The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is seeking an agency or consultant with high level editing and writing skills to support the WCAO communications team. The successful agency will play a key role in promoting the West and Central Africa Office work and activities including its ReSAKSS program. The successful agency or consultant will work closely with the WCAO Communication team to identify opportunities to write blogs, op-eds seek international media partnerships to promote blogs, research findings, publications and activities in the news by pitching newsworthy products to targeted journalists and media outlets, with the goal of growing IFPRI-WCAO and ReSAKSS media presence both quantitatively and qualitatively.
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) provides research-based policy solutions to sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition in developing countries. Established in 1975, IFPRI currently has more than 500 employees working in over 50 countries. It is a research center of the CGIAR Consortium, a worldwide partnership engaged in agricultural research for development.
a) Vision and Mission
IFPRI’s vision is a world free of hunger and malnutrition. Its mission is to provide research-based policy solutions that sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition
b) What We Do
Research at IFPRI focuses on six strategic areas:
Ensuring Sustainable Food Production: IFPRI’s research analyzes options for policies, institutions, innovations, and technologies that can advance sustainable food production in a context of resource scarcity, threats to biodiversity, and climate change.
Promoting Healthy Food Systems: IFPRI examines how to improve diet quality and nutrition for the poor, focusing particularly on women and children, and works to create synergies among the three vital components of the food system: agriculture, health, and nutrition.
Improving Markets and Trade: IFPRI’s research focuses on strengthening markets and correcting market failures to enhance the benefits from market participation for small-scale farmers.
Transforming Agriculture: The aim of IFPRI’s research in this area is to improve development strategies to ensure broad-based rural growth and to accelerate the transformation from low-income, rural, agriculture-based economies to high-income, more urbanized, and industrial service-based ones.
Building Resilience: IFPRI’s research explores the causes and impacts of environmental, political, and economic shocks that can affect food security, nutrition, health, and well-being and evaluates interventions designed to enhance resilience at various levels.
Strengthening Institutions and Governance: IFPRI’s research on institutions centers on collective action in management of natural resources and farmer organizations. Its governance-focused research examines the political economy of agricultural policymaking, the degree of state capacity and political will required for achieving economic transformation, and the impacts of different governance arrangements.
Beyond research, IFPRI’s work includes partnerships, communications, and capacity strengthening. The Institute collaborates with development implementers, public institutions, the private sector, farmers’ organizations, and other partners around the world
II- ABOUT ReSAKSS :
Established in 2006 under the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) supports efforts to promote evidence- and outcome-based policy planning and implementation. ReSAKSS provides data and related analytical and knowledge products to facilitate benchmarking, review, and mutual learning processes. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) facilitates the overall work of ReSAKSS in partnership with the African Union Commission, the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), leading regional economic communities, and Africa-based CGIAR centers.
By documenting and disseminating lessons learned from research, policies, impact assessments, and on-the-ground experiences, ReSAKSS supports the creation of effective growth and poverty-reduction strategies.
By serving as a knowledge platform and resource storehouse, ReSAKSS supports policy planning and analysis, as well as dialogue on CAADP and, more broadly, Africa’s agricultural and rural development.
The ReSAKSS website tracks CAADP indicators outlined in the CAADP Results Framework (2015–2025), including the 2014 Malabo Declaration targets
The selected agency will be asked to:
-Write newsworthy and impactful blogs, stories promoting WCAO and ReSAKSS image to targeted audiences
-Write and edit press materials such as press releases, opinion articles, pitches, and other content.
-Proactively identify and pitch stories that feature IFPRI WCAO research
-Maintain and develop relationships with journalists from key media outlets globally.
-Work closely with the Senior Communication Specialist and team members to share information, plan for upcoming media events, and craft stories from research in a variety of mediums.
-Compose clear, concise, grammatically correct and original blogs and messages using different writing styles that appeal to target audiences.
-Support the team in writing and editing articles for newsletters, briefs, online blogs, news articles, briefing documents, whitepapers, annual reports and other written material
-Edit written material composed by researchers, scientists and other WCAO communications staff
-Develop story and content ideas while being mindful of the audience
-Explain and write about scientific and technical issues in simple and appealing language
- Have at least 5 years of experience in communication, writing or journalism
-Have experience in providing communications support to NGOs
- Experience in the field of communication and writing web / journalism (press articles, reports, brochures, newsletters, etc.)
- Have sufficient technical communication skills, particularly in the field of production of technical documents related to sustainable development issues
-To be creative and original in the production of articles / stories blogs or documents
-Proven experience working in a technical writing position
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and good knowledge of French
-Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
-Ability to write in explanatory and procedural styles for multiple audiences
-Skilled at prioritization and multi-tasking
-High proficiency with computers: Knowledge of MS Office,
-Solid composition, grammar and proofreading skills
-Demonstrated understanding of scientific and technical terms
-Ability to prioritize tasks and work responsibly with minimal direction and supervision
-Ability to adjust to unexpected urgent matters
The contract will be signed for 6 months and will be renewable.
All applicants will be asked to propose a grid with preferential rates for each required task. Please also specify your preference for a quarterly or semi-annual monthly payment.
Please send your technical and financial proposals to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for submitting applications is March 30th, 2018