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News Editor/Content Manager Consultant

Duties and responsibilities

The News Editor/Content Manager will oversee the day-to-day running of CIFOR-ICRAF’s news sites and develop content for the organisation’s digital channels and direct the production of multimedia content. From reporting, researching and writing, to commissioning, copyediting, content packaging and disseminating, this role will oversee a range of materials including news stories, feature articles, op-eds, speeches, factsheets, briefs and infographics, and will be used to raise awareness about global issues that CIFOR-ICRAF research addresses, as well as the organisation’s activities and will be used to promote the organisation’s work.

  • Manage all facets of day-to-day publication, including but not limited to building a content calendar, commissioning articles and liaising with writers, scientists and stakeholders
  • Interview, research and write engaging, scientifically accurate content, including blogs, briefs, press releases, news items and leaflets
  • Develop content for CIFOR-ICRAF websites
  • Assist with newsletter production
  • Source photos, fact-check content and copyedit
  • Recruit and cultivate a roster of talented, diverse writers
  • Develop strategies for coverage of different kinds of events and news coverage
  • Develop relationships with partner organisations and stay abreast of latest trends and research 
  • Plan conference coverage, theme-based coverage, news coverage
  • Develop monthly in-depth features highlighting key aspects of CIFOR-ICRAF’s work
  • Coordinate with social media team to support outreach via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and other platforms
  • Liaise with production team to produce graphic art images and infographics for stories or social media
  • Increase global profile and reach of CIFOR-ICRAF news sites
  • Post stories on website, update carousel and troubleshoot technical issues

Education, knowledge and experience

• The ideal candidate would have an undergraduate degree in journalism or a related field, a master’s in a subject other than communication (or a combination thereof) and at least five years of print journalism experience

• Fluency in English (flawless idiomatic written English). Other major languages, especially French and Spanish, an asset

• Experience in working for a research organisation or within the development sector is desirable

Personal attributes and competencies

• Be excited by science and environmental literature and issues – someone who genuinely enjoys engaging with scientists and stakeholders and the topics they research.

• Have a passion for creative and innovative storytelling and connecting with targeted audiences.

• Be a team player as well as a self-starter.

• Take direction well.

• An eye for ROI.

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• Have a proven ability to work well in a fast-paced environment; have a sense of humour and enjoy the art of communication

• Have a strong client-service approach.

• Be skilled at copyediting other journalists’ work, able to rewrite a clumsy or jargon-filled sentence, fix a script, and spot typos.

• Have a flair for writing catchy headlines and intriguing leads.

• Be a skilled journalist who can spot a great angle and tell a strong story.

• Have a good understanding of the complementary use of photos, text and multimedia.

• Have experience in using WordPress and an understanding of how social media works.

• Be able to maintain the publishing pipeline, with a large number of stories on the go at any time, and able to adapt to changing circumstances.

• Be able to come up with and develop ideas for communicating science for impact, and be open to and excited by new possibilities

Resource Mobilization Coordinator


  • The Resource Mobilization Coordinator will contribute to CIFOR-ICRAF’s global resource mobilization goal to achieve significant, predictable, multi-year funding to enable, flexible support for CIFOR-ICRAF Key Performance Areas (KPA’s). To do so, the coordinator will ensure CIFOR-ICRAF staff benefit from funder profiles and contacts, funding opportunities (Call for Proposals (RfPs)), standardized RM processes, tools and more strategic, coordinated, efficient and high quality, compelling solicited and unsolicited submissions. Primary objectives for the position include: Reviewing identified funding opportunities; coordinate and support the development of strategic grant applications, timely review and submission of concept notes and proposals; facilitate donor intelligence and assurance of strategic alignment of CIFOR-ICRAF’s objectives with donor priorities and objectives; assisting and supporting other relevant units with outreach and stewardship of major global donors and prospects; and building standardized processes, tools and resources for unsolicited fundraising.

Duties and responsibilities
Summary of responsibilities 

  • Improved development and submission of high-quality concept notes and proposals to donors. Performance will be measured against the number of submitted grant applications. 
  • Improved CIFOR/ICRAF-wide proposal-writing capacity – measured by the quality of drafts produced by science teams and increase in overall quantity of grant applications in the pipeline. 
  • Strengthened relations with current donors and prospects with increased revenue available to implementation of CIFOR-ICRAF’s 2020-2030 Strategy.
  • Enhanced institutional reputation as a global research authority.

Other Responsibilities Develop institutional infrastructure for unsolicited fundraising

  • A standardized process (RM Strategy) for program development linked to CIFOR- ICRAF Key Performance Areas (KPAs) support the development and submission of high quality programs and coordinated planning with the RM, Q4I, communications and other relevant units;
  • Relevant guidance notes, standard operating procedures, tools, templates, best practices, lessons learned, and ensure consistent use of required tools by scientists
  • Funder Profiles in MyTree enable scientists to present programs in coordination with RMU and funder focal points;
  • Tools and processes that support “go/ no go” decisions and the monitoring of progress with unsolicited progress support management decisions in relation to unsolicited fundraising;

Proposal/ Program Development and Coordination

  • Coordinate the research and verification of new funding opportunities for relevant global campaigns and/or initiatives;
  • Support global Research teams in all stages of pre-award functions (concept note/proposal development, planning, drafting, editing, internal clearances and submission of high value solicitation documents) and efficient transfer of approved awards to Programme/Grant Management;

Strategy, Analysis and Reporting

  • Maintain efficient knowledge sharing and information portal in MyTree system for capturing and sharing information and managing donor intelligence to enable successful funding approaches and institutional understanding of CIFOR-ICRAF’s resource development activities;
  • Support the RM team on reporting progress in key areas of the funding strategy and preparation of briefing materials for donor presentations and/or meetings;

Funding Partner Relations

  • Coordinate with the RM Team and other corporate units on donor stewardship, communications and cultivation of major global donors and prospects;

Education, knowledge and experience

  • Master’s degree in International Relations, Conservation/Environmental Sciences, or Agricultural Development (an undergraduate degree with 5 years’ relevant work experience will be considered).
  • Knowledge of national/global development agendas and goals;
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in resource mobilization with proven track record of raising substantial funds for international organizations, UN agencies, and/or international non-governmental organizations;
  • Understanding of project cycle management;
  • Above average written and presentation skills.
  • Experience with fundraising databases.
  • Fluency in English (French and/or Spanish desirable)
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, “door opener” with reliable timely and high-quality delivery of assignments.

Personal attributes and competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to independently solve various general problems and advise complex and sensitive problems.
  • Diplomatic, tactful and effective management and stewardship of major international donors;
  • Ability to quickly upload and interpret complex and technical subject matter to diverse audiences;
  • Experience in working with diverse teams.
  • Solid work ethic including quality and timely delivery.
  • “out-of-the-box” thinking.
  • Extrovert personality.
  • Ability to link sectors and maximize resource mobilization capacity with donors and other development partners.
  • Diplomatic, tactful and effective management and stewardship of major international donors.
  • Ability to quickly upload and interpret complex and technical subject matter to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently solve various general problems and advise complex and sensitive problems.

The application deadline is 30 Jul, 2023

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