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Communications Specialist

Reference number: 2030
Job Status: In-progress
Job Category: Nationally Recruited Staff (NRS)
Duty Station: Bonn, Stadt
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The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) envision a more equitable world where forestry and landscapes enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR-ICRAF are non-profit, scientific institutions that conduct 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. Our work focuses on innovative research, developing partners’ capacity, and actively engaging in dialogue with all stakeholders to inform policies and practices that affect forests and people. Our work spans the globe, with expertise in the ‘global South’. Founded in 1993 and 1978 respectively, CIFOR-ICRAF began merging on January 1, 2019. They are members of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food secure future dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources.

CIFOR-ICRAF is looking for a

Communications Specialist


The position will provide support for strategic planning, messaging, monitoring and analysis of all communications activities to ensure impact focus and consistency.The position will report directly to the Director of Communication, Outreach and Engagement (COE) and be a central strategic function within the department, assisting the Director in a consistent strategic planning, execution and monitoring of communication activities. The role requires a continuous interaction with the respective COE Heads, the COE staff, communication focal points in the regions/themes, research staff and other relevant internal counterparts.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Oversee central calendar of all communication activities, including events, at CIFOR-ICRAF and ensure according quality
  • Assistance in aligning the communication calendar according to core topics and audience priorities
  • Closely liaising within the COE team and with relevant internal counterparts within CIFOR-ICRAF
  • Assistance in managing a pipeline of content across all areas of activity
  • Develop and maintain updated set of key messages a) at institutional level and b) per research area to enable focused and consistent messaging across the institution
  • Develop a mechanism for consistent monitoring and impact measurement across all communication channels
  • Monitor impact and Return On Investment (ROI) of communication activities/channels and develop recommendations for further increasing the impact of communication activities across all channels
  • Manage and oversee content composition of regular newsletter for a) staff, b) for Board of Trustees (BOT), and c) for external stakeholders to reflect core topics and messages
  • Other ad-hoc communication tasks and projects related to the Director´s agenda, such as preparing meetings, presentations

Education, knowledge and experience

  • Master’s degree in communications, journalism or a related, relevant field
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in strategic communications planning, messaging and monitoring
  • Proven ability to manage and steer a central calendar of communication activities
  • Experience in developing, rolling out and analysing impact metrics essential
  • Excellent understanding of different communication formats and channels
  • Experience in managing complex communication projects and campaigns with multiple participants and in a fast-paced environment essential
  • Proven ability to draft key messages and build a messaging framework
  • Experience in drafting presentations and notes on strategic communication topics essential
  • Proven ability to coordinate content contributions within a team and / or across teams; ability to build strong working relations with counterparts
  • Experience in the areas of environmental science or related topics is an asset.
  • Native-level English skills essential; further languages a distinct advantage

Personal Attributes and Competencies

  • Analytic, structured approach essential
  • Affinity to analyse metrics and derive clear recommendations
  • Be self-motivated and results-focused
  • Flexibility and ability to work effectively across different time zones
  • Attention to detail and focus on quality output is essential
  • Reliability and persistence
  • Welcome the opportunity to work autonomously as well as within a team
  • Resourceful and skilled at creative problem solving
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure and manage a high work-load efficiently
  • Be able to manage multiple projects and proven ability to keep track of multiple deliverables at once
  • Be able to synthesize complex information quickly
  • Be a team player and have outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Strong client service approach and ability to interact with stakeholders of all levels
  • Ability to handle sensitive issues diplomatically and cultivate productive in-/ external relationships

Terms and conditions

  • This is a locally recruited staff position.
  • CIFOR offers competitive remuneration in local currency, commensurate with skills and experience.
  • The appointment will be for a period of 1 year, inclusive of a 6-month probation period, with the possibility of extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of the position and available resources.
  • The duty station will be in Bonn, Germany.To apply, please visit our career site at: learn more about CIFOR-ICRAF, please visit our websites at: and www.worldagroforestry.orgCIFOR-ICRAF is an equal opportunity employer. Staff diversity contributes to excellence.

Application process

The application deadline is 20 Oct-2020
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.

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