Portland: Consultant in Nairobi – INTERNATIONAL · NAIROBI · HYBRID REMOTE

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Nairobi


Portland: Consultant in Nairobi

Position Level: Senior Account Manager

Are you ready to make a significant impact on the world’s most pressing issues? Portland, a renowned strategic communications consultancy with a global presence, is seeking a dedicated Consultant for our Nairobi office. Join us in working with prestigious clients across Africa and contributing to integrated communication campaigns that shape global narratives.

About Portland: Portland stands as a trusted partner to top-tier organizations, brands, governments, and influencers worldwide. With offices in key global hubs like London, Paris, Brussels, Washington DC, Singapore, Doha, Berlin, and, of course, Nairobi, we are at the forefront of integrated communication campaigns, enhancing client reputations and expanding media reach across diverse platforms.

Our Expertise Team brings together top talent from media, politics, and digital campaigning to collaborate with global markets, major foundations, NGOs, philanthropists, and purpose-driven businesses. We specialize in delivering pan-African and global campaigns on complex issues, from health and education to climate and governance.

The Role: As a Consultant, you will be at the heart of our Nairobi operations, closely collaborating with our London office. Your responsibilities will include:

Account Management:

  • Oversee daily activities of account teams, reporting to Senior Consultants, Partners, and Directors.
  • Foster professional relationships with colleagues and clients.
  • Drive tactical implementation of client activity.
  • Conduct research and craft insightful reports for clients.
  • Provide guidance on policy and media matters.
  • Monitor media for client-relevant issues and recommend proactive actions.
  • Prepare comprehensive research briefs and media analysis reports.
  • Generate activity reports for clients.
  • Contribute to integrated communications plans.
  • Assist in developing messaging, crafting press releases, opinion articles, website content, and more.
  • Contribute to defining our strategic approach for clients.
  • Coordinate and execute media and social media engagement.
  • Conduct digital research, social media analysis, content planning, online influencer mapping, and provide creative input.


  • Develop compelling media angles aligned with current discourse.
  • Engage with media outlets based on client projects.
  • Cultivate and nurture relationships with journalists.

New Business:

  • Play a pivotal role in business development, supporting senior team members in driving practice growth.

Team Management:

  • Support unit management and development, including line management responsibilities.

Person Specification: To excel in this role, you must possess:

  • A strong background in communications.
  • Commercial acumen and the drive to develop a talented team.
  • Industry experience, ideally in leading communications consultancies, in-house roles, or media.
  • Proven expertise in managing and executing insight-led communication campaigns.
  • Experience in account management and team leadership with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong business development skills, including proposal writing.
  • Exceptional problem-solving abilities with a distinct industry perspective.
  • A diverse skill set encompassing media, digital, and political/policy capabilities.
  • The ability to manage teams and clients, fostering a high-performance culture.
  • Knowledge of national, regional, and pan-African media, particularly with health and development reporters.

Qualifications and Skills: You should also possess:

  • A profound interest in media and international affairs.
  • Experience in global development, United Nations engagement, public affairs, politics, or campaigning (an advantage).
  • Proficiency in journalism, blogging, and social media (an advantage).
  • Knowledge of other UN languages, such as French (welcome but not necessary).

What We Offer: At Portland, we are committed to employee development and offer:

  • Learning opportunities from industry leaders.
  • Competitive pension contributions.
  • Private healthcare and life assurance coverage.
  • Company contributions to gym membership.
  • Wellbeing workshops and activities.
  • Company events.
  • Weekly lunch contributions and more.

We embrace flexible working arrangements and encourage our colleagues to do the same, including flexible hours, remote work, compressed hours, and job sharing.

Additionally, all permanent staff members are eligible for our annual profit share, ensuring that everyone benefits when Portland succeeds.

Expert Tips To Be A Successful Applicant:

  1. Highlight Relevant Experience: Showcase your experience in communications, account management, and campaign execution, emphasizing your ability to manage complex issues.
  2. Demonstrate Business Acumen: Describe instances where you’ve contributed to business development and proposal writing.
  3. Showcase Leadership: Provide examples of how you’ve managed teams and cultivated a high-performance culture.
  4. Media and Industry Knowledge: Illustrate your familiarity with media, international affairs, and relevant industry insights.
  5. Multifaceted Skills: Highlight your diverse skill set, including digital, political, and policy capabilities.
  6. Global Perspective: If applicable, mention any experience with global development, UN engagement, or international campaigns.






Join Portland in making a difference on a global scale. Apply now to be part of our dynamic team in Nairobi.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications, we will only respond to candidates under consideration. The recruitment process typically takes 3-4 weeks, and we appreciate your patience.

To apply for this job please visit portland.teamtailor.com.

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