[ASC-list] Job vacancy: Climate change communications coordinator

Michelle Kovacevic kovamic at gmail.com
Fri May 17 06:57:45 UTC 2013

Climate Change Communications Coordinator (Ref. 1316)Overview

The Climate Change Communications Coordinator will lead a well-funded
global initiative to raise awareness about the crucial role that forests
play in mitigating and adapting to climate change. The Coordinator will
implement a global communication strategy that delivers the results from
the Global Comparative Study of REDD+ (GCS-REDD+) to stakeholders
worldwide. REDD+ stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and
forest Degradation. The UN-backed mechanism could see significant funding
flow from rich countries to developing ones to safeguard their forests.
GCS-REDD+ is funded by Norway, Australia, the European Union and other
donors and it operates across Asia, Africa and Latin America.

GCS-REDD+ is carried out under five modules, one of which is knowledge
sharing. The GCS-REDD+ Communications Coordinator will lead Module 5, a
cutting edge communications and knowledge sharing program that operates in
five languages with the goal of creating uptake pathways for GCS-REDD+
research findings to maximize outcomes and impact. The Coordinator will
collaborate with CIFOR’s communication teams operating globally. This
internationally recruited position will require substantial global travel.
The candidate will report to CIFOR’s Senior Manager of Communications.

The ideal candidate should have a passion for science communications, with
broad experience and familiarity with emerging social media tools and
trends. The candidate should be a strong writer, and take pleasure in
taking complex research findings and making them understandable and
accessible for a broad audience, especially policymakers. The successful
candidate should be experienced in managing a complex, geographically
diverse communication project.
Duties and Responsibilities

Key tasks:

   - Update, expand and oversee implementation of a communications strategy
   to deliver climate change research findings to key stakeholders worldwide
   at international, national and sub national levels.
   - Work closely with CIFOR’s communications units: This comprises of a
   large Outreach team with officers and consultants in Asia, Africa and Latin
   America; a Multimedia unit, which overseas CIFOR’s many web platforms and
   publications; and a Data and Information group, which coordinates
   data-sharing and CIFOR’s publication repository.
   - Be responsible for the management and expansion of the forests and
   climate change website (www.forestsclimatechange.org), and ensure
   optimal use of a diverse range of social media tools (Facebook, Twitter,
   SlideShare, YouTube, Flickr) to maximize outcomes.
   - Liaise regularly with GCS-REDD+ scientists and be familiar with their
   research outputs.
   - Develop outreach strategies for GCS-REDD+ scientists publications to
   ensure they inform a broad targeted audience and maximize outcomes.
   - Write articles about research findings for CIFOR’s Forests News
   as well as other outlets.
   - Write donor reports.
   - Play a key role in the organization of international climate change


*Education, experience, technical skills and competencies*

   - Masters degree in journalism, communications, or a related discipline.
   - At least 8 years experience in science communications and/or top-tier
   science journalism.
   - Experience as a project manager and in coordinating a team.
   - Proven strong writer.
   - Experience in event coordination, is an advantage.
   - Fluency in English.
   - Working knowledge of Indonesian, French, Spanish and/or Portuguese, is
   an advantage.

*Personal attributes and competencies*

   - Be self motivated, outgoing and welcome the opportunity to work with
   significant autonomy.
   - Have the ability to work independently, multitask and strategize at a
   macro level.
   - Be a team player and have outstanding interpersonal communications
   - Desire to learn and excel in a high-performance team environment.
   - Strong client service approach.

Terms and conditions

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

Applications process

   - The application deadline is *25 May 2013*.
   - Screening of applications will start immediately afterward, and will
   continue until the selected candidate is identified.
   - 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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