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.
The Drylands Development Programme (DryDev) is a 6-year initiative (August 2013 to July 2019) funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) of the Netherlands, with a substantial contribution from World Vision Australia (WVA). With the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) as the overall implementing agency, this integrated development program is being implemented by a consortium of five national lead organizations (NLOs) and 16 implementation partners (IPs) in selected dryland areas of Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Ethiopia and Kenya. It is seeking to meaningfully contribute to the realization of a vision where households residing in such areas have transitioned from subsistence farming and reliance on emergency aid to sustainable rural development.
The program works through the provision of direct development support to farmers through interventions on a wide range of technological and development options, from sub-catchment or watershed rehabilitation and management to farm-level water and soil management, agricultural commodity production, and value chain and institutional development. DryDev also seeks to influence policy and investment decisions.
In Burkina Faso, ICRAF is working in close collaboration with SNV and TREE AID to increase the adoption of best-fit technologies, tools and policy recommendations for improved agricultural productivity, food and water security, livelihood systems, resilience and ecosystems.
Duties and responsibilities
CIFOR, acting on behalf of ICRAF, is seeking to recruit a qualified Communication Officer to provide relevant services as summarized below:
- Provide needed support for proper bilingual communication at all levels of the program in the country.
- Support the implementation of the DryDev communication strategy in Burkina Faso
- Coordinate field visits to target beneficiaries to produce communication materials
- Liaise with the Burkina Faso DryDev partners on program communication matters, including the writing and uploading of country success stories and updates on the program’s AKVO platform/website.
- Develop your own work plan in consultation with the ICRAF Communication team and Country
- Liaise with local media to share successful farmer initiatives and program success stories
- Ensure good storage of folders and other communication media and update the database.
- Prepare terms of reference and ensure the preparation, monitoring and quality control of communication services/information/visibility (printing and distribution of brochures, media coverage, brochures, videos/documentaries, etc.).
- Carry out any other tasks requested by the Supervisor.
Education, knowledge and experience
• at least a professional diploma (HND) or a BA/BSc degree in one or more relevant communications fields (communication sciences, journalism, editing, mass media, public relations or related discipline)
• a minimum of 3 years’ work experience in complementary fields of communication
• thorough knowledge in PAO, information law
• proficiency in both English and French; a third regional language will be an advantage
• creativity and the ability to innovatively use new information and communication technology equipment
• good journalism/reporting/writing skills
• good familiarity with the integrated management of natural resources projects (agricultural forestry, agroforestry), research and development
Personal Attributes and Competencies
• possess excellent interpersonal and diplomacy skills
• be pro-active
• be responsive, rigorous, available
• have high-quality organizational skills
• be able to manage stress.
Terms and Conditions
• This is a Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS) position.
• CIFOR offers competitive remuneration in Francs CFA (FCFA), commensurate with skills and experience.
• The appointment will be for a period of 1 year with a 6-month probationary period, with the possibility of extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position and available resources.
• The duty station will be in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
To apply, please visit our career site at
To learn more about CIFOR, please visit our website at
To learn more about ICRAF, please visit their website at www.worldagroforestry.org; and for the DryDev programme, please visit: https://drydev.org/
CIFOR is an equal opportunity employer. Staff diversity contributes to excellence.
Application processThe application deadline is 15 Dec-2017
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.