Communications Officers (2 positions)

International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Nairobi, Kenya and Cali, Colombia, , XV

Primary functions:

  • Develop a communications portfolio in close coordination with the Communications Team Lead and Regional Director(s).
  • Lead story development efforts, identifying, researching and producing stories on CIAT’s research efforts regionally or globally.
  • Lead media outreach efforts, engaging and coordinating with the press for site visits, interviews with CIAT researchers, or their participation in CIAT events.
  • Support CIAT’s scientists and prepare teams for major regional or global events, including developing communications materials (posters, banners, and printed materials), supporting with speech writing and development of talking points, and coordinating booth space.
  • Ensure active social media presence, uploading pictures, and posting stories, publication announcements, and event information on the CIAT blog, or Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.
  • Lead or support the preparation of regional or global newsletters, press releases, infographics, videos and other communications materials.
  • Support internal communications through updating internal news channels and databases.
  • Support the Communications Team Lead with the preparation of regional and global products (annual report, website, regionally-relevant materials such as brochures and information notes).

Skills and competencies required:

  • Bachelors degree in communications or a related field (journalism, public relations), or equivalent in experience.
  • 5-7 years of demonstrable international experience as a communications officer 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.
  • Experience with photography and/or videography desirable.
  • Willingness to travel, including to field sites in which conditions might be rudimentary and physically demanding.