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Kenya: Regional Media Manager

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Save the Children
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 02 Jun 2017

Regional Media Manager

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We're changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

Role Purpose:

The Media Manager role is a key management position meant to ensure that quality and timely media are produced for news media organisations and other partners and to ensure visibility of Save the Children's brand. A key part of this role is to secure international/regional media coverage and ensure Save the Children is positioned as a first responder to emergencies in the Horn of Africa and other emergency responses in the region.

The post holder is expected to demonstrate initiative and be a self-starter who will generate ideas and drive content forward, providing compelling case studies, images and video, as well as spotting strong news lines and writing engaging headlines. Central to achieving this is to oversee a media strategy to highlight the Emergency responses in the region and in developing situations.

The Media Manager will act as a key focal point for all media requests from members. When necessary, this post-holder may act as a Save the Children Spokesperson. This will be achieved by regular coordination and liaison with the Global Media Unit based in London.

In addition to the above, the post holder will also be expected to support RO/countries brand building in-country, namely through national and regional media. Fundamental to the job is the ability to gather, consolidate, analyse and share information in a way that is easily understood by news organisations, and other stakeholders.

The role will be based in Nairobi, Kenya, but travel within the East and Southern Africa region will be part a regular part of the media managers responsibilities.

Contract Duration: 6 months

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Qualifications and Experience


  • At least five years experience as a journalist in a credible news organisation or equivalent experience as a Media & Communications Manager in an international humanitarian or development agency, and experience of dealing in the international media environment

  • Significant experience of working overseas/regionally in humanitarian programmes

  • University degree in a relevant subject or equivalent field experience

  • Experience of leading media activities in a challenging environment

  • Fluent in at least English

  • Evidence of excellent verbal and written communication skills producing materials for a wide range of different audiences including donors, journalists and the general public

  • Experience of effective spokespersoning across a range of media

  • Experience designing and implementing trainings in communications and media skills

  • Excellent writing skills, and the ability to produce compelling media products such as press releases, key messages/speaking points and Q&As

  • Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality photography and video materials

  • Familiarity with digital production workflows, with knowledge of photography and video editing software

  • The ability to digest complex information, quickly, and express this crisply and clearly

  • Thorough understanding of the various political and cultural contexts surrounding of emergency responses and international development programming in East and Southern Africa

  • Excellent relationship building skills in order to work for limited periods within programmes under pressure of running emergency responses

  • An initiative-taking, proactive, inspiring attitude with the ability to manage and prioritise an unpredictable workload and solve problems quickly with limited support

  • Experience of delivering training, presentations and other capacity building activities to varied audiences, ideally within a country programme.

  • Excellent IT skills, especially in Microsoft Word, as well as Adobe Creative Suite software

  • Excellent understanding of media and campaigning activities

  • Strong influencing skills

  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy

  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances

  • Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children. In particular, a good understanding of the Save the Children mandate and child focus, and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support


  • Prior experience working in humanitarian contexts

  • Multi-media content development;

  • Experience of delivering training, presentations and other capacity building activities to varied audiences

Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role. To see a full a job description, please visit our website at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.


Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents

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