Communications Officer - Africa

JOB TITLE: Communications Officer - Africa

REPORTS TO: Head of Fundraising and Communications (direct line Manager) & Director – Africa (dotted line Manager)

HOURS OF WORK: Full time, 35 hours per week. Some flexibility around working hours.

LOCATION: Based within our Nairobi office this role will be part of a global communications team located in Edinburgh

SALARY: Circa $ 34,460 (USD) per annum

This role is responsible for driving forward our communications plans in Africa. You will raise awareness of the need for surgery for children throughout Africa and raise the profile of Kids Operating Room.

The role will involve building strong relationships with partner organisations, hospitals and surgeons to produce robust and inspiring content that increases engagement from a range of audiences. Leading on press, media and social media within Africa you will maximise opportunities to increase KidsOR’s profile and reach.

This is an exciting role that provides an opportunity to develop skills in executing marketing and communications plans, social media marketing, digital communications, and content development.


  • Develop relationships with partner organisations, hospitals and surgeons to source case studies, blog posts, data and information to be written and edited into engaging copy to communicate the need for KidsOR’s work and the impact it is achieving
  • Collate images and video content to produce robust and inspiring content to showcase the impact of KidsORs work
  • Increase Kids Operating Room profile by establishing relationships with target media and journalists, writing press releases and securing speaker slots at relevant conferences
  • Spearheading the KidsOR social media strategy in Africa to drive follower growth and engagement, including researching suitable influencers and curating content for different social channels
  • Respond to requests from the press for comments, views and supporting information and maximise opportunities for further engagement on relevant topics
  • Working with the KidsOR Communications team execute communications campaigns to create a multi-channel experience to meet fundraising and advocacy priorities
  • Undertaking analysis and testing of email and social media campaigns to inform future segmentation and retargeting campaigns
  • Devise organisational publications and literature to raise awareness of KidsOR and to advocate for the need for global children’s surgery
  • Manage agency partners, freelancers and suppliers to ensure they are delivering what is needed to raise awareness of KidsOR
  • Maintain robust records for example; of when and where communications content and corresponding consent is sourced, press and media contacts, social media monitoring


  • Experience of developing and delivering effective PR campaigns
  • Experience of building relationships with the media
  • Track record of placing high profile content across a range of press and media and social media
  • Experience of cross-team working to develop engaging communications content

Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent communication skills; creating compelling and persuasive content for a range of audiences
  • Proven copywriting and editing skills with a natural ability to capture and refine key messages
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build strong working relationships
  • Excellent organisational skills, including the ability to work to tight deadlines
  • IT skills

Personal Skills

  • Creative flair
  • Eye for detail
  • Positive attitude of perseverance and innovation
  • Professional and friendly approach
  • Proactive with drive and enthusiasm to carry out projects to conclusion
  • Flexible and adaptable to the needs of the role
  • Proactive in learning new communication trends, techniques and tools

How to apply
Please apply by Friday 14 May by sending  your CV and Covering Letter, of no more than two pages, stating why you are interested in the position to: and please put ‘Communications Officer – Africa’ as the subject.

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