Communication Assistant

World Agroforestry Centre, Bamako, Mali

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
4th July, 2015

Job Description

 The Communication Assistant will perform all tasks related to communication, events covering, visitors, records maintenance and the assistance in the implementation and monitoring of the communication strategy to enhance the visibility of ICRAF-WCA / Sahel.
 To be based in Bamako (Samanko station), the Communication Assistant will assist in managing internal and external communication in order to promote all project activities.

To ensure effective external communication he/she shall:

 Provide support for external communication activities, such as workshops, events, contact with the media for advocacy and media and newspapers coverage of activities in the Sahel Node;
 Implement in collaboration with the Information and Communications Officer at the WCA Regional Office, a communication plan on an annual basis,
 Writing press-release, media folder
 Create communication mediums, upload information and maintain the ICRAF-WCA/Sahel website and ensure the site administrator rights (updating site content portal for information from the activities and projects implemented by ICRAF-WCA / Sahel and its partners in the West African sub-region

To ensure effective internal communication he/she shall:

 Defline Project communication procédures.
 Elaborate an internal communication strategy.
 Create an internal magazine.
 Cover field activities and main evolution steps of work.
 Send events reports to internal newsletters.
 Assist management in the organization of events and ensure effective coverage of project highlights during events.
 Ensure good storage of folders and other communication medium and a database.
 Prepare terms of reference and ensure the preparation, monitoring and quality control of communication services/information/visibility (printing and distribution of brochures, media coverage, brochures, video / documentary, etc.) of ICRAF- WCA / Sahel
 Carry out any other tasks requested by the Sahel Node Coordinator or the Supervisor.

Qualifications and experience:

 A minimum 3 years of work in complementary fields of communication, the applicant must be a holder of at least a Professional diploma (HND)/BA/BSc degree in one or more relevant communications field (Communication Sciences, journalism, editing, mass media, public relations or related discipline).

Skills and competencies

 Thorough knowledge in PAO, information law
 Possessing excellent interpersonal and diplomacy skills
 Responsive, rigorous, available
 Good Journalism/reporting/writing skills
 High quality of organizational skills
 Liability to manage stress
 Proficient in both English and French. A third regional language will be an advantage
 Be pro-active
 Be creative and able to innovatively use New Information and Communication Technology Equipment
 Good familiarity with integrated management of natural resources projects (agricultural, forestry, agroforestry) research and development sectors will be an asset.


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