KMFRI Communication Officer Parastatal Jobs in Kenya

Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), a State Corporation under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, State Department for Fisheries, Aquaculture and the Blue Economy was established by an Act of parliament (The Science and Technology Act Cap. 250 of the Laws of Kenya of 1979) which has since been repealed by The Science, Technology and Innovation Act No.28 of 2013.

KMFRI’s mandate is to undertake research in “marine and freshwater fisheries, aquaculture, environmental and ecological studies, and marine research including chemical and physical oceanography”, in order to provide scientific data and information for sustainable development of the Blue Economy. The Institute is also mandated to cooperate with other organizations and institutions of higher learning in training programmes and on matters of relevant research.

The Institute has Research Centers and Stations located at Mombasa, Kisumu, Naivasha, Baringo, Kegati, Sangoro, Sagana, Shimoni, Turkana, a research substation at Gazi and the Nairobi liaison office.

KMFRI is seeking to recruit self-motivated professionals who are team players to fill the following vacant positions within her approved staff establishment:

CORPORATE COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER (KMFRI GRADE 7)- POSITION ONE (1)

  • Basic Salary Scale: KShs. 61,394 – KShs. 79,812 P.M.
  • House Allowance: KShs. 28,000 P.M.
  • Commuter Allowance: KShs 6,000 P.M.
  • Annual Leave Allowance: KShs 6,000 P.A.
  • Medical Cover & Other Allowances: As provided by KMFRI
  • Terms of Service: Permanent & Pensionable

Responsibilities

  • Participating in the implementation of communication policies and strategies
  • Participating in the planning of organizational events by carefully determining all requirements and liaising with HoD to meet objectives of the functions
  • Inspecting meeting venues, conference halls and training rooms to ensure they are properly set-up prior to functions taking place in the venues
  • Participating in designing, writing first draft press releases, case studies, articles, leaflets, journals, reports, publicity brochures, website content; editing, and moderating social media content where necessary
  • Preparing advertisement content for newspapers and other internal and external media outlets;
  • Coordinating educational visits and liaising with Educational Tours Committee for arrangement of the academic tours and responding to inquiries and requests from the institutions appropriately
  • Providing input in the preparation of departmental work plans and annual budgets
  • Responding to queries made across online platforms such as Facebook, Twitter etc.
  • Editing first draft press releases and assigning appropriate headlines for review by senior PR officers
  • Contributing to implementing and maintaining effective communication channels
  • Contributing to the development, monitoring and updating of the Communications schedule and ensure communications objectives are implemented;
  • Contributing to implementing effective and coordinated change management communication and engagement activities;
  • Editing and translating scientific papers and research work to a language that can be consumed by mass audiences
  • Undertaking general administrative; preparing client files, taking minutes during meetings, presentations, and schedules, as well as monitoring relevant media coverage, and fielding telephone calls from the media and clients.
  • Incorporating online tools to build relationships with current and prospective clients
  • Gathering or researching on publishable information from the public and media for sharing with various stakeholders
  • Assisting in offering photography services, caption and crop photos for use
  • Analyzing social media metrics reports and preparing actionable reports
  • Creating awareness to the public on the Institute’s activities, services and products;

Qualifications

For direct appointment in this grade, a candidate must have:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Studies; or Journalism or Language & Literary Studies; or Public Relations; or Mass Communication; or Social Media Journalism; or Science Communication
  • Relevant job experience preferably in digital branding and content generation
  • Attained minimum C+ (plus) in KCSE
  • Relevant professional certificate in science communication or its equivalent
  • Proficiency in computer applications
  • Fulfilled the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution

Key Competencies and Skills

  • Communication skills;
  • Interpersonal skills;
  • Editing skills
  • Crisis management skills
  • Knowledge of budgeting
  • Good team player; and
  • Analytical skills
  • Creative skills
  • Ability to work under pressure.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates MUST complete the KMFRI Job Application Form, attach their testimonials, certificates, copy of their National Identification Card (ID) and Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Submit their applications both in HARD and SOFT COPY, and envelopes containing the documents should clearly be marked with the position applied for and sent to the address below not later than Wednesday, 7th July 2021.

The Director General,
Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute,
P. O. Box 81651 – 80100,
Silos Road, English Point, Mkomani,
Mombasa, KENYA
Email: recruitment@kmfri.go.ke

Shortlisted candidates in compliance with the Chapter Six of the Constitution will be required to present originals of the following documents during the interviews:
1. Certificate of Good Conduct from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations
2. Clearance/Compliance Certificate from Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)
3. Tax Compliance Certificate from Kenya Revenue Authority
4. Clearance from Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)
5. Clearance from recognized Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)

NOTE:
1. Only SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES will be contacted and shall be required to produce originals of their National Identity Card, academic and professional certificates and clearance certificates during the interviews.

2. Any canvassing will lead to AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFICATION.

KMFRI IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY, PERSONS LIVING WITH DISABILITY, WOMEN, YOUTH AND THOSE FROM MARGINALIZED AREAS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

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