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DESK urgently needs to fill the position of Communication Officer (CO) to be based in Embu County.

Position Summary

The Communication Officer will be based in EMBU with some field travels to program sites-

In collaboration with DESK management understands the mission, vision and activities of DESK to create effective communications materials.

Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer the job holder will similarly collect and compile information about the DESK programs/projects for dissemination to beneficiaries, stakeholders, the government, partners and donors.

Essential Job Functions: Responsibilities

  • Provide consistent, reliable, and meaningful communication to various stakeholders in audience-appropriate language and mediums.
  • The Communications Officer works with the management team to develop and implement a communications strategy within the budgeted framework.
  • Provide advice on crafting of relevant program messages and promoting them through established media channels and through direct communications with deaf individuals and partners including UNDP, USAID and others.
  • Ensure proper and correct messaging of the DESK Programs by all staff from the bottom up.
  • Communications to various stakeholders with appropriate frequency and timing.
  • Produce program compelling news releases and newsletters in liaison with the CEO.
  • Work hand in hand with other personnel to create documents, presentation materials and other communications products, creates videos of the organization’s work.
  • Maintain and update further development of the organization’s website and online presence including social media.
  • Create communications materials in collaboration with DESK management and stakeholders. Communications materials will include a print brochure, flyers, business cards, educational materials and other printed materials as required.
  • Oversee and supervise printing and design of publicity materials of the organization.
  • To keep attuned to the changes and updates needed on the website and other communication channels like face book, twitter etc.
  • To write “Stories” of cases, individuals and projects to be used in various communications materials.
  • Participate in planning films and videos on DESK programs/activities.
  • To document and communicate with Public relations and branding firm, agencies, internet partners in the creation and promotion of DESK activities.
  • To undertake any other duties as assigned by Chief Executive Officer.

Reports Directly To: Chief Executive Officer.

Works Directly With: Tutors, Mentors, Program and Field Staff.

Compensation: Handsome package.

Contract: 20 months with a possibility of renewal.

Education, Knowledge and Experience

  • The ideal candidate should have an educational background in public relations, journalism or marketing, but experience and demonstrated skill set will also be taken into consideration. Individuals with background in special education with public relations/communication experience are welcomed to apply.
  • Must have a Diploma, Bachelor’s Degree in Arts or Communications or other relevant degree.
  • Experience and skills from previous employment are a plus.
  • Must have good organizational, management and communications skills. In addition, must be able to develop communications strategies, and negotiate and collaborate with partners and outside teams such as printer, web team, film makers etc.
  • Computer programs and tools the successful candidate should be familiar with:
  • Ability to work effectively as part of team in a cross-cultural and politically sensitive setting.
  • Professional communicator who can recognize a story and tell it in a compelling way to media, in newsletters, videos and online.
  • Should demonstrate a passion and a commitment to changing lives of others (especially deaf people for the better and inspires others in that passion and commitment).
  • Strong writing and presentation skills.
  • Computer skills beyond e-mail and word processing. Some graphic design and publication design skills are necessary.
  • Should be able to write interesting text to be used on the website, email newsletter, face book and other online communications.
  • Writing must be grammatically correct and in good standard English.
  • Should be a dynamic team player and a collaborator with strong networking and negotiation skills.
  • Must be ready to comply and live up to and in accordance with Deaf Empowerment Society of Kenya ideals and values.
  • Have some knowledge and in Deaf culture, Kenya Sign Language(KSL) or have a willingness to learn KSL basics-
  • Passion to work with persons with disabilities especially the Deaf.
  • Must have demonstrable good relational skills.

Success Factors

  • Excellent communication and team-building techniques.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment.
  • Demonstrated strong understanding of cultural and social environment in central and eastern regions of Kenya.
  • Willingness and ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and coordinate with other project personnel.
  • Strong computer and organizational skills.
  • Proactive, creative, problem-solver.
  • Kenya Sign Language, deaf psychology.

Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit on or before July 18, 2016 4.00 p.m. a cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional referees to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applicants must clearly indicate on the email subject “Application for the position of "Communication Officer-DESK 2016”.

Applications without this subject heading will be disqualified.

Please do not attach any certificates.

Only qualified short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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