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Job offer: Communications and Partnership Manager

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Communications and Partnerships Manager at the French Institute of South Africa
(Starting : April 2021)

The French Embassy aims to implement a new communication strategy, including the development of
a unique website to promote all the activities of the Cultural and Cooperation section of the French
Embassy in South Africa (SCAC), as well as the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS). This website
will promote the wide range of cooperation fields of the French Embassy such as Culture, Cinema, Civil
society, Education, French language, Higher Education, Research, Science, Innovation… in our network
in South Africa, Lesotho and Malawi.

With this in mind, the French Institute of South Africa is seeking to appoint a Communications and
Partnerships Manager. The position is based in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Working with his/her manager, the IFAS Director/ Head of Cooperation at the French Embassy, the
successful applicant will design, pilot and implement the communication plan.

As the driving force behind the implementation of the strategy and in the communication of our operational
projects, the candidate will need extensive experience in mobilising and empowering a team (one
graphic designer/webmaster and one communication officer), being both a manager and a coach.

The successful applicant will contribute to developing our audience through targeted media in order to
promote our different projects and ensure public awareness around them.

We are looking for a brilliant communicator with a track record of creating mutually-beneficial partnerships,
as the Communication and Partnerships Manager will be in charge of engaging with fundraising
partners in conjunction with colleagues working in the different cooperation fields, and the IFAS Director/
Head of Cooperation at the French Embassy.

Experience preferred in one of the following areas: non-profit sector, culture, NGO.

A strong interest in French culture is also required for this position

Key responsibilities

Communication, Press & Events

  • Delivering and executing the SCAC-IFAS communication strategy;
  • Coordinating SCAC-IFAS communication strategy with the French Embassy, partners and sponsors and in general with the French network;
  • Organising, coordinating and attending press launches, premieres and events;
  • Developing contacts with South African media, journalists and industry stakeholders, doing regular networking and hosting media events to this end;
  • Managing and distributing press releases and op-eds;
  • Managing media inquiries;
  • Managing SCAC-IFAS media list.

Social Media & Online Platforms

  • Implement and managing SCAC-IFAS Social Media strategy;
  • Managing SCAC-IFAS website, newsletter and social media accounts;
  • Monitoring SCAC-IFAS performances on internet (website, newsletters, social media accounts) and analysing the statistics.


  • Managing SCAC-IFAS partnership and sponsorship strategy;
  • Coordinating fundraising action plans between the sponsors and between the projects;
  • Developing relationships to identify and engage with new partners.

Project Management & Reporting

  • Writing and managing the agreements with the partners, sponsors and technical suppliers;
  • Managing external suppliers including writing and preparing briefs for them;
  • Managing the communication budget;
  • Coordinating projects with photographers, cameramen and agencies;
  • Coordinating communication plans with project managers;
  • Reporting to IFAS Director/Head of Cooperation at the French Embassy and Embassy’s Press and Communication Counsellor.


Required skills

Hard skills

  • Higher education degree preferably in journalism/communication, cooperation / art & culture or related field,
  • Background in journalism and/or institutional communication or similar career path,
  • In-depth understanding and awareness of South African non-profit sector / art & culture industry and knowledge of the South African media,
  • Excellent communication and writing skills (copy editing),
  • Creative thinking,
  • Ability to manage a team,
  • Ability to draft clearly and succinctly in English and a good command of French,
  • Must be fully computer literate (MS Office Suite),
  • Website and social media management skills – including experience with content management systems and email systems, SEO and Google analytics would be appreciated

Soft skills

  • Adaptability to a different social and cultural context,
  • Sense of teamwork and leadership,
  • Ability to work independently,
  • High work capacity and availability,
  • Good writing and representation skills.

Open to:

  • Citizens or permanent residents in South Africa or applicants who are legally in a position to work in South Africa. A valid work permit is essential.


  • Fixed-term renewable 12 months contract with a 1-month trial period; possibility of permanent contract after 2 years of fixed-term contracts;
  • 40 hours a week;
  • Gross salary: R 39 721 per month + Benefits: 13th cheque + medical aid and pension fund

To apply, please send CV with covering letter, to Violaine Pattee-Suquet: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
by March 8, 2021
Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

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