Communications & Knowledge Management Programme Officer

Urgent Action Fund - Africa

Nairobi, Kenya

UAF-Africa seeks a Communications & Knowledge Management Programme Officer who will translate UAF-Africa’s strategic plans into effective social justice initiatives and results. Guided by feminist principles and values, the Fund advocates for gender equality, not only as a matter of human rights, but also as a fundamental prerequisite for social change, global security, and sustainable peace. In addition to her core business of Rapid Response Grant making, UAF-Africa also runs alliance building and advocacy initiatives in collaboration with other national, regional and international social justice organisations.

Description of Duties


  • With the full understanding of UAF-Africa’s core business, the candidate generates stories, case studies, news briefings, grant related articles and other relevant write-ups in English and French for various fora provided under the communications framework;
  • Lead in the development of gender sensitive tools for communications, knowledge management, public and donor relations;
  • The Officer will draft/edit and distribute widely and strategically UAF-Africa’s grant making programme documents on lessons learnt and best practices through various communication channels;
  • The candidate’s style of writing should be reader-friendly as well as professional;
  • Keep abreast of latest tools and trends in social media and strategic communications while deploying appropriate measures as necessary to reach out to a wider audience;
  • Provide training to other UAF-Africa staff on the latest trends and tools of social media, strategic communications and knowledge management as necessary;
  • Develop and update UAF-Africa’s annual reports, institutional brochure, fact sheets, and website among other products;
  • Advises management on all media, strategic communication and publication strategies;
  • Provide communication support such as editing, drafting and proof reading of all communications;
  • Contribute towards the development of donor proposals and reports for resource mobilization;
  • The candidate will be part of the grant making committee;
  • Interns- select and orient interns into the programme whilst sharing knowledge and information about the Fund;
  • Develop standard operating procedures and guidelines for media coordination, media events, advert and story placements, press conferences, convenings and media appearances for UAFAfrica staff, board and grantees as deemed necessary.


  • Translators – oversee translation of UAF-Africa IEC materials into French, Swahili, Portuguese and Arabic;
  • Stakeholders – works with various like-minded stakeholders in the field on collaborative issues and maintain an updated list of key constituencies and partners;
  • Implement the brand strategy and manage the public image of UAF-Africa;
  • Utilize UAF-Africa’s social media platforms to keep our constituencies informed about our work, events, hot topical issues among other important discussions;
  • Constantly monitor media coverage on issues that are of interest to the Fund and her constituencies;
  • Based on multi-media analysis make recommendations to management on key issues to prioritise and advance;
  • Consultants – works with web developers and artists to upgrade and improve content and design of UAF- Africa website. Works with designers and artists on UAF-Africa branding of IEC materials;
  • Works with videographers and documentary producers to produce and orient UAF-Africa’s audio visual material;
  • Media personnel- works with various print and electronic media personnel to spotlight UAF-Africa’s activities and impact;
  • Perform other programming tasks as required by the Executive Director.


  • Advanced degree in Communications and or Social sciences - Gender Studies, Sociology, Social Psychology, Development Studies, Knowledge Management and any other related disciplines with a strong focus on Communications and or Journalism.

Key Skills

  • Over 5 years’ experience working on human/women’s rights and or in communications in the private sector or other sectors of the economy;
  • Demonstrated communications, publishing and knowledge management skills and the ability to multitask using various media techniques;
  • Sound Information Technology (IT) and multi-media skills;
  • Must be a feminist with contextual knowledge of the women’s rights situation on the African continent and commit to adhering to individual and organisational feminist principles and values;
  • The candidate must have excellent time management skills, enabling them to work quickly and efficiently under pressure especially when facing tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team. Must be able to set own work plan, meet deadlines and balance competing priorities;
  • Must have outstanding oral and written skills in English. Knowledge of FRENCH is an added advantage;
  • Officer should have valid travel documents and must be able to travel regionally and internationally on short notice.

Desired Competencies:

  • Communications, knowledge management, public relations and conceptualization skills and ability to network widely;
  • Demonstrated consistency in upholding and promoting feminist values and principles;
  • Cultural sensitivity/valuing diversity: demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organisation and the diversity of its constituencies, staff and board;
  • Demonstrating an international outlook and has ability to work in a fluid environment with dispersed team members;
  • Continuous learning: sharing research findings, innovative ideas about communications and knowledge management across the organisation and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning across the African women’s rights movement;
  • Working knowledge of feminist and women's rights activists, organisations and movements;
  • Ability to interface sensitively with people from various social, economic, political, cultural and religious backgrounds;
  • An appreciation of gender equality and women’s rights issues, particularly in conflict and fragile political African settings.

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