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The Water Research Commission (WRC) is a dynamic hub for water and sanitation, knowledge, innovation, and intellectual capital, providing leadership and the support, research, development and innovation of water and sanitation solutions. It engages stakeholders and partners involving water and sanitation challenges and opportunities, which are crucial to South Africa’s sustainable development and economic growth and is committed to promoting a better quality of life for all. The WRC is a schedule 3A public entity and adherence to required legislation is imperative to other organisation’s strategy and values.

Position Details:

Position Title: Head of Communication and Promotions

Department/Unit: Communications and Promotions

Direct Line Manager: Executive - Stakeholder and Communications

Location: Lynwood Manor, Pretoria


To develop and implement the Communications and Promotions strategy, and co-develop and implement the strategic plans with the organisation that will enhance brand awareness and build the WRC brand in new markets that increases presence locally, nationally and globally, build public relations through strategic engagements and improve uptake of innovations, transfer of knowledge, and influence behaviour changes that allows the sector and communities to improve climate resilience and adaptation. The position also requires the effective execution of an internal communications plan to improve information sharing, engagement, and awareness.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or NQF7 qualification in public relations or communications, media, or related field.
  • Registration with a professional Marketing, Communication, or equivalent body will be advantageous.
  • 8 years’ Marketing, Communication and Media related experience, including 5 years’ management experience.
  • 2 years’ experience at senior management level will be advantageous.
  • Management related qualification will be advantageous.
  • Water or Public sector experience will be advantageous.
  • Knowledge of Strategic Communications.
  • Knowledge of Public Relations.
  • Understanding of Water sector and current affair linkages.
  • Knowledge of content development.
  • Knowledge of media monitoring.
  • Knowledge of marketing and promotions.
  • Knowledge of Channel development.
  • MS Office - advanced level.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Develop and implement the communications and promotions strategy and operational plans.
  2. Oversee and manage effective communications and promotions unit/division.
  3. Manage an effective and an engaged team (performance excellence and compliance).
  4. Co-develop appropriate content for communications and promotions.
  5. Accountable for the unit risk management.
  6. Develop appropriate communications channels and systems and support high level engagements
  7. Demonstrate exemplary leadership behaviours.
  8. Living the WRC values and supporting value-based culture.
  9. Define the outputs and your role & build collaborative practices.


The appointment will be made in line with the WRC’s employment equity plan and the WRC supports applications from applicants living with disabilities. 

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