HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS, icipe


HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS, icipe
(Ref. No. IRS/247/062018)
(RE-ADVERTISEMENT)

icipe—International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology—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 world-quality 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. For more information visit: www.icipe.org
Please also download icipe’s Vision and Strategy 2013–2020 http://www.icipe.org/images/stories/pdf/
about_us/icipe_Vision_and_Strategy_2013-2020.pdf
icipe wishes to recruit a suitable person to fill the position of HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS in the Office of
the Director General. The position is tenable in Nairobi, Kenya. This is a two-year contract, renewable after
successfully completing a six-month probation period of the first contract.
A competitive and generous compensation package that includes housing and transport allowances, child
education allowance up to university first degree, comprehensive health and life insurance cover, and an
offshore retirement package (all payable in US Dollars), will be offered to the right candidate. Furthermore,
the incumbent will receive paid annual vacation, return airfare for themselves and their dependents to their
nominated home base each year, and duty-free privileges. If the successful candidate is appointed from
outside Kenya, he or she will be offered support to relocate and settle in Nairobi. Qualified candidates from
Africa (and especially females) are invited to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.
Living in Nairobi and Mbita, Kenya
Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya, with a population of over three million, and hosts all the urban
and social amenities and offers a comfortable, convenient and pleasurable life. There are a wide variety
of excellent international schools and well-equipped medical facilities that are open 24/7 in Nairobi. The
city is also accessible by various reputable international airline carriers. Nairobi has a thriving international
research scene, hosting various CGIAR centres and several UN agencies. Although it is important to be
conscious of security, Kenyans are warm and welcoming of visitors.
icipe Thomas Odhiambo Campus (ITOC) is situated on the shores of Lake Victoria, with excellent housing
facilities for staff and students. The Campus sits on 24.5 hectares of land, 40% of which consists of
experimental fields and buildings with landscaped gardens. ITOC’s research structures include state-ofthe-
art laboratories and offices, as well as insect and animal rearing facilities. The Campus also hosts St.
Jude’s Clinic, a kindergarten, primary school, and the Mbita Guest House.
icipe’s communications
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 Centrewide
communications strategy, boosting the visibility of the Centre to its international donors, and sharing
the results of its research widely.
A communications team of full-time staff and consultants supports this role. Several communications officers
and social scientists across the organisation support the aims of the Communications Unit. Various writers,
photographers and filmmakers familiar with icipe’s work are available to support specific projects.
icipe’s communication outputs include a website, newsletters, corporate reports, training and dissemination
materials, internal bulletins, social media posts, and the International Journal of Tropical Insect Science.
Key responsibilities
§§ Provide leadership and coordination for all communication activities of the Centre, to enhance
icipe’s visibility and credibility as a centre of excellence, by: (i) supporting the development and
implementation of a comprehensive communications strategy (as well as coaching research and
support staff on the implementation of the communications strategy), and (ii) raising the profile of
icipe’s corporate brand, programmes, projects and individual researchers.
§§ Strengthen and diversify icipe’s communications products, by reviewing the adequacy of icipe’s
current communication materials and recommending improvements.
§§ Oversee the design and production of icipe’s publications (including press releases, corporate
reports, brochures, training materials, newsletters, social media posts, and website).
§§ 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.
§§ Share icipe’s work in local and international media, by meeting our obligations to donors, collaborating
with partners and stakeholders, and bringing the results of our research to those who might benefit
from it.
§§ Ensure effective and appealing internal communication on icipe business, relevant topics, strategies
and management decisions (through internal bulletins, intranet and meetings, and organising
workshops, seminars, exhibitions and employee functions in liaison with the management team).
§§ Ensure that employees know and respect crisis communication preparedness and communication
procedures.
§§ Establish and manage an annual budget for communication functions in a responsible and cost
effective manner.
§§ Be accountable for all local and international communication activities of the Centre, including
advocacy and liaison activities with organisations that share similar interests.
Knowledge and skills required for performing the job
§§ Knowledge of media advertising and publishing is essential.
§§ Highly proficient in both spoken and written English. Knowledge of oral and written French is an
added advantage.
§§ Computer proficiency particularly in MS Office Suite, and familiarity with desktop publishing and
spreadsheet software is essential.
§§ Familiarity with Apple Macintosh computers is an added advantage.
Minimum qualifications required
§§ Degree in journalism, communications, or related specification is essential.
§§ Strong written and verbal communication skills are mandatory.
Minimum experience required
§§ 5 years of related professional experience in positions of responsibility in an international organisation
or a commercial organisation with international scope.
§§ Experience in journalism/media relations.
§§ Proven track record in leadership, leading to capabilities in driving and developing a communications
team.
§§ Ability to think strategically, and to develop and execute strategic communication planning (as well
as the corresponding messages and communication activities).
Other desirable attributes
§§ Strong in relationship building with journalists and other relevant external and internal stakeholder
groups.
§§ High degree of organisation, adaptability and prioritisation, and documentation skills.
§§ Demonstrated ability to work independently and well within teams.
Reporting
This position reports to the Director General.
The selected candidate should be available to start as soon as possible.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications will be accepted up to 6th July 2018. 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.
Candidates are required to apply online through: http://recruit.icipe.org
icipe is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values
gender equity, teamwork, and respect for diversity.