[ASC-list] Job vacancy: Media Liaison and Outreach Manager

Michelle Kovacevic kovamic at gmail.com
Mon Feb 18 10:07:52 UTC 2013

*The Center for International Forestry Research *advances human wellbeing,
environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to inform
policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR
is a CGIAR Consortium Research Centre. Our headquarters are in Bogor,
Indonesia. We also have offices in Asia, Africa and South America.

CIFOR is looking for a *Media Liaison and Outreach Manager*
(Re-advertised until 20 February 2013)

Reporting to the Senior Manager of Communications, the Media Liaison and
Outreach Manager will lead implementation of a complex and far-reaching
communication strategy to translate into impact CIFOR's research in the
forestry sector in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The Manager will oversee
the activities of eight full-time staff and consultants with the goal of
informing and influencing the opinions and behaviours of stakeholders,
including leaders of government, the private sector, civil society, media,
the research community and others. The Manager will enhance the center's
reputation as a leading international research organization.

   - Lead implementation of media and outreach strategies to build CIFOR's
   reputation and maximize the policy and development impact of its research;
   - Coordinate implementation of the communication component of the CGIAR
   Research Programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, liaising closely
   with communication focal points at research partners, including the World
   Agroforestry Center, Bioversity International and the International Center
   for Tropical Agriculture;
   - Act as the main focal point for CIFOR's media relations, including
   fostering closer ties with key journalists worldwide and pitching story
   - Draft and edit press releases, talking points, op-eds, blog stories,
   multimedia packages and corporate communication documents;
   - Oversee social media activities, especially related to CIFOR's Forest
   News blog (www.blog.cifor.org), a virtual news service on forestry
   issues. Provide guidance to CIFOR's Blog Editor and Social Media
   - Coordinate outreach activities in Latin America, Africa and Asia,
   including overseeing the tasks of Regional Communication Officers on these
   three continents;
   - Coordinate all communication activities related to conferences and
   workshops, including drafting event outreach strategies and taking the lead
   in implementation of key top-tier international conferences. This includes
   managing a two-person event logistics team;
   - Manage day-to-day activities of CIFOR's Communication Officer for the
   Global Comparative Study on REDD+.


*Education, experience, technical skills and competencies*

   - Masters degree in communications or a related discipline.
   - Have at least seven years of professional work experience in
   media/communications, preferably internationally. Have a strong
   understanding of how media works.
   - Be a strong and fast writer and editor with a flair for turning
   complex research findings into accessible content.
   - Have a proven strong understanding of social media.
   - Experience in planning, implementing and evaluating complex
   communication programmes.
   - Experience in working for a research facility or within the
   development sector is an advantage.
   - Fluency in English essential and other languages preferable.

*Personal attributes and competencies*

   - Demonstrates initiative and capable of working independently as well
   as being an effective team player.
   - Strong client service approach.
   - Ability to nurture new ways of doing things.
   - Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to
   effectively and positively interact with people in a multi-cultural and
   multi-disciplinary environment.
   - Ability in personal organisation, planning, priority setting and
   managing multiple tasks.
   - Proven ability to work well under pressure.

Terms and Conditions:

   - This is an internationally recruited position. CIFOR offers attractive
   and internationally competitive compensation and benefits, commensurate
   with skills and experience.
   - The initial contract will be for 2 years with the possibility of
   extension contingent upon performance, continued relevance of this
   position, and available resources. The position will be based in Bogor,

Application process

   - The application deadline is 20 February 2013.
   *(All those who have applied previously for this position need not apply
   anew as the previous applications will be reviewed)*
   - We will acknowledge all applications, however, we will contact only
   short-listed candidates.

Please send your letter of interest and CV, including contact information
for three referees, to
*Human Resources Department, CIFOR*
cifor-hr-jobs at cgiar.org
Please indicate the position and its reference number in the email subject
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