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Communications Associate II-CGIAR GENDER Impact Platform

IFPRI Videographer Milo Mitchell records a video interview in an experimental maize field with a Trans-SEC researcher in Kilosa, Tanzania. Photo: Mitchell Maher/IFPRI.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Communications Associate II to support content development and knowledge asset management of the CGIAR GENDER Impact Platform. This position reports to the Engagement, Policy & Advocacy Expert and is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.

Key Responsibilities

Content production

  • Writing blog posts, evidence explainers and other content as needed
  • Organizing submissions for and supporting development of the bi-monthly GENDER newsletter
  • Organizing content for and supporting development of communications campaigns, such as for International Days or events

Managing content and assets

  • Managing content, publications, training courses and more to GENDER’s virtual resource hub using Drupal CMS
  • Uploading and categorizing publications and other outputs on appropriate repositories (CG Space, YouTube, etc.)

Event support

  • Together with the Platform team, organise regular GENDER events, including webinars
  • Prepare draft communications and conference materials for the annual GENDER conventions as part of the organizing committee and manage/ organize the generated assets ensuring ease of access

Media and partner engagement support

  • Participate in building and overseeing a network of national and regional journalists on gender in agriculture
  • Collaborate with communications teams in CGIAR and partner organizations on content creation and network building
  • Contribute to building a vibrant community of practice for gender researchers within and beyond CGIAR, e.g., by stimulating regular interaction and continued growth of the Platform’s groups communities

3. Required qualification and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, e.g., Communications, journalism, development communications, mass media and communications with a minimum of one year experience or diploma in a relevant field with three years of relevant professional experience 
  • Proficient with asset and content management systems, including Drupal
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including experience with writing engaging content, such as blog posts and media articles, on complex scientific topics
  • Proven track record of effectively collaborating and working in a team, including experience with using project management platforms such as Asana
  • Keen attention to details and strong organizational skills

Desirable qualifications and experience

  • General understanding of gender research in agriculture and food systems concepts and trends
  • Prior experience working with CGIAR or an international NGO
  • Knowledge of mass media networks and platforms, particularly in Kenya or East Africa
  • Prior experience with event organization and webinars
  • Prior experience with community building

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

Terms of Appointment: This is position is at job level HG11 and it is open to national applicants. The position is a 3-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funding. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes medical and other insurances.

Applications: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the role and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal by clicking on the "Apply Now" tab above before 25 October 2022. The position title and reference number: REF: CA/670/2022 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the high volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts

ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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