Careers

africapractice welcomes professionals at all stages of their career. Students or recent graduates join as Associate consultants, whilst experienced professionals can join as Consultants, Senior Consultants, Associate Directors or Directors, depending on their skill set and level of experience.

If you are an outstanding individual who wishes to work within an organisation committed to growth and development in Africa, then we are interested to hear from you. Please view our current vacancies.

Location: London
Type of contract: Full time, permanent

The company

africapractice is a strategic advisory firm operating at the nexus of industry and government in Africa. We supply insights and advocacy solutions to corporations, investors, governments and foundations, enabling them to see more clearly, engage with confidence and unlock value to drive sustainable, equitable development.

Guided by our vision - an influential and prosperous Africa, inspiring the world – we empower organisations to deploy capital and execute development programmes at scale.

Our solutions are rooted in a deep appreciation of stakeholders and a conviction that sustainable performance depends on building trust, respecting the environment, solving social problems and creating opportunity.

We are recruiting for a Senior Consultant to join our London team, which acts as africapractice’s international hub, and work with colleagues in Nairobi, Lagos, Johannesburg, Dar es Salaam and Gaborone.

Role Purpose

  • Direct strategic communications mandates for clients and oversee service delivery in London
  • Drive innovation and build strategic communications capability in our consulting teams 
  • Lead engagement with international, pan-African business and trade media

Responsibilities

Client service (70% of the role)

  • Direct client servicing on strategic communications mandates (leadership positioning, issues management and crisis communications, corporate communications, public diplomacy, advocacy and media relations)
  • Build relationships with clients as a trusted advisor on complex issues
  • Direct and manage assigned accounts efficiently and profitably; oversee quality service delivery by account teams; retain and grow mandates
  • Apply strong digital skills to design and execute creative, distinctive and data-driven advocacy strategies
  • Design and deliver innovative and effective media relations strategies to position clients strongly and effectively
  • Demonstrate industry knowledge and insights in several sectors reflecting our clients’ business (private equity, financial services, international development, natural resources and agribusiness, FMCG, infrastructure, telecommunications and technology)

Mentoring (20% of the role)

  • Mentor and coach colleagues in London and across the group on best practice in strategic communications
  • Contribute to the development of consulting tools, templates, methodologies and deliver training

 Business Development (10% of the role)

  • Identify and qualify leads, scope mandates, develop proposals and budgets and pitch to clients
  • Design and deliver marketing and thought leadership initiatives to generate new business leads and build africapractice’s profile and reputation amongst core target audiences 

ROLE REQUIREMENTS

  • Proven track record (6-8 years’ experience) designing and delivering strategic communications mandates for blue chip clients, including demonstrable experience advising clients in Africa
  • High level, current media contacts with international, pan-African and specialist trade media
  • Evidence of strong digital skills in action:Outstanding consulting skills, confident media relations specialist, robust project management skills, astute analytical capability and strategic thinking
    • Examples of production of creative digital-first multimedia content. Ability to create multimedia content directly a significant advantage
    • Examples of design and delivery of innovative and measurable online influencer engagement campaigns
    • Familiarity with data analytics to inform the design and evaluation of social engagement strategies
  • Strong coaching and mentoring skills, ability to motivate and support high performance from colleagues 
  • Industry experience in several of the following sectors: private equity, development finance, international development, natural resources and agribusiness, FMCG, infrastructure, technology
  • Outstanding written and verbal presentation and communications skills – proven ability to influence and advocate
  • Proven ability to build and manage complex and sensitive client and stakeholder relationships
  • Proven ability to drive business development (i.e. generate quality leads, write winning proposals and pitch persuasively)
  • Ability to work flexibly and collaboratively in a fast paced, dynamic working environment
  • Fluency in French

Do you want to join a purpose-driven and ambitious company? Please send us your CV together with a covering letter explaining why you think you are suited to this position. Please specify your availability and send the application with the reference ‘SC, Strategic Communication, London’ to Modiri Nlanda, Group HR Manager at hr@africapractice.com .

Deadline-30/04/2019

 

 

 

 

 

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