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Consultant - Communication Specialist

Remote | Bogor | Nairobi

  • Organization: ICRAF - The World Agroforestry Centre
  • Location: Remote | Bogor | Nairobi
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: Closed

Reference number: 2397
Job status: In-progress
Job category: Consultancy
Duty station: Bogor, Indonesia; Nairobi, Kenya
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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 for all. CIFOR and ICRAF are non-profit science institutions that build and apply evidence to today’s most pressing challenges, including energy insecurity and the climate and biodiversity crises. Over a combined total of 65 years, we have built vast knowledge on forests and trees outside of forests in agricultural landscapes (agroforestry). Using a multidisciplinary approach, we seek to improve lives and to protect and restore ecosystems. Our work focuses on innovative research, partnering for impact, and engaging with stakeholders on policies and practices to benefit people and the planet. Founded in 1993 and 1978, CIFOR and ICRAF are members of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food secure future dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources.

CIFOR-ICRAF is looking for a

Consultant - Communication Specialist


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.

Terms and conditions

• This is a consultancy position.
• The period of the consultancy is expected 1 year.
• Work location: Bogor, Indonesia; Nairobi, Kenya or home based.
To apply, please visit our career site at:
To learn more about CIFOR-ICRAF, please visit our websites at:
CIFOR-ICRAF promotes Gender Diversity – Applications from women professionals are encouraged.
CIFOR-ICRAF is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity.

Application process

The application deadline is 21 Apr 2024
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.

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