Communications Manager (Part Time)

July 26, 2023
Application deadline closed.

Job Description

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British Council

Date: 24 Jul 2023

Location: Lilongwe, Sub Saharan Africa, MW

Company: British Council

We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide.

We work directly with individuals to help them gain the skills, confidence and connections to transform their lives and shape a better world in partnership with the UK. We support them to build networks and explore creative ideas, to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications.

Working with people in over 200 countries and territories, we are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2021–22 we reached 650 million people.

Role Purpose


To lead on setting up and roll out of a communications strategy and activities of the Zantchito-Technical Assistance(TA) project implemented by the British Council Malawi. The purpose requires a dynamic individual with experience and competence leading on communications strategy, advisory, and implementation for the successful delivery of a £multimillion, multi-year donor-funded project.


Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:


Strategy, planning, and delivery


  • Develop an overarching project communications strategy and annual plans taking into account audiences, key messages, appropriate channels and brand.
  • In liaison with the MEL manager identify results and evidence data to translate into impact stories and narratives.
  • Deliver high-quality communications activities across the project and
  • Provide guidance, tools, and capacity support along with relevant training for the team and knowledge Management.
  • Support project team to identify communications risks and support with appropriate risk management protocols.
  • Media, Events, and stakeholder communications


    • Cultivate effective relationships with a range of media including online
    • Proactively seek media coverage and other forms of strategic visibility for Zantchito – TA- project results, achievements, and successes, including on social media.
    • Manage evaluation and analysis of media and stakeholder engagement to improve engagement with target audiences.
    • Coordinate all events including launch events, media tours, press conferences, and high-level visits.
    • Produce content related to the project for the Zantchito website and British Council intranet and bulletins.
    • Contribute content for printed materials to a variety of internal and external audiences.
    • Create internal customer-friendly systems for ensuring easy access to all communication materials, tools, and information.


    Communication Assets


    • Create communication content for key events and activities and support the project team to do the same.
    • Develop/support the development of communication collateral such as websites, human interest stories, info graphs, etc
    • Coordinate the production of promotional materials, ensuring appropriate brand, identity, and key messages are reflected.
  • All duties and responsibilities will be conducted in line with our Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion policy, and corporate policies.

    The Communications manager role is part-time (75 days a year) and reports to the Zantchito Senior Project manager.


    Role-specific knowledge and experience:

    Essential requirements:


    • Any relevant professional certification e.g CIM, CIPR
    • A degree in marketing, communications, or relevant discipline
    • A firm grasp of integrated communications planning, bringing to bear diverse perspectives across a range of formats/platforms
    • Track record of success in the design and delivery of Communication strategies and plans for priority projects
    • Experience in preparing and translating data for communications, delivering meaningful reports and presentations
    • At least five years’ experience in a similar role



    • Experience working in an international organization
    • Experience in the Education, social or Human development sectors


    Role Specific Skills


    • Exceptional communications skills- both written and verbal
    • Managing diverse stakeholders and audiences
    • Ability to work productively on own initiative and as part of others- internally and externally
    • Strong organizational skills and ability to deliver high-quality work to strict deadlines
    • Demonstrable ability to build comms capacity within the project team


    Further Information


    • Pay Band –  This role is a part-time role (75 days a year)
    • Contract Type – 2 years (With the possibility of renewal)
    • Location – Lilongwe, Malawi
    • Additional information
    • Language requirements: Strong written and oral English communication skills.
    • Role holder must have existing rights to live and work in the country the role is based.
    • Closing Date – 7 August 2023. Applications will close at 23:59 East Africa Time
  • A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.

    Equality , Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement

    The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do. We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment.  We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability.  All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status. We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.

    The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.

    We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.

    Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.

    If you have any problems with your application please email

    Please note: Applications to this role can only be considered when made through the Apply section of our careers website. Our ‘ASK HR’ email is only to be used in case of a technical issue encountered when applying through the careers website. Emails with supporting statements and CV/Resumes sent to this email address will not be reviewed and will be deleted.


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