The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a Senior Knowledge Management Specialist for HarvestPlus, who will use a multitude of approaches, methods, and tools to strengthen knowledge sharing and learning at the country, regional, and global levels. This exempt position is a two year, renewable appointment and is located at IFPRI’s headquarters in Washington, DC.
HarvestPlus leads a global effort to improve nutrition and public health by developing and disseminating staple food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals. We are engaged in 9 target countries with specific programs in collaboration with agricultural research centers, and also work with public and private sector partners in more than 40 other countries. HarvestPlus is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH). CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. Its science is carried out by its 15 research centers in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations. The HarvestPlus program is coordinated by two of these centers, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Food Policy Research Institute.
HarvestPlus promotes knowledge sharing and learning on biofortification by individuals, organizations, networks and national/international stakeholders. We seek to make biofortification-relevant resources easily discoverable, provided in accessible formats (appropriate to audience) and useful for stakeholders, operational agencies, researchers, future community of practice members and the public. We seek to provide partner staff and external users access to resources, publications, and data.
Knowledge management functions at HarvestPlus are housed in a variety of units and/or positions. The functions include:
- Country level crop development and delivery and related data and learning.
- Wide range of studies, modeling (including theory of change models), and collaboration with country staff to develop and collect monitoring data.
- Coordination of donor reporting data.
- Corporate communications, documentation for learning/advocacy, outreach to traditional and social media, and the external website.
- Management of HarvestPlus’ intranet based on SharePoint.
The Senior Knowledge Management Specialist will work with the teams responsible for the various knowledge management functions, which include communications, advocacy, partnerships, research, monitoring, crop development, intranet/information technology, and other staff to facilitate, collaboratively plan for, and implement a range of knowledge creation, documentation, and dissemination strategies for both HarvestPlus and external stakeholders. The Specialist will also further develop and support HarvestPlus specific ‘learning cycles’ and effectively leverage the dissemination and application of not only the intellectual knowledge from research, but the experiential knowledge from program delivery and scale up. Linkage, engagement, and development of diverse communities of practice that are relevant for HarvestPlus’ mission to promote biofortified crops, will be central to this position.
Essential Duties: Specific duties include but are not limited to:
- Knowledge Creation and Collaboration.
- Support the creation and exchange of knowledge across different HarvestPlus units and relevant external organizations to collaborate on developing and documenting better practices, as well as technical and policy information for various audiences and purposes.
- Promote knowledge creation during internal and external events, through support to the design and facilitation of events/key meetings, in order to promote and document creative conversation to create new knowledge and learning through informal and semi-formal exchange.
- Facilitate the development and engagement of external communities of practice in key functional and programmatic areas, in coordination with technical leads.
- Knowledge – Content Coordination.
- Manage content and functionality for communities of practice that may be linked to, or housed within the HarvestPlus website.
- Ensure coordination between online and in-person events and dialogues (e.g., webinars, working groups, papers, global and regional meetings, etc.).
- Strategy and Effective Functioning.
- Identify and promote best practices on knowledge creation and management at HarvestPlus country program level in collaboration with CIAT, IFPRI, and other CGIAR knowledge management expertise.
- Conduct a strategic assessment of knowledge management needs and gaps as required, to create and/or maintain a knowledge management framework/function for HarvestPlus.
- Coordinate HarvestPlus’ newly formed Information Technology Task Force (which guides strategy and technical planning, development, and implementation of web-based applications and interfaces such as mobile applications).
- Work across teams to plan, develop, maintain, and/or improve the usability and usefulness of existing and new documentation and data repositories.
- Other tasks as required.
- Bachelor’s degree in communications, agriculture, nutrition, or a relevant technical field plus seven years of experience working in communications, knowledge management, and/or development and management of communities of practice.
- Or a Master’s degree plus five years of experience.
Demonstrated experience with high-level strategic planning and implementation on knowledge management.
- Experience with user information-seeking behaviors in an academic/policy/non-profit advocacy environment, including creating and adapting online/social media tools such as blogs, on-line dialogues, etc.
- Demonstrated experience and/or knowledge of developing web-facilitated communities of practice linking global and national level stakeholders, technical experts, and policy advocates.
- Ability to adjust to periods of increased workflow and varying responsibilities.
- Outstanding written and oral communications and interpersonal skills.
- Experience with research and/or monitoring and evaluation.
- A commitment to service and innovation by demonstrating a proactive approach to supporting the knowledge management and technical needs of staff.
- Ability to communicate in various settings with diverse groups, from end users to administrators.
- Self-motivated and comfortable working in a global team environment, including working well with team members and partner organizations located in multiple time zones and countries.
- Proven ability to prioritize project and work independently as well as in groups, managing multiple priorities.
- Willingness and ability to travel, if requested, up to 4 trips per year.
- 3 years’ experience working with developing countries, preferably in Africa, experience in South Asia an asset.
- French and/or Spanish language skills.
- Training experience desirable.