Communications Associate

Nairobi, Kenya
Commensurate with experience
Aug 04, 2018
Metro Area
Full Time

About the Organization

CLASP’s mission is to improve the energy and environmental performance of the appliances & equipment we use every day, accelerating our transition to a more sustainable world.

We serve as the leading international voice and resource for appliance energy efficiency policies and market acceleration initiatives. From advancing the off-grid solar technologies, bringing power to energy-impoverished people, to cutting the catastrophic climate impacts of air conditioning, CLASP programs increase uptake of affordable, low-impact, high-quality appliances. Learn more about our programs.

We’re mission-driven, impacts-focused, and committed to a culture of diversity, transparency, and collaboration. See our Team Page to learn more about our organization.

Communications Associate

CLASP is seeking a creative, poised, and detail-oriented professional to support communications efforts at CLASP’s Nairobi office. The Associate will turn complex ideas into engaging stories, work closely with both the existing communications team in Washington D.C. and Kenyan staff to prepare and communicate CLASP’s energy access work in Africa to relevant funders and stakeholders, and be committed to the ideals of CLASP.

CLASP is a fast-paced, international, and highly-collegial work environment. The successful candidate will understand and move between the small details and the big picture with skill, adapt to evolving priorities, and bring well-honed listening and interpersonal skills.

Key Responsibilities

The Communications Associate will contribute their skills to a number of key projects. These might include the following:

  • Communicating Research: Over the next three years, CLASP will produce a significant body of market, technical, and policy research. The successful candidate will support our research team in drafting, packaging, and messaging their reports for specific audiences through newsletters, website stories or blogs, and presentations. The Associate will collaborate closely across the communications team to ensure that relevant research is shared and publicized with the media and international partners and through social media, as is appropriate and in line with organizational priorities.
  • Building Internal Capacity on Communications Activities: The Associate will build internal capacity to convey technical information to international stakeholders by partnering closely with team members and ensuring that all materials shared are within expectations for quality and tone. The Associate will proactively identify opportunities for strengthening internal communications in the Nairobi office and will serve as a responsive and insightful resource on communications issues for team members.
  • Proposal Development and Donor Reporting: At CLASP, we fundraise so that we can lead a dynamic research agenda to support our cutting-edge work, ensuring that our programs have meaningful impact. We are committed to and believe in the work that we are doing, so we fundraise a lot, and everyone is involved. The Associate will have an important role to play in helping us to do this more effectively. The successful candidate will have a strong attention to detail to help us generate quality reports.
  • Stories and Case Studies: From coming up with new ways to monitor the energy use of individual appliances to launching clean cookstove projects in Uganda, CLASP is working on cutting edge projects, and we want people to know about it. Our teams require support with turning technical information into compelling stories through writing articles and case studies for a variety of audiences, including the CLASP Board, donors, international agencies, policymakers, and partner organizations.
  • Natural Collaborator: The successful candidate must be able to develop strong relationships with a wide variety of professionals. We collaborate often with graphic designers, copy editors, photo editors, other communications and fundraising consultants, policymakers, and CLASP’s program teams to ensure quality, accurate, and timely knowledge exchange. The Associate will contribute to our productive partnerships both inside and outside of the organization.
  • Business-to-Business Communications: CLASP facilitates business-to-business communications as part of its core work. We tell people about what we do through newsletters, presentations, and other written correspondence. The successful candidate will evaluate and revise materials to ensure quality and accuracy and support communications with a range of international stakeholders.
  • Digital Media: CLASP’s communication strategy emphasizes communicating with stakeholders in digital format. The successful candidate will have fluency in and be able to lead work using InDesign, Adobe Creative Suite, and related programs to create graphics, reports, and factsheets to support CLASP’s work.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Minimum 1-2 years’ previous communications experience and/or a relevant tertiary qualification
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Graduate degree in a relevant field preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience writing in a variety of formats — web, print publications, briefing papers, digital media, and social media all a plus
  • Proven ability in being able to take complex ideas and turn them into compelling stories
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Experience sharing communications expertise internally and supporting other staff members with communications efforts
  • Must be comfortable working under pressure and have the ability to multi-task
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills are crucial
  • Experience in working to serve a broad range of clients and stakeholders
  • Some experience in working on funding proposals would be an asset, although this is not mandatory
  • Experience communicating about energy, clean energy access, off-grid energy systems, international development, policy, relevant industry association, or technology. You aren’t intimidated by technical material. 
  • A drive to learn and grow on the job.

Compensation and Location

CLASP offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience and includes a collegial office environment that supports wellness and flexible telecommuting options after a certain period of employment. It is preferred that this individual have current sponsorship to work in Kenya but is not required. This position will be based in the organization's Nairobi office. Occasional travel, as well as evening or weekend hours, may be required. We are an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply

CEA Recruiting is assisting CLASP with this search. To be considered for this position, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and salary requirements through CEA’s job portal. The writing sample should demonstrate how you can turn technical information into engaging copy and be no more than two pages. Please direct all applications and inquiries to CEA Recruiting. This position will remain open until filled.

CLASP is an equal opportunity employer.

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