Communications & Advocacy Manager
Communications & Advocacy Manager at THPS August, 2023
Title: Communications & Advocacy Manager (1 position)
Reports to: Director of Programs
Location: THPS Headquarters at Dar es Salaam
Purpose and Scope of Job:
The Communications Manager reports to the Director of Programs and has primary responsibility of designing and implementing THPS’s public relations, brand and reputation management strategies. S/he will lead the communications and advocacy unit in creating and managing the organization’s communications, including Communications Strategy; brand message; content creating/ writing/ editing across multiple channels and formats; public relations tools and narrative; and communications processes, tracking, and reporting. The Communications Manager works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders on website content, project initiatives, and serves as the staff writer on communications platforms including, but not limited to web content, brochures, newsletters, briefs, reports, press releases, annual reports, presentations, social media, and training videos.
This position will develop relationships with media agencies, publications, editorial staff, and influential columnists; and implement the protocol for official interaction for media inquiries, press conferences, and media visits. S/he will directly supervise the communications and advocacy officer and provides counsel and guidance to project leaders and Executive Team on communication related issues.
Principal duties and responsibilities:
A. Implementation of THPS’s public relations and brand strategy
❂➽ Ensure all aspects of approved PR/ Brand are adopted in all content –documents, presentations, brochures, adverts, and speeches.
❂➽ Ensure that corporate narrative is deeply entrenched in all internal and external communication and visual expression.
❂➽ Influence the tone, look, and feel of shared media platforms with close coordination with the THPS executive team.
❂➽ Provide feedback and observations towards refining or re-thinking strategies
B. Position THPS in the public domain
❂➽ Key media interface.
❂➽ Key event organizer.
❂➽ Identify suitable programs, events, and media leveraging and positioning initiatives.
❂➽ Mitigates reputation risk.
❂➽ Ensure top-of-the-mind awareness for THPS and achieve the highest visibility in the development sector in key media by ensuring 80% favorable media mention.
❂➽ Assist with developing the business case for THPS and ensure visibility with crucial
business media, government, and the local donor community.
❂➽ Ensure the high quality, relevant, timely, brand-‐consistent, and fresh Project content is published and regularly updated in THPS Website and Social Media Platforms,
❂➽ S/he will be responsible for consistency and quality control.
C. Responsible for THPS’s content development, look and feel across all media and engagements
❂➽ Lead and Serve as staff writer and editor for a broad array of organizational communications including, but not limited to brochures, newsletters, speeches/ presentations, infomercials, short clip videos, annual reports, and presentations.
❂➽ Participate in research projects; contribute to writing and editing final reports, success stories and learning pieces documentation: support finalization of the learning pieces and success stories and support dissemination to stakeholders.
❂➽ Assist with responses to media inquiries.
❂➽ Manages all executive external and internal communication.
❂➽ Provide high-quality, consistent program and thematic content based on approved communication and brand DNA in multiple media channels, including press, web, and social media.
❂➽ Oversee the management of THPS’s media bank (photos/videos/publications) and ensure the correct details are included (proof of consent, photographer credit, etc.)
❂➽ Maintain the THPS and donor branding and marking plan: guide teams internally and externally in ensuring branding requirements are upheld.
D. Management and Leadership
❂➽ Supervise the communications and advocacy officer.
❂➽ Provide direct in-house training on communications, e.g., writing, photography, public speaking, and presentation skills for the program staff.
❂➽ Ensure the THPS’s brand is understood and complied with by all staff in all external communications.
❂➽ Assist Executive Director and leadership team to prioritize and manage engagement with critical stakeholders in media, donor community, partnerships, government, and regulators.
❂➽ Scans the environment from time to time and identifies future or perceived challenges for THPS
❂➽ A relevant technical qualification, such as a Master’s degree in Development Communications, Mass Media, Journalism
❂➽ Additional training in project planning and management and advocacy
At least 10 years’ experience in the following:
❂➽ Developing or implementing communication and dissemination strategies, and using evidence in communications.
❂➽ Building communications and partnership with government.
❂➽ Digital communications, development and management of websites and social media.
❂➽ Development work particularly in the social services field (health, education, water etc.) in an NGO, research organization Delivering advocacy initiatives
❂➽ Excellent writing (technical), editing, facilitation, message delivery, dissemination and presentation skills both in English and Kiswahili.
❂➽ Good social skills, ability to work and communicate in an international environment and in communities of diverse cultures
❂➽ Good basic computing skills, experience in layout of documents using Word and InDesign
❂➽ Fluency in English and Kiswahili
❂➽ Excellent computer skills and Microsoft Office applications.
❂➽ Have a high sense of aesthetics of documents and communication media.
How to Apply:
Interested applicants should send their application cover letter one page maximum and CV four pages maximum to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 16, 2023 with a subject line of ‘Position’ example Medically Assisted Therapy Program Officer. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Please do not attach any certificates at this stage.
THPS is an equal opportunity employer; women, people living with HIV/AIDS and people living
with disability are encouraged to apply.