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Communications Manager – East Africa

Spark Microgrants

This is a Full-time position in Uganda posted March 6, 2022.

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# Job Description

Spark Microgrants believes in a world where everyone lives with dignity and
determines their own positive future. Decades of prescriptive aid have
sidelined the poor from the very programs meant to uplift them. We believe in
local solutions and catalyzing rural villages facing poverty into action.
At the heart of Spark’s model, the Facilitated Collective Action Process
FCAP, are ‘town-hall’ style weekly meetings, in which women, men, young,
old, plan together for their community’s future. Each village elects a
leadership committee, establishes a village savings account, and launches a
project of their choice. Members receive training on financial management,
transparency, leadership, village planning, and advocacy. Each village then
receives US$8,000 in seed funds and additional management support to turn
their project ideas into reality.
Spark trains partner organizations and works with governments to scale the
FCAP as the model of choice to advance social and economic development,
improve lives, and secure lasting change. Spark is now active in 500+ villages
in 6 countries, improving the lives of over 500,000 people.

As a team, we share a set of common values that shape how we work. These
• Facilitators. We don’t impose; we enable others to generate impact.
• Community-driven. We are motivated by what is best for the community.
• Process-centered. The how of what we do is just as important as the what.
Authentic. Our vision and values live in everything we do.
• Dynamic. We seek opportunities and are willing to take risks to serve our
community partners better.

Spark seeks a highly motivated and entrepreneurial candidate to help grow
its communications capacity, mobilize resources, and advance its mission. The
ideal candidate is a seasoned storyteller, creative thinker, and motivated
self-starter, with demonstrated experience in digital communications and
global development or humanitarian aid.
The Communications Manager will report to the Senior Communications Advisor
and work as an integral part of a distributed but highly effective team. They
will support the execution of Spark’s communications strategies in East Africa
and North America through content creation, public relations, and first-class
collaboration and coordination.
The Communications Manager will be responsible for developing and managing
written and visual content, directly and through the support of external
vendors, that supports fundraising goals and raises Spark’s public profile.
They will conduct media/press and stakeholder outreach in local markets,
contribute to donor cultivation and stewardship, and provide support on
Spark’s owned channels web, social, email. Through improved coordination and
collaboration, the Communications Manager will create additional
communications capacity.

Content / Editorial – 60%
• Draft and publish original written content about FCAP participants,
communities, and partners from across Spark countries that positions Spark as
a thought leader and supports institutional donor cultivation.
Generate and manage a regularly updated database of high quality photos of
Spark program participants and partners for use as video, blog, website,
email, and social media content.
• Support Spark colleagues to develop capability statements, policy briefs,
case studies, research previews, videos, and general presentations on
• Support the creation and execution of multi-channel digital campaigns by
providing audience insights, liaising with relevant stakeholders, and
implementing campaigns locally when appropriate.

Public relations – 25%
• Conduct research on relevant publications and journalists in East and
West Africa and maintain detailed records to inform media outreach.
• Field media requests in East and West Africa, cultivate and build
relationships with journalists, and package and pitch stories to secure earned
media placements and build Spark’s audience and reach.
Liaise with Spark colleagues abroad to coordinate press launches and ensure
contextually appropriate messaging for various campaigns.
• Support the development of proposals, speeches, talking points, and
presentations for conferences and speaking engagements.

Capacity-building – 15%
• Coordinate regularly with communications staff internationally to ensure
brand alignment and cultivate a culture of knowledge-sharing and exchange
within the Spark family.
• Facilitate communications workshops for colleagues across the Spark family
that support efforts to enhance our reputation, empower international
colleagues to communicate effectively about their country programs, and
broaden and democratize the voice of Spark.
• Liaise regularly with fundraising leads in East Africa and the US, providing
communications support in the form of talking points, presentations, etc.

Qualifications, skills and experience:
The ideal candidate for the Communications Manager will possess a
verifiable set of core communications skills. S/he should have a real interest
in new approaches to international development, strong track record of
developing and executing compelling communications, and firm understanding of
brand identity and good storytelling.

Additionally, they will have the following attributes:
• Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Communications, Journalism,
International Development, or other related field.
• A minimum of five to seven years of work experience in communications or a
related field is necessary, or a Master’s Degree with three to five years of
work experience. The candidate should also have demonstrated experience with
an international organization.
• Excellent written communication and editing skills are required along with
an ability to break down complex arguments and present them in a clear and
succinct manner to various stakeholders. The candidate should bring evidence
of strong writing skills for a variety of audiences.
• Proficiency with digital photography is required. The candidate should have
demonstrated experience using DSLRs in remote locations, editing images with
Adobe Creative Suite or similar software, and at least working knowledge of
video production.
• Familiarity with WordPress, MailChimp, and other content management systems.
Ability to work with team members in the US and East Africa is imperative,
particularly at all levels of an organization. The candidate should also have
experience working across cultures. Experience working with rural,
economically underdeveloped communities is a plus
• Strong project management skills, including the ability to prioritize and
meet deadlines for multiple projects simultaneously, and well-versed in using
project management tools such as Slack, Asana, etc.
• Familiarity with AP style preferred

Job Location: East Africa
Start Date: As soon as possible. We are looking for someone who is committed
to this role for at least 3-4 years.
Probation period: 3 months probation period with learning and performance
Application closing Date: 28th February 2022

To apply, please submit an application with the following information:
• Attach your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample
• Your cover letter should explain why your experience and background make you
the ideal candidate for this position, and should be no more than one page.
• Please also include a sample of writing relevant to this position’s
• Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with preference given to
early applicants. No calls, emails, visits, or recruiters associated with this
position, please.
• Please do not contact Spark Microgrants to inquire as to the status of your
application. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Equal Opportunity
Spark Microgrants provides equal employment and advancement opportunities
to all individuals. Employment decisions at Spark are based on merit,
qualifications, and abilities. Spark does not discriminate in employment
opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, national origin, gender identity, age, disability, marital
status, or any other characteristic protected by the law. Spark will make
reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities
unless doing so would result in undue hardship to daily operations.

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**Closing Date** : 19th March. 2022

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