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Communication, Knowledge Management and Reporting Manager

Nairobi (Kenya)

International Potato Center POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Ref: 2017/032/NRS/SSA

Communication, Knowledge Management and Reporting Manager The International Potato Center (CIP) seeks a highly talented and dynamic, Communication Knowledge Management and Reporting Officer to strengthen the efficiency, effectiveness, of CGIAR RTB seed system activities through cross crop and CGIAR center communication and knowledge management.

The Center: CIP 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.

CGIAR RTB: The CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) is led by the International Potato Center (CIP) with Bioversity International, the International Center for tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD – also representing other French partners IRD, INRA, Vitropic) and includes a wide spectrum of research for development stakeholders. This collaboration, with its combined scale and capacity, will increase the ability to advance research, share knowledge, and enhance uptake to increase research and development impacts. The purpose of RTB is to exploit the underutilized potential of root, tuber, and banana crops to improve nutrition and food security and foster greater gender equity especially among some of the world’s most poor and vulnerable populations.

The position: The CKMRM officer will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. The officer will report to the senior project manager for SASHA sweetpotato seed systems and RTB cluster lead for Quality seeds & access to improved varieties (CC2.1). The principal tasks and responsibilities will include, but not limited to the following:

Duties and Accountabilities:

• Project management activities:

o Ensure timely preparation and review of project partner work plans, and budgets.

o Ensure timely, accurate and comprehensive reporting from partners in the sweetpotato seed systems component on a quarterly basis. Prepare

compilation of report analyzing and synthesizing progress on bi-annual basis. o Ensure adequate planning, preparation, logistical and implementation arrangements for technical meetings, events, exhibitions

o Support yearly planning and reporting of the “Quality seeds & access to improved varieties cluster” activities in the RTB Research Portfolio

o Support the seed systems scientists in other activities as requested • Communication and knowledge management activities: o Ensure monthly distribution of updated information on cluster activities to

immediate cluster members, Flagship Project leader, other cluster leaders, and

the wider RTB community.

o Strengthen and coordinate information and knowledge for the RTB seed

systems community of practice

o Assist in the development and implementation of CKM strategies and activities

to support outreach of RTB seed systems outputs to other researchers,

practitioners, and potential partners

o Assist in the organization of major meetings and events related to the cluster

and preparation of minutes

o In collaboration with the RTB Communications Office and the regional SSA

communications staff coordinate the preparation of summaries, press releases,

fact sheets, media kits etc. of key cluster outputs

o Facilitate the documentation of cluster experiences, achievements and lessons

learned and the sharing of findings with relevant target groups, assisting in the

editing of documents and the coordination of any graphics/formatting work.

o Collaborate with the RTB PMU and data management team in appropriate

documentation and archiving of communication and knowledge outputs.

Selection Criteria:

• MSc/MBA in project management, journalism, communication, marketing or a science-

related area.

• Five to eight years of professional experience in supporting project management in

complex projects, including developing and implementing CKM strategies.

• Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English, working knowledge of

French, Spanish or Portuguese, preferable.

• Demonstrated experience of strong and effective use of web-based collaborative tools

Web 2.0 social media, websites, other communication forums and database


• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

• Ability to work in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.

• Proactive approach, self-starter with ability to find creative ways to solve problems.

• Willingness to travel

• A Kenyan citizen

Conditions: The employment contract will be for a two-year term (with a three-month

probation period) with the possibility of renewal, subject to availability of funding.

Applications: Applicants should apply online through our CIP’s Job Opportunities website

(, 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 15th

November, 2017 and will continue until the post is filled. Only short listed candidates will be


Learn more about CIP by accessing our web site at

CIP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women and professionals from developing

countries are particularly encouraged to apply

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: CIP - International Potato Center
  • Location: Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Documentation and Information Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2017-11-15

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