• Job Vacancies at the International Potato Center

  • Posted on: 10 November, 2017 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • CIP (http://www.cipotato.org) is a not-for-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweetpotato, and Andean roots and tubers. Its vision is of roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor.

    Proactive media relations outreach, planning and relationship building to position CIP and its spokespeople in Pan-African, Regional and national broadcast, radio and print outlets, leading the conversation on roots and tubers

    Media Relations Internships

     

    Duties 

    • Establishing and building press relationships (broadcast, radio, print, social);
    • Pitching press on a daily basis, creating releases, advisories and quick story ideas in collaboration with program and staff leads, project communications officers in the region and partners;
    • Identifying story angles based on media coverage, trends and CIP’s priorities – working closely with the Regional Communications Specialist;
    • Preparing spokespeople; creating talking points, backgrounders and issue briefs;
    • Organizing media tours, deskside briefings, editorial meetings for key spokespeople/scientists;
    • Maintaining media database (Meltwater) globally, ensuring lists are up-to-date, in collaboration with regional managers and field staff;
    • Creating and optimizing cross-promotion opportunities with partners and donors
    • Collaborating with field staff and promotion officers (Aime, David) to maximize efforts and expand reach;
    • Providing general communications support up to 20% per day with 80% dedicated to media activities.

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Media studies or related field;
    • 1 year Experience in a newsroom or media environment highly desirable;
    • Proficient in English and Kiswahili;
    • Skills in database management
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Ability to work in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams;
    • A Kenyan citizen.
    • Conditions: This is an internship position open to Kenyan citizens only. The internship contract will be for a period of three months with the possibility of renewal, subject to performance.

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    Social Media Internships

     

    Duties 

    • Generating, editing, publishing and scheduling daily content (photos, videos, infographics) that increases share of voice and engagement across the region;
    • Creating editorial calendars, evergreen content and identifying cross-promotional opportunities with partners and regional staff centered on events and campaign schedules;
    • Continuously improving by capturing and analyzing the appropriate social data/metrics, insights and best practices, using paid and non-paid promotion;
    • Strongly collaborating with other departments, including country managers and field staff to showcase CIP’s impact on the ground, making real time engagement a priority;
    • Integrating executive leadership voice with CIP’s social platforms to amplify awareness and to promote CIP’s work;
    • Helping CIP embrace new technologies, training field staff on creating real-time video and live video for social media, seeking opportunities to enhance video and live output on a weekly basis;
    • Creating digital campaigns to promote CIP’s work;
    • Being a community manager on social – responding to direct messages and comments were appropriate;
    • Helping with other communications tasks to support the Regional Communications
    • Specialist, up to but not exceeding 20% of their time per day.

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field of specialization;
    • Proficient in graphic design – Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere pro, HTML and photo editing;
    • 1 year experience in digital content management;
    • Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field of specialization;
    • Proficient in graphic design – Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere pro, HTML and photo editing;
    • 1 year experience in digital content management;
    • Strong and effective use of social media skills;
    • Ability to work in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams;
    • Fluent in English and Kiswahili. Working knowledge of French or Spanish desirable;
    • A Kenyan citizen.
    • Conditions: This is an internship position open to Kenyan citizens only. The internship contract will be for a period of three months with the possibility of renewal, subject to performance.

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    Communication Internships

     

    Duties 

    Content creation and dissemination

    • Support the development of BNFB’s advocacy and promotional materials including success stories, banners, factsheets; flyers; BNFB/policy briefs, posters and other promotional materials;
    • Assist in developing meta data, uploading and updating BNFB materials on to various platforms including the sweetpotato knowledge portal; CIP website and various platforms;
    • Assist in editing BNFB’s audio and video interviews for publication on the various portals including BNFB webspace;
    • Assist in writing blog messages and behavior change communication messages.

    Social media

    • By following selected key stakeholder sites and social media accounts, select relevant content and draft twitter and Facebook posts for review, bearing in mind good social media practices such as mentions and hashtags.
    • Help to publicize new BNFB content on the Sweetpotato Knowledge Portal; Twitter, LinkedIn; Facebook, Pinterest and other agreed upon social media sites.
    • Schedule social media posts by use of Buffer and other social media scheduling tools.
    • Creation of media galleries
    • Assist in selecting and publishing BNFB photographs on Flickr and other BNFB uses;
    • Help to craft captions and credit information for BNFB’s photographic collection before posting;
    • Perform any other duty as assigned by the Capacity Development and Communications specialist.

    Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in communication, Journalism, Media Studies; Information Science, Public Relations, Marketing or a related area.
    • High level of computer literacy, accuracy and attention to detail.
    • Knowledge of WordPress, MS Office, Photoshop and Illustrator;
    • Experience in writing articles in a newsroom setting is an asset;
    • Excellent organizational skills, presentation skills and communication skills (including an excellent command in English both oral and written);
    • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals through email and in person;
    • Highly effective at use of social media, networking and at securing information and expertise;
    • Highly proactive and consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
    • Conditions: This is an internship position open to Kenyan citizens only. The internship contract will be for a period of three months with the possibility of renewal, subject to performance and availability of funds.

    Method of Application

    Applicants should apply online through our CIP’s Job Opportunities website (https://cipotato.org/internships/), including a letter of motivation, a full C.V. with the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable of the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience.

    Screening of applications will begin on 14 November, 2017 and will continue until the post is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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

    Learn more about CIP by accessing our web site at http://www.cipotato.org.

    Interested and qualified? Go to International Potato Center career website on cipotato.org to apply

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