AkilahNet – an exclusive talent community of top candidates with access to the best jobs and opportunities in East Africa. Our mission is to connect employers to vetted professionals, simplifying the hiring process in the region and making it easier for talented people to build great careers. AkilahNet...

AkilahNet – an exclusive talent community of top candidates with access to the best jobs and opportunities in East Africa.  Our mission is to connect employers to vetted professionals, simplifying the hiring process in the region and making it easier for talented people to build great careers.


AkilahNet was built by the team behind the Akilah Institute, a women’s college in Rwanda. A portion of our profits is donatedto support scholarships for young women at the Akilah Institute. AkilahNet directly contributes to economic development by helping companies hire qualified professionals and empowering job seekers to find meaningful careers; to achieve this, we are looking for candidate of the very highest calibre to fill the below position.

Communications Associate

Job level Entry
Work exp 1 Year To 2 Years
Location Hong Kong
Employment type
Industry Others
Job function Design > Graphic Design
Marketing / Public Relations > Others
Media / Advertising > Media / Advertising Sales
Published On 21/09/2016



  • Develop and execute AkilahNet and the Akilah Institute’s brand strategy for audiences in North America, Asia, and East Africa
  • Develop and produce the communications strategy and materials for fundraising initiatives worldwide
  • Generate online content that engages global audience segments and leads to measurable action


  • Develop graphics, web, and printed collateral to be on message with broader strategic goals
  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including newsletters, brochures, annual report, and website
  • Work with the North America based Development team by creating fundraising materials and collateral
  • Work with the East Africa based Admissions team by creating marketing materials for prospectivestudents

Website & Digital Products

  • Manage the website and blog, ensuring that new and consistent information is posted regularly
  • Determine web development priorities, detail project scope, and project manage web deliverables
  • Manage email marketing, determine email calendar, create layouts, and write email copy
  • Track, measure, and report on audience engagement with website, email, and social media

Press and Media

  • Maintain a proactive posture about current news and events in Akilah issue areas and conduct regular media monitoring to identify potential media targets and generate story ideas and/or news to share with supporters
  • Write op-ed pieces and help develop guest blog posts for executive staff to further elevate Akilah’s global voice
  • Draft and manage press releases and public relations materials
  • Manage the media relations process during strategic pitch efforts, including identifying target media outlets and reporters, and writing pitch



  • 1-2 years of fundraising and/or event planning experience; communications and/or social media experience a plus
  • Database management experience, SalesForce/Common Ground experience a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to use Word Press and Squarespace to maintain websites; HTML code experience not required but preferred
  • Educational background in African Studies and/or Foreign Service preferred
  • Fluent verbal and written English and French
  • Strong language abilities in an Asian language (Japanese preferred)
  • Experience in developing communications materials for North American, East African and Asian audiences
  • Experience working remotely with team members based around the world
  • Strong attention to details
  • Ability to multi-task, manage several project simultaneously, prioritize, and meet tight deadlines
  • Must be able to work well both independently with little supervision as well as with others
  • Phenomenal relationship building skills, ability to personally connect with and engage with diverse groups of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of computer software like Microsoft Suite and Photoshop as well as Google platforms like Google Docs and Google Calendar
  • A team player who would thrive in a start up environment
  • Demonstrated interest in international development, women’s empowerment, and education


Remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Interested parties please email resume to .pristine@akilah.net


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