RTI International Communications Manager Job Vacancy in Kenya

RTI International

Position Title: Communications Manager – Short Term Contract

RTI International is an independent organization dedicated to conducting innovative, multidisciplinary
research that improves the human condition.

With a worldwide staff of more than 4,000 people, RTI offers innovative research and development and a full spectrum of multidisciplinary services. Universities in North Carolina founded RTI in 1958 as a centerpiece of the Research Triangle Park.

The Feed the Future Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems Activity, hereafter referred to as KCDMS, is a
five-year (October 2017– September 2022) USAID program, funded as part of Feed the Future, the U.S.
Government’s global hunger, and food security initiative.

KCDMS aims at improving the overall agricultural landscape in Kenya for horticulture and dairy with a focus on five priority areas: a competitive, inclusive, and resilient agricultural market system; diverse agricultural production and improved productivity; an improved policy environment for market systems development; integration of women and youth into agricultural market systems; and collaborative action and learning for market systems change.

The activity is led by RTI International in partnership with East Africa Market Development Associates (EAMDA), Farm Inputs Promotion Africa (FIPS), Making Cents International, Open Capital Advisors, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and Busara Centre for Behavioral Economics.

We seek to recruit a short-term Communications Manager to be based in the Nairobi office.

Job Summary: Communications is an essential component in the overall Feed the Future goal of promoting global food security, poverty reduction and improving nutritional outcomes through agricultural interventions; given the need to continuously share information with key stakeholders in the industry.

As such, the Communications Specialist will oversee the internal and external KCDMS communication functions.

The temporary staff will assume the KCDMS communication functions and assignments that respond to the following:

S/He will facilitate the implementation of KCDMS’ integrated communications strategy focusing on showcasing USAID-KCDMS’ success interventions and lessons learnt for credibility, and targeted behavior-change communication.

Essential Duties:

  • Communicate KCDMS performance by processing, packaging and disseminating a wide range
    of Information, success stories, learning pieces and reports among relevant stakeholders.
  • Technical Documentation and Reporting: work in collaboration with component leads, MEL
    team and Home office support team (Based in America) to edit, brand, and finalize KCDMS
    technical reports including but not limited to Bi-weeklies, Value chain analysis studies, quarterly
    reports, Annual report and work plan among others.
  • Knowledge management: Facilitate development of KCDMS Information, Education and
    Communications (IEC) materials and effective dissemination of the same through the most
    appropriate channels.
  • Maintain the USAID branding and Marking plan: provide guidance to teams internally and
    externally on how best to go about USAID branding on a need by need basis. Ensuring that the
    branding requirements are upheld.
  • Maintaining the KCDMS photo database/video library: Continuously highlight the KCDMS
    interventions through photography and video documentation by external teams (Home office
    photographers etc.)
  • Success story and learning pieces documentation: support finalization the learning pieces and
    success stories, and support dissemination to stakeholders.
  • Events Management: Support the component teams to plan and execute events both the KCDMS
    initiated/ industry driven events and guide on branding requirements.
  • Support activity efforts towards Behavior Change Communications.
  • Media and publicity support: be a liaison for KCDMS media engagements with the USAID and
    other stakeholders.
  • Social media support: consistently update/create any relevant activity pages following approval
    and work towards content generation.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, PR, Mass Media or Information Science and 12 years of experience,
  • Master’s degree and 10 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience in

Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to handle different communication formats.
  • Demonstrate high sensitivity and tolerance to cultural, religious, racial, national origin, age and
    gender issues.
  • Demonstrate discretion in the handling of sensitive and/or confidential issues.
  • Use technology tools effectively.
  • Execute the communication process in knowledge management.
  • Follow the editions and archiving procedures of RTI and USAID
  • Support the elaboration and edition of reports.

Interested candidates should visit this link


and apply by Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

RTI does not permit any payment requests demanded during any part of the hiring process. If such requests are made, please report it to the RTI Ethics Office via HRethics@rti.org. Any candidate making any payment will be disqualified from consideration for future employment with RTI.