Chartered in 1983, Aga Khan University (AKU) is a private, autonomous and self-governing international university, with 13 teaching sites in 6 countries over three continents (www.aku.edu). An integral part of the Aga Khan Development Network (www.akdn.org), AKU provides higher education in several disciplines, carries out research pertinent to the countries and operates 7 hospitals (soon 8) and over 325 outreach clinics, all at international standards. It has almost 2,500 students and 14,000 staff. The University is both a model of academic excellence and an agent of social change. As an international institution, AKU operates on the core principles of quality, relevance, impact and access.
Launched in 2015, the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) is the premier source of education and tailored training for journalists, communicators and media executives and entrepreneurs in East Africa and beyond.
Guided by the principles of global excellence and local relevance, GSMC helps individuals to transform their careers and organizations to seize on opportunities and reap the benefits of innovation.
The Communications Officer brings exceptional resourcefulness, discernment and initiative to the role. Using communications best practice, creativity and a solutions-oriented approach. He/she plans, develops, implements and evaluates communications plans to support the goals and priorities of The Futures Project: Media Sustainability and Innovation in East Africa.
The position holder will have a keen and evolving understanding of our audiences, engaging stakeholders in a dynamic way to demonstrate and gain support for the value and impact of The Futures Project. He/she will promote engagement, research and through leadership, availing a variety of audience-specific, targeted publicity and storytelling channels including events, traditional media and social media platforms.
The incumbent provides broad-based and project-specific communications advice to The Futures Project and its partners, supporting them to make informed decisions. The Communications Officer collaborates with the broader GSMC team to ensure integration in messaging and tactics and to leverage synergies.
Reports to: The Director, Innovation Center, Graduate School of Media and Communications