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Communications Specialist, WRI Africa Food Program
World Resources Institute (WRI)
Posted 1 week ago
Job Description

This position is hybrid requiring a few days per week in Nairobi, Kenya; WRI Africa Regional Office. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission. WRI is unable to sponsor any visa work sponsorship for this position.

About the Program:

WRI Africa’s Food Program aims to transform food systems in the continent to create a better future for people, nature and the climate. We do this by addressing food and nutritional insecurity for a rapidly growing population while driving economic development, increasing their resilience to climate change, reducing biodiversity loss, and generating greater equity outcomes for women, children, youth and other vulnerable groups. We develop cutting-edge research and innovative partnerships to produce more food while protecting and restoring ecosystems and shifting toward lower-carbon consumption patterns.

Job Highlight:

Reporting to the Senior Communications Manager for Africa, you will support the Africa Food program and the Food and Land Use Coalition Kenya platform. You will design and implement communications and engagement strategies, lead media relations, and manage communication support for events. You will curate communications products to elevate people-centered stories and messages for various channels, such as websites, social media, blogs, and publications. You will work with food program team and partners in priority countries in Africa to develop communication products and messaging to promote project activities, create awareness, share lessons learned and increase the overall visibility of project activities. You will work in collaboration with other communications professionals across the institute on joint efforts to promote WRI’s mission and values.


What will you do:

Communications and Engagement (60%):

  • Develop and implement a communications and engagement plan for the Food Program in Africa, including the FOLU Kenya country platform
  • Creatively translate technical and scientific content into products that are understood and used by a wide range of audience including farmers
  • Coordinate and help develop audience-specific knowledge products
  • Coordinate and help develop effective outreach material including high-quality presentations, publications, newsletters, blogs, photographs, videos, testimonials, webinars, social media, etc.
  • Ensure that the Africa food program website is updated
  • Maintain a library of photos, videos and publications
  • Facilitate communication between partners and the public through dissemination of research and data, publications, media outreach, and digital communications

Media Relations (20%):

  • Draft press releases and coordinate the release of media advisories to promote research
  • Coordinate project media relations including identifying opportunities for media coverage, responding to media requests, and arranging interviews as appropriate
  • Maintain a list of media coverage of the Food Program
  • Maintain a list of media contacts within the food program scope

Events (10%):

  • Coordinate the production of webinars with relevant program teams
  • Coordinate communication support for program events including social promotion and coverage, photography, media outreach, production of communication products, and post-event communication reports
  • Contribute to WRI Africa’s list of events to ensure effective and efficient coordination of communication support

Institutional communications (10%):

  • Contribute to WRI Africa’s communication initiatives such as compiling content for international days, blogs, the release of flagship reports, and newsletters.

What will you need:

  • Education: You have completed a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, journalism, or social sciences preferred
  • Experience: You have minimum of 5 years full-time work experience in a similar role in the agriculture/ food systems sector, preferably with international development organizations, knowledge institutions, or media
  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills.
  • Experience in storytelling and writing human interest stories
  • Creative, detail-oriented, and highly organized individual with a strong interest in partnerships, coordination, and communications
  • Ability proactively identify and lead opportunities for communication activities.
  • Experience in designing and organizing events
  • Self-motivated with an ability to juggle multiple priorities, handle assignments independently, and work under tight deadlines
  • Flexibility, breadth of interests, and willingness to explore unfamiliar issues
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, resiliency, flexibility, and drive
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in teams and encourage knowledge sharing to achieve organizational goals and preferred experience of working in coalitions and other collaborative partnership models
  • Willingness and ability to travel within the region and internationally
  • Languages: Verbal and written English proficiency
  • Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization

Potential Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply: Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of 19 February 2024. You must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

What we offer:

  • A competitive salary
  • Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the US
  • The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organization with access to varied learning and training opportunities
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work
  • The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI
  • Commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours
  • Generous leave days that increase with tenure

About Us:

Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

Our mission and values:

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence and Respect.

Our culture:

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment; we embrace all diversity and encourage women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.

Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.

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