Practical Action recruits 01 Communications Lead
We are an International Development Organization putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world. We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.
We are a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.
Practical Action’s vision is of a world that works better for everyone.
We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems, made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. Our aims are to:
- Make agriculture work better for smallholder farmers, many of them women, so they can adapt to climate change and achieve a good standard of living.
- Help more people harness the transformational effects of a clean affordable energy and reduce avoidable deaths caused by smoke from indoor stoves and fires.
- Make cities in poorer countries cleaner, healthier places to live and work.
- Build disaster resilience into the lives of people threatened by hazards – reducing the risk of hazards and minimizing their impact on lives and livelihoods.
How we work
We work on holistic solutions that change systems and have a framework to help us achieve our aims:
- Analyse the root causes of poverty and vulnerability
- Define the change at scale we need to make
- Develop activies along three complementary paths: Demonstrate, Learn and Inspire.
- Demonstrate that our solutions are sustainable in the real world.
- Learn by capturing evidence and adapting to our approach.
- Inspire wider support to multiply our impact.
Practical Action is an unconventional, multi-disciplinary change making organisation.
A highly innovative community development charity operating in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Practical Action community projects use ingenious ideas to design, test, refine and prove new ways to overcome poverty and disadvantage and then ‘open-source’ knowledge of what works so that it can be implemented at a greater scale by others.
A world-class consulting operation that helps socially responsible business, government policy makers and other development organizations. This draws on learnings from our own development work as well as the combined brainpower of a roster of over 2,000 expert consultants. Practical Action Consulting helps to extend the reach of our influence by providing the best advice to others, whose work can make a bigger difference.
A well-respected specialist development publisher. Practical Action Publishing brings together development practitioners, researchers and thought leaders to create publications that stimulate discussion, strengthen peoples’ capabilities and inspire sustainable change.
About the role
Practical Action is an International Development Organization putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world. However, its brand, activities and products must be promoted in to strengthen its image and reputation and most importantly to attract donors, talented personnel. Practical Action West Africa is in need of a Communications Lead who will be writing and distributing Practical Action’s brand, activities and/or products by placing and producing communication messages such as news releases, website content and social media messages.
The position holder will play a key role in Practical Action West Africa in terms of writing and distributing the content to promote Practical Action West Africa brand, activities and/or products through different platform. This is an opportunity for the organization to ensure lessons are captured and communicated to key audiences in order to bring about change. The role will be based in West Africa, Dakar Senega. In particular, for the West Africa office, the postholder is expected to spend 40% of his/her time in Practical Action’s flood resilience programme in Thies, Senegal (Promouvoir la Réssilience Communautaire aux Inondations dans la commune de Thiès Nord – PRECIT) which is part of the global multi-partner Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance (ZFRA). S/he will also give substantial support to the francophone West Africa Flood Resilience Portal: https://resilience-inondations.net/ and work with other members of the Alliance to share the knowledge and stories from its work.
A detailed Job Profile can be accessed from the supporting documents section.
How to apply
If you have the experience, skills and the ability we are looking for, please forward your application, letter and updated CV by email to: WestAfricaRecruitment@practicalaction.or.ke with the subject title of the role, the application deadline is 10th May 2022.
We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.
Practical Action is committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further process.
- Date of expiry: 10th May 2022
- Salary: TBC
- Location: Senegal, Africa
- Employment status: 2 year renewable contract