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Communications Officer I

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, advertising or related field.
  • Master’s degree communications or related field will be added advantage;
  • At least 5 years of progressively advanced experience in relevant communications work with focus on writing, editing, proofreading and design of materials for print and web;
  • Experience and expertise in: Graphic arts computer programs. Database management. Managing media relations. Publishing software.
  • Excellent technical/ scientific writing and editing skills.
  • Experience with international or development oriented organizations.
  • Expertise in using social media for high impact.
  • Outstanding written, and excellent verbal, English;
  • Skilled in mainstream computer programs, especially Microsoft Office applications;
  • Sharp analytical, organizational and documentation skills;
  • Keen attention to detail;
  • Ability to work well both independently and within teams;
  • Flexible, willing to grow professionally, learn new skills;
  • Can meet tight deadlines without compromising quality.


  • Establish effective systems and processes to support the program and scientists in promoting and contributing to the impact of the SLS program, ensuring consistency of messages and alignment to the program objectives.
  • Develop, implement and monitor the program communications strategy, including annual action plans targeting key audiences and outputs.
  • Manage the production of a stream of public materials generated by the research programs, including regular news and feature blog articles and more occasional research reports, policy briefs, brochures, science posters and multimedia products
  • Populate program-specific blog sites with content, engaging with the readers of these blogs and with responders to social media content generated by the programs
  • Help disseminate the programs’ messages and materials through ILRI’s publishing, knowledge sharing and social media channels as well as more widely as needed
  • Update SLS content on relevant pages of ILRI’s main website and other relevant web portals
  • Keep track of the online footprint and media mentions of SLS and the ILRI focal points serving the CGIAR research programs on climate change, livestock and policies, working to amplify these where appropriate
  • Develop program-related materials, such as summaries of research projects, updates of research progress, staff profiles, feature articles and success stories
  • Help the programs’ researchers/team leaders work with media e.g. organize journalist interviews and staff profiles, and disseminate key messages
  • Ensure that research publications and other outputs are deposited and indexed in ILRI’s repository and contribute information as needed for ILRI’s online calendar of events and contacts systems
  • Identify, track and report on a set of performance indicators for communications work in the research program
  • Contribute to the ILRI-wide communications and KM community of practice, participate in CKM learning, reviewing and planning activities and ensure that these activities follow ILRI standards and agreed channels

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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