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Creative Director

About the Role: ZanaAfrica Group is looking for a master storyteller and creative thinker to join our team as our new Creative Director. 

We’re looking for someone to join us in building a powerful movement – the Nia Movement - that supports girls and women in Kenya to define and live their purpose across their lifetime through access to feminine hygiene products coupled with safe spaces to learn about their bodies and their choices. 

The Creative Director will play a key strategic role in leading the development of all creative communication elements for the Nia Movement, including brand design, product packaging, events, marketing campaigns, health education resources (digital and analogue) and other supporting initiatives. 

S/he is responsible for establishing and implementing brand guidelines and leading the creative team across all products, making sure that the entire lifecycle of a projects—strategy, concepts, development and testing—is aligned to the brand core values.

We’re looking for someone who can harness the power of the incredible creative team talent – a group of writers, illustrators, designers and researchers– to ensure our goal of equipping girls and women with the tools they need to live healthy lives is effectively delivered and reaching our target audience. 

S/he should be an experienced project manager, a great listener, have a strong visual and editorial eye, have an intimate knowledge of industry trends and a passion for girls and women. Join us!

Culture: We’re a small group of bold, smart, dedicated individuals from diverse backgrounds who are passionate about changing the landscape for girls and women. 

We’re a tight knit team of big thinkers and dreamers who are constantly pushing ahead, innovating, and moving fast to have the greatest impact. Join our team and be a part of building a groundbreaking and exciting movement.

ZanaAfrica values girls and womens’ right to choice in their reproductive health management, including access to family planning and abortion services.

Any hired candidate will be expected to represent such values internally and to external partners.

Responsibilities

Develop and implement the brands and creative elements that bring the Nia Movement to life
  • Create strategic plans, guidelines and value propositions for ZanaAfrica Group, Nia Movement and related brands with the Branding & Marketing Officer and other team members.
  • Build ZanaAfrica’s existing and future product brands and oversee initiatives including package design, marketing campaigns, events, health education platforms (digital and analogue) as well as multimedia digital channels.
  • Develop and present concepts for products, campaigns and other related initiatives
  • Test, edit and iterate all products through consumer insights and other monitoring and evaluation activities with the Chief Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
  • Establish timelines and work plans for the phased development of products, campaigns and initiatives
  • Coordinate and manage the creative and product teams to ensure delivery of high-quality work in line with brand guidelines
  • Work closely with the creative team to identify, determine and engage best practice and partners in order to drive and deliver Nia branded products within the set guidelines and timelines
  • Build partnerships across sectors to engage in creative mechanisms to share the Nia Movement as widely as possible
  • Track trends and insights locally and globally
Ensure connectivity to our customers and movement-makers through social media
  • Lead the development of a digital media plan with the Connectivity Specialist for all social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter); oversee execution of social media plan
  • Work with Graphic Designer to ensure all visual assets are in compliance with Nia Brand Guidelines
Manage visual storytelling activities and ensure they are in accordance with brand and movement principles
  • Work closely with the Production Director ensure each issue of Nia Teen Magazine—our health and lifestyle magazine for young adolescent girls—is harmonized for content and visual aspects
  • Coordinate with Production Director to ensure completion of deliverables for Supervising Illustrator and Graphic Designer to create artwork and graphic elements for the Nia Teen Magazine
  • Oversee and ensure the delivery of high standard/quality Nia products by 3rd party suppliers (production and print houses).
  • Direct Graphic Designer in building layout, infographics and any other visual elements
  • Oversee Supervising Illustrator to ensure completion and clarity of the comic
  • Provide art direction with Supervising Illustrator and Production Director to any photo shoots to generate needed photo assets
Qualifications + Requirements
  • BA in Communications, Marketing, Design, Advertising or related field
  • 6+ years of experience in creative industry and/or consumer products, experience working with an FMCG a plus
  • 2-3 years of leadership in creative project management from conceptualization to execution; previous experience in publishing is a significant plus
  • Strong creative conceptual skills with experience to implement robust brand building strategies across analogue and digital platforms
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both English and Kiswahili, including the ability to articulate creative concepts to team and stakeholders
  • Expert Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite; Strong foundation in design and visual sensibility
  • Strong planning and organizational skills; ability to prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Well-versed in women and girls’ issues, reproductive health and human rights
  • Comfort across range of channels: digital, photography, video, paper based content, etc.; Intimate understanding of design, copy and web best practices
  • A strong understanding of brand development and multi-platform engagement concepts; highly engaged in social and cultural trends in East Africa and Globally
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; Comfort and professionalism in interacting across different sectors to engage in creative partnerships
  • Unapologetic belief and passion for girls and women’s rights
  • Fluent Kiswahili highly preferred
Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience. Actual salary will be dependent on qualification and anticipated contribution to the company. 

ZanaAfrica Group is an equal opportunity employer. It is our strong belief that equal opportunity for all employees is central to the continuing success of our organization.


Production Manager

About ZanaAfrica:ZanaAfrica is a social enterprise headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya that provides dignity and inspiration for women and girls to live their purpose through sanitary pads and related products.

We envision a future where girls in East Africa live healthy, safe, informed lives while defining their own purpose - a world in which menstrual health management is recognized as a human right, and the onset of puberty as the most effective time to engage girls in a range of personal health decisions.

Our business arm maintains a portfolio of high quality sanitary pad products and brands designed for and by East Africa women. 

Our non-profit arm innovates scalable, engaging health education solutions that, together with our pads, deliver comprehensive menstrual and reproductive health support. 

Together, we leverage the best of the private and non-profit sectors to equip women and girls with the support they need to define their purpose and live the life they choose.

About the Role: 
ZanaAfrica Group is building a powerful movement for girls and women in Kenya by delivering awesome feminine hygiene products coupled with the critical, relevant, and engaging information girls and women need and seek to make informed decisions. 

We’re looking for an experienced, thoughtful, and dynamic Production Director who will oversee the development of trans-media health education platforms, with a focus on producing the first teen magazine in Kenya targeting girls between the ages of 10-14. 

Nia Teen Magazine and its corresponding SMS Platform will deliver accurate, referable, and responsive health information that girls seek and need through engaging content that celebrates real girls’ stories and highlights girl-created content. 

The magazine and SMS platform are designed for knowledge retention, behavior change and to encourage social capital for girls in our target audience. 

Both will be tested as part of a ground breaking randomized control trial starting in 2017 to understand the role of sanitary pad provision and health education in girls’ educational attainment and well-being.

The Production Director will be a key player on the magazine team, ensuring that project deliverables are being met and working closely with a highly talented Creative Team who develop and generate high quality content. 

This is a highly cross-functional role for someone who is analytical, energetic, creative and unafraid to roll up his/her sleeves, with a demonstrated passion for girls’ and women’s rights and well-being.

Responsibilities
 
Production Cycle Management for Nia Teen Magazine
  • Lead and oversee Nia Teen Magazine production cycles to ensure deadlines are met for termly distribution of the magazine in line with grant funding deliverables
  • Ensure, alongside the Creative Director, all deliverables are met for completion of the magazine, including content mapping and creation, illustration and aspect creation, copy-editing, design and visual layout
  • Coordinate content plan with the Editor while getting buy-in and approvals from relevant team members
  • Manage and coordinate the review and sign off process across the Brand and Content components
  • Lead procurement along with Creative Director and Chief Finance Officer of high-quality and Value for money printing partners
  • Forecast hiring needs and onboard and support new positions for team when needed
  • Oversee SMS Product Development
  • Oversee and strategize the SMS platform development with the Connectivity
  • Manager and Girl-Content Team to ensure the development of a girl-facing SMS platform that works harmoniously and responsively to magazine content
  • Co-manage Connectivity Manager in his/her day-to-day development of the SMS platform
Build Partnerships for scalable and sustainable distribution
  • Ideate, model, and test distribution strategies for magazine and SMS platform with the Chief Marketing + Branding Officer; contribute to establishing visibility of Nia Brand throughout Kenya
  • Develop and maintain relationships with distribution partners
  • Optimize physical attributes of magazine and included features (size, folding, perforation, etc.) for scale
Qualifications + Requirements
  • Bachelors in Communications, Marketing, Journalism, Writing, or related  field, or relevant work experience
  • 6-7 years of experience in creative industry and/or media-based education; experience in print production/publishing is highly preferred
  • 3-4 years of project management and/or production traffic management experience; previous experience working with creative teams is a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both English and Kiswahili, including the ability to articulate creative concepts to team
  • Strong planning and organizational skills; ability to prioritize multiple tasks  simultaneously
  • Previous experience in partnership development is a plus
  • Well-versed in women and girls’ issues, reproductive health and human  rights
  • Versatility and a team-player attitude is a must; we are a small, collaborative, fastly evolving team
  • Strong foundation in design; well versed visual sensibility
  • Unapologetic belief and passion for girls and women’s rights and potential
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite is highly preferred
  • Fluent Kiswahili is a must
  • Ability to conceptualize creative direction and curate creative output is an added plus
Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience. Actual salary will be dependent on qualification and anticipated contribution to the company. 

ZanaAfrica Group is an equal opportunity employer. It is our strong belief that equal opportunity for all employees is central to the continuing success of our organization.

Culture: 
We’re a small group of bold, smart, dedicated individuals from diverse backgrounds who are passionate about changing the landscape for girls and women. 

We’re a tight knit team of big thinkers and dreamers who are constantly pushing ahead, innovating, and moving fast to have the greatest impact. Join our team and be a part of building a groundbreaking and exciting movement.

ZanaAfrica values girls and women’s’ right to choice in their reproductive health management, including access to family planning and abortion services. Any hired candidate will be expected to represent such values internally and to external partners.


Connectivity Specialist

About the Role:
ZanaAfrica Group is building a powerful movement for girls and women by delivering awesome feminine hygiene products coupled with the information they need to make healthy and informed decisions. 

We’re looking for an amazing and dynamic Connectivity Specialist who will lead ZanaAfrica’s efforts to connect to girls and women through technology-based platforms. 


The primary focus of this role will be to develop of our girl-facing SMS platform to deliver answers to girls’ questions about their bodies, choices and selves. 

This SMS platform will be tested as part of a large scale randomized control trial study beginning in 2017. Over time, the Connectivity Specialist will additionally lead the social media strategy for the company and it’s products.

We’re looking for someone who’s passionate about the power of connectivity across all channels. 

S/he must feel comfortable developing products and communication strategies across technological platforms and understands how best to leverage them to unlock the most impact. 

Our new Connectivity Specialist should feel comfortable managing big projects while getting down into the details. 

S/he should be both highly analytic and creative, a great communicator and a fantastic team player.

S/he will play a key role in the Creative team and work closely with a team of extremely talented people who develop and generate high quality content for girls and women.

Culture: We’re a small group of bold, smart, dedicated individuals from diverse backgrounds who are passionate about changing the landscape for girls and women.

We’re a tight knit team of big thinkers and dreamers who are constantly pushing ahead, innovating, and moving fast to have the greatest impact. Join our team and be a part of building a groundbreaking and exciting movement.

ZanaAfrica values girls and women’s’ right to choice in their reproductive health management, including access to family planning and abortion services. Any hired candidate will be expected to represent such values internally and to external partners.

Responsibilities


Develop the first SMS platform in Kenya (to our knowledge) that delivers critical reproductive health and life skills information to young adolescent girls (10-14)
  • Collaborate with local SMS platform provider to build an SMS-based interface that is easy to use and engaging for young adolescent girls in Kilifi, Kenya
  • Work closely with Girl-Content and Monitoring & Evaluation Teams to design a content strategy that reflects girls’ needs and wants and results in rapid product uptake
  • Conduct user testing to ensure all products developed are rapidly iterated and optimized for girls’ use and enjoyment
  • Optimize product to minimize project costs per use of the platform and monitor overall budget for the project with the Creative Producer
  • Coordinate with the Creative Director and Production Director to ensure timelines and deliverables are being met
  • Ensure all products developed are designed to international child protection standards and take into account girls’ unique situations
  • Liaise with consultants and advisors to establish and maintain highest quality and accuracy of content
Social Media Strategy
  • Work with Chief Branding and Marketing Officer and Creative Director to develop a social media strategy (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Medium) for the Nia Movement, adhering to brand guidelines
  • Establish and execute a social media content plan
  • Conduct brainstorms with cross-functional team to surface and gather new, innovative ways to create social content and programs
  • Coordinate with Chief Branding and Marketing Officer to conceptualize, design and implement campaigns
  • Work collaboratively with Graphic Designer/Creative Team to disseminate creative assets
  • Define metrics and use analytics to measure success of social media strategy and targeted campaigns
  • Conduct web asset audits to map a brand’s global web presence and assess the effectiveness of each digital asset
  • Create strategy and content for web presence and outreach.
  • Identify new communities and technologies for marketing efforts.
  • Develop ad
  • Working with the Creative Director to evolve, build/create, design and activate ZanaAfrica Group and Nia brand websites
  • Provide SEO analysis and recommendations in coordination with elements and structure of websites and web pages
  • Provide recommendations and execute/manage strategies for content development in coordination with SEO goals – general and keyword specific
Qualifications + Requirements
  • Bachelors in Communications, Marketing, Computer Engineering, Industrial Design, User Interface Design, or related field
  • 3-4 years of relevant experience in mobile technology, mHealth, SMS development Digital Media, Social Media,
  • 2-3 years of project management experience, working with creative a plus
  • Strong understanding of user experience design
  • Experience with A/B testing and running focus groups in Kenya
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both English and Kiswahili, including the ability to articulate complex and creative concepts to team and external partners
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Fluency in Microsoft Excel
  • Advanced knowledge of social media best practices and platforms; strong understanding of social media trends
  • Knowledge and ability to keep pace with SEO, search engine, social media and internet marketing industry trends and development
  • Strong planning and organizational skills; ability to prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Well-versed in women and girls’ issues, reproductive health and human rights
  • Unapologetic belief and passion for girls and women’s rights and potential
  • Fluent Kiswahili is a must; Keen understanding of Sheng (preferred)
Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience. Actual salary will be dependent on qualification and anticipated contribution to the company. ZanaAfrica Group is an equal opportunity employer. It is our strong belief that equal opportunity for all employees is central to the continuing success of our organization. 

How to Apply:

To apply, please include the position title and your name in the subject line of the email and send your CV, Cover Letter and a writing sample in PDF format to careers@zanaafrica.com along with a link to your LinkedIn profile.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS AND APPLICATIONS NOT IN PDF FORMAT WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, on a rolling basis.

Closing date: 31 Oct 2016

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