Population Services International

  • Communications Manager, Kenya

    Posted Date 1 year ago(3/2/2018 1:43 PM)
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    Country Program Operations
    Position Location: City
    East Africa
    Position Location: Country

    Job title Communications Manager

    Department PSI Somalia, East Africa

    Based in Nairobi, Kenya with extensive travel in Somalia

    Reports to the Social and Behavior Change Advisor


    Who we are


    With over 45 years of experience, working in over 60 countries, Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. PSI is reimagining healthcare, by putting the consumer at the center, and wherever possible – bringing care to the front door. We are working to fix market failures, shape future health markets and shift policy and funding to better support consumer empowered healthcare.


    There are over 8,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. All with unique skills that we bring to the critically important work that we do.


    Join us!


    PSI is looking for a Communications Manager for its portfolio of programs funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) under the Somali Health and Nutrition Program (SHINE) and USAID (SIFPO). The focus of these programs is to provide an Embedded Essential Package of Health Service (EPHS) through both public and private sector and to achieve increased community  awareness  of, and demand for, health services and promote appropriate health, Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) practices through innovative human centred approaches.


    The Communications Manager will position PSI health service delivery and social behavior change programs as innovative models for increasing demand for and use of health services and healthy behaviors. Working with a passionate team, the chosen individual will bring extensive experience in strategic communications, production, writing and editing, media relations, message development and media training. This position will report to the SBC Advisor, but will also work directly with other program portfolio leads to support communication needs across all PSI programs in Somalia.


    Sound like you? Read on.


    Your contribution

    PSI seeks an entrepreneurial, dynamic candidate with technical expertise in communications in the health or development field. The Communications Manager will be responsible for leading the development of a communications strategy and its execution across all PSI’s programs. S/he will be responsible for the development of

    messaging, talking points, editorial pieces and internal/external storytelling, video production and website maintenance. S/he will also be responsible for promoting and increasing the visibility of various project brands among different stakeholders including donors, partners and health authorities. The position will report directly to the Social and Behavior Change Advisor but will also work directly with other program leads.



    • Develop and execute strategic communication plans (both internal and external) for all PSI programs
    • Assess PSI partners’ communications capacities and support development and execution of tailored plans for .
    • Development of communication plans for PSI programs to increase PSI project visibility with the Ministries of Health, partners and other government
    • Travel to the field to help with hands -on capacity strengthening among PSI staff and partners, and collect communications assets to include still photography, video, story
    • Work closely with PSI’s Global External Relations and Communications team to execute PSI’s communication
    • Document and develop a collection of success stories from the field and curate library of stories for use in reports, articles, communications activities, and impact
    • Track and measure communications activities, develop reports for management and for
    • Work with other consortium management unit staff to support reporting to the donor and representation of the project externally at events, conferences and
    • Contribute to the development and roll out of the learning agenda of the
    • Manage PSI’s social media platforms (including websites, Twitter, Facebook etc)
    • Perform any other related duties that may be assigned by program portfolio leads in liaison with the

    What are we looking for?

    • Related Bachelor’s Degree, Masters preferred, in communications or a related field;
    • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible, professional-level experience in communications or public relations with a focus on international development communications
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to deeply connect with a range of individuals who have a broad range of backgrounds and expertise.
    • Strong interest in public health, development, or related
    • Experience developing and executing communications 
    • Successful experience in media
    • Excellent writing and editing skills and a portfolio of quality written products for a variety of formats (e.g., blogs, articles, op-eds, )
    • Ability to travel frequently across
    • Creativity and entrepreneurial
    • Excellent oral communication skills in English and
    • Solid judgment and diplomatic
    • Initiative, flexibility, accuracy and ability to work as part of a team
    • Good personal organizational skills, including ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
    • Must be authorized to work in Kenya. B.  PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this position.


    Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and current Curriculum Vitae not later than March 9, 2018 to jobs@psinairobi.org


    Subject: Communications Manager- Somalia


    PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.


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