Associate Consultant, Africa specialist
Nairobi Kenya
4d ago

Company Description

Portland is a fully integrated communications consultancy trusted by some of the highest profile organizations, governments and individuals in the world with global offices in Washington DC, Singapore, Doha and Nairobi, as well as in London.

We are pioneers in integrated communications campaigns help clients manage their reputation, improve their visibility and media coverage and deliver global communications campaigns across multiple platforms.

Our teams of experienced and multilingual consultants invest time to understand clients from the inside out, work with them to set clear strategic direction, and then bring the whole of Portland’s abilities to bear to deliver their objectives.

At Portland we never rest on our laurels; we constantly strive to improve our work and be at the forefront of the industry.


Key Responsibilities :

The Associate Consultant will be required to carry out all or some of the following key tasks within the Global Impact team, from our Nairobi office :

  • Researching and sourcing information and shaping reports that have value for our clients
  • Tracking issues in the media, relevant to designated clients, and make proactive recommendations of activities they could be pursuing
  • Supporting the community management of client’s social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Delivering social media analysis, content planning and online influencer mapping, and make creative recommendations
  • Helping build integrated pan African communications plans for our clients
  • Helping develop messaging for our clients
  • Drafting press releases, opinion articles, website copy, background material etc
  • Preparing journalist biographies and briefing notes for clients
  • Helping coordinate and deliver media engagement with journalists in Africa
  • Develop and nurture relationships with key African journalists
  • Coordinating work with our network of local partner agencies and other agencies of the Omnicom Group across the African continent
  • The associate consultant will work under the responsibility of their line manager in Nairobi, in close coordination with Portland’s Global Impact team in London.


    Qualifications, skills and competencies :

    Providing a quality service :

  • Have the ability to conduct comprehensive analysis of information to tight deadlines ensuring accuracy and relevance
  • Have a very good knowledge of the national and international media landscape in Kenya, East Africa and at Pan African level
  • Have experience of using social media platforms in a professional capacity
  • Have excellent writing skills in English; other language skills would be appreciated
  • Be proficient in the use of research and data analytics tools
  • Be organised and able to manage your own workload
  • Team working and projects

  • Be able to work with and communicate effectively with others across the agency
  • Be an excellent decision maker with a real ability to lead and mentor a team across different client accounts
  • Develop collegial relationships with individuals at various levels throughout the agency
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills with a real flare for pitching and presenting ideas and business plans
  • Focus on organic growth and development of team, have experience of being a line manager to junior team members
  • Qualifications and skills :

  • Degree (with a minimum of a 2 : 1 or equivalent). This is likely to be in a research-oriented social science or arts, e.
  • g. politics, history, economics and English

  • Knowledge and enthusiasm for the media and international affairs is essential
  • Experience of global development, working with philanthropic organisations, United Nations agencies, advocacy groups or international corporations is an advantage
  • Experience in journalism, blogging and social media is an advantage
  • Other information

    What we offer in return

  • We are committed to employee development and have an open doors culture where you will have the opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced people in the business.
  • We regularly reward and promote success, and actively encourage staff to take on new challenges and responsibilities to aid progression.

  • Our remuneration package also includes our competitive pension contributions, private healthcare life assurance cover, company contribution to gym membership, wellbeing workshops and activities, company parties, free daily breakfast and much, much more!
  • At Portland we take a flexible approach to work and encourage our colleagues to do the same. All our roles are open to flexible working requests and we will consider all options during our recruitment process.
  • This includes but is not limited to : flexible hours, home working, compressed hours and job sharing.

  • In addition, every permanent member of staff that works at Portland is eligible for our industry leading annual profit share.
  • When Portland thrives, all of our people share in that success.

    Other information

    Unfortunately due to the high volume of applications we receive it is not possible to respond directly to all applicants, only to those whose candidacy is being pursued.

    In addition, the length of the recruitment process varies based on the vacancy needs. Traditionally, the process takes approximately 3-4 weeks.

    Therefore, your patience is greatly appreciated.

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