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Head of Communications (Re-advertisement)

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Media, communications, languages
  • Senior manager (department head)
  • Full Time
  • Temporary
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Job Summary

ICIPE wishes to recruit a suitable person to fill the position of Head Of Communications in the Office of the Director General.

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 Centre-wide communications strategy, boosting the visibility of the Centre to its international donors, and sharing the results of its research widely.


1. 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 to raise the profile of ICIPE’s corporate brand, programmes, projects and individual researchers (as well as coach research and support staff on the implementation of the communications strategy).
2. Strengthen and diversify icipe’s communications products by reviewing the adequacy of icipe’s current communication materials, and recommending improvements.
3. Oversee the design and production of icipe’s various publications, including press releases, corporate reports, brochures, training materials, newsletters, social media posts, and the website.
4. 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.
5. Share icipe’s work in local and international media, meeting our obligations to donors, collaborating with partners and stakeholders, and bringing the results of our research to those who might benefit from it.
6. Ensure effective and appealing internal communication on icipe business, relevant topics, strategies and management decisions through internal bulletins, intranet and meetings, and help to organise workshops, seminars, exhibitions and employee functions in liaison with the management team.
7. Ensure crisis communication preparedness, and communication procedures are known and respected.
8. Establish and manage an annual budget for communication functions in a responsible and cost effective manner.
9. Be accountable for all communication activities of the Centre, including advocacy and liaison activities with organisations with similar interests, locally and internationally.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Temporary
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Media, communications, languages
Seniority: Senior manager (department head)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required skills: Internal communication; Budgeting, financial planning; Press relations; Public, corporate relations; Communication; Advertising; Corporate communications
Required languages: French (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent),

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International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology

Non-profit, social work

icipe — African Insect Science for Food and Health 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 worldquality 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.

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