Communications officer

Application Deadline: 30th June, 2017

How to apply: Email aireen@staffableafrica.com with your CV/resume and brief cover letter with the subject line: AFRIpads Communications Officer (AFRIpads)

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Start Date: June / July 2017

 

About the Company

AFRIpads Ltd. is a fast-growing social enterprise in Uganda that manufactures and sells reusable (washable) cloth sanitary pads as an impactful feminine hygiene solution for the millions of women and girls in East Africa and beyond.  The company’s mission is to empower women and girls through business, innovation, and opportunity.  Creating social impact is paramount to AFRIpads’ business objectives.  Headquartered in Kampala, Uganda and with a manufacturing facility in southwestern Uganda, AFRIpads currently employs over 150 staff across both locations. 

About the Position

AFRIpads has grown exponentially over the past years evolving from a seed idea into a high-impact, professional manufacturing and sales enterprise. Having pioneered the reusable sanitary pad market in East Africa, AFRIpads has reached nearly 1 million women and girls with its product innovation and is a global leader in the menstrual hygiene management sector. AFRIpads is seeking an experienced and talented Communications Officer at this time of exponential growth to be the voice of AFRIpads and to strategically grow and amplify the company’s presence within Africa and worldwide. The Communications Officer will be responsible for developing and executing all elements of the company’s communications strategy. The role allows for considerable scope, creativity and leadership. The individual will join a dynamic team in Uganda and will have the opportunity to work at the forefront of social enterprise in Africa by creating the voice that speaks to customers, entrepreneurs, investors, social impact experts, and the global community at large. The position comes with a 1-2 year contract depending on experience, with the opportunity for performance-based renewal.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Manage, professionalize and systematize all aspects of AFRIpads’ communications; including but not limited to the company’s website, social media platforms, blog, newsletters, PR/media, social impact reports, marketing campaigns, and communication tools and materials
  • Develop and implement a multi-faceted communications strategy for AFRIpads across various platforms that incorporates cutting-edge multi-media and social media products, services and platforms
  • Leverage communications to uphold and advance AFRIpads’ position as an industry leader in the menstrual hygiene management space; and to strengthen the company’s profile, branding and positioning across every level in order to drive further sales, business development and expansion
  • Establish relationships with members of the media and pursue continuously regional and international opportunities for brand/product exposure and media coverage, including but not limited to print and digital media, conferences, and special events
  • Develop and oversee production of all internal and external communication materials (brochures, press releases, web copy, newsletters, presentations, training materials, employee communications, etc.)
  • Develop measurement tools and KPIs to track and report progress and gauge success, and use these metrics to support and refine future communications content and actions
  • Support the sales and marketing departments with all company/brand communications and materials to ensure the look, tone and feel remain consistent and effective
  • Liaise with government, civil society organizations, private sector and other key stakeholders as the voice behind the AFRIpads brand to advance and represent the company’s social mission and objectives
  • Work closely with the senior management team to accelerate the company’s mission and objectives to continuously grow the scope and scale of AFRIpads’ global impact

Skills & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a credited university, preferably in communications, marketing, international relations, entrepreneurship, business or related fields
  • Min. two years of professional work experience in communications, marketing, public relations or a related field with demonstrated success
  • Demonstrated experience developing and executing effective communications and marketing strategies, and producing communication materials for broad and diverse audiences (customers, investors, NGOs, government, stakeholders)
  • Prior experience and demonstrated expertise managing websites, social media and digital content
  • Strong creative skills with ability to translate ideas and concepts into unique, high-impact communication content, campaigns, activities, and events
  • Complete familiarity with Microsoft, Adobe Suite, and social media platforms
  • Mastery of English with perfect command of the language, both written and oral, with excellent presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to interact professionally and with sensitivity amongst culturally diverse staff, customers, and stakeholders
  • A leader who takes initiative and has ability to work independently and proactively, with excellent time management and project management skills
  • Commitment to advancing AFRIpads’ mission and objectives, and a passion for leveraging one’s communications expertise to advance women’s empowerment and social enterprise

Desired Qualifications:

  • Graphic design and web design skills are a plus
  • Experience working in or with low-income countries
  • Flexibility with shifting priorities and competing demands in a fast-paced, challenging work environment

Compensation:

AFRIpads is offering a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience, and a 1-2 year contract with the opportunity of performance-based renewal.