Associate Director

Portland Nairobi

  • Portland Nairobi was established in 2009 to coordinate Portland’s work in Africa
  • Our clients in Africa include some of the world’s biggest foundations and high profile philanthropists; multinational investors with operations across the continent; national governments; and multilateral organisations
  • We have pioneered ground-breaking research on Africa’s evolving communications landscape, including howafricatweets.com
  • Through the Portland Africa Network, Portland Nairobi is connected to a network of strategic communications specialists across the continent


The role

As the Associate Director you will be an expert in your field with a recognized reputation in the market.  Act as a senior advisor you will lead on providing high level counsel to Portland’s growing portfolio of clients in Africa; driving the growth of the Nairobi office; liaising between Portland Nairobi and the Portland global network

  • The role is based in our Nairobi office with the opportunity for regular travel around Africa and internationally

Key responsibilities

  • Overseeing the integration of Portland Nairobi within the Portland global network
  • Providing senior counsel to clients
  • Conducting focus group with key stakeholders for various clients
  • Designing and strong oversight of high impact, strategic communications campaigns in Kenya and across Africa
  • Networking and thought leadership to raise the profile of Portland Nairobi
  • Developing strategies for business development, including seeking new business leads, securing new business meetings, and writing proposals and pitches
  • Building relationships for Portland Nairobi with key regional and international media
  • Building relationships for Portland Nairobi with policymakers and other stakeholders based in Nairobi
  • Managing staff, including quarterly appraisals and line-management issues, and the identification of new members of the team
  • Conducting perception audits with key stakeholders for various clients
  • Maintaining strong contacts with local, regional and international media
  • Representing Portland at Omnicom Partners meetings and East African Association meetings
  • Continually building Portland contacts across all sectors that are relevant and key to Portland clients

Due to the high volume of applications we receive it is unfortunately not possible to respond directly to all applicants, only to those whose candidacy is being pursued. In addition, the length of the recruitment process varies based on the vacancy needs. Traditionally, the process takes approximately 2-4 weeks. Therefore, your patience is greatly appreciated.

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