Knowledge Management and Communication Specialist CLOSED

Communications, Outreach, & Engagement Team

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) envisions a more equitable world where forestry and landscapes enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR is a non-profit, scientific institution that conducts research on the most pressing challenges of forest and landscape management around the world. Using a global, multidisciplinary approach, we aim to improve human well-being, protect the environment, and increase equity. To do so, we conduct innovative research, develop partners’ capacity, and actively engage in dialogue with all stakeholders to inform policies and practices that affect forests and people. CIFOR is a CGIAR Research Center, and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Nairobi, Kenya; Yaoundé, Cameroon; Lima, Peru; and Bonn, Germany.

CIFOR is looking for

Knowledge Management and Communication Specialist


The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) enhances well-being and environment for all by putting people first and with the understanding that:
· communities (people acting together) drive change,
· landscapes are complex and require flexible solutions, and
· local collective consciousness and solutions can fulfill global goals.

The GLF is the world’s largest inter-sectoral platform designed to examine knowledge, share experiences and accelerate action by communities as they invest in and move towards more resilient, climate friendly, diverse, productive, equitable and, thereby, sustainable landscapes. Founded by CIFOR, UN Environment, and the World Bank, and with core funding provided by the German Government, the GLF is scaling up to engage one billion people in realizing their local priorities, while at the same time contributing significantly towards the overall achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and climate agenda. Since 2013, over 25,000 stakeholders from more than 3000 organizations and 110 countries have engaged with the GLF both in person and online, with stakeholders from community and indigenous people’s organizations, finance, civil society, government, media and the youth.

The GLF Community of Landscapes is founded on four principles: connecting, sharing, learning and acting. Our vision considers people first and recognizes that people acting together drive change.

Over the next four years, with core funding from the German government and with the support of core, co-founding partners, such as UN Environment and the World Bank, the GLF will expand the discussion to a larger audience than ever before, and place communities at the center of the conversation. This event will challenge global influencers to react, expand and – of course – scale up actions required to build sustainable landscapes.

The GLF is a place where a farmer can inform action, pathways and policies; where international organizations can learn from the private sector and vice versa; and where CEOs, community leaders, communicators and technologists can share, learn, connect and act together.

From building the investment case for sustainable landscapes, to protecting peatlands, to supporting restoration in Africa, the GLF has been at the cutting edge in hosting and facilitating all manner of discussions to accelerate positive action for people, for the environment, and for the achievement of SDGs and global climate goals.

Together we will create a global force to achieve the SDGs and climate agenda by creating a positive vision of what we can do if we all work together.

Duties and responsibilities

The Knowledge Management & Communications Specialist (Learning Officer) will work closely with both the Team Leader of Communications and the Team Leader of Knowledge to ensure that knowledge and learning processes are effectively communicated, and incorporated into the broader GLF outreach and communication plans. This will result in core deliverables from knowledge, learning and outreach components being optimized.

  • Identify emerging trends in scientific discourse, community knowledge and green tech for the facilitation of action and curation of content/knowledge and design methods to communicate these;
  • Produce and support development of fact sheets, briefing/policy papers and infographics;
  • Coordinate and communicate training/ learning programs;
  • Coordinate and communicate Landscapes Academy curricula in coordination with partners;
  • Support coordination of Youth in Landscapes;
  • Support development of science committees;
  • Ensure transparency in the science committee selection process;
  • Support outreach and facilitation of the incorporation of landscapes approach with national youth processes;
  • Support outreach strategy;
  • Manage communications activities relevant to the knowledge hub (for example webinars, workshops, Q&As, etc.);
  • Closely track metrics and monitor communications, research trends;
  • Develop innovative approaches and projects for increasing outreach and facilitation of action (for example webinars, infographics, competitions, quizzes, videos, GIF competitions, etc.).

Education, knowledge and experience

• University degree in a related discipline (communications, development, international relations, environment, etc.);
• Demonstrated interest and experience in the strategic and innovative use of social media for nonprofit or international organizations, preferably at a global level and including for global events;
• Demonstrated familiarity with social listening tools and the rapidly evolving terminology and jargon used in social media;
• Demonstrated familiarity with social listening tools for analysis and monitoring, including Hootsuite, Crowdbooster, Hashtracking, Tweetdeck, Facebook and Twitter Insights, Meltwater and NodeXL;
• Demonstrated ability to write and edit high-quality and accessible English-language science communications materials, especially journalistic-style blogs, in a range of styles for a global audience (samples of unedited writing will be requested);
• Fluency in formal and idiomatic English; other major languages an asset.

Personal Attributes and Competencies

• Ability to excel in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment;
• International experience with NGO or comparable organization an advantage;
• Skills with photographic and graphic design software (to be able to make own social media materials) an advantage;
• Strong client service approach;
• Resourceful, adaptable and self-directed.

Terms and Conditions

• This is a consultancy position.
• This assignment will last for a period of four months (up to 20 days per month).
• CIFOR offers competitive remuneration commensurate with skills and experience.
• The duty station will be in Bonn, Germany.

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CIFOR is an equal opportunity employer. Staff diversity contributes to excellence.

Application process

The application deadline is 08 Nov-2017
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.


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