Ready to join an international NGO working towards changing lives?
Got a knack for words and strategic communications? Then you might be the right fit at our Cape Town office as Director of Communications – Africa.
Orbis International is a leading non-profit organisation dedicated to transforming lives through the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness. With our network of partners, we mentor, train and inspire local teams so they can save sight in their communities. Orbis is headquartered in the USA with 15 international offices and has worked in over 90 countries, with a programme focus in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Orbis owns and operates the world’s only Flying Eye Hospital.
The Orbis International office in Cape Town has been active since 2010 and supports the organisation’s work across the African continent including Eastern & Southern Africa, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Zambia and Ghana.
Based in Cape Town, the Director of Communications – Africa is a member of the Orbis International Global Communications Team and provides communications support across the Africa programme portfolio. S/he recommends and implements communications strategies, campaigns and initiatives in line with global and regional priorities that help to build Orbis’s brand visibility and reputation among key stakeholders.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Strategy and Brand Management
- Lead and participate in global initiatives to build the Orbis brand globally and across the African continent. This includes identifying and managing opportunities for Orbis to participate in global events and meetings to present the organisation as a thought leader in the training and delivery of comprehensive eye healthcare.
- Develop and oversee the implementation of internal and external marketing and communications strategies for the Africa region that can be extended globally.
- Ensure accuracy and quality of all communications materials in line with the Orbis brand guidelines and related protocols and policies.
- Ensure compliance to the strict child safeguarding policy within Orbis International communications portfolio.
- Support reporting to a diversity of Boards and Board sub-committees across the global organisation.
- Develop content in the Africa region that can be used across multiple channels and Orbis International offices.
- Compilation of case studies for use across the organisation including editorial features, donor reporting, web and social media.
- Support the production of audio/visual materials ensuring adherence to the applicable policies and procedures.
- Support the design and coordination of effective training materials that can be replicated or customised across regions where Orbis works.
- Lead and/or participate in global activities (e.g. World Sight Day).
- Act as the primary liaison for Orbis International with IAPB and other NGO’s communications departments, globally.
- Liaise with international colleagues regarding scoping visits, planning and execution of events e.g., Flying Eye Hospital visits, hosting partners/supporters etc. within the African portfolio.
- Generate maximum public awareness around Orbis International Africa programmes, initiatives, events and donor contributions.
- Brief and train Orbis spokespeople for media engagements.
- Assist with the implementation of publicity strategies to donors to secure maximum exposure through their association with Orbis International Africa.
- Nurture strong relationships with all media (regional, national, print and electronic) to consistently secure effective editorial coverage.
- Keep abreast of new trends and opportunities for brand exposure.
- Pro-actively engage with global communications teams within Orbis to ensure information sharing and optimisation of resources.
- Develop quarterly metrics reports for media and online activity to share with Orbis International HQ.
- Participate in global meetings and regular conference calls.
- Oversee the delivery and quality of work from all communications suppliers in their contribution to effective communications initiatives, campaigns and materials.
- Represent Orbis at relevant external forums, as appropriate and agreed to by the Chief of Global Communications and Marketing.
- Serve as Orbis International Africa spokesperson as and when appropriate and required.
- Participate in public relations activities and events as requested.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing or related field preferred.
- Minimum of 8 years’ experience in corporate or marketing communications either in-house or agency, ideally in the non-profit sector.
- Proven track record in communications campaign design and implementation.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & ABILITIES
- Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
- Strategic and creative thinker with ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
- Strong organisational skills.
- Relationship building and networking skills.
- Able to work under pressure.
- Attention to detail.
- High professional integrity.
- Flexible, pro-active, and open-minded work style.
- Strong project management skills.
- Analytical skills.
- Creative thinking out of the box and open to new ideas and innovative ways of working.
- Excellent oral and written fluency in English; working knowledge of a second language desirable.
- Ability to travel locally and internationally 30% of the time.
REPORTING AND WORKING RELATIONSHIP
Reports to: Regional Director – Orbis International Africa (functional) and Chief of Global Communications & Marketing (technical).
Supports: Global Communications Team and Africa Programme Teams
Collaborates with: Members of the Global Communications Team and Communications Officer in Ethiopia
Supervises: Digital & Content Manager, Africa
Application deadline: 31 August
While we don’t currently have any other vacancies, you can still join our work towards changing the way Africa sees. Head over to our Cybersight page and see how you can access free resources toward building (or sharing!) your skills as an eye care professional.
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