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  • Posted on: 5 December, 2018 Deadline: 23 December, 2018
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    Export Processing Zones Authority is a State Corporation established by the Government of Kenya through an Act of Parliament – the Export Processing Zones Act (Cap 517 of the Laws of Kenya) for the promotion and facilitation of export oriented investment and for the development of an enabling environment for such investments. 

    Pursuant to this objective, the Authority is seeking to recruit highly motivated visionary, dynamic and results oriented candidates to fill the undermentioned positions: 

    Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications


    Reporting Relationships

    Reports to: Manager, Investment Promotion

    Direct reports: Principal Corporate Communications Officer

    Indirect reports: All other staf in the Corporate Communication section

    Job Purpose

    Responsible for executing the Authority’s corporate communications strategy, policy and programmes aimed at enhancing relationships with stakeholders and building a positive corporate image.


    Managerial / Supervisory Responsibilities

    • Develop work plans and budgets for the Section for approval
    • Oversee the execution of the approved section work plans and budgets
    • Oversee performance management in the section
    • Prepare and submit all monthly, quarterly and annual reports for the section
    • Prepare a draft board management papers for approval
    • Identify training needs for the sectional staff
    • Participate in the recruitment of staff within the section
    • Participate in the development and review of the Authority’s strategic plan
    • Identify procurement needs of the section
    • Mentor and coach section staff
    • Participate in various committees in the Authority

    Operational Responsibilities / Tasks

    • Identify main client groups and audiences and determine the best way to communicate publicity information to them.
    • Write interesting and effective press releases, prepare information for media kits and develop and maintain company internet or intranet web pages.
    • Assign, supervise and review the activities of public relations staff.
    • Evaluate advertising and promotion programs for compatibility with public relations efforts.
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with local and municipal government officials and media representatives.
    • Direct activities of external agencies, establishments and departments that develop and implement communication strategies and information programs.
    • Formulate policies and procedures related to public information programs, working with public relations executives.
    • Respond to requests for information about employers’ activities or status.
    • Facilitate consumer relations, or the relationship between parts of the company such as the managers and employees, or different branch offices.
    • Maintain company archives.
    • Manage in-house communication courses.
    • Produce films and other video products, regulate their distribution, and operate film library.
    • Observe and report on social, economic and political trends that might affect employers.
    • Develop and maintain the company’s corporate image and identity, which includes the use of logos and signage.
    • Manage communications budgets.
    • Manage special events such as sponsorship of races, parties introducing new products, or other activities the firm supports in order to gain public attention through the media without advertising directly.
    • Draft speeches for company executives, and arrange interviews and other forms of contact for them.

    Job Dimensions

    Financial Responsibility

    • Preparation and development of section’s budgets and approval.
    • Oversee the execution of the approved section work plans and budgets

    Responsibility for Physical Assets

    • Responsible for physical assets assigned by the institution;
    • Provide oversight for all the section physical assets

    Decision Making

    • Makes strategic, operational and financial decisions for decisions for the section
    • Plans the work of subordinates
    • Assigns work to subordinates
    • Monitors subordinates work performance
    • Appraises/evaluates subordinates performance

    Working conditions

    Work predominantly within the office. The position will require participation in public events and fairs and local & regional travel

    Job Competencies (Knowledge, Experience and Attributes / Skills).

    Academic Qualifications

    • Masters Degree in Communications/ International Relations/International Business or equivalent from a recognized Institution;
    • Bachelors degree in Public Relations, Communications or related field/Business administration or related field from a recognized Institution;

    Professional Qualifications / Membership to professional bodies

    • Post-graduate Diploma in Public Relations;
    • Communications or in a relevant field;
    • Membership to related professional bodies – PRSK, CIM KIM etc;
    • Attended Management course lasting not less than four (4) weeks from a recognized Institution;
    • IT Proficiency and
    • Meets provisions of chapter 6 of the Kenya Constitution.

    Previous relevant work experience required.

    • Have nine (9) years relevant experience with three (3) years’ experience in the position of Principal Corporate Communications Officer or comparable position in EPZA job Group 5.

    Functional Skills: Behavioral Competencies/Attributes

    • Organization skills
    • Good IT skills
    • Fair design and management skills
    • Good interpersonal and communication skills
    • Work under pressure
    • Team player
    • Ability to meet deadlines
    • Be well groomed

    Salary Scale for the position

    Minimum basic Salary Kshs 75,731.00 : Maximum basic salary Kshs 270,000.00

    Total allowances 77,400.00

    Successful candidate will enter the scale at basic salary of Kshs 75,731.00

    Method of Application

    Candidates interested in these positions are expected to fulfil the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya. Specifically, those applying for positions listed above must obtain and submit with their application, recent copies of the following;

    • Certificate of Good Conduct from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
    • Clearance/Compliance Certificate from Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)
    • Tax compliance Certificate from Kenya Revenue Authority
    • Clearance from the Ethics & Anti-corruption Authority (EACC)
    • Clearance from Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)

    Suitably qualified candidates should apply in confidence using the Job Application Form indicating the Job Reference Number on the Job Application Form and send to epza.jobadverts@epzakenya.com attaching copies of certificates, relevant testimonial, National ID and requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya.

    All applications should be sent online in pdf format and should be received not later than 23rd December, 2018 at midnight East Africa Time.

    Export Processing Zones Authority is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and gender equality. Women and persons with disability are encouraged to apply. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

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