ILRI Communications and Knowledge Sharing Specialist Vacancy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Communications and Knowledge Sharing Specialist to work across the Africa RISING (Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation) Program and support the component projects, each of which has its own dedicated communications staff.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Africa Rising Project

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia.

The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals’ alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2017, an operating budget of about USD83 million. ILRI is a CGIAR research centre working for a food-secure future.

ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia

The Position: The Africa RISING Communications and Knowledge Sharing Specialist will seek to generate and draw value from the collective program-wide activities, supporting learning and exchange, developing specialist strategic partnerships, and helping to guide and channel knowledge generated through the program for widest application and use.


  • Give strategic leadership to communications and knowledge sharing across the Program
  • Design and facilitate innovative communications support to help achieve the Program’s scaling and dissemination objectives
  • Produce synthetic knowledge and communications products for the Program as a whole
  • Link up with strategic partners and supporting effective engagement
  • Lead program-level external communications and awareness , media relations, etc
  • Act as a communications point of contact for USAID; ensuring that Program and project outputs reach vital USAID audiences
  • Convene and support Program-level learning and science events
  • Support and guide Program-level communities of practice
  • Work with the various communications people in the projects to ensure consistent and complementary approaches and products
  • Support other program-level activities and engagements as needed.
  • Maintain close links with the wider Communications and Knowledge Management groups of the partners, and the donor, to ensure that all communications activities align with Feed the Future, USAID, CGIAR goals and requirements.
  • Participate in a Community of Practice of all Communication Specialists in ILRI


  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline e.g. communications, agriculture, development, journalism, development communications, innovation systems, ICT or development
  • 7 years’ experience in research or development communications or related areas
  • Strong outcome focus on ways that knowledge and communications contribute to the Program’s goals to get research into use
  • Good knowledge and practical experience of different approaches and ways to take research to end users, with partners
  • Expertise with ICT and media applications and tools in rural innovation and knowledge systems
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently in a small team and across different locations
  • Strong record of innovation, creativity and problem solving
  • Excellent interpersonal and team interaction skills and capacities, ideally in multicultural environments
  • High digital literacy: standard office applications, virtual sharing and collaboration platforms, social media and publishing.

Post location: The position is based at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Position level: The position level is 4C

Duration: 3 years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.

Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes 15% Pension, Medical insurance, Life insurance and allowances for: Education, Housing, Relocation, Home leave, Annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.

How to apply:

Applicants should CLICK HERE to send a cover letter and CV explaining their interest in the position, what they can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab above before 12 February 2016. The position title and reference number:  CKSS/01/2017 should be clearly marked on the subject line of the cover letter.

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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

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ILRI is an equal opportunity employer.

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Updated: January 21, 2017 — 9:23 am