Communication Manager I Job in Kenya


Establish a communication strategy and plan

Develop a communication strategy, including identifying audiences (stakeholders mapping) and opportunities for engagement, in collaboration with the Communication and Outreach (C&O) Global Group as well as the Head of Communications of the Systems Transformation Science Group and communications contacts for Initiatives mapped to the Platform

Engage with C&O Global Group as appropriate to ensure coordinated engagement (e.g., knowledge management, event participation, stakeholder engagement, content development)

Actively engage in planning, monitoring, and executing communications activities as part of the platform workplan and roadmaps.

Develop communication content and identify opportunities for engagement

Work with the Platform leadership and community of practice (CoP) to develop clear messages and tools of communicating relevant research, to various audiences including technical and non-research groups

Develop or oversee the development of strategic communications content, including blogs, interactives, infographics, videos, social media

Monitor global, regional, and national media for Platform-related opportunities and actively engage with relevant reporters on Platform work via press releases, social media, relationship building, etc., as appropriate, in collaboration with the C&O Global Group as well as the Head of Communications of the Systems Transformation Science Group

Engage Initiative communicators in Platform communications activities and opportunities, and lead or support engagement for Portfolio-wide activities and events that map to the Platform, as appropriate and in coordination with the C&O Global Group and the Head of Communications for Systems Transformation

Organize internal or external support for more elaborate or specialized communications tasks, events, publications, or other outputs (e.g., event planning and logistical support, editing, graphic design, media engagement)

Website and social media

Support and contribute to the development of the Platform microsite on

Keep Platform website current, relevant, and up to date and in alignment with CGIAR guidelines

Identify opportunities to amplify Initiative content through Platform website, as appropriate

Manage Platform social media channels (e.g., Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook), including access to the channels by Initiatives mapped to the Platform, in coordination with the C&O Global Group and the Head of Communications for Systems Transformation

Develop Platform social media strategies and content

Ensure Platform videos are properly tagged, described, and posted to CGIAR YouTube channels


Ensure the Platform is fully compliant with CGIAR guidelines on branding and funder acknowledgement guidelines

Protect and promote the correct use of the Platform brand in all internal and external communication

Ensure Platform core team and CoP are aware of the communication and branding/funder acknowledgement guidelines and have appropriate resources to comply.

Internal communication and other tasks

Manage Platform-level knowledge management needs, including photo and video databases, in collaboration with the Platform manager, and curation of papers and publications to CGIAR databases and repositories

Participate in the CoP for Initiative communicators, particularly for the Systems Transformation group and the Impact Area group and represent the Platform in these fora.

Compile or oversee the compilation of meeting minutes and/or workshop proceedings, when involved in such meetings and/or workshops

Other duties as assigned by the Platform director or manager


A master’s degree in international communications, journalism, or other relevant field. (Master’s Degree with five years relevant experience Or Bachelor with eight years relevant experience)

Significant experience (minimum five years) in communications, with a preference for experience in international settings

Substantial experience performing in communication units with special focus in research for development, science, and agricultural development issues

Working experience in organizations or institutions with a strong focus on environmental health and/or biodiversity would be a great asset

Key Competencies

Excellent writing and critical thinking skills and ability to convey complex data ideas and messages in a clear and easy-to-understand manner

Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills.

Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative, and decentralized environment, including across teams at several levels.

Solid knowledge of Microsoft Office with advanced PowerPoint and presentation skills

Effective communication skills in English (writing, speaking, and reading)

Fluency in any other UN language would be a great asset (writing, speaking, and reading)

Ability to perform in high complexity work environments with the capacity to deliver on time with short deadlines.

Leadership skills, including interpersonal relationship, effective communication, and conflict management in multidisciplinary and multicultural environment

Sensitivity to and respect for gender equity, youth empowerment, and social inclusion

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