Project Coordinator and Communications Specialist Job Vacancy in Nairobi, Kenya - Land O'Lakes Venture37

Position Title: Project Coordinator and Communications Specialist - East Africa


Land O'Lakes Venture37 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to helping communities around the world build economies by strengthening local agriculture, helping agribusinesses create jobs and linking farmers to markets. Since 1981, it has implemented over 315 integrated dairy, livestock, and crops development programs in nearly 80 countries — creating lasting impact by linking farmers, businesses, and the public and private sector in local and global contexts. Land O’Lakes Venture37’s long-standing affiliation with Land O’Lakes, Inc. sets it apart. Land O’Lakes, Inc. is one of America’s largest farmer-owned cooperatives. It supports Land O’Lakes Venture37 project implementation with nearly 100 years of expertise in dairy, animal nutrition, crop inputs and agricultural insights and technologies. This gives Land O’Lakes Venture37 development projects a unique global view of agriculture, food and the power of well-functioning market systems. Land O’Lakes, Inc. supports these efforts as part of its enterprise purpose of Feeding Human Progress at home and around the world.

Project Description:

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds the Trade of Agriculture Safely and Efficiently (TRASE) program in the East African Community (Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania) to enhance its Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Systems and harmonization efforts. SPS systems and regulations must be in place to ensure food is safe and wholesome for domestic consumption and trade and this project will integrate SPS systems into policy and institutions. By working with the EAC governments to design specific intervention and focusing on risk management and regulatory authorities, SPS systems can improve value chains and ensure there are measures in place to protect the safety of domestic food supplies and drive increased regional and international trade. Activities will make substantial contributions to increasing agricultural productivity and expand trade of agricultural products.

Position Summary:

The project coordination and communication specialist will ensure that planned activities are not only effectively implemented, but also presented to the region and the stakeholders in a timely, accurate and appealing fashion. The incumbent shall coordinate implementation of TRASE project activities and the TRASE communication plan in the 5 EAC partner states of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, working closely with the Chief of Party, the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Advisors and the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager to facilitate well-coordinated national and regional activities, whilst ensuring effective communication channels are maintained at all operational levels.

Primary Responsibilities:

Primary responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to the following:

1. Support implementation of the TRASE Communication Plan

  • Work with the EAC secretariat to develop the regional SPS communication plan
  • Work with the project team in the planning, development and implementation of communication activities that support SPS reforms across the public and private sectors in the region.
  • Engage with the TRASE SPS country advisors, coordinate the development of communication products, over-see the quality of design, accuracy of content and its suitability for target audiences.
  • Facilitate the development of the project crisis communication plan.
  • Facilitate the COP and SPS Advisors to represent and act on behalf of TRASE as necessary, at TRASE events as well as partners’ events such as conferences, workshops and, meetings.
  • Develop and maintain a stakeholder feedback mechanism—keeping track of complaints and recommendations and following up with the project team to ensure they are addressed.
  • Work with the MEAL Manager to undertake periodic reviews of the communication related activities, in particular support the inspectors’ practitioners’ group on LinkedIn and provide necessary updates to the project team.
  • Coordinate preparation of conference presentations and other technical outputs based on the TRASE work plan under implementation.
  • Assist the MEAL manager to identify, collect, store and disseminate qualitative information and case studies to stakeholders.
  • Liaise with the LOL Venture37 corporate communication team to facilitate development of case studies and communication materials as necessary.

2. Coordination of Calendar of events, TRASE and EAC SPS meetings

  • Maintain and coordinate a calendar of SPS meetings, workshops, and other activities organized by the EAC secretariat, development partners and other stakeholders
  • Maintain and coordinate a calendar of key TRASE project events at national and regional levels
  • Work with the project team to coordinate national SPS Committees in the planning, organizing and execution of the EAC SPS Committee meetings
  • Work with the project team in planning, organizing and executing the TRASE project Steering Committee meetings

3. Support implementation of the TRASE Work Plan

  • Participate in the development of project work plans
  • Coordinate national SPS committees to implement the TRASE work plan, as well as utilize multiple media channels to reach a wide range of stakeholders from the public and private sectors
  • Coordinating SPS advocacy activities implemented by the key private sector partners
  • Maintain and continuously update a database of TRASE stakeholders

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum of an undergraduate degree in a relevant field (Communications, Media Studies, Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing, etc.)
  • At least five years' experience undertaking coordination and communication related functions including on social media
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Computer literate with capability in email, MS office, infographics and related business and communication tools
  • Content writing experience for all media platforms and social media and networking expertise
  • Experience in coordinating multi-country operations preferable in international Governmental or non-Governmental organizations.

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