Communication Officer I

The candidate will implement the COHESA communications strategy to ensure partners and stakeholders are fully engaged and to maximise project impact. In addition, this position will spend a small portion of the time to ensure that COHESA integrates with other One Health activities at ILRI. This role will help to communicate the project results to key stakeholders, support communications and coordination amongst project partners and mitigate any issues related to communication of results. They will also be involved in wider project advocacy. This position will report to the One Health Communications Coordinator, and work closely with PI of COHESA and ILRI Communications and Knowledge Management Team.

Key Responsibilities:

Strategy and implementation

Review and develop the COHESA Comms and Knowledge Management plan that focuses on improving visibility and knowledge sharing internally and externally

Knowledge management/knowledge sharing

Provide regular updates on project findings and activities to key stakeholders (i.e. blog posts, newsletters)
Develop a newsletter to promote activities in COHESA
Organise and facilitate delivery of a webinar series
Facilitate (moderate) stakeholder and planning meetings when needed and provide relevant One Health promotional materials as needed
Ensure all outputs are curated onto COHESA CGspace collection

Communications and external engagement

Maintain and update online content including the ILRI online content and social media when applicable
Support editing of written outputs and knowledge products
Manage and support the COHESA Observatory (a virtual platform for One health knowledge sharing)
Source relevant posts from in-country partners
Engage with media in the different counties to bring visibility and build awareness on One Health capacity with governance and education in Collaboration with ILRI CKM Media and Advocacy Lead.
Work with country coordinators, country multipliers and stakeholders to generate progress and success stories and regular COHESA communication updates
Support production of knowledge products from COHESA findings that can be used in policy engagement and advocacy



Work closely with the ILRI One Health Communications Coordinator as the link to One Health activities to ensure that OH activities are visible at the Institutional level and within One CGIAR.
Work closely with the ILRI communications institutional team to ensure alignment with ILRI guidelines, messaging and other work.
Reporting lines:

The position will report to One Health Coordinator, with secondary line reporting to the COHESA Primary Investigator
10% of time will be allotted from ILRI communications (CKM)


Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism or related field
7 years’ experience in communications for development, agriculture or One Health activities
Experience in developing communication and knowledge management strategies
Proven ability to communicate research findings using various media
Fluency in written English
Expertise in risk communication in project context
Experience in developing behaviour change communication plans to reach different audiences
Ability to facilitate stakeholder meetings.
Highly competent in using a range of web-based and social media tools
Knowledge of internal sharing tool such as share point an advantage


Click “APPLY FOR JOB” button above to apply for this job.

About International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for better and more sustainable use of livestock. ILRI is a CGIAR research centre - part of a global research partnership for a food-secure future.