Overview of Position:
The Senior Manager provides support and acts as deputy to the Director of Communications and Information in the development and implementation of communication strategies designed to advance the advocacy and knowledge building goals of AWID´s program areas; with emphasis in designing multi media and online outreach strategies. The Senior Manager will work in AWID’s Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) area which is make up of three distinct teams: an IT team; a Production team and an Online Communications team. The Senior Manager will work closely with the Director to develop program communications strategies and conceptualise communication products as well as providing day to day management support for the Online Communications team.
Reports to: Director of Communications and Information
Work location:work location of the position is open
7-10 years experience:
  • Developing, implementing and evaluating communication strategies (at least 4 years in a leadership capacity)
  • Conceptualising and overseeing the production of print and multimedia content
  • Providing leadership and strategic oversight for a range of communication channels including website, e-newsletters and social media.
  • Building engaged online communities
  • Leading a multi-cultural team (at least 4 years in a supervisory capacity)
  • Working with women’s rights, human rights or social justice organizations, preferably based in the Global South and/or CEE/CIS
Academic Qualifications:
  • University degree in communications, journalism or other related field.
Expertise & Skills:
· Proven expertise in translating knowledge building and advocacy goals into communication actions, campaigns, products and strategic dissemination and outreach plans.
· Proven ability to conceptualise communications strategies and guide their implementation across teams and in collaboration with multiple external partners and allies.
· Proven success in identifying communication niches and opportunities for partnerships to advance organizational positioning and program goals
  • Experience in developing and managing successful multilingual websites, social media campaigns and email outreach
  • Experience in conceptualizing and producing high quality impactful print and multimedia content
  • Proven success in building and managing online communities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Spanish and/or French
  • Strong project management experience; ability to develop, monitor and evaluate complex work plans with multiple projects, multiple deliverables and deadlines.
  • Strong financial management acumen; knowledge of accounting procedures and protocols, budgeting and financial analysis
  • Experienced in human resource management including coaching/mentoring, and conducting formal supervision and performance management appraisals; ability to work with a diverse staff team
  • High comfort and tolerance to manage stress and role demands
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the proven ability to provide leadership to a team and to work in a team environment with staff, contractors, and consultants
Other Requirements:
  • Able to travel internationally (approx. 2 weeks per year)
  • Committed to the principles and values of feminism, anti-discrimination and anti-racism
  • Trilingual (English-Spanish-French)
  • Experience working in virtual teams across multiple time zones


Strategic Communications Planning & Production
  • In close collaboration with the Director, conceptualise and develop communication strategies to advance the knowledge building and advocacy goals of AWID’s five program areas
  • In close collaboration with the Director, guide the implementation of communications strategies and plans across AWID’s program teams
  • In close collaboration with the Production Manager, ensure high-quality content production in line with agreed to communication plans
  • Identify and build communication niches for AWID’s program areas and develop communication partnership opportunities to advance organizational positioning and program goals.
Online Communications & Community Building
· Responsible for strategic development of AWID’s online presence including its website, social media channels and e-newsletters in English, Spanish and French
· Provides leadership in the implementation of AWID´s online communication strategy which aims to diversify AWID’s audiences among underrepresented regions, languages and constituencies and ensure effective promotion of AWID content through effective use of online communications, including social media.
· Ensure ongoing evaluation of online engagement to help build understanding of where different channels and approaches are adding most value
· Provide strategic direction and oversight for the design and development of new or improved communication channels including new websites and social media pages
· Manage relationships with key third party communications suppliers/agencies
Financial and Human Resource Management:
  • Manage the communications staff (three direct reports) and contractors providing direction, managing performance and overseeing work planning to ensure appropriate alignment with AWID’s strategic plan
  • Delegate appropriate responsibilities and duties to staff for the implementation of communication activities
  • Ensure the timely and effective implementation of deliverables, including all activities, reports and evaluations
  • Provide appropriate leadership, support, training and mentoring for effective project management and work planning
  • Develop, manage and adhere to the communications budget, ensuring adherence to financial controls, and financial and organizational policies and procedures
Organizational Processes
  • Ensure strategic alignment, information-sharing and maximum synergy with AWID programs by actively coordinating with other managers as required
  • Work with Directors and other managers to address programmatic, human resource, financial, legislative issues as they arise to ensure that AWID is effective in achieving its outcomes and as well as undertaking itself as a strong feminist organization
  • Participate actively in leadership teams meetings and in organizational meeting venues (office and staff meetings)
  • Maintain relationships with staff in other teams to facilitate smooth coordination and communication

Please submit in Englishto jobs@awid.org by July 12, 2015, the following:
1) cover letter and résumé in Word or PDF format, addressing how you meet the necessary qualifications and outlining why you want to work for AWID,
2) Links to previous communications campaigns you have led
3) Application exercise (http://www.awid.org/get-involved/awid-senior-manager-communications) – all submissions must include this application exercise or it will not be reviewed
Please include “Senior Manager, Communications – [your name]” as the subject line of your email.
We thank all those who apply, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No calls please. AWID encourages, promotes and support diversity in all aspects of its work. To learn more about AWID and our programs, please visit our website at www.awid.org.