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Director, Communications & Investor Relations

Honoris United Universities is the first and largest pan-African private higher education network committed to educating the next generation of African leaders and professionals.

The Role

Honoris delivers Education for Impact, regionally and is backed by highly successful global emerging markets impact investment firm, Actis, Gathering a community of 57,000 students on 70 campuses, learning centres and via on-line channels in 10 countries and 32 cities, students have an opportunity to experience exclusive partnerships and exchange programs in more than 85 universities across Europe and the United States. Over 300 degrees are offered in Medicine, Health Sciences, Engineering, IT, Business, Law, Architecture, Creative Arts and Design, Media, Political Science and Education.

The Role
The Director, Communications & Investor Relations’ primary responsibility is for the definition and implementation of Honoris’ public relations, communications and investor relations (IR) plan. This will support the network’s strategy and position it as the African benchmark for high quality, accessible private education. The Director, Communications & IR will run the Press Office and will support the Executive in their role as spokespeople for the group. They will also establish appropriate channels for communication with a broad range of stakeholders from investors, regulators, education authorities, strategic partners, local Honoris institutions as well as employers and of course, students, who are at the heart of all that Honoris does.

The Director of Communications & IR will also play a leading role in communicating Honoris’ values and value to those organisations championing the impact of education on the Continent as well as providing direction and support to the Communications teams of individual Honoris universities.

Secondly, the Director, Communications & IR will support the CFO to develop a proactive investor relations programme that will help maximise the company’s short and long term shareholder value. They will develop relationships with analysts, investors and the media, ensuring a compelling and consistent message that builds positive sentiment and helps drives profile, reputation and value.
Although this appointment covers both Communications and IR, the majority of time will be spent on the former, working with the leadership team to bring quality and consistency to the communications and public relations activities of the Group and its individual universities.

The Person

To be qualified for this position, candidates will need the following skills and experience:

10 to 15 years of experience in a leadership position in Communications and PR within a highly regarded African or internationally recognised business. Knowledge of the education sector would be an advantage but is not a prerequisite.
A proven track record in developing and delivering an agile and responsive communications and PR strategy that articulates complex concepts at both a policy and operational level.
Experience of operating in a group setting, addressing communications and media issues at Group level whilst also promoting the local narrative by supporting Communications teams within the various universities.
Experience of working closely with the Finance function to understand financial performance. Prior experience of IR, working with investors, analysts and financial PR agencies would be a distinct advantage.
A metrics-driven mindset, comfortable quantifying results and building communications activity and events informed by data.
A seasoned and polished communicator orally and in writing, practised in building relationships with a broad base of communities including stakeholders, potential investors, analysts, strategic partners, employees and students.
Highly developed leadership skills capable of establishing credibility quickly and managing a geographically dispersed and culturally diverse team. Capable of building capacity and leveraging local resources to deliver consistently high-quality communications that support the Honoris strategy.
A strong network of media and communications contacts and relationships across Africa.
Fluency in written and spoken English essential and French ideal. Honoris’ working language is English and all content is produced in English.
A mature, decisive, self-motivated and assured outlook, capable of operating autonomously to the highest international standards. Comfortable in an entrepreneurial and dynamic environment.
Bachelors' degree required and MBA ideal

Since 2007 Millar Cameron has specialised in sourcing leadership and keyperson talent across a number of industries, including agribusiness, international development, industrial, consumer, financial and professional services, private equity, and technology, media and telecommunications. Our mission and purpose is to positively contribute to the development of Africa, and other emerging markets, through the provision of people.

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