duties in accordance with the responsibilities outlined below:    

Communications: 

  • Develop an activity calendar for the programmes (Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Sudan), covering plans for social media; website, press, exhibitions, events, awards and external communication;  
  • Monitor and track indicators and evaluate media coverage, campaigns, publication prints and digital to maximise efficiency; 
  • Coordinate and support preparation of key messaging, research reports, and concept notes for events; 
  • Attend LAW and/or external partner events together with the Programme Manager and develop relevant content; 
  • Establish strong relationships with and maintain list of national and regional network and journalistic contacts; 
  • Attend field visits (including with regional travel), and take professional photos and videos for championing and profiling successful stories and social media posts; 
  • Collate information from country programmes for the global newsletters and website content, in coordination with the Communications Manager in Geneva,;  
  • Any other task requested from the line manager. 

Social Media and Website 

  • Support the Communications Manager in Geneva to develop a social media plan and identify various audiences for LAW’s social media channels, and plan how to increase LAW’s engagement in country; 
  • Collaborate to populate the global social media plan, and in coordination with the Communications Manager, design, deliver and maintain engaging content for LAW’s key social media channels, including Twitter, to create impactful stories, case studies, and other engaging content;  
  • Maintain a strong coordination mechanism with locally hired consultants, as videographers and photographers, and with global graphic designers and coordinate planning and deliverables; 
  • In coordination with the Communications Manager in Geneva, ensure all visual materials developed by the global graphic designer meet the expectations, and match LAW’s visual identity and vision; 
  • Lead on the creation, and design of innovative, information toolkits (audio, digital)  
  • Support the Global Communications Manager to maintain and update content for regional website pages; 
  • Research and analyze performance on the various platforms and make recommendations on how to improve our communications. 

Events, logistics and admin  

  • Lead in planning and hosting public events, roundtables, briefings, etc, across programmes, in Nairobi and other offices in the region.  
  • Provide logistical support for missions and events including visa, travel, accommodation arrangements for participants and LAW staff traveling to Nairobi/other countries in the region. 
  • Prepare materials for events including save the dates, invitations, flyers, agendas, and distribute in coordination with Programme Managers.  
  • Provide other administrative and procurement support in the Nairobi office as needed. 

This post will require travel to programme countries including Somalia and South Sudan.  

You will have: 

  • Right to work in Kenya; 
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, media relations, journalism or relevant field;   
  • Minimum 4 years demonstrated experience working in journalism, media relations, advocacy or communications in a similar role;  
  • 4 years proven experience in a similar role designing, drafting and developing traditional and social media content for dissemination; 
  • Relevant experience working within an international NGOs is preferred, ideally in human rights or humanitarian field; 
  • Track record of highly effective content production and social media management;  
  • Excellent knowledge of video editing;   
  • Excellent written and oral skills in English; second regional language (Arabic, Somali etc.) is an asset, with the ability to clearly articulate information to various audiences and stakeholders; 
  • Ability to work on own initiative and part of the wider team;   
  • Experience in photography, ideally with DSLR cameras or similar (desirable);  
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite especially Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint and strong technical literacy. 

How to apply

Interested candidates can send an email with a CV and statement of interest (neither exceeding 2 pages of A4) in English to recruitment@legalactionworldwide.org. The subject of the application should read ‘Communications Coordinator (Nairobi). The deadline for the applications is 20th May 2024. 

 At LAW we are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues reflecting the people and communities that we represent and support. Our team includes many nationalities with diverse professional backgrounds, skills and knowledge. This enables us to deliver and understand the cultural and political contexts on the ground and to tailor our support effectively and appropriately.   

Child Safeguarding Statement 

LAW will uphold the highest consideration for the safety and protection of children are in place whereby all applicants will be required to undergo relevant vetting processes (which may include police criminal background checks, subject to local jurisdiction) and when starting employment with LAW, to sign a declaration stating there in no reason or event that would render them unsuitable for the post and declaring ant criminal conviction or ongoing criminal prosecutions against them. 

LAW reserves the right to follow up on references with any previous employer to seek referees considered view and opinion on the candidate’s suitability to be in contact with children. The successful applicant will only be offered a position subject to: (a) satisfactory and suitable references; (b) proof of qualifications; (c) relevant vetting/clearance procedures; and (d) positive proof of identification. All staff joining LAW, agrees to families themselves with the safeguarding policies and comply fully with its standard and code of conduct. Staff are required to be vigilant and aware of risk to children. Staff are also responsible to report and suspected or known concerns and also to participate fully in any safeguarding investigation if requested. Furthermore, staff are required to participate in annual training on safeguarding/child protection.  

 

To learn more about LAW please visit our website www.legalactionworldwide.org. 

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