Communication Assistant

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About the organization
The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is an independent research institution which generates science based knowledge about the complex role trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. As part of the Centre’s work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, researchers – working in close collaboration with partners – are developing new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health.
The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is one of the 15 Centres of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium, and receives funding from over 50 different donors. The Centre’s headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenya and research is conducted in 28 other countries in Africa, Asia andLatin America.
Our vision is a rural transformation in the developing world as smallholder households increase their use of trees in agricultural landscapes to improve food security, nutrition, income, health, shelter, social cohesion, energy resources and environmental sustainability.
The main focus of these positions will be the activities of the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) program and climate related projects of the West and Central Africa (WCA) team of ICRAF. One of the CCAFS over-arching objectives is to assess and test pro-poor adaptation and mitigation practices, technologies and policies for food systems, adaptive capacity and rural livelihoods. This is being done through an adaptive“placed-based” research aiming to decrease the vulnerability of rural communities and enable them to prosper under a variable and changing climate. The regional approach aims to ensure complementarity of thematic research, and to be the basis of a strong network of partners implementing the work. The regional teams are spearheading achievement of outcomes and impacts at national andregional levels
To learn more about our organization, please visit our website:
About the position
The Communication Assistant will perform all tasks related to communication, events covering, visitors, records maintenance and the assistance in the implementation and monitoring of the communication strategy to enhance the visibility ofICRAF-WCA / Sahel.
To be based in Bamako (Samanko station), the Communication Assistant will assist in managing internal and external communication in order to promote all project activities.
To ensure effective external communication he/she shall:
Provide support for external communication activities, such as workshops, events, contact with the media for advocacy and media and newspapers coverage of activities in the Sahel Node;
Implement in collaboration with the Information andCommunications Officer at the WCA Regional Office, a communication plan on an annual basis,
Writing press-release, media folder
Create communication mediums, upload information and maintain the ICRAF-WCA/Sahel website and ensure the site administrator rights (updating site content portal for information from the activities and projects implemented by ICRAF-WCA / Sahel and its partners in the West African sub-region
To ensure effective internal communication he/she shall:
Defline Project communication procédures.
Elaborate an internal communication strategy.
Create an internal magazine.
Cover field activities and main evolution steps of work.
Send events reports to internal newsletters.
Assist management in the organization of events and ensure effective coverage of project highlights during events.
Ensure good storage of folders and other communication medium and a database.
Prepare terms of reference and ensure the preparation, monitoring and quality control of communication services/information/visibility (printing and distribution of brochures, media coverage, brochures, video / documentary, etc.) of ICRAF- WCA / Sahel
Carry out any other tasks requested by the Sahel Node Coordinator or the Supervisor.
Qualifications and experience:
A minimum 3 yearsof work in complementary fields of communication, the applicant must be a holder of at least a Professional diploma (HND)/BA/BSc degree in one or more relevant communications field (Communication Sciences, journalism, editing, mass media, public relations or related discipline).
Skills and competencies
Thorough knowledge in PAO, information law
Possessing excellent interpersonal and diplomacy skills
Responsive, rigorous, available
Good Journalism/reporting/writing skills
High quality of organizational skills
Liability to manage stress
Proficient in both English and French. A third regional language will be an advantage
Be pro-active
Be creative and able to innovatively use New Information and Communication Technology Equipment
Good familiarity with integrated management of natural resources projects (agricultural, forestry, agroforestry) research and development sectors will be an asset.
Terms of offer
The World Agroforestry Centre is an equal opportunity employer and offers a collegial and gendersensitive working environment. We believe that staff diversity promotes excellence and strongly encourage applications from qualified women. These positions are on national termsand will be for an initial period of two (2) years, subject to a probation period according to the local labour law.
The contract could be renewed subject to performance, continued relevance of the position and availability of funds.
How to apply
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Applications for this position must include:
• A cover letter illustrating your suitability for the position against the listed requirements and salary expectations,
• A detailed and updated curriculum vitae,
• The names and addresses of three referees, including telephone, fax numbers and email addresses.
All correspondence should be addressed to the HumanResources Unit, ICRAF West and Central Africa, Sahel Node Applicants should indicate: “Application – Communication Assistant, Bamako” on their application letters.
Applications will be considered until 5th July 2015 or until a suitable candidate is identified and selected. Please note that only short-listed applicants meeting the above requirements will be contacted.
We invite you to learn more about ICRAF by accessing our web site:

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