Network Director, Strategic Communications Africa (flexible location)

About the role

ECF is currently accepting applications for an experienced and highly driven team leader to direct the African arm of an international network of strategic communications professionals in the field of climate and energy. The role offers a unique opportunity for an individual with a sincere interest in African politics, economy and environment to work with a talented team and play an active role in promoting sustainable development, clean energy and climate justice.

The Network Director should be an experienced and highly driven communications strategist in both social and traditional media, as well as a team leader who can scope, plan, build, oversee and direct country desks in several African countries across the continent, and help partners across the region interface with an international network of communications experts.

We are looking for someone who has extensive experience of management across different geographies and cultures and a proven ability to build and maintain trust with colleagues. The ideal candidate will be someone with a track record of having developed teams via remote management.

The Network Director will support colleagues to achieve impactful results through developing and implementing creative strategies that shift the media debate and public discourse on social, political and environmental issues. A considerable amount of work is focused on building alliances and alignment with new and existing partners, so strong diplomatic and negotiation skills are important. Further information will be provided to candidates selected for interviews.


Key responsibilities

The Network Director will report to the Managing Director, Strategic Communications and will be responsible for:

Ensuring political and communications strategies and campaigns in Africa are aligned and effective in supporting the organisation’s mission.
Being an active member of the management team of an international network of communications specialists who work to enhance media debate and public discourse
Creating an inspiring team environment and proactively supporting professional development and growth of team members
Building, maintaining, and utilising relationships with a wide range of partners across Africa, in support of efforts by country desks working at a national level
Capacity-building on strategic communications planning and delivery for the wider climate community
Oversee the recruitment and training of new voices to deploy at key moments in the media debate on climate-related issues.
Internal and external monitoring and reporting

Experience and competencies

A genuine interest in the mission and values of the organisation
Proven experience of professional experience in the fields of strategic communications, political campaigning and/or journalism
A solid understanding of the political and media landscape across Africa
Multiple years of experience in managing diverse teams in an international environment
Outstanding communication and leadership skills
A solid experience of developing and delivering digital communication strategies
Far-reaching and active networks relevant to the role across Africa and worldwide
Strong diplomatic skills and interpersonal relations, ability to quickly build trust with partners and colleagues
Gravitas sufficient to work directly with high profile individuals and partners from diverse backgrounds at all levels
Strong vision and the ability to make sound decisions in highly pressured environments
Excellent time and priority management, high level of self-motivation, independence and can-do mentality, good team-player with a passion for excellence
Excellent command of English, additional language skills a benefit
The disposition to work generously with colleagues in a high-trust and values based global community of peers
The versatile and adaptable skills necessary to flourish in a fast-paced and wide- ranging work environment and work across phone/video conferencing, time zones, etc.
A commitment to an inclusive and empowering approach to teamwork and management

What we offer

The unique opportunity to work as part of a highly dynamic, international group of individuals who combine their passion to make a difference with a rigorous and results-oriented approach to work
A flexible work environment and a space to develop and challenge yourself
A full-time employment or consultancy contract (depending on location) for 12 months, subject to renewal

Negotiable within Africa, regional media hubs ideal.

Co-location with colleagues depends on location, working from home is an option and could be required in light of COVID measures.

We are unable to provide sponsorship for work permits.


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About European Climate Foundation (ECF)

European Climate Foundation (ECF) is a major philanthropic initiative working to help tackle the climate crisis by fostering the development of a net-zero emission society at the national, European and global level. We support over 500 partner organisations to carry out activities that drive urgent and ambitious policy in support of the objectives of the Paris Agreement, contribute to the public debate on climate action and help deliver a socially responsible transition to a net-zero economy and sustainable society in Europe and around the world.