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Director of Communications
Location: Dakar, Senegal
Last Date: September 4, 2011
Director of Communications
Tostan is a Senegalese-born non-profit
organization dedicated to educating and empowering Africans who have had little
or no access to formal schooling. Tostanís community-led programs have resulted
in thousands of villages deciding to abandon the practices of female genital
cutting and child marriage, increase formal education of children, use problem
solving and literacy skills to generate income and further develop local
economies, and incorporate regular healthcare. This vibrant organization is
rapidly scaling its successful model across Africa. In order to raise its
profile with partners and global stakeholders, Tostan has created a new position
for a Director of Communications.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director
of Communications leads and mentors a dedicated team raising Tostanís public
relations, marketing, communications and brand to the next level. Working
closely with the Executive Director, the Director develops and facilitates
buy-in on a communications strategy and action plan. Building on Tostanís
strengths, this leader manages and coordinates all relevant activities
internationally, leveraging proven best practices and techniques, as well as
emerging trends, technologies and social media.
As the ideal candidate, you have a bachelorís degree in a relevant field, and at
least ten years of experience in communications or public relations. An
outstanding communicator, you are known for your writing and editing skills in
both French and English. You enjoy traveling and leading an international,
multicultural team. As a true mentor, building the capacity and skills of those
around you is second nature. You thrive in fast-paced, deadline-driven
environments, and manage multiple projects effectively. You understand how to
navigate and influence within the non-profit sector; previous experience in
international development, community-led development, or human rights in
developing nations would be an asset.
Duties & Responsibilities
Create a communications strategy and plan that
operational strategy, and work closely with the executive team to
facilitate final approval and disseminate the communications plan
throughout the organization.
Lead all communications activities, including
international public relations, media relations, branding, marketing, and
coordination of conferences to maximize impact with other organisational
priorities, including fundraising and programs.
Develop and mentor communications staff and
volunteers to improve the internal communications function and facilitate
adoption of key communications behaviours.
Plan, produce and disseminate Tostanís
marketing collateral, including online and print publications and
Leverage emerging trends, technologies, and
social media, in additional to more traditional platforms, to raise
Tostanís profile in key areas.
Manage Tostan's small but significant role in
advocacy on key issues.
Develop a cohesive international brand that
reflects Tostanís values.
Support and coordinate activities related to
program and internal communications.
Leverage existing assets, including an
extensive database of donors, committed supporters, high level contacts
and press relationships.
Direct supervisor: Executive Director
Works closely with the Executive Director and
Communications Advisory Board.
Manages a team of at least two staff and two
volunteers on site, and additional staff and volunteers located throughout
The position is located in Dakar, Senegal, in
Tostanís international office. International travel is required.
Ideal Candidate Profile:
Qualifications and Selection
A Bachelors degree in Communications or related
is required. A Masters degree in related field is preferred.
Fluency in verbal and written English and a high
level in verbal and written French is required.
Knowledge & Experience
10 years of communications and/or public relations experience.
Experience leading, mentoring and building the capacity of staff, ideally
within international, cross-cultural teams.
clear understanding of how to navigate and influence within the
international development and non-profit sectors.
Proven track record of strong project and budget management skills.
Knowledge of best practices in communications and public relations,
including multimedia, online, print and emerging social media.
Experience working in Africa would be an asset.
Experience with community-led development or human rights organizations
would be an asset.
Excellent verbal communication and writing and editing skills.
Thrives in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment and manages multiple
natural mentor and coach who enjoys building the skills and knowledge of the
individuals on his or her team.
Enjoys working in a multi-lingual, multi-cultural environment.
Builds relationships at all levels and communicates effectively with people
in various locations and functions.
Believes strongly in Tostan's mission to empower African communities to
bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based
on respect for human rights.
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note, incomplete applications will not be considered.
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