Communications Public Relations Jobs at The Nature Conservancy and Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ)

Deadline of this Job: 
18 November 2022

The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which include a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there are lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want better insight into TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube or on Glassdoor.
Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”
Since establishing the Africa Program in 2007, The Nature Conservancy’s vision in Africa is to work towards fostering a sustainable future for people and nature, partnering with indigenous communities, governments, and the private sector across more than 22 million hectares on the continent. Our efforts are firmly rooted in people, leveraging scientific and technical expertise as we collaborate with key stakeholders to conserve and enhance Africa’s shared resources in the countries we operate.
Marketing and Communications plays a pivotal role in the Africa Program, ensuring brand consistency as conservation impact is delivered across diverse landscapes through the application of multifaceted approaches to raise visibility and position The Nature Conservancy in Africa as a thought leader and partner of choice toward the achievement of our 2030 goals and the continent’s vision of an Africa that is both prosperous and wild . We design communications strategies and campaigns to engage audiences who can positively influence conservation action, policy, and practices so that TNC can meet its positive future vision for nature and people.

The Coordinator Communications provides support to the Marketing and Communications Director for the Africa Region, and collaborates with the Africa Region Marketing and Communications team members, Africa Program teams, and external contractors, global teams, vendors, and other key stakeholders to ensure the delivery of Communications projects that contribute to a positive service relationship. Reporting to the Marketing and Communications Director the position will be based at any of the following TNC office locations: South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia. No visa or relocation assistance will be offered except as required by local Labor requirements.

The Coordinator of Communications is the liaison and frontline support for the Marketing and Communications department facilitating ongoing communication on project flow with internal and external stakeholders to execute project deliverables demonstrating financial responsibility in purchasing, processing invoices, contracting vendors, and participating in annual audit processes.

Specific roles and scope responsibilities include:
• Responsible for the Marketing & Communications helpdesk and tracking assignment allocations to team members
• Manage vendor relations and help develop marketing collateral for programs that aligns with the shared conservation agenda
• Assist in budget development, tracking, and monitoring
• Review and ensure the quality of marketing distribution material and create Africa database lists
• Coordinate meeting logistics, special events, and support administrative functions
• Coordinate, execute, monitor, and measure the conservancy’s marketing and communications efforts under the direction of the Director of Marketing and Communications.
• Implement operational delivery of branding principles whether applied internally or outbound including social media posting
• Oversee and manage the brand assets registry
• Ensure that TNC’s communication outputs are of a high standard, respond to the needs of the target audience, and are delivered within the agreed budget and timelines
• Stay up to date on industry trends and make recommendations for adjustments to communications strategies and practice

• Bachelor’s degree in a related field and 5 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience cultivating and managing client/customer relationships.
• Experience writing, editing, and proofreading.
• Experience organizing and coordinating multiple projects.
• Ability to work in a team-based environment with internal and external partners.

• Multi-lingual skills appreciated.
• Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience preferred.

Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world!
TNC offers competitive and comprehensive benefits packages tailored to the individual countries where we work. These may include health care benefits, retirement benefits, parental leave, paid time off, life insurance, and disability coverage as well as an employee assistance program and other life and well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on
We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports the health and well-being of the people we employ.

Deadline of this Job: 11 November 2022

Reports to Head of Business Development. The incumbent supports the sustainability of CIDRZ overseeing and leading the CIDRZ Communication Department. This role will also support the development and spearhead the implementation of the organizations knowledge management strategy, establishing communities of practice that they will be responsible for supporting and reporting on to the Head of Business Development/Strategy and Chief Scientific Officer. This role will also be expected to raise the profile and awareness of CIDRZ through strategic marketing through appropriate social media platforms and engagement of key stakeholders.

Main duties
• Oversees the CIDRZ communication department staff and communication department daily activities
• Develop and guide CIDRZ Marketing Strategy include a comprehensive social media strategy
• Implements and reports on CIDRZ Marketing strategy, attaining identified key performance indicators
• Report on activities under the Marketing strategy to the Head of department for tracking and monitoring
• Effectively supports development and implementation of organisational and programme-specific internal and external communications strategies, plans, policies, directories, templates and tools
• Accurately adheres to logo branding and communications restrictions
• Effectively facilitates cooperative media outreach and relations; functions as media point person; writes press releases and other documents; prepares media briefings, and arranges interviews, tours and events
• Efficiently leads in preparation and execution of high-profile visitor events and conferences
• Supervises and mentors the Communications Officers
• Effectively liaises with relevant CIDRZ departments to facilitate smooth functioning and collaborative communications e.g., CIDRZ Executive, Information Technology, Human Resources, Strategic Development, Grants and Contracts, Research, etc.
• Performs thorough daily media monitoring to identify risks and opportunities to CIDRZ
• Effectively leads in departmental strategic planning, and budget management
• Supports the development of the knowledge management (KM) strategy
• Coordinates the implementation of the KM strategy, supporting identified communities of practice. This may include facilitating workshops, informal interactions,
• Reports on activities under the KM strategy to the CSO and Head of department for tracking and monitoring
• Co-ordinates and manage central institutional capacity documents
• Supports Annual Reports to ensure correct and aligned reporting of programs and focus is in line with our future strategy
• Develops an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of potential local and international partners and builds strong and trusting relationships.
• Effectively supports fundraising activities, including preparation of supporting documents, maintenance of funder database, facilitating events, mail-outs, film-making, and other identified activities

• Master’s Degree in Public Health or other relevant field
• Demonstrated impeccable English skills including writing and grammar. A writing sample will be requested during the interview process.
• At least 5 years’ relevant work experience in proposal development, with experience leading proposal development from cradle to award.
• Good marketing and business development skills
• Excellent networks within the Non-Governmental and Development Finance Sectors will be an advantage