Communications Manager

Communications Manager

Communications Manager

  • Location

    South Africa

  • Industry

  • Date Posted

    4 weeks ago

  • Apply Before

    01 Jul, 2024

Communications Manager 

Salary: R 423 720 per annum 

Deadline to apply: 1 July 2024 

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation is looking to employ a communications manager. 

Your Role:  

We are seeking a Communications Manager who will help us develop and execute a robust communications strategy for the AKF. 

Over the past 15 years the AKF has grown into a reputable civil society organisation in South Africa. It has managed to build a solid media identity and a range of products. 

You will help us increase our impact in 2024 and beyond, focusing particularly on developing and executing a comprehensive communications strategy, expanding our reach, maintaining, and building new relationships with journalists and press outlets.  

Your Responsibilities:  

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive organizational communications plan, encompassing key areas of social media and earned media outreach, to support the organization’s broader strategic objectives.
  • Design and implement short-term communications plans for AKF’s campaigns and initiatives as they arise. 
  • Oversee other staff, including a media liaison / social media officer and Communications Interns, who will support with social media management and implementation of communications plans.
  • Coordinate with AKF partners to strategize and implement a plan to expand the reach of our existing content,
  • Develop, maintain and update AKF internal style guide.
  • Maintain and update AKF’s press contacts list, building relationships with journalists.
  • Pitch reported stories about AKF’s issues, priorities, and initiatives to television, radio, digital, print, and other media outlets.
  • Draft, ghost-write, edit, and pitch opinion and analysis pieces by AKF’s staff and Board members.
  • Respond to media inquiries and prepare AKF staff and board members for speaking engagements, interviews, and media appearances.
  • Maintain and update AKF communications platforms.
  • Support fundraising and grant writing as needed.

Skills and Requirements:  

You are creative, professional, self-motivated, personable, innovative, open to critique, and a team player, with the ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders. A thriving passion for social justice and our mission are vital. Keeping abreast of local, national, and international news that are relevant to the work of the AKF is a critical requirement for this post. 


  • 1-2 years’ experience working or volunteering for a political or issue-based campaign and leading strategic advocacy efforts. 
  • 2-4 years of media, marketing, or communications experience—ideally within the progressive advocacy/civil society sector.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Strong graphic design skills using Canva or other similar tools.
  • Video editing experience
  • Working knowledge of Google Docs, Dropbox suite, Mailchimp, and Squarespace. 
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail. 
  • Strong understanding of South African policy issues, history, and current events
  • Bachelor’s degree.

Bonus, but not required: 

  • Master’s or advanced degree focusing on communications.
  • Working proficiency in one or more South African languages

Work/Office/Travel Requirements: 

This is a full-time post with a five-day workweek running from Monday- Fridays. There will often be meetings and engagements in evenings and/or weekends.  

How to Apply: 

Please send the following materials to 

  The subject line of your email should be “[Name] - Communications Manager Application.” 

  1. Cover letter (one page, single-spaced, no more than 500 words, PDF format) explaining how well-qualified you are for the position.
  2. Resume
  3. Academic, journalistic, or policy writing samples (3 pages maximum)
  4. Email and phone numbers of three references; at least two should be professional references and must include one from your current/last place of employment.