Aequitas Global - Consultant

Overview

Headquartered in London, with offices in Paris, Abuja and Cotonou and a network of partners across Europe and Africa, Aequitas Global is an award-winning political, policy, and communications consultancy. We bring together world-class experts in strategy, politics, digital, brand, communications, and policy to work alongside clients to deliver the change they want to see.

Consultants are primarily responsible for the management of Aequitas clients and supporting the growth of the agency in line with the business plan, including support on new business opportunities.

We are recruiting for two Consultants to start in April 2021, one on a permanent contract and one on a temp-to-perm six month contract basis. The successful candidate for the six month contract will have proficiency in business French.

Main Responsibilities

Client Management

  • Day-to-day management of client accounts and serve as day–to–day client contact
  • Responsible for management and delivery of client projects as per the client work plan with the oversight of the Senior Consultant/Associate Director
  • Preparing client-ready materials (i.e. reports, press releases, proposals) for client and internal meetings
  • Oversee and manage the work of Account Executives on client teams to ensure work is delivered to high standards and within deadlines
  • Prepare strategic planning and communication plans for clients
  • Oversee project administration including establishing project timelines and ensuring deadlines are met and regular review of Project Tracker with project team
  • Play an active role and lead in client meetings
  • Communicate with clients on progress, deliverables and developments
  • Lead on monthly client reporting process
  • Develop client growth strategies
  • Draft client contracts

Media & External Relations

  • Deliver targeted international media coverage in Tier 1 media
  • Liaise and form good relationships with key international media, including both UK-based and international journalists.
  • Demonstrate in-depth understanding of key communications skills, e.g. what makes a news story, how the media works, how to engage with journalists
  • Develop creative story ideas to secure media coverage across international, national, trade and specialist media
  • Understand and engage with global policy-making institutions and processes, e.g.

EU, UN, World Bank and other international institutions

  • Analyse and produce policy briefings on complex issues for clients and other staff members
  • Develop business/government/political contacts

Administration

  • Maintain relationships with clients and employees
  • Comply with all internal policies, processes and procedures including financial management systems
  • Maintain accurate and up to date timesheets

Business development

  • Actively participate in pitches and demonstrate knowledge of issues by contributing ideas and strategy to proposals
  • Contribute to the preparation of proposals, tenders, briefings and reports as and when required
  • Identify new business opportunities and grow new business from existing clients

Contribution to agency life

  • Use personal interest and understanding of contemporary global issues / sector trends to suggest and develop content for internal (social media, newsletter) and external publication.
  • Support and mentor junior staff
  • Attend industry events on behalf of Aequitas
  • Undertake regular networking and build relationships with key contacts
  • Actively contribute to agency culture of continual improvement, bringing suggestions and ideas to the table.

HR

  • Provide input into staff evaluations, appraisals and other reviews as requested

Finance

  • Develop and manage budgets and assist with budgeting for client projects
  • Accurately forecast and report upcoming expenditure on client projects
  • Support billing process (invoicing)

Key Competencies for this role

  • Developing communications plans
  • Business fluency in French (for the six month contract)
  • Client management
    • Proactively updating the client

○ Leading client calls

○ Responding to client enquiries, requests and issues

○ Reporting

  • Media management
    • Pitching to media

○ Setting up interviews

○ Preparing clients for media engagement

  • Developing a network of journalist contacts
  • Project managing communications plans, calendars and stories
  • A keen interest in African development, international affairs and public policy

To apply please submit your cover letter and CV to [email protected] by Monday 19th April. We may interview applicants before the application deadline is closed, so we recommend getting your application in early!

Please mention in your application that you heard about this opportunity through the Taylor Bennett Foundation.