Communications Team Lead

International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Cali, Colombia 🇨🇴

Primary functions:

  • Support the P&C Director in updating and implementing CIAT’s global communications strategy.
  • Oversee and manage the development of global communications products (stories, annual report, website, participation at major events), with an emphasis on supporting resource mobilization efforts.
  • Develop and cultivate a global network of world-class media outlets to enhance the visibility of CIAT, and manage press relations.
  • Mentor and inspire a talented team of communications officers, writers, designers and volunteers, ensuring their continued professional development and fulfillment of CIAT’s communications objectives.
  • Develop targeted communication strategies for major research initiatives in collaboration with CIAT scientists from the outset of the projects.
  • Monitor the reach and impact of CIAT’s communications efforts globally.
  • Design and deploy capacity development programs to improve the communications skills of CIAT scientists and technical staff, and ensure their participation in media outreach opportunities.
  • Represent the P&C Office in communications communities of practice globally.

Skills and competencies required:

  • Master’s degree in communications or a related field (journalism, public relations), or equivalent in experience.
  • 8-10 years of demonstrable international experience serving in communications management roles in research and/or development organizations.
  • Solid understanding of agricultural, natural resource management, and livelihoods issues in the developing world.
  • Full written and spoken proficiency in English; Spanish proficiency desired.
  • Excellent communications skills, written and oral.
  • Strong strategic planning abilities.
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to travel, including to field sites in which conditions might be rudimentary and physically demanding.