Senior Communications Officer

Senior Communications Officer

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The Senior Communications Officer (SCO) will be an integral part of the Communications Team and will work closely with headquarters and field-based teams to develop and manage corporate communications, public relations, and field communications activities, including our digital media footprint and social media presence.  Therefore, frequent travel, primarily in Africa, is critical to the success of this position. The SCO will work closely with members of the team to help shape CNFA’s digital communications strategy, grow our digital audiences, manage our website, and curate the overall aesthetic of the global CNFA brand(s) online and in marketing collateral. The SCO will work closely with the communications team to ensure that all corporate communications activities are integrated to support CNFA’s global initiatives and programs.

General Responsibilities:

  • Manage the website(s) for CNFA, CNFA Europe and affiliate entities, create content, and utilize other digital mediums and social tools to promote CNFA and its global impact;
  • Work closely with the communications team to develop and maintain a digital communications strategy that aligns with the overall communications strategy;
  • Provide field support including travel to assigned projects including regular monthly updates with the field communications team, build and maintain a spirt of close collaboration between CNFA DC Home Office and field communications teams, as well as provide additional communications support needed by the programs in-country;
  • Responsible for developing content for regularly updated social medical channels including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others of strategic value, and support the delivery of innovative social media campaigns, within budget, to achieve defined objectives; 
  • Support media relations efforts to enhance CNFA’s brand and mission, which includes writing press releases, media pitches, articles, op-eds, and parallel messaging on social channels;
  • As needed, provide support to work and develop materials, graphics, branded proposals, presentations and leverage events and other opportunities to maximize impact with current and potential partners;
  • Responsible for compiling content and editing monthly newsletter including layout and final product;
  • Lead the design of all organizational materials developed for annual meetings including annual reports, brochures, and newsletters;
  • Responsible for developing CNFA collateral items including branded letterheads, proposal cover pages, PowerPoint presentations, etc.;
  • Support the implementation of measures, in accordance with the overall communications strategy, to improve internal communications, including ways to facilitate the cross-cutting flow of information, ideas, and data amongst all staff globally;
  • Event support – assist corporate communications and program communications in developing and organizing CNFA-sponsored public events, as well as Board of Director meetings, speaking engagements and the like; and
  • Perform a variety of other related duties as required.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ Degree in Communications, Marketing, Graphic Design or a relevant field required; a Master’s Degree is preferred;
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in communications, public relations, marketing or a related field;
  • Strong experience of building and engaging online audience through social media and writing for the web;
  • A demonstrated ability to effectively use online tools to communicate with and motivate target groups to take actions, including email, social media and online video for comparable programs and/or organizations;
  • Excellent knowledge of social media platforms, aware of latest digital trends and strong practical knowledge of using digital tools (social media, blogs) for productivity, collaboration and engagement;
  • Excellent editorial skills, the ability to write and edit engagingly using the appropriate tone of voice aimed at a variety of audiences;
  • Excellent knowledge of graphic design and working knowledge of video production;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, complex information in a clear, concise manner;
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills, including a demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and in a team or collaborative environment;
  • Proven experience in managing and delivering in a fast-paced environment with competing and changing priorities;
  • Prior media relations experience desired;
  • Advanced experience with MS Office Suite, particularly Word, PowerPoint and Excel;
  • Experience with video editing, graphic design/InDesign, HTML coding, CSS and JavaScript desired; and
  • Domestic and international travel is required up to 25%.

Please be advised that employment is contingent on permanent and legal entitlement to work in the U.S.  Position is not eligible for U.S. work sponsorship.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. 

Accountant

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Under the direction of the Field Operations Accounts Manager (FOAM), the Accountant will provide support and guidance to CNFA Europe/CNFA’s programs by working with the HQ Program Team and in-country management team, particularly, the Finance and Operations staff with tasks related to accounting, banking, budgeting, procurement and financial management to ensure full compliance with rules and regulations of financial processes, financial records and reports and audit follow up, and implementation of the effective internal control framework.

General Responsibilities:

  • Ensure updated, clear concise written accounting and procurement procedures manuals;
  • Manage, reconcile and keep records on Quick books for CNFA Europe.
  • Facilitate timely, accurate month-end closing, cash requests and cash reconciliations;
  • Support the month-end closing processes to ensure organized, complete, properly approved packages are delivered to CNFA Home Office in accordance with the month-end closing schedule provided by the FOAM and review for completeness and accuracy all month-end accounting information;
  • Maintain control over the project filing systems to ensure complete and organized accounting files, especially regarding original procurement documents and personnel salary files;
  • Ensure organized and complete accounting file documentation is maintained by the field office and Headquarters and develop procedures for the systematic transfer of all original documentation to Headquarters;
  • Employ financial oversight and control mechanisms and procedures to ensure that all program expenses are in accordance with CNFA financial policies, procedures and rules and regulations;
  • Review and provide support for the financial aspects of contract execution of local and international sub-implementing partners;
  • Develop and periodically update Project Policies and Procedures guidelines for procurement, accounting and budgeting;
  • Ensure the smooth implementation of project accounting activities, including (but not limited to): timely and accurate bank reconciliations, invoicing, monitoring of expenditure levels against budget and funding obligations, financial projections and submission of monthly financial reports to CNFA HQ;
  • Provide the field finance teams with information and guidance on program financial performance;
  • Regularly prepare and present financial reports, analysis, and recommendations concerning relevant financial issues;
  • Review partner spending in relation to budgets, and develop monthly budget pipelines for CNFA Europe/CNFA and partner expenditures.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required; degree in accounting, or finance, preferred
  • Minimum 3 years of accounting experience
  • Understanding of US Government rules and regulations preferred.
  • Proficiency in Excel software required;
  • A high degree of integrity, accountability, energy and flexibility;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work in fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Experience with a computerized accounting system; Working experience with Quickbooks required and CostPoint preferred;
  • Strong budgeting and analytical capacity;
  • Strong conceptual, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to initiate and organize work while establishing priorities in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment to meet deadlines with attention to detail;
  • Ability to develop strong trusting relationships in order to gain support and achieve results;
  • Ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities;
  • Ability to work in an environment with international objectives;
  • Ability to be flexible and interpersonal skills sufficient to interact with employees at all levels;
  • Highly skilled in coordination and project management;
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite;
  • Ability to travel up to 10%; and
  • US Work authorization required.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.