Organization Name: ICIPE
Job Type: Full Time
Job Title: Head of Communications
Job Location: Nairobi
Application Deadline: 6th July 2018
This role is a chance to help shape the communications agenda of an international organisation. In
collaboration with the management team, the successful candidate will design and implement a Centrewide
communications strategy, boosting the visibility of the Centre to its international donors, and sharing
the results of its research widely.
A communications team of full-time staff and consultants supports this role. Several communications officers
and social scientists across the organisation support the aims of the Communications Unit. Various writers,
photographers and filmmakers familiar with icipe’s work are available to support specific projects.
icipe’s communication outputs include a website, newsletters, corporate reports, training and dissemination
materials, internal bulletins, social media posts, and the International Journal of Tropical Insect Science.
§§ Provide leadership and coordination for all communication activities of the Centre, to enhance
icipe’s visibility and credibility as a centre of excellence, by: (i) 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), and (ii) 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
§§ 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
§§ Establish and manage an annual budget for communication functions in a responsible and cost
§§ 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
§§ 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
§§ 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
§§ High degree of organisation, adaptability and prioritisation, and documentation skills.
§§ Demonstrated ability to work independently and well within teams.
This position reports to the Director General.
The selected candidate should be available to start as soon as possible.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications will be accepted up to 6th July 2018. Interested applicants should submit: (a) a confidential
cover letter, (b) detailed CV with names and addresses of 3 referees (including e-mail addresses, fax
numbers), and (c) a statement illustrating suitability against the listed qualifications/competencies/abilities,
Candidates are required to apply online through: http://recruit.icipe.org
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