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Knowledge Management and Communications Officer

at Tufts University
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted June 15, 2019
Category Social Sciences and Community
Job Type Full-time


Feed the Future Ethiopia Growth through Nutrition Activity
The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, the only graduate school of nutrition in the United States, is dedicated to passionately advancing nutritional well-being for people worldwide through excellence in research and teaching and the shaping of public policy. Faculty and researchers conduct research supported by substantial external grants and contracts from federal sponsors, private foundations, and generous donors.
Feed the Future Ethiopia Growth through Nutrition Activity is a five-year (Sept 1, 2016 - Aug 31, 2021), $72.9 million award from Feed the Future USAID/Ethiopia to Save the Children US, along with its international partners, JHPIEGO, Land O’ Lakes, Population Services International, The Manoff Group, Tufts University, and World Vision, and local NGOs, to provide ongoing assistance to the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) in strengthening the institutional and policy environment, developing its human resources for nutrition, and implementing strategies that address poverty and food security and social and behavioral barriers to optimal nutrition.
The Growth through Nutrition Activity targets the “1000 Days” households—the critical window for preventing stunting—with activities and Social and Behavior Change Communications to promote the use of services, products, and practices for optimal nutrition. As a follow-on to USAID’s flagship ENGINE project, Growth through Nutrition will build on, expand, and strengthen many of ENGINE’s interventions while making significant new investments in agriculture and WASH, ensuring that nutrition efforts are coordinated across organizations, and harmonizing efforts within GOE agencies. Growth through Nutrition will continue ENGINE’s strategy, focused on supporting country-led policies and programs, strategies, and institutions at all levels, while bringing in additional government and local NGO involvement, as well as the private sector, and the full range of nutrition stakeholders who work on addressing stunting in Ethiopia through partnerships and collaboration. Tufts University is tasked with the crucial role of leading the learning agenda of the project, including research on nutrition and WASH, implementation of strategic evaluations and project knowledge management and dissemination.
The Knowledge Management and Communications Officer will support the Growth through Nutrition team with project knowledge management, communications and admin/operations/finance activities. The Knowledge Management and Communications Officer will report to the Senior Learning Advisor while also working closely with the Tufts operation and finance team.
Responsibilities by Function
Communications & Knowledge Management
Supports the ongoing implementation of a comprehensive knowledge management platform and communication strategy, including:
  •  Cultivate knowledge management approaches and processes; implement strategies for increasing staff engagement with KM tools and platforms
  •  Provide training and guidance on technical tools related to the KM system
  •  Produce web content and keep the project website up to date
  •  Assist in the preparation, formatting, and editing of reports, research briefing papers, best practices from the field, and other learning materials
  •  Assist in creating and distributing external communications materials via web, email, and print to stakeholders and the general public
  •  Program activity documentation through photos and videos - editing and dissemination
  •  Track KM indicators for monthly, quarterly and annual reporting
  • Manage project Yammer or Microsoft Teams account and post frequently
  • Upload and organize Tufts documents on SharePoint
Finance and Budget Management
Supports the Country Representative and Project Administrator in administrating local project finances, including • Prepares Cash and/or Cheque Payment and Receipt Vouchers
  •  Assists with monthly financial reconciliations
  • Prepares tax declaration forms
  • Settles payment of program expenditures
Administrative Support
  •  Prepares/draft letters, memoranda and meeting/workshop minutes/notes as needed
  •  Assist with coordinating logistics for project events and travel, as well as any other research-related support
  •  Keep all files and documents in an organized manner and readily avail when requested
  •  Identity potential vendors/suppliers and make procurements as required
Perform other tasks as assigned.

Job Requirements


  •  Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science, Journalism, Marketing, Communication or similar field from a recognized University
  •  3+ years of job-related experience
  •  Excellent in Social Media tools and computer skills; proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook, and some audio/visual software such as Adobe Creative Suite
  •  Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, in English and Amharic
  •  Excellent interpersonal skills
  •  Prefer some experience with graphic design, photography, video editing
  • Demonstrated experience with communication and administration activities including event planning organization
  •  A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace
  •  Excels at operating in a fast pace, community environment
  •  Collaborative work style and commitment to get the job done
  •  Familiarity with the Growth through Nutrition Activity is a plus

Please note that this position requires some travel to fields (rural project implementation sites) for documentation purpose.

How to Apply

Applicants meeting the requirement should email application with the subject line “Knowledge Management and Communications Officer” to [email protected], including a cover letter, a full C.V with the names and contact information of three references. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.