Head of Communications, Grow Africa

Monday, June 19, 2017
Duty Station : 
NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Executive Director
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The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency invites applicants who are citizens of African Union Member States for the post of Head of Communications, Grow Africa

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, Grow Africa or his/her delegate, the Head of Communications will  promote GrowAfrica’s reputation as a leading authority in making public-private sector work for agricultural transformation; communicate to stakeholders on the impact of Grow Africa’s activities in country; initiate and sustain communications campaigns – co-ordinated and executed with Grow Africa key partners - around core issues related to ensuring agricultural transformation and; create and disseminate knowledge and best practice around defined topics.

Required Skills and Competencies

  1. Demonstrated ability to develop and execute a compelling issues-based content strategy.
  2. Demonstrated ability to orchestrate partner communications, primarily around coordinated issues-based campaigns across multiple channels.
  3. Strong media-relations experience with evidence of impact Public-affairs experience, specifically in lobbying on behalf of organisations on policy changes.
  4. Proven experience in managing digital agencies.
  5. Demonstrated experience in managing a large project preferably event-based to timeline and budget.
  6. Ability to negotiate compromise among different stakeholders at senior level without sacrificing on achieving the target or on quality of results.
  7. Ability and willingness to work at both strategic and tactical level.
  8. Experience in raising external funding would be an added advantage.

Education and Experience:

Candidates must have a minimum qualification of a Master’s Degree in Communications and Journalism, with seven (7) years ‘experience in both private and public sectors in sub-Saharan Africa, preferably in the commodities sector. An advanced Executive Development Programme or related qualification will be an added advantage. At least three (3) years of such experience must include management level experience in leading and managing comparable public sector institutions or similar organizations nationally, regionally and / or internationally. Experience of both West and East Africa is desirable.

Application: To apply, please submit the following:

  1. A motivation letter stating reasons for seeking employment with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency.
  2. A detailed and updated curriculum vitae (CV), not exceeding five (5) pages and indicating your nationality, age and gender.
  3. Three (3) referees with good knowledge of the candidate’s work, furnishing full contact details, telephone, fax and e-mail addresses.
  4. Certified copies of Passport/ID, degrees and diplomas.


  1. Remuneration: An indicative basic salary of US$45,364.00 per annum plus other entitlements such as post adjustment (57% of basic salary), housing allowance (US$ 23,846.00 per annum), gratuity (15% of gross salary), among others in conformity with the rules and procedures applicable to internationally recruited staff of the African Union.

Applications must be received not later than Monday, 19 June 2017 and should be addressed to:

Head of Human Resources

NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency

P O Box 218

Halfway House

Midrand, 1685


South Africa

Email: careers@growafrica.com;  hr@nepad.org; rebeccao@nepad.org

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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