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SubSaharan Africa Communications and PR Manager

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11 months Fixed term contract, but very likely to go perm!
Based: Central London
Client: The largest Social Network in the world!
Must be able to work in the UK without restriction

Job Category: Corporate Communications & Public Policy
Job Title: Communications Manager
Our Amazing Social Media Platform Client’s mission is to give people the power to share, and make the world more open and connected. Through our growing family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that helps billions of people around the world connect and share what matters most to them. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to make the world more open and accessible. Connecting the world takes every one of us—and we're just getting started.

We are looking for a Corporate Communications Manager to lead proactive and reactive projects in Sub-Sahara Africa. The ideal candidate will have extensive leadership experience in both corporate and product communications, crisis management, working with senior executives and will be able to balance handling a combination of breaking news and real time requests with managing strategic corporate projects and product announcements. The ability to combine strategy and flawless execution, ruthlessly prioritise and work on a number of projects at once will be essential.

This position is initially for an 11 month contract and will be based in London. The position is highly likely to go perm.

Responsibilities

Working with EMEA comms colleagues, lead and execute the Sub-Sahara Africa PR strategy, plans, programs and budgets based on brand image, sales objectives and company goals;
Provide guidance and assistance in implementing PR strategies and programs to external agencies;
Provide mentorship and support for business leaders;
Work cross-functionally with product, platform, policy, monetization and other international PR team members on individual media opportunities and broader programs;
Support brand/corporate reputation through crisis/issues effective management;
Proactively identify and pitch stories that showcase the company’s culture and business;
Prepare briefing materials and manage executive spokespeople;
Educate press, bloggers, analysts and influencers about core products and initiatives;

Skills: Requirements


Undergraduate or equivalent qualification is preferable;
Solid professional experience, in communications or journalism;
Have a professional or personal connection to Sub-Sahara Africa
Willingness to travel to and from Sub-Sahara Africa;
Demonstrated ability to plan and deliver multi-Country campaigns and projects through collaborative and multi-disciplinary teamwork;
Expertise in managing PR agencies and contractors;
Proven ability to work with and influence a range of stakeholders;
Strong project management and decision-making skills;
Superb English verbal and written communications skills.
Fluency in English required;
Applications must be submitted in English;


7+ years professional PR experience, agency and in-house preferred

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