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  • Posted: Oct 4, 2022
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    The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a non-profit institution. that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa's most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation.
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    Communications Manager

    Position Responsibilities

    IITA is looking for a talented, creative, and dynamic Communications Manager who will play a crucial role in disseminating knowledge products to key audiences and crafting stories and content that informs and influences stakeholders.

    The Communications Manager will perform the following duties, among others:

    • Establishing a Communications Function for the program
    • Develop a communication Strategy, a Communications Team, and source for a panel of service providers.
    • Ensure coordination and alignment with One CGIAR communications strategy. Support for fundraising, resource mobilization, and proposal development
    • Support proposal development with specific communication activities
    • Develop materials that support fundraising activities of the region.
    • Ensure that proposals are aligned with the global brand and look professional.

    Communication advice and support

    • Give solicited and unsolicited advice to initiative staff on how to generate awareness and publicity for their Programmes.
    • Support initiative staff in developing communication materials.
    • Actively involved in planning, monitoring, and executing communication activities as part of the initiative.
    • Maintain a network of trusted external suppliers for more elaborate or specific communication tasks.
    • Oversee translation of science products/learnings into more generally accessible language

    Website and social media

    • Ensure websites related to the program under your management are kept current, relevant, and up to date and in consultation with One CGIAR guidelines. (Please note: for websites with news items, this means a minimum of one news item per month).
    • Regular (minimum of four per year) and timely contribution of news items from the initiative.
    • Any social media channels under your management (e.g., LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter) are kept current, relevant, and up to date.
    • Initiative videos should be shared with proper tagging and descriptions for inclusion in the One CGIAR YouTube channels.

    Public relations and free publicity

    • Monitor Global and Regional media in program operating areas and actively reach out to appropriate media to profile the same.
    • Develop press releases and media events for key initiative milestones.


    • Ensure the program is fully compliant with One CGIAR branding guidelines.
    • Protect and promote the correct use of the program brand in all internal and external communication.
    • Educate Use Case teams on the proper use of the program branding guidelines.
    • Ensure that staff is aware of the communication and branding toolbox/page on the intranet.

    Internal communication

    • Actively participate and engage in the global One CGIAR communications team.

    Educational Qualifications and Experience

    • The candidate should have a master’s degree in International Communications, Journalism, or a relevant/related field with five years of work experience in Communications and/or Marketing, in a complex and international setting.

    Core Competencies

    • Excellent writing skills and ability to convey complex data ideas and messages in a clear and easy-to-understand manner.
    • Team leadership, strategic communication planning, creativity and innovation in the comms space, results-oriented, organize high profile events
    • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills.
    • Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative, and decentralized environment. Self-motivated and eager to learn.
    • Excellent oral communication skills in English.
    • Strong interest in science and agricultural development issues with the ability to grasp new material quickly.
    • Ability to work well under pressure and with short deadlines.
    • Commitment to IITA’s mission and core values.

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