[ASC-list] Vacancy - Communications Specialist/Science Writer, Nairobi, Kenya

Cathy Reade creade at squirrel.com.au
Mon Oct 24 22:41:02 UTC 2011

Posted on behalf of World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi, Kenya



VACANCY: Communications Specialist/Science Writer


About this position


If you can take over and develop a programme of scientific communication for
an international research and development centre, then you are the person we
are looking for.


Working with an expert communications team, this position offers an exciting
opportunity to collaborate with preeminent scientists in the area of
agroforestry to make the impact of their work known throughout the world.
The position is based in Nairobi, Kenya, and may require occasional travel
to international locations.


You will guide our communications work in the following ways:  


*	Identify high-interest stories from the work of the World
Agroforestry Centre and its collaborators, write stories in a range of
styles and disseminate them through suitable channels.
*	Manage the news content of the Centre's website and contribute to
social media activities, especially in actively running the institutional
*	Assist the research programmes and regions to develop and implement
communication plans to complement their research activities.
*	Work to have Centre research and impact featured in the
international media.
*	Collaborate with other CGIAR research centres and partners in
communications activities.
*	Edit and produce a two-monthly e-newsletter featuring stories on
Centre research and other initiatives.
*	Help to maintain the highest standards for the centre's publications
and website materials.
*	Prepare articles and submissions for media outlets, CGIAR
communications and other avenues 
*	Assist in providing review and editorial assistance for Centre
documents and materials.
*	Mentor regional office and junior communications staff and supervise
consultants and interns.
*	Delegate for the Head of Communications.


The successful applicant will have:


*	An MSc in agroforestry, agriculture, communications or related
*	Minimum experience of five (5) years in a similar position,
preferably in an international organization.
*	Experience in developing compelling stories from research papers and
interaction with scientists.
*	Experience in engaging the international media in the communication
of research impact.
*	Flawless English language, writing and grammatical skills.
*	Expert knowledge of the Microsoft suite, with knowledge of
*	Experience in developing and maintaining web and social media sites.


Terms of offer


We offer a collegial, diverse and gender-sensitive working environment, and
we strongly encourage applications from qualified women. This position is
remunerated on international terms.  The appointment will be for an initial
period of three (3) years, subject to a nine (9) months probation period.


How to apply




.         A cover letter illustrating your suitability for the position, and
your salary expectations.

.         A detailed and up-to-date curriculum vitae.

.         Several articles you have written and URLs of websites you work

.         The names and addresses of three referees, including telephone
numbers and email addresses, and fax details if available.


Address these to: 


The Human Resources Unit, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), PO Box 30677,
Nairobi, Kenya OR send via email to:  <mailto:icrafhru at cgiar.org>
icrafhru at cgiar.org. Indicate "Application for Communications
Specialist/Science Writer" on the application letter. Applications will be
considered until 9 November 2011 or until a suitable candidate is identified
and selected. Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the
above requirements will be contacted.


To learn more about us, visit our website:
<http://www.worldagroforestry.org> www.worldagroforestry.org


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.




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