Communications Manager

Palladium International, Kenya

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th February, 2018

Job Description

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Palladium seeks a Communications Manager for the anticipated USAID "Strengthening Agriculture and Regional Resilience (STARR)" activity that spans across all East African Community (EAC) countries (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda), and additional countries in East Africa (Zambia, Somalia, Sudan, Djibouti and Ethiopia). The STARR activity will promote increased agricultural production, investment, trade and resilience to shocks and stresses in the East Africa region by addressing agricultural issues that can mainly be solved on a regional basis. STARR's interventions will be directed through four interrelated project component areas: 1) strengthening cross-border agriculture trade and value chains, 2) improved regional agricultural inputs, 3) strengthening resilience, and 4) strengthening the regional policy environment.

Purpose of Position

The Communications Manager will lead implementation of the communications plan and related communication tools. S/he will also lead dissemination of activity communications to inform key audiences as well as the client of project progress and successes.


  • Support the development of project deliverables, including coordinating information gathering for monthly, quarterly, and annual reports and for annual work plans.
  • Design and implement communications strategy and tools to effectively communicate activities and progress (e.g., videos, visual images and infographics, press releases, social media, radio messaging, etc.).
  • Ensure appropriate branding and marking for all activity assets.
  • Maintain digital library of images and other communication tools.
  • Conduct media relations for the activity (including organization of press conferences and other high-visibility events).
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in English, Communications, Journalism or a related field. Master?s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years progressively responsible experience in communications.
  • Knowledge of the full-range of communications approaches, tools, and methodologies to plan and execute effective campaign strategies and programs.
  • At least two years' experience in international development, supporting donor-funded projects. Prior experience on complex, multi-country programs similar in scope preferred.
  • Fluency in English and a local East African language required.
  • Strong communications and writing skills are required.
  • Ability to travel throughout East Africa as needed.
  • Experience across East Africa strongly preferred. Preference will be given to local East Africa country candidates.


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