Regional Knowledge Manager

Recruiter / Employer: Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT
Contract: Permanent
Salary: Confidential
Status: Expired

Introduction

  • Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT), a not-for-profit organization established in Kenya in 2009, is situated on the main campus of the Internatinal Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Kasarani, Nairobi. The Trust’s goal is to alleviate poverty and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Kenya and pother African countries, through dissemination of information and knowledge on appropriate technology , to improve human, animal, plant and environmental health.
  • BvAT is among the organizations in Africa coordinating initiatives to establish knowledge hubs as an innovative strategy for promoting organic agriculture in the five regiosn of Africa – West, East, North, Central and Southern Africa. BvAT in collaboration with PELUM Uganda is responsible for Knowledge Hub for Eastern Africa (KHEA) under the Knowledge Center for Organic Agriculture in Africa (KCOA) project is seeking to recruit qualified persons for the position of Regonal Knowledge Manager

Job Purpose

  • Within the framework of the Knowledge Centre for Organic Agriculture in Africa (KCOA) with the goal to introduce knowledge hubs successfully as an innovative strategy for promoting organic agriculture with actors in the regions of Africa, the holder of this position will support the process of assembling, validating, organising and sharing of organic agriculture knowledge among various key target audiences within the Knowledge Hub for Eastern Africa (KHEA).
  • The knowledge products to be disseminated will be obtained from research institutions, the Country Implementing Partners (CIPS), farmers and other relevant sources, verified and validated using approved tools.

Key responsibilities

  • Handling all responsibilities of the knowledge hub and the day-to-day operations around the digital knowledge platform at the regional level.
  • Coordinating knowledge verification and validation at regional level to ensure that the content availed and uploaded on the digital knowledge platform meets stands required and responds to user needs in a timely manner.
  • Contracting the regional validation committee and supervising its operations.
  • Supporting country implementing partner focal persons and multipliers to facilitate knowledge dissemination via a variety of channels, including the digital knowledge platform.
  • Supporting country implementing partner focal persons and multipliers to facilitate knowledge dissemination via a variety of channels, including the digital knowledge platform.
  • Active participation in the continental working group on the development of the digital knowledge platform.
  • Participating in identifying, quantifying and providing solutions to knowledge gaps and needs and working with country partners to come up with feasible action plans.
  • Liaising with country implementing partner focal persons, multipliers and like-minded partners and organizations to increase awareness and use of the digital knowledge platform.
  • Working closely with counterparts in other regional hubs to identify, prioritize and deliver on areas for continuous improvement of the knowledge hub and its wide application.
  • Ensuring that contributions, both solicited and unsolicited, are consistent with principles of ecological and sustainable agriculture, and that contributors are well acknowledged.
  • Collecting and analysing feedback from users and Google analytics to inform considerations and recommendations for updating and improving both content and structure of the KCOA platform.
  • Attend to any other relevant tasks that may be assigned by the supervisor from time to time.

Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences such as Agriculture, Ecology, Agronomy, Biology or Environmental Sciences.
  • Sound knowledge of Community Development, Project Management and related qualification from a recognized institution of higher learning.
  • Additional qualification in IT or Computer Science with hands-on ICT skills is a must.

Related Job Experience/Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years’ relevant experience in ecologically sustainable agricultural programs /projects using information management systems and software packages for data collection, storage, retrieval, security and sharing or related field.
  • Experience in knowledge management principles and practices is essential.

Technical Skills

  • Excellent skills in collecting, eliminate redundant and/or duplicate information and organizing digital content.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Capable of breaking down complexity into straight forward language.
  • Ability to prioritize workload to meet deadlines.
  • Capable of managing and overseeing large data with attention to detail.
  • Affinity to IT and Database management and build up. Ability to work with minimal supervision and oversee the work of contractors and 3rd party content providers.
  • Ability to create strategies to grow subscriber base and web traffic metrics.
  • Able to develop ideas and processes and clearly express them.
  • Hands-on, creative, capable of thinking out of the box.
  • Effective analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Proven ability to work with multiple teams.
  • Sound knowledge of project management, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Ability to interact and build strong relationships with various internal and external stakeholders including with NGOs, Government departments and development partners, experts, content providers.
  • Understanding of and personal commitment to ecologically sustainable agriculture.
  • Ability to establish networks with NGOs, Government departments and development partners.
  • Should be fluent in oral and written English and Swahili. Knowledge of French would be an added advantage.

Behavioral Skills

  • Willingness and ability to travel locally and regionally.
  • Keen to detail.
  • Sociable.
  • Ability to take initiative.
  • Team player, good communicator (both written and spoken).
  • Good interpersonal skills.
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