Digital Communications Specialist at International Center for Tropical Agriculture

The Communications unit of the Alliance is currently searching for a Digital Communications Specialist. Reporting to the Digital and Internal Communications Coordinator, this role will be responsible to coordinate the Alliance presence on digital media, with specific focus on the Alliance website(s) to showcase our work and impact, and engage with our target audiences.

This position could be based at Nairobi, Kenya or Kampala, Uganda, depending on the location, and nationality of the selected candidate.

Key Responsibilities

· Lead the development of the Alliance’s corporate website, and act as focal point for its day-to-day management.

· Provide key input and advice for the development and implementation of the Alliance’s digital strategy.

· Create and curate content (including writing, editing, proofing and formatting) for the Alliance’s digital platforms, and optimize it according to SEO

· Cultivate links between communications and researchers to identify and develop digital content.

· Contribute to the design and implementation of flagship digital campaigns.

· Generate and analyze reports on web traffic and KPIs using Google Analytics, Hootsuite, and other social media focused analytics channels.

· Develop guidelines to regulate and harmonize the Alliance presence on the web.

· Provide support to the communication team activities as required including, but not limited to, organizing and promoting events, drafting communications reports, supporting the creation of donor materials, and providing advice, support and training to staff regarding communications needs. **

Qualifications and requirements:

Master’s degree or professional specialization in communications, marketing, digital media or other related field of study, or equivalent professional experience
At least five (5) years of relevant professional experience in similar roles
· Solid knowledge of and experience with different CMS, including Drupal and WordPress

· Great knowledge of SEO and web traffic metrics

· Basic technical knowledge of HTML and web publishing

· Proficiency in social media platforms and MS Office applications

· Knowledge of social media analytics and social media events implementation

· Basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite desirable

· Well-developed organization skills with the ability to deliver on-time and manage numerous tasks simultaneously Knowledge of international development field highly preferred

· Familiarity with field-based communications strategies preferred

· Experience with photography and/or videography desirable

· Demonstrated effective and culturally-sensitive skills interacting with customers and partners in the international development arena

· Ability to operate in multi cultural and interdisciplinary global teams.

· User oriented person capable to manage internal and client expectations, with high level of autonomy

· Skills in managing plans and projects

· Ability to conceptualize, innovate and execute ideas as well as transfer knowledge and skills.

· Excellence in critical thinking, writing, and oral communication skills required

· Full written and spoken proficiency in English

Terms of Employment

This is a national recruited position applicable only for Kenyan and Ugandan citizens or residents with a valid working permit and will be managed through a fixed term contract of two (2) years, subject to a probation period of six (6) months, and is renewable depending on performance and availability of resources. This is level eight (8) position in a scale of 14 levels, with level 14 being the highest.

The Alliance Bioversity-CIAT offers a multicultural, collegial research environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits. We are an equal opportunity employer, and strive for gender, diversity and inclusion in our staff, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, or any other characteristic.

How to apply
Applicants are invited to visit to get full details of the position and to submit their applications. Applications MUST include reference number Ref: 2021-DCS-Digital Communication Specialist as the position applied for. Applications should be saved as one document using the candidate’s lastname, firstname for ease of sorting.

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

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