ICIPE – Junior Communications Officer

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icipe seeks to recruit a Junior Communications Officer to work in the Technology Transfer Unit (TTU). The position is tenable in Nairobi at the icipe Duduville campus. The position is for an initial fixed-term of 2 years, renewable, based on performance and availability of funds. This is a nationally recruited position. A competitive and generous compensation package will be offered to the right candidate. Only shortlisted candidates meeting the itemised requirements will be contacted.

Overall purpose of the job
The position offers a unique opportunity to work in the sphere of international development and make one’s mark in Research and Development. The Technology Transfer Unit Head interacts with and represents icipe in various fora, working with small-scale farmers, the private sector, government agencies, and international experts and scientists in the field.

§ Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism or other relevant discipline.
§ Two years’ experience in communications, journalism or relevant field.
§ Experience with Content Management Systems (CMS) applications or software.
§ Knowledge of graphic design software; video, audio and photo editing software; web design tools; and graphics optimisation for web design.

Core Competencies
§ Demonstrated understanding of issues related to research and development (R&D).
§ Competent in designing and formatting a diverse range of communication products.
§ English writing and editing skills.
§ Social media skills: Ability to navigate the online social sphere as the voice of the Unit.
§ Experience with open data/open source initiatives.
§ Linguistic proficiency: Although English is the primary language, the ability to work in a local language such as Swahili, Kikuyu, Luo, Kamba, or Luhya, and in French is a plus.

Other desirable attributes
§ Excellent interpersonal skills.
This position reports to the Head, Technology Transfer Unit.
The selected candidate should be available to start as soon as possible.

Applications will be accepted up to 25th July 2017, or until the position is filled, whichever is earlier.

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, and skills.

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