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Full-time Regional Communication and Information Officer

at Heifer International in Nairobi

Regional Communication & Information Officer at Heifer International in Nairobi – Kenya Jobs, Careers and Vacancies


Our Client Heifer International is a global nonprofit humanitarian development organization dedicated to ending hunger and poverty and caring for the Earth by empowering small holder farm families around the globe to become self reliant and attain sustainable livelihood through economically viable animal agricultural enterprise. Dairy value chain development is one of the key inventions of Heifer International in the East Africa region and Kenya in particular. The intervention has been implemented through a major umbrella project, the East African Dairy Development project (EADD) which started in 2008 with the objective of doubling household dairy incomes. The five year pilot project which has just ended (EADD-1) was implemented by a consortium of five partners including Heifer International (the lead partner), Technoserve, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), and African Breeders Services-Total Cattle Management. The project is now embarking on the second phase, EADD-2. In Kenya, the second phase of the project will adopt a more private sector led strategy with the overall objective of building significant partnerships with public and private organizations for co-funding, innovative design and overall project expansion. In addition to focusing on institutional capacity building to potential partner institutions, the project will also pilot innovative techniques and approaches in the industry to provide important lessons on improving dairy cattle feeding, breeding and animal health practices.

The position is responsible for ensuring that project information is packaged, disseminated and utilized by appropriate users and is in conformity with EADD’s agenda for the region.


  • Plan, develop and manage all systems of information flow and communications in EADD.
  • Review and guide implementation of communication and networking strategy for EADD at regional & country levels.
  • Assist the country programs to develop and implement a grant and external donor agency strategy.
  • Design, write, edit, produce and distribute simple and/or complex communication products (e.g. newsletters, annual report, short note series, brochures, Web sites) to communicate consistent and coherent strategic messages about EADD and its activities.
  • Coordinate donor and volunteer activities, including regular communications, visits, events, study tours, etc.
  • Stay informed and share on issues of socioeconomic development, poverty eradication, fundraising and community development programs and policies, as they relate to EADD.
  • Develop collegial connections with media representatives for directing their interests to EADD accomplishments in East Africa.
  • Train and keep EADD staff informed of dialogue techniques with media.
  • Serve as EADD’s internal consultant on media relations in East Africa.
  • Prepare updates and handouts on EADD’s work and situation for EADD partners and other visitors.
  • Provide recommendations to senior management staff on media strategies, public statements and other information matters.
  • Meet frequently with EADD management to discuss new programs, special events, outreach to media, donors, etc.
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in EADD’s communications (both internal and external) and take measures to leverage or address them.
  • Assist in organizing project events and formation of such events as conferences, workshops and seminars.
  • Document and share key success stories detailing the project contribution to specific change of lives in East Africa.

Minimum Requirements
You must have a university degree in Public Relations, Communications or equivalent and 5+ years experience, at least 2 years in supervisory capacity.
You must be a strategic thinker able to anticipate future developments that impact our image.

Most Critical Proficiencies

  • Good analytical skills and ability to verify information.
  • Excellent qualities and management, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A good understanding and sensitivity to issues associated with poverty, hunger and environment, and knowledge of the context to which non-profit organizations operate.
  • Ability to promote the vision and strategic goals of EADD.
  • Computer proficient in word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tools, electronic mail and Internet software (Microsoft Office preferred).
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Skilled at strategic thinking and anticipating future developments and trends to incorporate them into organizational plans.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in English, oral and written, with knowledge of Kiswahili and/or other East African language.

Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands

  • Preparing and presenting documents in a well-designed and attractive format with superior attention to detail.
  • Ability to lead teams effectively and exhibit strong conflict resolution skills.
  • Proven team and customer care skills with the ability to train and work cooperatively with a diverse staff, including field staff in several locations.
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling EADD’s values and ethical standards.
  • Openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
  • Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues both within and outside of Kenya.
  • May require constant sitting and moving; working at a computer for extended periods.
  • Working with sensitive information and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Performing multiple tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness to work with a flexible schedule.
  • Willingness to travel both locally and internationally.

How to Apply:
You should only apply for only one position and your application should include a cover letter that demonstrates why you are the best suited candidate for it; a detailed CV highlighting relevant experience; details of current and expected remuneration; a daytime phone contact, email address, and the names of three professional referees.

All applications and enquiries should be sent to

Adept Systems
Management Consultants
P O Box 6416,
Nairobi, GPO 00100


Closing date: Friday, 13th December 2013

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Please note that we do not charge fees for receiving or processing job applications.

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