VACANCY: Communication and Knowledge Management Officer

Vacancy Summary

  • Organisation Type: Government / non profit
  • Sector: NGOs / Government
  • Field of Expertise: Communications / PR
  • Work Experience: 6-10 years
  • Preferred Candidates: Only international jobseekers invited to apply
  • Posted on: Oct 11, 2019
  • Vacancy closing date: Oct 27, 2019

Job Description

Field of activity
The Network of Excellence for Land Governance in Africa (NELGA) is a partnership of over 50 institutions of higher education across Africa, which have proven leadership in education, training and research in one or more aspects of land governance. NELGA has been established by the African Land Policy Center (ALPC) with support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in collaboration with other partners.

The main objectives of NELGA include:
1. Enhancing training opportunities and curricula on land governance in Africa
2. Promoting demand driven research on land policy issues
3. Connecting scholars and researchers across Africa through academic networks
4. Sourcing/collecting data and information for monitoring and evaluation on land policy reforms

To coordinate its activities and facilitate implementation of the Network in the different African regions, seven NELGA Nodes – regional coordination units – have been established. These are: Northern Africa: Institut Agronomique et Veterinaire Hassan II, (in Morocco); Southern Africa: Namibia University of Science and Technology; Eastern Africa: Ardhi University (based in Tanzania); Anglophone West Africa: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (based in Ghana); Francophone West Africa: Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis (in Senegal); Central Africa: Université Yaoundé I, (Cameroon) and the University of Western Cape in South Africa as a technical node.
A secretariat for NELGA is currently being established and will be hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The NELGA secretariat will serve as the administrative office of NELGA and will be responsible for liaising with the Regional Nodes and acting as the link between the Nodes and other partners. Other functions of the Secretariat will include:
• Enable and enhance communication between partners
• Development and implementation of network structures (decision-making, NELGA membership, governance)
• Organize NELGA Steering Committee Meetings and support implementation of decisions
• Development of a sustainability strategy
• Partnerships and resource mobilisation
• Coordinate joint activities between the Nodes and NELGA institutions (e.g. research, trainings and knowledge exchanges)
• Knowledge management and communication for NELGA, including NELGA virtual platform and website, Data Repository, Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA), NELGA Journal)
• Organization and logistics of meetings and events

Responsibilities and tasks
As Communication and Knowledge Management Officer you are responsible for the design and implement of a Communication & Knowledge Management Strategy for NELGA.

Your specific tasks are:
• Identify the communication and knowledge management needs of NELGA and suggest appropriate knowledge management and communications tools/services;
• Capture, document and effectively disseminate knowledge, lessons learned as well as land governance related topics and activities in collaboration with other NELGA partners;
• Provide technical support to NELGA partners for documentation and dissemination of re-search findings, policy dialogues, curricula reviews and other knowledge management activities;
• Design and organize knowledge sharing events, including webinars, workshops, conferences (including the biannual Conference on Land Policy in Africa – CLPA), and peer learning sessions;
• Develop, design and publish promotional materials for NELGA (factsheets, flyers, posters, etc.), in adherence to Communication & Media Policies while maintaining the NELGA brand;
• Update and maintain the NELGA website and virtual exchange platform as well as the NELGA Journal and manage the platform’s community engagement;
• Develop, maintain and regularly update a NELGA mailing list as well as stakeholder list.

• M.Sc. in the field of Knowledge Management, Development Communication, Journalism or related discipline;
• 5 years of relevant working experience and a sound knowledge of communication strategies, knowledge management tools;
• Broad understanding and experience preferably in international organization and NGO experience and in the land governance or related sector;
• Ability to effectively communicate with stakeholders and external parties on different levels;
• Flexibility and inter-cultural adaptability;
• High degree of self-motivation and creativity with attention to detail;
• Very good computer and graphic design skills, especially Microsoft and Adobe products;
• Excellent writing and communication skills, excellent command of the English language, French is a strong asset.

The initial contract duration is two years.

Application deadline

Application procedure

Interested and qualified candidates shall submit their motivation letter along with their CV to by October 27, 2019, clearly indicating the position title in the subject line of the e-mail.
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