ICIPE Head of Communications Jobs in Kenya

icipe—International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology—is a world-class research centre with a mission to alleviate poverty by ensuring food security, improving health, protecting the environment and

building the capacity of researchers and communities across the developing world through the application of insect sciences. Employing more than 500 national and international staff, icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with outposts in Ethiopia and on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya.

icipe has a proud reputation and history of delivering world-quality science that has made crucial contributions to African food and health policy, delivered development outcomes to rural communities, and has been at
the forefront of building Africa’s biological research capacity.

The Centre’s research activities span the African continent with partnerships linking research organisations, not only across Africa, but also the globe.

In addition, more than 100 graduate students and a number of postdoctoral fellows contribute to icipe’s research portfolio annually.

Key responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and coordination for all communication activities of the Centre, to enhance icipe’s visibility and credibility as a centre of excellence, by:

  • supporting the development and implementation of a comprehensive communications strategy (as well as coaching research and support staff on the implementation of the communications strategy),
  • raising the profile of icipe’s corporate brand, programmes, projects and individual researchers.

  • Strengthen and diversify icipe’s communications products, by reviewing the adequacy of icipe’s current communication materials and recommending improvements.
  • Oversee the design and production of icipe’s publications (including press releases, corporate reports, brochures, training materials, newsletters, social media posts, and website).
  • Provide communication/information advice and assistance to icipe teams, helping them to meet their visibility obligations to donors and partners, either by doing the work required or by contracting the work to consultants.
  • Share icipe’s work in local and international media, by meeting our obligations to donors, collaborating with partners and stakeholders, and bringing the results of our research to those who might benefit
    from it.
  • Ensure effective and appealing internal communication on icipe business, relevant topics, strategies and management decisions (through internal bulletins, intranet and meetings, and organising workshops, seminars, exhibitions and employee functions in liaison with the management team).
  • Ensure that employees know and respect crisis communication preparedness and
    communication procedures.
  • Establish and manage an annual budget for communication functions in a responsible and cost effective manner.
  • Be accountable for all local and international communication activities of the Centre, including advocacy and liaison activities with organisations that share similar interests.

    Knowledge and skills required for performing the job

  • Knowledge of media advertising and publishing is essential.
  • Highly proficient in both spoken and written English. Knowledge of oral and written French is an added advantage.
  • Computer proficiency particularly in MS Office Suite, and familiarity with desktop publishing and spreadsheet software is essential.
  • Familiarity with Apple Macintosh computers is an added advantage.

    Minimum qualifications required

  • Degree in journalism, communications, or related specification is essential.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are mandatory.

    Minimum experience required

  • 5 years of related professional experience in positions of responsibility in an international organisation or a commercial organisation with international scope.
  • Experience in journalism/media relations.
  • Proven track record in leadership, leading to capabilities in driving and developing a communications team.
  • Ability to think strategically, and to develop and execute strategic communication planning (as well as the corresponding messages and communication activities).

    Other desirable attributes

  • Strong in relationship building with journalists and other relevant external and internal stakeholder groups.
  • High degree of organisation, adaptability and prioritisation, and documentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and well within teams.

    Reporting

    This position reports to the Director General

    How to apply

    Applications will be accepted up to 6th July 2018.

    Interested applicants should submit:

  • a confidential cover letter,
  • detailed CV with names and addresses of 3 referees (including e-mail addresses, fax
    numbers), and
  • a statement illustrating suitability against the listed qualifications/competencies/abilities,
    and skills

    For more information and job application details, see; ICIPE Head of Communications Jobs in Kenya

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