Manager – Communications and Business Development

Full Time Greater Accra Education Partnerships Group
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State: Accra, Ghana
Country: Ghana
Deadline: 05/06/2021
Qualification: Degree
Work Experience: 7 Years
Career Level: Mid-level
Industry: ICT

About the role:

EPG is looking for an exceptionally organized, highly motivated and capable Manager to lead EPG’s Communications and Business Development portfolios. The candidate must possess excellent communication, strategic thinking and relationship building skills and will play a critical role in the planning and execution of organisational communications, as well as the scoping and development of new partnerships and funding opportunities. The Manager will report directly to the Director for Strategy and Partnerships and will hold overall responsibility for leading the implementation and iteration of EPG’s communications strategy; supporting the programme teams to implement their own communication plans and working closely with the Senior Leadership Team to define, scope, and develop partnerships across the sector to support initiatives and collaborations that amplify EPG’s impact.

The right candidate will be passionate about the role education plans in transforming lives and see this role as an opportunity to support EPG’s approach to supporting governments to shape and strengthen their education systems and improve learning outcomes globally. Depending on the successful candidate’s location, the role may require significant remote working and thus personal initiative and time management will be critical. This role may include some international travel, subject to COVID-19 travel restrictions, indicatively up to 10% of the time.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

Organisational Communications (Indicatively 40%)

Lead the development of internal and external communication of EPG’s strategy and strategic priorities so that all employees, partners, and funders understand them and how they support EPG’s vision;
Lead the implementation and iteration of EPG’s communications strategy to establish EPG’s identity, increase awareness of our work and build our reputation among all employees, partners, and funders (existing and potential). This will include, but not be limited to:
Coordinating and project-managing the development and regular dissemination of accessible and compelling content from the organisation for internal and external audiences
Elevating EPG’s identity and brand by developing external-facing digital content that communicates EPG’s strategy and approach, and showcases our work and thought-leadership to drive engagement and impact. This will include EPG’s website, social media and editorial output (blogs, policy briefs, and think pieces)
Provide training and support to equip other staff to develop content and to be active on social media promoting EPG’s identity and work.
Programme Communications and Advocacy (Indicatively 30%)

Support the programme teams to implement their own communication plans, providing additional support to deliver any key communications milestones and advise on updating their plans where appropriate. This may include leading on iterations and improvements to the communications planning process for programme teams.
Support the programme teams to develop reports, policy briefs, think pieces, case studies and other materials for client governments and funders;
Support the programme teams in the development of engaging communications materials for business development that communicate EPG’s strategy, programme work and thought-leadership.
Business Development (Indicatively 30%)

Work closely with the Senior Leadership team to:
Define, scope, and develop partnerships across the sector to support initiatives and collaborations that amplify EPG’s impact;
Develop and refine a compelling case for funding EPG’s support to governments, both in existing countries and with new pipeline opportunities;
Draft funding proposals and concept notes for new partnerships;
Identify and lead on opportunities for bidding on contracts put out by bilateral and multilateral organizations, as well as foundations and other funding or donor organisations.
Key Requirements:

Qualified to degree level in a related field with at least 2 years prior experience in similar roles;
Proven track record of implementing organisation-wide communications strategies, and/or developing new business through scoping new opportunities and drafting Concept Notes and funding proposals;
An exceptional communicator – both in person and in writing – with an ability to translate complex projects and concepts into simple and compelling materials;
Excellent project management skills with the ability to juggle multiple competing projects and priorities within tight timeframes;
Exceptionally strong attention to detail in all aspects of project design and delivery;
An understanding of the international education funding landscape is a strong plus;
Strong interpersonal skills with a sense of humility and willingness to work with diverse team members, often remotely;
An effective team player who is able to work closely with programme teams across the organisation to support them to achieve their communications and business development goals;
How to Apply:

Apply with a CV and cover letter on our online recruitment portal. Applications to be submitted by Friday 14 May 2021 but please note: we will be reviewing applications on an on-going basis and this advert may close earlier than advertised depending on the level of response.

Please, disregard the UK based questions if they don’t apply to you.

Interviews will be arranged as suitable candidates are identified, so early application is strongly advised

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people; all successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Ark Schools are committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce, with a broad range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

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