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Communication And Knowledge Manager At International Institute Of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Date Posted: 21/Aug/2019
Deadline: 31/Aug/2019

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a not-for-profit institution that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation. Working with various partners across sub-Saharan Africa, we improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity. IITA is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future.

Communication and Knowledge Manager

Ref: IITA-HR-NRS2019-029
Location: Adamawa
Recruitment Type: National (2-year renewable contract)

Successful candidate will among other things perform the following duties:

  • Develop, coordinate, and implement a detailed communication and knowledge exchange plan for the Activity in close collaboration with Activity experts, partners and the Chief of Party
  • Establish and maintain approaches to ensure the sustainable, timely, transparent and interconnected two-way exchange of knowledge across the Activity
  • Manage and ensure effective stakeholder relationships and knowledge exchange approaches by engaging in dialog and using feedback mechanisms with Activity partners, ADPs and beneficiaries
  • Manage Activity events, including press conferences, promotional events and exhibits
  • Set up, design and coordinate an online media platform on Activity results in close collaboration with a social media expert
  • Support web-based tools and social media for widespread communication of knowledge generated
  • Produce efficient communication materials (print and audio including educational video documentation) adapted to the needs of farmers for communication of key Activity outputs and learnings
  • Advise on and produce training and educational materials for the manufacture and use of the best-practice production technologies, seed systems approaches, business cluster formation, and integrated value chain development for extension services and rural populations
  • Manage in close collaboration with the Chief of Party and the donor the PR aspect of a possible crisis situation and advising on possible crisis communication strategies
  • Participate and contribute to the reporting, evaluation and planning processes and elaboration of Activity.


  • Post-graduate degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations or a closely related field from an accredited University with at least 5 years working experience years of working experience in a similar position in Nigeria.

The ideal candidate must:

  • Be proficiency in the use of computers, database management software, Internetbased tools and other electronic communication tools.
  • Have good understanding and knowledge of online social media tools such as Web 2.0 platforms, blog sites, etc. and writing for the Web
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills in the English language
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills, team worker and facilitator, communication and networking skills and the ability to work in a team-oriented multicultural environment
  • Have good understanding of poverty, gender and sustainability issues in rural development of Nigeria.
  • Have ability to integrate in an existing complex programme set-up
  • Have excellent spoken and written English
  • Have ability to deliver accurate and timely reports
  • Be able to work with minimum supervision and with tight deadlines
  • Ability to communicate in one or more of northern Nigeria’s major languages is an advantage.


  • We offer highly competitive salary with equally attractive benefits and excellent working conditions in a pleasant campus environment.

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