Advocacy & Communications Director
ADVOCACY & COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
PURPOSE: To provide overall leadership to the Advocacy & Communications team in support of WV Zambia’s National Office strategy, objectives and aspirations. Develop an integrated Advocacy & Communications strategy and implementation plan that strongly positions WV Zambia’s “voice”, policy positions, reputation, and influence to internal and external stakeholders (government, media, private sector, academia, health/water/education/livelihoods sectors, nongovernmental organizations and the WVI Partnership) :
As a Senior Leadership Team member, jointly own the WVZ strategy and its execution.
Engage with all Departments to deliver clear communications of the WVZ, Regional, and Global strategic objectives and deliverables in order to execute the strategies.
Develop, manage and implement Advocacy and Communications strategy and business plan.
Lead WV campaigns (e.g. “It Takes a World…”) and lead engagement with platforms led by other NGOs and civil society in policy development, processes and campaigns.
Lead the Advocacy team (in conjunction with Technical Staff) to review National policies, their implementation, and engage with stakeholders to improve execution.
Lead, manage, and mentor the Advocacy team to engage with Members of Parliament, Traditional Leaders, Government staff, academia, and other stakeholders to identify clear deliverables and execute.
Create and coordinate mechanisms to engage supporters through development of communication, online engagement, reports, research, field visits, etc that address our Supporter’s drivers for supporting Zambian children.
Develop branding framework and implementation plan that raises awareness of WVZ’s work, concurrently strengthening advocacy capability.
External Communications - lead two-way communications through tools such as: web page; SHARE; research; local TV, Radio, Print Press; Social Media (e.g. facebook, twitter, etc).
External Communications - Increase WVZ’s reputation and coverage with Zambian and Regional Media.
Internal Communications - Working with People & Culture (HR) department, develop robust internal communications that engage all WVZ staff addressing organizational culture.
Lead donor liaison staff - creating unique experiences for donors who visit Zambia that convey the development issues affecting children.
Support Grant Acquisition Management and Corporate Engagement with materials for raising resources and to raise funds for Advocacy.
Lead the development of collaterals (e.g. annual report, brochures, PowerPoints) to engage across the range of stakeholders.
Implement both internal and external crises communication mechanisms protecting WVZ’s reputation.
Effectively manage Communications & Advocacy budgets, while also seeking additional resources, either monetary or in-kind.
Lead, manage, mentor staff of the Advocacy & Communications team, ensuring goals and objectives are implemented effectively.
In conjunction with P&C develop clear staff development goals and execute.
Lead the team to implement innovative advocacy & communication approaches while learning from existing programs.
Support the organizational governance (i.e. board) with clear communication materials
Perform other duties as required by the National Director.
Master’s Degree or higher in Communications, Public Relations, Advocacy or related field preferred.
Minimum of 10 years of experience in international communications and/or advocacy in a leadership role; with experience in leading and managing teams.
Strategy development, business plan execution, and project implementation.
Government engagement leading to change or improved execution of Government policies.
Experience in leading the development of a wide array of communication materials such as publications, video segments, web and other modern media.
Working with technical staff to publish research papers.
Capacity building of a range of stakeholders in advocacy and communication approaches and methodologies.
Working Environment / Conditions:
Work environment: Office-based with frequent travel to the field
70% at the office
30% travel required
Women are encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.