February 17, 2021

Senior Communications Manager

  • Deadline: 26/02/2021
  • Location: Kenya
  • Organization: Purposeful
Full Time

Reporting Lines: Reports to the Director of Programmes
Location: Kenya. May consider remote working from the Continent for the right candidate.
Contract: 1 year Fixed Contract (with potential to extend)


Purposeful is an Africa-rooted global hub for girls’ activism. For millennia girls have played a critical role in struggles for freedom and liberation. From Africa’s anti-colonial movements to the Arab spring to climate justice organising and everything in between – their resistance has always sparked and sustained transformational change. And yet, too often girls are separated and sidelined from resources and shut out from decision-making spaces, their power deliberately obscured and hidden from view.

Centering the political power of young feminists across the world, we work so that girls and their allies have access to the resources, networks and platforms they need to power their activism and remake the world.

Our Ways of Being in the World – We believe that another world is not only possible, it is already being built right here and now, in the ways that girls are organising with each other, imagining with each other, pushing us all a little further towards liberation. To build that world we imagine, a core set of values guide all that we do at Purposeful: Taking bold action, Many ways of knowing, Centering lived expertise, Deep embodiment, Cultivating radical imagination, Joy as resistance, Power in diversity, Rooted in sisterhood.





We are looking for a dynamic, feminist, Senior Communications Manager to join the Purposeful family. This important new role will help determine and then drive our storytelling agenda – amplifying work across the organisation while centering the knowledge, wisdom and expertise of the young feminist organisers we support across more than 90 countries.

You are a communicator with deep roots in social justice movements on the Continent and an embodied commitment to the safety, dignity and freedom of girls and young women everywhere. You understand the powerful role that storytelling plays in our struggles for freedom and justice, centering all that you do in feminist principles and politics. You bring a flair for language, a high degree of integrity, and are committed to finding innovative ways to reach a diversity of audiences.


Communications Management
You will develop and implement a refreshed communications strategy for Purposeful and identify innovative ways to share our work.
You will co-create a community led approach to storytelling, in partnership with activist advisors, grantees and other young activist partners across the ecosystem of our Funds and programmes.
You will manage a small communications team – to be built up over time – to ensure effective communication and visibility for Purposeful’s work.
You will be responsible for all of Purposeful’s communications materials, working closely with our programmes teams to amplify our work across different moments of the year.
You will be a champion for the brand inside and outside the organisation, building equity, trust, resonance and relevance into the brand – ensuring it feels collectively owned by our community.
You will seek out, optimise and oversee management across a range of social media platforms to reach different audiences at scale
You will grow key relationships with media partners to amplify the work of our community
Working with our Advocacy team, you will seek out and coordinate interviews and speaking engagements for our team and our community of partners
You will plan and lead creative events online and in-person

Editorial Direction
You will be responsible for editorial direction, design, production and distribution of Purposeful’s publications, offering direction to programme staff in producing content (vlogs, blogs, podcasts and photos etc)
You will author opinion pieces on various issues as agreed with the leadership team.
Offer direction to program staff to produce content (vlogs, blogs, podcast, photos) for Purposeful’s online presences.
You will maintain our internal and external communications calendars.


Degree or equivalent in a related field (e.g. Media studies, Journalism, International Development, gender studies)
Involved in social justice organising locally or transnationally
Identifies as a feminist communications practicioner – commited to the ‘language of liberation’
Experience in advocacy initiatives that seek to draw attention and/or investment in gender justice movements.
Passion for working with girls and girl-led initiatives.
Experience of working in a senior communications role in an organisation working across countries and contexts
Able to communicate with a range of audiences – from justice movements to private funders
Experience of developing and/or implementing a communications strategy.
Dynamic and persuasive communication skills, both orally and in writing.
Proficiency in public speaking and/or speaking to the media.
A proven interest for storytelling in innovative ways and on various platforms and modes.
Strong interpersonal skills (approachable and professional) and a proven ability to work collaboratively in a small team and across varying functions.
Personal flexibility and creativity in proactively recognising and responding to opportunities, whilst working within parameters set by the organisation. Understanding of the girl organising spaces and the social justice movement and how to engage with various stakeholders.
An excellent manager of processes, including being able to summarise reports and present them for different audiences.
Strong project management experience and an ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines.
Proficiency in use of website content management systems, social media platforms, and e-marketing tools.
Experience with Adobe Creative Applications (InDesign, photoshop) or other publishing software.
A team player who is able to work in a diverse and fast-paced team.
A proven track record of published writing.
A creative and critical thinker who can capture the audience’s imagination.
Understanding of the girl organising spaces and the social justice movement and how to engage with various stakeholders.
A team player who is able to work in a diverse team.
Proficiency in an additional language (other than English) is a distinct advantage.


How to apply:

Please submit your CV along with a covering letter to: applications@wearepurposeful.org