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Head of Global Outreach and Engagement

Reference number: 2161
Job status: Inactive
Job category: Global Position
Duty station: Nairobi, Bonn or remote in similar time zone
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The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) envision a more equitable world where trees in all landscapes, from drylands to the humid tropics, enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR and ICRAF are non-profit science institutions that build and apply evidence to today’s most pressing challenges, including energy insecurity and the climate and biodiversity crises. Over a combined total of 65 years, we have built vast knowledge on forests and trees outside of forests in agricultural landscapes (agroforestry). Using a multidisciplinary approach, we seek to improve lives and to protect and restore ecosystems. Our work focuses on innovative research, partnering for impact, and engaging with stakeholders on policies and practices to benefit people and the planet. Founded in 1993 and 1978, CIFOR and ICRAF 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

Head of Global Outreach and Engagement


CIFOR-ICRAF is seeking a new Head of Global Outreach and Engagement to drive CIFOR-ICRAF´s ambitious global outreach and engagement activities and act as a key contributor to one of the world’s leading science communications programs. The lead works across the organization with senior management and researchers and with high level donor and partners worldwide. They are responsible for coordinating a team of editors and communications/media relations officers within the Communications, Outreach and Engagement team and regional communications teams in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Duties and responsibilities

  1. Lead the development, implementation and monitoring of communications strategies to build CIFOR-ICRAF global positioning, enhance resource mobilization and maximize the policy and development impact of its research globally.
  2. Provide strategic direction and high-level coordination to ensure all institutional and project deliverables are met.
  3. Responsible for CIFOR-ICRAF´s news sites (i.e. Forest News, Agroforestry World News), overseeing a team of editors and writers and ensuring quality output;
  4. Identify opportunities, develop and implement plans to promote CIFOR-ICRAF through targeted outreach and engagement activities;
  5. Lead regular editorial meetings;
  6. Represent CIFOR-ICRAF at major events where appropriate (i.e. speaking and moderating roles) to maximize its external visibility.

Resource mobilization
  1. Lead communications liaison with resource mobilization;
  2. Ensure donors and partners are acknowledged in all projects;
  3. Conduct targeted outreach to donors and partners in coordination with resource mobilization and senior management.

Media Relations:
  1. Lead the development and oversee the implementation of a high impact media relations strategy, including coordinating external support where appropriate (i.e. media/PR agencies)
  2. Monitor global media topics of relevance to CIFOR-ICRAF and identify areas for thought-leadership;
  3. Establish strong media relations;
  4. Lead media enquiries and other engagements;
  5. Report on results.

Management and budget responsibilities:
  1. Lead regional communications networks in Asia, Africa and Latin America
  2. Develop annual and monthly plans guiding outreach and engagement activities;
  3. Management project communications and budgets as assigned;
  4. Build the capacity of the communications team and scientists worldwide for effective outreach, resource mobilization and policy engagement;
  5. Quality control of the outreach and engagement staff´s and consultants’ outputs;
  6. Support the ongoing development of the CIFOR-ICRAF brand and ensure it is managed externally in a way that conveys its mission and values
  7. Identify needs for external consultancies, draft ToR´s and manage the selection / on-boarding process;
  8. Manage the Communications, Outreach and Engagement budget and ensure deliverables are met on time, within budget and high quality;
  9. Communications deliverables (i.e. donor reports)are met on time and according to budget;
  10. Review and analysis of performance data on a monthly basis to guide the strategy, and revise as required.

Education, knowledge and experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in international relations, communications, journalism, or a related discipline.
  • At least 5 years of professional work experience in a fast-paced, dynamic communications environment, preferably at the international level and with a science focus;
  • Well versed in using different communications tools and techniques, with a clear focus on targeting stakeholders effectively and achieving measurable impact;
  • A strong writer, preferably with journalism experience, that can develop compelling content for a wide variety of needs.
  • Track record in producing and overseeing the production of exceptional content;
  • Sound understanding of how traditional media and social media work and what it takes to pitch content successfully;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with demanding internal and external counterparts in parallel;
  • Experience in planning, implementing and overseeing complex communication activities;
  • Experience in monitoring progress and evaluating impact of communication activities;
  • Experience in working for a research facility or within the development sector is an advantage;
  • Fluency in English at native level is essential; other languages (esp. French, Spanish, Indonesian) an advantage.

Personal attributes and competencies

  • Ability to nurture networks in- and outside the institution;
  • Self?motivated, resourceful and energetic
  • Able to work with significant autonomy
  • Able to find creative solutions
  • Enjoy managing multiple projects and initiatives
  • Able to strategize at both macro and micro levels
  • A team player and have outstanding interpersonal communications skills
  • Proven ability to work well under pressure

Terms and conditions

  • This is a Globally Recruited Staff (GRS) position. CIFOR-ICRAF offers competitive remuneration in USD, commensurate with skills and experience.
  • The appointment will be for two years, inclusive of a six-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 Nairobi, Bonn or remote in similar time zone. To apply, please visit our career site at: and To learn more about CIFOR-ICRAF, please visit our websites at: and CIFOR-ICRAF is an equal opportunity employer. Staff diversity contributes to excellence.

Application process

The application deadline is 18 Jun-2022
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.

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