Knowledge Management and Communication Officer (Project Position)

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

Kathmandu, , NP


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 reducing poverty and vulnerability and improve the lives and livelihoods of mountain women and 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.

Responsibilities and task
Under the overall guidance of the Head of KMC and the direct supervision of the Group Lead for KMC Focal Persons, the Knowledge Management and Communication Officer will work closely with the initiatives and will be responsible for the following tasks:
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 material provided by programme staff such as reports, summaries, presentations, and verbal inputs
  • Prepare impact stories for web and public dissemination (travel to project sites may be required)
  • Summarize and rewrite text for different purposes (e.g., media articles, peer-reviewed journal articles, web summaries, and information sheets)
  • Support documentation of workshops and conferences as a rapporteur and/or editor
  • Ensure that 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
Planning, networking, and outreach
  • Prepare and design strategies and plans for communication and outreach for the initiative within the framework of the KMC Strategy
  • Expand the initiative’s outreach on the basis of its existing communication strategy targeted at varied knowledge networks
  • In collaboration with other KMC colleagues, draft press releases, advisories, factsheets, newsletters, press/media kits, event proceedings, and news stories for media uptake and to inform key partners and other targeted audiences about the results and achievements of the initiative
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing with partners providing a steady flow of news and stories for website/publications, keeping partners aware of the initiatives’ work
  • Provide training and capacity-building support to initiative teams and partners on KMC tools and processes, including training and capacity building on collecting and writing impact stories
  • Help monitor and evaluate knowledge-sharing programmes and activities to improve networking and outreach of the initiatives
Internal liaison and coordination
  • Facilitate interface of initiatives with KMC for the smooth running of operations (including designing, layout, and publishing) in-house and with outside consultants
  • Provide relevant inputs and information to keep the initiatives’ website and other information portals up-to-date
  • Facilitate submission of general publications to KMC for editing and layout/design, and technical publications to ICIMOD’s internal Publications and Outreach Committee (POUT) for review and approval, including editing and liaison between authors to ensure feedback is incorporated when required
  • Identify the communication and knowledge management needs of the initiatives and suggest appropriate KMC tools/services available in-house
  • Perform other related duties as required and as may be requested by the Head of KMC
Minimum qualifications
  • A master’s degree in journalism, information management/science, development communication, knowledge management, or any related field, with extensive experience in information, behavioural, and/or communications sciences. A first-level university degree in combination with four years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of two years of work experience in the field of communications as a communications specialist or journalist
  • Sound knowledge of communication strategies, knowledge management tools, and information technology
  • Cross-cultural impact: Adapts to various customs and practices
  • Result and impact 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
  • Behavioral flexibility and managing change: Adapts to change and adjusts to new circumstances while helping others do the same
  • Developing others: Supports a culture of learning and provides feedback on the performance of others, including adherence to protocol

This is a project position for two years with a probation period of six months, starting as early as possible.


Salaries and benefits at ICIMOD are competitive compared to other regional organizations; remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Gender and equity policy

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

Method of application

Applicants are requested to apply online before 26 Aug 2020 through ICIMOD’s online application system.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.