Consultant – Communication Specialist at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

Posted 2 months ago


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 of all. The Communications, Outreach and Engagement (COE) unit supports CIFOR-ICRAF´s ambitious global communications and is one of the world’s leading science communications programs with a global team of over 50 staff in 30 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and consistently achieving annual double-digit growth across web, social media and publishing.

Duties and responsibilities

The Communications Specialist is responsible for planning and implementing project and or country related communications activities.

  • Under supervision of the COE reporting officer and in close coordination with the assigned project manager(s) the communication specialist will:
  • Develop and implement communication strategies and tactical plans including messaging, budgets, action plans and performance metrics.
  • Plan and produce content such as publications, articles, web content, social media content, media releases, infographics, videos, photography, newsletters, presentations, and event related content.
  • Manage events including planning, marketing, implementation, and reporting on results.
  • Support coordination of media interactions, under the guidance of the COE media team.
  • Produce analytical reports on the performance of all communications activities as agreed upon.
  • Undertake other communication activities as agreed upon.
  • All production be undertaken in coordination with and using the resources of the COE communications team and consultants.
  • All activities are agreed and reported to the regional communication coordinator relevant (Asia or Africa or Latin America).

Education, knowledge and experience

  •  Master’s degree in communications, journalism or a related field, or equivalent working experience.
  •  Excellent English language skills (both verbal and written).
  •  Proven proficiency in one or more other languages among: Bahasa Indonesian, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
  •  A minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in strategic communications planning, messaging and monitoring.
  •  3 years of full-time experience writing, editing and interviewing for digital and print media, video production or broadcasting.
  •  Proven ability to manage communication activities.
  •  Must be able to multitask and work well under pressure.
  •  Excellent understanding of different communication formats and channels and strong knowledge and understanding of current trends in digital media/social media.
  •  Proven ability to coordinate content contributions within a team and/or across teams; ability to build strong working relations with counterparts worldwide.
  •  Background and understanding of environment, climate, forestry or related subject areas and science communications.

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