Relationship Consultant

first_imgJob DetailsJob Title: Relationship ConsultantDepartment: Stakeholder Relations: Government, Civil Society, BusinessReporting To: Strategic Relationship ManagerDate of Circulation: 14 October 2015Job purposeTo manage and influence relationships with key stakeholders as identified and prioritised in the strategic plan to promote Brand SA’s branding and communications objectives in partnership with these stakeholders, to external audiences. To play a key programmatic role in the definition and delivery of projects through obtaining the brief from internal or external stakeholders, developing internal briefs where required, needs and expectations of the stakeholders and ensuring they are effectively addressed in the roll-out plan facilitated by Brand SA and through efficiently leveraging stakeholder resources. The Relationship Consultant is one of the main Brand SA custodians of the relationship with identified stakeholders and a key output is to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of these collaborations.Minimum Requirements:Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/ Economics/ Marketing/ Business Management/ Project Management.Preferred: Postgraduate degree in Political Science / Economics / Marketing / Business Management (e.g. MBA)/ Project Management.Comprehensive understanding of the social, business, political and legislative environment (domestic and international) within which Brand SA operates.Thorough knowledge of the workings of the political, business and macro-economic environment (domestic and internationally).Understanding the socio economic environment (domestic and internationally).Working knowledge of systems and processes and how they contribute to organisational performance.Advanced knowledge of how to determine value from a customer perspective.Ability to segment clients as well as contribute to a stakeholder strategy development process.5+ years combined project management experience in marketing, communications, public relations, stakeholder relations, at a mid-management level.5 years’ experience using systems such as excel and or Microsoft projects to deliver high level Gannt and planning charts.Key Performance Areas:Development of programme specific projects and initiativesWith reference to Brand SA business plan and signed MoU’s with priority stakeholders, unpack, research, workshop and develop implementation plans to activate the delivery of a project / initiative / campaign in line with the integrated marketing and communications programme and stakeholder expectations.Maintain and manage relationships with the right decision-makers and influencers and canvass all input from geographic and stakeholder plans and target group information.Sell the project / initiative / campaign plan for buy-in and approval (sign-off) with relevant stakeholder priority base (levels, locations, platforms, decision-makers, beneficiaries)Sell the project / campaign / initiative to the relevant stakeholder bases and decision-makers / beneficiaries to ensure buy-in in terms of the content, tone, roll-out mechanism(s), budget, audience target(s), collaborative ownership, time lines and output.Feedback stakeholder inputs, research, scanning of the environment, and other relevant information (budgets, changing priorities) back to Marketing and Communications for refinement and amendment in the activation plans to ensure sign-off.Compliance, monitoring and reportingMonitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the stakeholder-implemented initiatives (including risks) and reflect this in the quarterly reporting in accordance with the contracted performance measurement and business plan scorecard of the organisation.To scan the wider public policy environment to identify and leverage opportunities for future work where supportive of the strategic aims of Brand SA, develop leads to establish relationships with public policy makers and influencers and identify opportunities for joint future work where appropriate. (E.g. new international relations strategy, diplomacy rules for sectors and geographic regions).Ensure adherence to the project corporate identity, copy right, correct representation, referencing, necessary Brand SA support to affect the objectives of the stakeholder roll-out plans. Ensure collateral is available at all Brand SA stakeholder activations.Monitor resource spend and financial expenditure in accordance with the approved project plans. Develop an ROI for increased stakeholder value. Complete a variance report on a monthly basis and identify reconciliations where appropriate.General administrationEnsure all portfolio of evidence is correct, appropriate and uploaded onto insite or an identified sharepoint portal. Maintain all project documentation for retrieval.Develop error-free submissions for presentation by the GM to EXCO.Process all necessary payments, S&Ts, travel and other disbursements.Ensure leave management is monitored and managed within the business unit.Required Skills, Competencies and AttributesExcellent business acumen, i.e. strategic ability to position and sell Brand SA’s mandate and initiatives in response to emerging political, business and environmental trends.Excellent presentation skills, i.e. the ability to use the right presentation techniques and emphasise the right content to influence and persuade target audiences.And excellent verbal and oratorical skills to ensure delivery of Brand SA content to high level audiences.Above average interpersonal and communication skills to engage credibly with people at different levels and with different needs (public relations).Marketing skills, i.e. the ability to identify and capture a target market or audience’s needs and sell a message branded with the identified need.Excellent negotiation and ‘deal-making’ skills.Excellent fundraising and negotiating partnerships that will bring added value in financial and resource terms.Advanced MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, sharepoint and MS CRM or any other CRM system)Competent in project management, i.e. ability to get things done through co-ordinating different role players in working together without formally being in charge of them.Excellent proposal and account / portfolio writing and planning ability.Self-management, i.e. well-developed skills to structure own work, work alone and in a team and take initiative to get what is needed resourcefully and within proper governance rules and structures.Results oriented (output driven)Thorough and excellent follow-through abilityWillingness to work extended hours and travel substantively (within and across borders where necessary).Perform under pressure.Above average level of perceptiveness and discernment, i.e. know how to read situations correctly, political savvy, and respond accordingly to instill confidence and direction.Networking ability, i.e. building and maintaining long term relationships for business and collaborative opportunities.Service oriented, i.e. desire to serve and customer oriented.Persuasive, i.e. ability to convince others from different functions and levels of an idea or concept to obtain support.last_img read more

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ReadWriteWeb Recommends: Nav App for iOS

first_imgdave copeland 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts Motion X is one of the most frequently downloaded GPS apps for iOS, and with good reason: It’s cheap at 99 cents, simple to use, and, in our tests over the past six months in half a dozen U.S. metro areas, accurate. There are some hidden fees (audible, turn-by-turn directions, for example, are free for 300 days, after which you have to subscribe either monthly or annually). Be sure to check out the predictive traffic info to avoid traffic jams. We also liked the Wikipedia button, which was a fun distraction to help us learn about attractions in the immediate area. Like most GPS apps, Motion X had all the basics, including residence and business searches, the ability to bookmark frequently visited places and to easily switch from maps to text directions. Tags:#Reviews#web center_img Get behind the wheel for one last road trip before summer ends. But first check out our pick of GPS apps!If your ride still sports a clunker of a window-mount GPS unit, it’s high time to switch to your smartphone. GPS apps have come a long way in the past few years, and for as little as 99 cents you can tap into the same features that come in a stand-alone navigator costing $150 or more. TomTom is still the Cadillac of GPS apps for iOS, and at $49.99, it is cheaper than that of most fixed units. But there are less-costly apps we looked at that modeled their features on TomTom. You do get perks for that extra money (even before a $19.99 annual fee for HD traffic info), but if you can live without advanced lane guidance and a faster-than-most location system, a cheaper app may be for you.Of which there are several. Google Maps is already preinstalled on many iOS and Android smartphones, and for the Sunday driver who can live without voice guidance, it may be the only GPS direction tool you ever need. Waze — available for not only iOS and Android, but also Windows Mobile and Symbian — is also free and boasts community-sourced traffic tracking (that works better in some cities than others). We also liked the slightly more expensive TeleNav, which sells for 99 cents and comes in versions for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry. But if you’re on iOS, you can do even better.Our Recommendation: Motion X GPS Drive 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Free Cinema 4D Textures and Materials

first_imgGive your projects realistic surfaces with the following FREE Cinema 4D textures and materials!In this post we’ve rounded up the best sites online to grab some free Cinema 4D textures and materials!  Using a lifelike texture will add greater realism to your Cinema 4D renders!  Now that Cinema 4D  (Lite) has integration with Adobe After Effects you can expect to see quite a bit more C4D love here on the blog!Start building your free Cinema 4D texture library !1.  Industrykidz Free Cinema 4D TexturesThe first two free C4D material packs by “Industrykidz” are free to download over at Deviant Art. A nice range of unique textures with shine:Download C4D texture pack 1 here.Download C4D texture pack 2 here.2. Free Cinema Objects, Textures & MaterialsThe folks over at C4D Exchange have quite a FREE Cinema 4D elements for download. While you’re there check out their Cinema 4D tutorials and more complex 3D models for sale (many for as low as $1). 3. MotionSquared Free Cinema 4D TexturesThis one is a whopper – over 450 free C4D textures!  Our friends at Motion Squared recently emailed in to let us know that their popular Cinema 4D texture pack is now free – a DEEP discount off the previous $100 price. To get the pack  you’ll need to sign up for the Motion Squared newsletter, but it seems like a small price to pay for a high quality C4D textures.4. Design Devil’s C4D TexturesA texture pack by motion designer Ivan Savkov of Design Devils. While you’re on the site be sure to check out the free tree bark texture pack.5. Cinema 4D MaterialsCinema 4D Materials is probably the most popular repository of all FREE Cinema 4D Textures and Materials online. All the downloads are free and include fabric, wood, plastic, cloth, paint and metals.6. 8 Bit Factory’s Cinema 4D Medical Shaders8 Bit Factory is a UK based design firm that specializes in 3D and motion design. This pack was created by 8 Bit Factory specifically for use in medical animations, but you could use these free CInema 4D shaders in a variety of creative ways:7. C4DTextures.com Free Cinema 4D TexturesC4DTextures.com is the largest online library of FREE C4D textures that we’ve seen and a great place to find unique materials. You will need to create a membership on the site (FREE) if you’d like to download the C4D textures:Do you know a great online resource for FREE Cinema 4D textures and materials? Share links in the comments below!last_img read more

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Your smartphone apps are regularly spying on you

first_imgApps on Apple and Android smartphones leak lots of users’ information to third parties, research has suggested. Image Credit: Salon Advertisement Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard, and Carnegie-Mellon universities studied 110 apps available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.They found 73% of the Android apps shared users’ email addresses, and 47% of the iOS apps shared location data.Privacy International said it was more evidence of how devices “betray us”. The study, Who Know What About Me? A Survey of Behind the Scenes Personal Data Sharing to Third Parties by Mobile Apps, tested 55 of the most popular Android apps and the same number of iOS apps. – Advertisement – The researchers recorded the HTTP and HTTPS traffic that occurred while using the different apps and looked for transmissions that included personally identifiable information, behavioural data such as search terms and location data.They found the Android apps sent sensitive data to 3.1 third-party domains, on average, while the iOS apps connected to 2.6.The Android apps were more likely to share personal information such as name (49% of the apps) and address (25%) than the iOS apps, where 18% shared names and 16% shared email addresses.Medical informationThree out of the 30 medical, health and fitness apps the researchers studied shared search terms and user inputs with third parties. Android health app Drugs.com shared medical information – including words such as “herpes” – with five third-party domains, including doubleclick.net and googlesyndication.com.The Android apps were most likely to leak data to Google and Facebook, with the most leaky being Text Free, which offers free calls and text over wi-fi and sent data to 11 third-party domains.[related-posts]The most leaky iOS app was Localscope, a location browser, which sent data to 17 third-party domains.The research also found that 93% of the Android apps tested connected to the domain safemovedm.com.“The purpose of this domain connection is unclear at this time; however, its ubiquity is curious,” wrote the researchers.“When we used the phone without running any app, connections to this domain continued.”It said the connection was “likely due to a background process of the Android phone”.Google was asked by the BBC to explain more about safemovedm.com but did not provide information by the time of publication.Privacy International said that the report “highlights the many ways that the devices we use can betray us”.“The analysis in the paper suggests that a large proportion of apps tested share sensitive information like location, names and email addresses with third parties with minimal consent,” said Christopher Weatherhead, a technologist at PI.It was concerned about how such information would sit with new UK draft legislation for data retention.“With the recently announced draft Investigatory Powers Bill, many of these connections to third-party websites would be retained as internet connection records,” Mr Weatherhead said.“So, even if you have never visited these websites, they would be indistinguishable from your actual web-browsing activity. “This would allow the security services to make assumptions about browsing habits which are not correct.”Website leaksConsumers are becoming increasingly concerned about the amount of data shared by apps. A survey of 2,000 Americans by the Pew Research Centre suggested 54% of users had decided not to install an app after learning how much personal information they would need to share to use it.Some 30% said they had uninstalled an app after learning it had collected information they did not want to share, while 30% of smartphone owners turned off the location tracking feature of their phone.The latest research follows a study last month by Timothy Libert, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, who said almost nine in 10 websites leaked user information to third parties that users were “usually unaware of”.[BBC]last_img read more

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