Public Relations & Communications Officer and Multi Media Assistant Jobs at Kenya Red Cross Society

On Monday, July 9th, 2012
Kenya Red Cross Society is one of the largest humanitarian organisations in Kenya. 
 
Its vision is to be the most effective, most trusted and self-sustaining humanitarian organisation in Kenya.
 
The Society is looking for qualified persons to fill the following positions:
 
Position Title: Public Relations & Communications Officer
 
Reporting to: Public Relations & Communications Manager
 
Job Location: Headquarters
 
Overall Purpose
 
Responsible to the Public Relations and Communications Manager for the effective design, development, implementation and evaluation of Public Relations & Communications strategies aimed at promoting and enhancing the Society’s image in order to create goodwill and build credibility. 
 
Other responsibilities include monitoring the implementation of humanitarian services to identify, capture and document, innovative approaches and best practices for purposes of dissemination and sharing experiences, to promote repeat applications or for scaling-up in different community settings.
 
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Plan and develop information and publicity materials and implement activities designed to improve understanding and acceptance of the Society’s policies, objectives, strategies and humanitarian services.
  • Gather, edit and package communication materials and other publications including publicity materials, posters, fact-sheets, speeches, PowerPoint presentations, brochures, internet web pages and other publications for employees, communities, stakeholders and the general public.
  • Organise and implement press conferences, photo sessions and media events to promote issues of concern designed to improve the understanding and acceptance of the Society’s mandate, policies, objectives, strategies and services.
  • Coordinate public appearances, presentations, lectures, workshops, conferences, contests, exhibitions or special events for promoting community development awareness and enhancement of the image and reputation of KRCS.
  • Coordinate effective utilisation and maintenance of multi-media equipment, scripting and directing video production.
  • Support the effective implementation of the Society’s Public Relations and Communications Policy.
  • Ensure proper filing of documents and materials.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications, Journalism or equivalent qualifications plus membership to a professional Public Relations and Communication body.
  • Over five (5) years demonstrated experience in developing and implementing Corporate Communications programmes in line with strategic objectives.
  • Proven skills in Desktop Publishing with a bias in InDesign.
Position Title: Multi Media Assistant
 
Reporting to: Public Relations & Communications Manager
 
Job Location: Headquarters
 
Overall Purpose
 
Responsible to the PR/Communications Manager for effective planning, budgeting, implementing and evaluating effective multi-media productions (film, video and still photography) to support the Society’s Public Relations and Communications Strategy. 
 
Other responsibilities include the development of a well-stocked and continually updated Multi-Media resource centre and information services, development of an effective cataloguing, indexing and classification system aimed at supporting the execution of research and programme activities, as well as proper maintenance of Multi-Media resources.
 
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Select, assemble, set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for production.
  • Coordinate Multi-Media production with directors and senior members of camera crews to discuss assignments and determine filming sequences, camera movements, and picture composition.
  • Analyze work orders and specifications to determine locations of subject material, work procedures, sequences of operations, and machine setups.
  •  Plan and develop pre-production ideas into outlines, scripts, story boards, and graphics, using own ideas or specifications of assignments
  • Maintain quality control on all raw video source clips, audio clips, multimedia files, photos and art files.
  • Record and edit audio material such as movie soundtracks, using audio recording and editing equipment.
  • Review raw footage after each production for potential problems and revisions in order to produce rough and finished graphics and graphic designs.
  • Rough cut and assemble raw footage to conform to the script, storyboard and/or production specifications.
  • Maintain the overall operating condition of editing suite as well as computer equipment and software needed to run the equipment.
  • Troubleshoot hardware/software problems and perform minor repairs and routine maintenance of audio and video equipment to ensure proper working condition
  • Maintains multi-media resource centre and archives by acquiring, cataloguing, and maintain collections of multimedia material such as films, video- and audio-tapes, photographs, and software programmes.
  • Maintain inventories of multi-media equipment including audio and video tapes and related supplies.
  • Provide technical leadership in the area of multi-media productions.
  • Work closely with suppliers and other video and film production houses.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Diploma in Video and Film Production or equivalent qualifications, plus membership to professional Public Relations and communication bodies.
  • Over five (5) years demonstrated experience in producing and editing high quality Multi-Media productions, documentaries and media clips.
Key Competencies for both positions
  • Ability to compose and produce a variety of communications materials and website updates for release to media and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to use computer software packages and internet formatting languages.
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with the media, Government officials, employees, donors, stakeholders and the general public
  • Working knowledge of mass media operation and its proper utilisation for dissemination of information.
  • Ability to communicate and make presentations to special interest groups, donors, development partners, stakeholders and the general public.
  • Operating knowledge of information and communication equipment such as all types of cameras, sound systems, multi-media projectors etc.
  • Ability to conduct media research and to provide practical training in communication strategies, methods and techniques to staff and other stakeholders.
  • Hands on skills in multi-media production equipment and its maintenance.
Applications must contain:
 
Letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of relevant certificates, address and contacts of two referees.
 
Application for Multi Media Assistant should contain a DVD on a production that the applicant has been involved in.
 
All applications should be sent to:
 
The Secretary General
Kenya Red Cross Society
P. O. Box 40712-00100
Nairobi
 
So as to reach him not later than Friday, 21st July 2012.
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