Friday, 12 April 2013

ICRAF Media and Public Communications Coordinator Job in Kenya

Media and Public Communications Coordinator
About the organization

The World Agroforestry Centre is an independent research institution which generates science-based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. 
As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health.

The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya, and research is conducted in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. 
We are supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and receive funding from over 50 different donors.

Main purpose of the job

The Media and Public Communications Coordinator will be the focal point for the media programme of the Centre, evolving and implementing a strategy for media engagement, identifying stories and promoting content to the electronic and print media

  • Develop and implement the Centre’s media strategy to ensure greater stakeholder and public appreciation of the role of agroforestry and Centre research
  • Develop a programme of engagement with local and international media groups
  • Write and pitch press releases in collaboration with Communications Unit and Centre staff
  • Develop and oversee a database of media contacts
  • Cultivate and maintain favourable relationships with the media
  • Respond to press inquiries, arrange interviews, trips, etc. for reporters
  • Assist Science Domains and Regional offices in their press relations
  • Track media hits and maintain the relevant Centre web pages
  • Train Centre staff in media skills as necessary
Qualifications and experience
  • A degree in Journalism or a related field
  • 5 years’ experience in managing a media programme, preferably in an international organization
  • Sound understanding of print and electronic media engagement, especially internationally
  • Demonstrated experience in writing press release and placing stories, locally and internationally
  • Ability to communicate with scientists and recognize newsworthy stories
  • Excellent editorial, communication and organizational skills
  • Perfect English language skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to respond flexibly to changing priorities
  • Experience of external and internal communications in an international context
Terms of offer

We offer a collegial, diverse and gender-sensitive working environment, and we strongly encourage applications from qualified women. 
This position a National position and is remunerated on local terms. 
The appointment will be for an initial period of three (3) years, subject to a six (6) months’ probation period.

How to apply

  • A cover letter illustrating your suitability for the position, and your salary expectations.
  • Detailed and up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  • Names and addresses of three referees, including telephone numbers and email addresses, and fax details, if available.
All correspondence will be via email only addressed to the Human Resources Unit, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF): Applicants should indicate “Application for Media and Public Communications Coordinator” on their application letters and email submissions.

Applications will be considered until 26 April 2013.

Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.

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