Friday, August 28, 2009

Job Vacancies at African Agricultural Technology Foundation

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation is an international non-profit organization registered under the laws of England and Wales in January 2006 with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The Foundation is a one-stop-shop that facilitates and promotes public/private partnerships for the access and delivery of appropriate proprietary agricultural technologies to small-scale farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). It also provides expertise and technical know-how to facilitate the identification, development, delivery and utilization of proprietary agricultural technologies. The Foundation has just opened an office in Abuja, Nigeria.

As part of its start-up activities in Nigeria, the Foundation desires to recruit a focused, energetic, result-oriented and suitably qualified professional to fill the position of a PROJECT COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER.

The successful candidate will provide communication and administrative support to the Foundation in Nigeria. Reporting to the Project Manager and Communications/Partnership Manager, the job holder will be responsible for the design, implementation and management of communication activities for various designated projects undertaken by the Foundation.

Specifically, the successful candidate will:
• Develop, implement and monitor project communications strategies and work plans in line with the Foundation's communications strategy
• Manage all projects-related events and identify visibility opportunities 'that will contribute to realization of the Foundation's corporate goals and objectives
• Manage and update the project partners' databases and ensure timely provision of information to partners and key stakeholders
• Monitor coverage of projects by media and other communication channels; produce project reports and guide project partners appropriately
• Manage the development, production and dissemination of effective project communication products, including project web pages for technical and non-technical audiences
• Manage and align all media activities with project plans, as well as produce detailed periodic project reports to guide project partners appropriately

Qualification, Knowledge, Skills and Experience:
• A good first degree in Communications or any relevant discipline from a reputable university Membership of relevant professional bodies and/or postgraduate degree(s) will be an added advantage
• Minimum of five (5) years' relevant work experience in public relations and communications
• Experience in producing and leading project communications strategies with different stakeholders
• Demonstrable experience in delivery of a wide range of communication products, including written, visual, electronic and exhibitions; knowledge of various online communications tools
• Good understanding of the Sub-Saharan Africa Agricultural policy environment; knowledge of major players in agricultural biotechnology and experience of working with international organizations will be an advantage
• Ability to network with the media in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa and effectively manage and monitor media campaigns
• Fluency in written and spoken English; knowledge of French will be an added advantage
• Strong organizational, public relations and interpersonal skills
• Proficiency in the use of computer applications

Method of Application:
To apply, please quote the reference number ESOO502 as the subject of your e-mail and send your current curriculum vitae (prepared as a Word document, and saved with your full names), a statement of how you meet our selection criteria and the names and contact details (including telephone, fax and e-mail) of three referees who are knowledgeable about your professional achievements and abilities to:

All applications will be treated in confidence. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
For more information about the Foundation, please visit

Closing Date: 8th September 2009.

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