Terms of Reference

BRACED Knowledge Manager Engagement Leader: Mali

(1st September 2018 – 30th June 2019)



The DFID-funded Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate-related Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme is working to help people become more resilient to climate extremes through field-based projects in the Sahel, East Africa and Southeast Asia. To improve the integration of disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation methods into development approaches, BRACED also seeks to influence policies and practices at the local, national and international level.

DFID funding for BRACED has been awarded as grants to NGO-led projects. These projects are managed by a Fund Manager, led by KPMG, who oversee the contract and financial management of the grants, monitor project progress, and manage due diligence and compliance. DFID have also appointed a Knowledge Manager, led by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), who are working in partnership with the BRACED projects and resilience community to generate knowledge, evidence and learning on what works best to strengthen resilience to climate extremes and disasters in a variety of contexts.

The Knowledge Manager (KM) comprises a unique combination of organisations that are internationally recognised as leaders in research (ODI), monitoring and evaluation (Itad), learning (Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre), communications (Thomson Reuters Foundation), and adapting knowledge and know-how to regional and local contexts (Asian Disaster Preparedness Center and ENDA Energie).

An extension (BRACED-X) has recently been granted by DFID to the Knowledge Manager, Fund Manager, and nine of the BRACED projects until 30th September 2019. Building on feedback that increased face-to-face engagement between the KM and the in-country projects is essential, the KM is looking to hire a Mali-based Knowledge Management Engagement Leader (KMEL) to support BRACED projects in Mali.  The role of the KMEL is to provide knowledge management-related support to project teams; be a focal point for KM engagement with Mali-based activities and facilitate cross-project learning for the four BRACED projects based in Mali:

  1. WYL: Waati Yelema Labenw - Taking Action to Face Climate Change
  2. SUR1M: Intelligent Agriculture, Savings Circles and Radio Messaging for Resilience in the Niger River Basin
  3. DCF: Decentralising Climate Funds in Mali and Senegal
  4. LM: Strengthening the resilience of pastoralists and agro-pastoralists through trans-border livestock mobility

BRACED activities will continue in Mali until 31st March 2019, followed by a three-month wrap-up period to consolidate learning and support project closure. The KMEL will work until 30th June 2019 between the WYL office in Bamako to support KM activities in Mali.

Scope of work

Main objective: The KMEL for Mali will act as the key focal point for KM engagement in Mali working closely with WYL, DCF, SUR1M and LM. Support for the WYL project team will include a series of learning-related activities including but not limited to those listed below.

Place of work: The KMEL for Mali will be primarily based Bamako, with frequent in-country travel to project sites.

Reporting to: The KMEL for Mali will report to the KM Project Officer (based at ODI in London, UK) and fill out timesheets to be signed off by individual project focal point.

Expected key activities include:

  1. Supporting individual Mali-based BRACED projects with KM-related activities (80%)
  • Responsible for providing knowledge management support to BRACED projects in Mali keeping abreast of project progress and activities;
  • Supporting projects to write blogs and develop short learning products for dissemination through the local websites of relevant government agencies, NGO networks and through environment and agriculture-related radio and television programmes;
  • Supporting project learning activities during the 3-month wrap-up period from April to June 2019;
  • Facilitating cross-project learning across the BRACED projects based in Mali if needs are identified by projects: WYL, SUR1M, DCF and LM



  1. Supporting cross-project learning and broader KM activities in Mali (20%)
  • Engage in KM events as required whether in person or remotely including webinars, lunch and learns, regional workshops and the Annual Learning Event
  • Ensuring visibility of the BRACED programme at the National and Regional level
  • Engaging in key events including “15 Environment Days”, COP preparatory workshops and the bi-annual meeting of the National Climate Change Committee where feasible
  • Supporting the BRACED Knowledge Manager to organise a journalist training in Bamako.

Terms of payment

The KMEL for Mali will be paid on a monthly basis, following submission of monthly timesheets signed off by relevant organisational leads and approved by the KM Project Officer in London.

The KMEL for Mali will be contracted and paid by ODI.  Individual projects will support the KMEL’s movements to project sites as required. Travel, accommodation and subsistence costs should be agreed upon with the relevant project/ODI prior to travel and reimbursed by the relevant project/ODI upon submission and approval of expenses.  Please note day to day expenses will be not be covered under this contract.

Qualifications and experience

  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional experience preferably within a similar role in an NGO or International Development-related context with a strong focus on communications/knowledge management
  • Good knowledge of communications production – familiarity with producing content for websites desirable
  • Fluency in French and strong command of English, fluency desirable
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with relevant experience working with a variety of stakeholders


If you wish to apply for this role, please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter to z.windle@odi.org.uk

The BRACED Knowledge Manager generates evidence and learning on resilience and adaptation in partnership with the BRACED projects and the wider resilience community. It gathers robust evidence of what works to strengthen resilience to climate extremes and disasters, and initiates and supports processes to ensure that evidence is put into use in policy and programmes. The Knowledge Manager also fosters partnerships to amplify the impact of new evidence and learning, in order to significantly improve levels of resilience in poor and vulnerable countries and communities around the world.