KHRC Communications & Knowledge Manager Career Recruitment in Nairobi, Kenya Dec 2015



Kenya Human Rights CommissionJob Title: Communications & Knowledge Manager

Department: Communications
Reporting to: Executive Director
Contract Duration: Two year renewable contract, which is subject to performance.
Category: Senior Management
Location: NairobiOverall Purpose: The jobholder is responsible for offering strategic leadership in ensuring that KHRC’s mandate and key initiatives are well projected and communicated through appropriate relevant content, choice of channels of communication and leverage emerging opportunities.


The incumbent will set and guide the strategy for all communication, website, and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate KHRC’s mission.
 He/ She will also ensure that KHRC is viewed as the reference point, disseminator, and conduit of information within a diverse network and constituency base in Africa. 
This role also steers the translation of KHRC interventions into opportunities for continuous reflective learning and improvement in program delivery.The role holder will work closely with a senior peer group within the organization as the communication partner on a variety of strategic initiatives.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support the development, review and implementation of KHRC programmes’ strategies by cascading the overall organizational strategy into the communication strategy and plan
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate the annual communication plan across the network’s discreet audiences in collaboration with the KHRC team and constituents
  • Manage development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, annual reports, programme reports, e-newsletters, radio programmes, videos and KHRC’s website
  • Manage the development of communication budgets and plans in liaison with the Executive Management
  • Lead and facilitate the creation, production, editing and maintenance of new media content for the KHRC website and ensuring that KHRC’s editorial principles and all relevant legal, contractual and copyright requirements are met
  • Lead the production, editing and dissemination of KHRC communication materials, including research, reports, policy briefs, writing publications, newsletters, speeches, case studies, documentaries and narratives.
  • Build the capacity of KHRC staff in relation to communication and media through the development of guidelines, training materials and briefing staff on communication messages. Provide editorial support and build a pool of online contributors for KHRC online media.
  • Put communications vehicles in place to create momentum and awareness as well as to test the effectiveness of communication activities
  • Guide, train and manage the performance of all programme staff on communication as well as mentor and lead team members responsible for KHRC’s website administration and coordination
  • Facilitate the development of staff, identify training needs and carry out knowledge management within programmes.
  • Within the framework of KHRC’s organizational values, promote inter-office communications, through office intranet and regular meetings.
  • Actively contribute to identifying programme initiatives in line with the prevailing issues of the day at national and international levels
  • Cultivate and nurture strategic relations with key national, regional and international media as well as other discreet audiences
  • Any other duties as assigned by your supervisor.
Required Qualifications and Job CompetenciesKHRC is looking for a person with the ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels.

The ideal person should have:
  • A post-graduate qualification in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations or any other related fields with at least five years’ experience as a communications professional
  • Should be strongly committed and have a passion for governance and human rights issues in the region
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
  • Ability to work independently, but be entrepreneurial and enjoy creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Excellent written, verbal and organizational skills in English and Kiswahili. Knowledge of an international language is an advantage
  • Extensive multimedia skills, including the ability to make short documentaries
  • Extensive contacts in East Africa and international media
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communication discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
  • Ability to build relationships with the flexibility and finesse to manage through influence
Personal Attributes & Skills
The job holder should possess the following skills and behavioral competencies: 
  • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which support and enable sound decision making.
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • A sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, programme participants, and other supporters
  • A proven track record in resource mobilization and utilizing available resources to achieve agreed upon outputs/ results.
If you believe you fit the profile, submit your application and CV detailing your suitability for the post and including daytime telephone contact and three referees, preferably your current or previous line managers to quoting the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line.
The closing date for this position is on 24th December, 2015Disclaimer: KHRC is an equal opportunity employer committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organization and will seek to recruit the most qualified person for the job irrespective of race, color, marital status, ethnicity, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation or nationality.

All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. 

Canvassing will automatically lead to disqualification. 

Only successful candidates will be contacted 


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