Communication Manager I

  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Environmental health and biodiversity Impact Area

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Communication officer Manager I to develop and execute a communication strategy and plan for the Environmental Health & Biodiversity Impact Area Platform, in strong collaboration with the Communication and Outreach (C&O) Global Group, the Head of Communication of the Systems Transformation Science Group, as well as the Platform Director and manager, on issues related to theory of change, roadmaps, and achievements of the platform. This would include stakeholders mapping, and engagement using audience-based messages.

ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa.


  1. 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.

2.    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)

3.    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

4.    Branding

  • 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.

5.    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

Post location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya

Terms of Appointment

This position is at job level HG 16 and it is only open to Kenyan nationals. The is a fixed term position up to 31 May 2025. ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes pension, medical and other insurances.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal by clicking on "Apply Now" on or before 17 June 2024. The position title and reference number REF: EBIP/ 1457/2024 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants' bank accounts.

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