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Communication & Advocacy Specialist

  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2018

African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) works with the people of Africa to ensure its wildlife and wild lands thrive in modern Africa. The organization is seeking a high-performing and results-oriented Communication & Advocacy Specialist who will support the implementation of internal and external communications strategies and plans designed to promote AWF’s media and advocacy activities and successes.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Prepare press releases, media briefs, reports, talking points, newsletters, brochures, and donor visibility materials, and organize advocacy campaigns.
  • Assist in the development of annual work plans for monitoring progress activities and achievements and regular updates. 
  • Build understanding and support for all AWF programs and their aims among key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proactively identify opportunities, priority events, and platforms to reach target audiences.
  • Plan effective events and meetings to convene decision makers and influencers.
  • Working with the Director Media Relations & Advocacy, implement a communication and media strategy to advance AWF’s program communication in Africa, including media field trips and impact tracking.
  • Organise media tours for key spokespeople to engage with editors and writers.
  • Working with the Media Relations Manager in Washington D.C., create an annual editorial calendar, determining new and existing channels for engagement.
  • Develop and maintain close and regular contact with field staff working across the continent.
  • Under the guidance of the Director Media Relations & Advocacy, manage the President’s technical advocacy and media engagement diary.
  • Create policy engagement opportunities and participate in strategic policy forums and events to promote AWF’s work.
  • Represent AWF at international and regional events.
  • Perform other work-related duties as required.


  • A degree in Communications, International Relations, Political Science or other relevant field, plus 7 years’ experience in journalism, public relations or development communications. A Master’s degree is an added advantage.
  • Strong media and government contacts across Africa.
  • Proficiency in use of social networking and new media tools.
  • Superior writing skills and with an eye for news (writing samples will be required of all shortlisted candidates).
  • Demonstrated experience in developing messages and communications activities to influence decision makers.
  • Strong understanding of African political landscape and trends.
  • Experience working in Africa and communicating with African audiences.
  • Ability to exercise confidentiality, tact, and discretion when dealing with diverse groups of people.
  • Adept at navigating a complex team environment, across geographies and cultures.
  • Knowledge of French a distinct advantage.
  • Works well independently with little supervision, as well as within a dynamic team.

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