ICIPE Business Support Officer - Communications - Jobs in Kenya

ICIPE Business Support Officer - Communications - Jobs in Kenya

  • icipe is a pan-African and non-profit Centre of Excellence for research and development and capacity building in insect science and its applications. Its mission is to help alleviate poverty, ensure food and nutritional security and improve the overall health status of peoples of the tropics by developing and extending management tools and strategies for harmful and useful arthropods, while preserving the natural resource base through research and capacity building.

  • Since its establishment in 1970, icipe has become a significant contributor to science and innovation required to meet the health and food security challenges of sub-Saharan Africa. The Centre has achieved this status by developing
    alternative and environmentally friendly pest and vector management technologies and products that are effective, selective, non-polluting, non-resistance inducing, and are affordable to resource-limited rural and urban communities.

  • icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with offices in Ethiopia and Uganda, a major station on the shores of Lake Victoria, and several other field stations in Kenya. Employing close to 500 international and national staff, icipe also
    has approximately 150 graduate students who contribute to its research portfolio annually. The Centre currently has operations in more than 40 African countries, and thriving partnerships with universities and research organizations
    across the world. (www.icipe.org)

    Overall Purpose of the Job

  • The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF – https://www.rsif-paset.org/) is one of the flagship programmes of the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET), an initiative by African governments to address systemic gaps in skills and knowledge necessary for long term, sustained economic
    growth in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). PASET was launched in 2013 by the governments of Senegal, Ethiopia and Rwanda. The governments of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda and Senegal have since joined the initiative, while several others (i.e. Nigeria, Tanzania) have expressed commitment to enter the partnership.

  • With funding from African governments, the World Bank, the European Union and the Korean government, RSIF supports PhD training, research and innovation in selected African universities that are centres of excellence in fields identified by PASET as priority economic sectors for growth and development, including climate change, energy, food security, ICT and mining and materials science. A competitive grants scheme, RSIF is funded through two components: (i) the general fund, which supports PhD training, research and innovation projects annually and (ii) the permanent or endowment fund, whose return proceeds will become part of the general fund.

  • In July 2018, the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe; www.icipe.org) was appointed the Regional Coordination Unit (RCU) of RSIF. The mandate of the RCU includes management of the two funds; supporting the capacity of the universities and partnering institutions to manage the PhD scholarships; creating partnerships with governments, universities and national and international research organisations for research
    training, e.g. through sandwich training, to promote collaboration with and among the centres of excellence.

  • Furthermore, icipe introduces African governments and other potential strategic partners to PASET with the aim of growing RSIF and ensuring continued continent-wide reach and support.

  • Reporting
    to the Senior Communications Specialist, and with the support of the icipe Communications Unit, the Business Support Officer I (Communications) will be an integral part of the team. The post-holder will have the responsibility of ensuring effective, outcome oriented internal communication (between RCU team members and the
    overall icipe community); intra-agency communication (among partnering governments, centres of excellence etc.); and external communication (including potential grantees, funders and the general public).

    Specific Duties

  • The Business Support Officer I (Communications) will undertake tasks that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Contribute to the implementation of a communication and awareness strategy, in clear alignment to the mandate of the RCU, and the goals and objectives of RSIF and icipe.

  • Support the development of the channels and tools necessary for the implementation of the
    communication and outreach strategy, including digital platforms such as a programme microsite, social media accounts etc.

  • Support the development of innovative, compelling and clearly targeted RSIF communication products, including editorial, design, videography and photography aspects, for outputs such as news items, human interest features, case studies, newsletters, brochures, factsheets etc.

  • Collaborate with RCU team members to identify and respond to communication needs across
    stakeholders and audiences.

  • Support the creation and management, including regular updating, of a mailing database.

  • Assist in the preparation and dissemination of programme reports in a timely and effective manner, and effect proper processes for sharing, documenting and archiving of materials.

  • Design and layout artwork for RSIF’s Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Materials.

  • Maintain a monthly social media and blogging calendar for content creation and monitoring.

  • Profile the PhD scholars for various RSIF publications.

  • Compile and update media contact lists in countries of RSIF operations.

  • Any other tasks assigned.


  • A relevant diploma or first degree in science, social science, journalism, communications or other related field.

  • At least 1 year of conducting communication functions for an international organisation.

  • Qualifications in print and electronic media, development communication, and information management are highly desirable

    Core Competencies

  • Demonstrable experience in writing, editing, designing, web design management, blogging, use of Web 2.0 and social media tools.

  • Experience in supporting communications and/or media relations in a knowledge intensive organisation.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office packages.

  • Knowledge of and skills in desktop publishing, HTML, photography and photo editing.

  • Fluent English language skills, both written and spoken.

    Other Desirable Attributes

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, organizational skills and pays great attention to detail.

  • Action-oriented and resilient in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to manage a complex and varied workload and work under pressure.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; ICIPE Business Support Officer - Communications - Jobs in Kenya

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