Communications & Partnerships Director


Africa, Dar es Salaam, London, Nairobi, Tanzania
Posted 2 weeks ago

About Gatsby

Gatsby funds and implements programmes that look to catalyse and influence large-scale and lasting change in priority sectors, such as cotton in Tanzania. We also build and support local organisations dedicated to sector transformation.  We aim to capture the learning from these initiatives, think hard about what works and why, and share the lessons with others engaged in similar work – including governments and donors.

The Role

Gatsby Africa is recruiting a Communications & Partnerships Director to bring ideas and innovations to transform our internal and external communications, while building partnerships with others who can complement our expertise, resources and relationships.

The Director will develop a wide-ranging vision for communications across Gatsby to enable us to meet our strategic and organisational development goals.  They will also work with key staff to strategically engage with other philanthropists, bilateral donors and multilateral agencies aligned to our thinking, developing and maintaining high-level relationships with existing and potential partners.

The Director will report to the Executive Director and play a crucial role as part of our Senior Management Team, helping to inspire and motivate our teams, shape our culture and bring people together to deliver common goals and achieve our ambitious mission.

Person Specification


  • Substantial experience of developing and implementing internal and external communications strategies within international organisations operating across multiple geographies.
  • Experience of working in cross-cultural teams and demonstrating sensitivity to cultural differences.
  • Substantial leadership and management experience as part of a senior team, with experience of advising and engaging staff across a whole organisation.
  • Experience of advising senior leadership on effective approaches to communications.
  • Understanding of change management and experience of delivering and communicating change.
  • Proven experience of successfully influencing stakeholders’ attitudes and behaviour through proactive communications – rather than simply raising the profile of an organisation.
  • Experience of quickly building credible relationships and engaging at very senior levels of business and government.
  • Experience of harnessing the expertise and knowledge of colleagues to inform external communications.
  • Experience of building the communication skills of colleagues.
  • Experience of successfully managing, mentoring and professionally developing colleagues.


  • Experience working at senior levels in low/middle income countries in Africa – preferably Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda or Uganda.
  • Experience across the public, private and NGO sectors.
  • Exposure to market systems approaches, ideally sector development programmes.

Skills & Personal Attributes


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English essential; fluency in Kiswahili is an advantage.
  • Able to process complex information and communicate it in a clear and compelling way.
  • Instinctively understands the needs of different audiences and easily adapts to meet them.
  • Superb interpersonal skills, including the ability to generate respect and trust from colleagues and external stakeholders.
  • Well-honed leadership and management skills, demonstrating maturity and presence and building strong working relationships and rapport with colleagues.
  • Strong strategic, planning and organisation skills, with a proven ability to prioritise own work and that of others while meeting deadlines under pressure.
  • Excellent judgement, with the ability to think through different courses of action and make pragmatic , practical decisions.
  • Strong facilitation skills; works with others in a collaborative and solutions-focused manner to achieve win-win outcomes.

Personal Attributes

  • A confident and charismatic communicator who is able to inspire, energise and reassure others.
  • A good listener who is instinctively empathetic and sensitive to the needs of others, showing a particular appreciation of what it takes to deliver across different cultures.
  • A genuine team player who takes pride in helping others to build their skills and improve their performance.
  • A creative and curious explorer who is excited by new ideas and always looking for inspiration about ways to improve.
  • A critical thinker who is prepared to challenge both the organisation and colleagues in a constructive manner, while remaining open to examining their own thinking.
  • Empathises with GA’s mission and values and brings both a commitment to African development and an understanding of the development landscape.
  • Able to travel nationally, regionally and internationally (up to 25% of time).

Job Features

Job CategoryNot For Profit
LocationNairobi, Dar es Salaam or London
SalaryCompetitive salary based on skills and experience, with generous benefits.
Closing Date13 December 2018

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Job Features

Job CategoryNot For Profit
LocationNairobi, Dar es Salaam or London
SalaryCompetitive salary based on skills and experience, with generous benefits.
Closing Date13 December 2018

Apply Online

Karen Twining

Associate Director - Africa