The UK Government (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – FCDO) has a vision of a world free from Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) by 2030, in line with the SDGs. A programme has been established entitled ‘Support to the Africa-led movement (ALM) to end FGM/C’ to contribute to global efforts to achieve that vision. The programme co-creation period started in 2020, and programme implementation is beginning from September 2021.
This programme will support and build the capacity of the ALM to end FGM/C at multiple levels and at scale, working in partnership with the rest of the FGM/C movement, complementing UN agencies (such as the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM/C), Saleema initiative, other alliances (such as Girls not Brides etc.) and grassroots Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), women’s and girls’ movements, etc.
The programme includes two consortia working in close collaboration. Options leads a consortium including Amref Health Africa, ActionAid UK, Orchid Project, ACCAF and University of Portsmouth to implement the ‘Support to the ALM to End FGM/C’ programme. Population Council and Greenmash are implementing ‘The FGM/C Data Hub: Data and Measurement Support to the ALM to end FGM/C’.
Working closely with the Global Advocacy Director, Advocacy and Comms Working Group and consortium partners, the Communications Manager will lead on the reviewing and implementing of the programme’s communications strategy. They are passionate about supporting the African-led movement to end FGM, including partners, grantees and stakeholders, to communicate effectively about FGM and to showcase the African-led movement on the global stage through proactively and independently generating and disseminating content, amplifying stories of change, and ensuring a cohesive messaging.
The Communications Manager will oversee content development for all of the programme’s platforms, including social media, the website, and for public relations and mainstream media coverage. They will be responsible for producing, and overseeing the production of, written and graphic materials which ensure consistency and compliance with programme brand, values, key messages, and style guidelines.
The Communications Manager will ensure that all communications work relating to the programme adheres to Safeguarding and Do No Harm guidelines, given the sensitivity of the programme focus.
To succeed in this role, you will have:
- Demonstrated experience of developing and implementing complex integrated strategic communications programmes at scale.
- Highly experienced brand strategist, with experience gained in either the commercial or not-for-profit sector.
- Experience designing and implementing effective advocacy media campaign, preferably on social issues.
- Demonstrated ability to optimise brand strategies within an African context.
- Experience in effectively managing relationships, including at a distance.
- Opportunistic in a dynamic environment and able to swiftly change course.
- A deep understanding of and commitment to the power of brands to support attitudinal, social norms and behaviour change.
- Knowledge of the field of FGM or a closely related area such as women and girls’ rights, reproductive and sexual health, social change and/or child rights.
- Options is dedicated to equal opportunity for all and recognises that every individual is unique. Whilst we always seek to embrace individual differences and celebrate the diversity of our workforce, we also want to ensure that every team member is suited to their role and that they are given the best opportunity to succeed*.*
- Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment.
- We seek people who are pro-choice, promote diversity and inclusion, are energetic and enthusiastic about Options’ vision.
- Applicants must have the right to work in Kenya.
How to apply
- To apply, please fill in the form here
- Closing date for applications is: 5 December 2021
- Please note that this role will be subject to full pre-employment background checks including criminal record check, identification check, employment references and right to work verification (where appropriate).