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11 Feb 2020

Young Professional Knowledge Management and Communication Officer (Open only for Afghanistan nationals)

11 Mar 2020

Knowledge Management and Communication
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) seeks to enable sustainable and resilient mountain development for improved and equitable livelihoods through knowledge generation and regional cooperation. 

ICIMOD is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge-sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Working in partnership with regional and international organizations, ICIMOD aims to influence policy and practices to meet environmental and livelihood challenges emerging in the HKH. ICIMOD provides a platform for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from the region and around the globe to generate and share knowledge, support evidence-based decision making, and encourage regional cooperation. 

ICIMOD works through its six Regional Programmes: 1) Adaptation and Resilience Building, 2) Transboundary Landscapes, 3) River Basins and Cryosphere, 4) Atmosphere, 5) Mountain Environment Regional Information System, and 6) Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks. These regional programmes are supported by four Thematic Areas – Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions – and underpinned by the Knowledge Management and Communication (KMC) Unit. ICIMOD seeks to contribute to reducing poverty and vulnerability and improving the lives and livelihoods of mountain women, men and children, now and in the future.

KMC acts as a resource for the organization through preparation and distribution of technical publications and informational materials, media-related activities, outreach events, content development, and maintenance of internal and external websites, all in accordance with the ICIMOD brand guidelines.

Selection Process
We invite young professionals from Afghanistan to apply through ICIMOD’s online application system by submitting an expression of interest for the Young ICIMOD Professional Programme (YIPP). The most relevant submission will be awarded a one-year position at ICIMOD, with the possibility of extension for one more year subject to performance and funding, during which the selected candidate will work with highly experienced scientists from all over the region and across the globe. 

The following components should be included in the expression of interest:
  • Letter of motivation
  • Personal profile (CV), including educational background and relevant coursework 

Responsibilities and Task
Under the overall guidance of the Head of KMC and the direct supervision of the Group Lead for KMC Focal Persons and in coordination with relevant programme coordinators, the Young Professional will be responsible for the below-listed activities and other activities which may be decided at the time of joining in order to match the skills of the individual with the needs of the project. 

Synthesis, editing, and documentation
  • Support in synthesizing initiatives’ achievements and developing strategic documents such as issue briefs and other knowledge products for influencing policy and practice 
  • Develop draft publications or other forms of communication materials such as videos and flyers from diverse materials provided by programme staff such as reports, summaries, presentations, and verbal inputs 
  • Prepare impact stories for web and wider dissemination (travel may be required to project activity sites)
  • Summarize and rewrite text for different purposes (e.g. media articles, web summaries, information sheets)
  • Support documentation of workshops and conferences as a rapporteur, which may include editing
  • Ensure that relevant initiative publications are collected, registered, and shared through HimalDoc, ICIMOD’s online document repository
  • Edit routine publications such as workshop reports and other publications, as and when needed

Internal liaison and coordination
  • Facilitate interface of initiatives with KMC for smooth running of operations in-house and with outside consultants, including designing, layout, and publishing
  • Provide relevant inputs and information to keep the initiatives’ websites and other information portals up to date 
  • Identify the communication and knowledge management needs of the initiatives and suggest appropriate tools/services available in-house

Programme support
  • Provide support to external consultants or on concepts where relevant for the website design and development of partner organizations 
  • Support the thematic focal persons to design and update information on the initiatives’ web page
  • Report on lessons learnt from projects as per requirements
  • Support liaison with partners (potentially including local or national government agencies) in disseminating project achievements and identifying/facilitating opportunities for uptake and scaling up 
  • Support the execution of country-based events such as workshops and co-learning opportunities 
  • Perform other related duties as required and as may be requested by the supervisor

Criteria for Selection
  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in communications, journalism, development communications, knowledge management, or a related field
  • Minimum five years’ work experience in communications
  • Excellent communication skills and sound knowledge of information technology and communication strategies and platforms
  • Ability to work smoothly across teams with intercultural and gender sensitivity, and to contribute to building commitment among team members

  • Cross-cultural impact: Adapts to various customs and practices 
  • Results orientation: Takes responsibility for fulfilling challenging goals set in line with organizational processes 
  • Team work and cooperation: Solicits ideas and opinions to help form specific plans and take decisions cohesively 
  • Analytical thinking: Uses logical thinking to solve problems, develop plans, and contribute to the decision-making process while taking different viewpoints into account
  • Impactful communication: Is a good communicator and listener, able to convey thoughts and ideas clearly and concisely 
  • Continuous improvement and innovation: Seeks to improve work processes by implementing new practices and technologies 
  • Developing others: Supports a culture of learning and provides feedback on the performance of others, including adherence to protocol
  • Behavioural flexibility and managing change: Adapts to change and adjusts to new circumstances while helping others do the same
Duty Station
The duty station is Kathmandu. Frequent travel in the HKH region may be required.
One year, of which the first three months will be probationary, with the possibility of extension for one more year subject to performance and funding.
Start Date
As early as possible.
The Young Professional will be paid a monthly lump sum, the level of which will depend on the applicant’s academic qualifications and experience (master’s degree or PhD). The Young Professional will also be reimbursed for one round-trip air ticket from her/his home base to Kathmandu and a housing allowance of up to USD 200 per month.
Gender and Equity Policy

Qualified and eligible women candidates and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. ICIMOD implements a gender equity policy and is supportive of working women. It operates a day-care centre at its campus and is committed to integrating gender issues at the organizational and programmatic levels.

Method of Application

Applicants are requested to apply online before 10 March 2020 through ICIMOD's online application system.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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With one foot in research and one foot in development, we work to influence and advance policy and promote sustainable development in one of the most complex places in the world.

Our team

We're seeking dedicated team members at every level to share in our global mission. Both internally and externally, our multicultural staff and partners are our greatest asset.

Where we focus

We work to improve the lives and livelihoods of men, women, and children of the HKH and protect mountain environments and cultures.

How we work

We raise awareness on mountain issues and amplify mountain voices in global forums. We connect the landscape working across scales, organizations, and disciplines to bring countries together around science and knowledge.

Our culture

A diverse perspective

We work across countries and cultures in a region where the forces of climate change and globalization are threatening resources and communities.

Create knowledge

Our knowledge is an asset we are determined to share. We create knowledge, seek to understand problems, and present possible solutions by facilitating research, producing data and sharing good practices.

Connect the landscape

We work across scales, organizations, and disciplines to bring countries together around science and knowledge.

Promote resilience

The knowledge we create and share helps the people of the HKH become more resilient, make the most of new opportunities, and prepare for change.

Policies & strategies

The policies and strategies define what we expect of ourselves, and our partners, as we operate with integrity.

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Protect the pulse

This is our rally cry, our call to action, the force that drives us in three simple words. The HKH is the pulse of the planet and changes happen here before they happen anywhere else. Learn more about this critical global resource, and how we are here to protect it.

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