Communications Officer - One CGIAR Transition

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 12 January 2021
  • Montpellier, Languedoc Rousillon, France
  • Closing on 31 January 2021
  • Current

Job Description

We are looking for a highly skilled and experienced communications professional to join the CGIAR System Organization. Reporting to the Senior Advisor, Executive Management Team, the Communications Officer will support the effective management of communications related to the One CGIAR transition.

This is an exciting time to be joining the System Organization as CGIAR undertakes a transformation into a more integrated “One CGIAR” that will allow us to achieve greater impact with our research. One CGIAR is a dynamic reformulation of CGIAR’s partnerships, knowledge, assets, and global presence in key areas where innovation is needed to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. It is centered around collaborating more closely in a way that enables us to deploy scientific innovations faster, on a larger scale, and at a reduced cost so that they can have a greater impact where they are needed the most. The transition to One CGIAR will have profound implications on the way CGIAR and its constituent parts are structured and operate: with unified governance, an integrated structure, a new research modality, and more pooled funding, One CGIAR will be better positioned to achieve its mission. Joining CGIAR offers an excellent opportunity to contribute to a world free of poverty, hunger, and environmental degradation.

The Communications Officer, working closely with the Project Manager for the One CGIAR Transition, the Communications Function and with experts across CGIAR, supports the EMT with effective, tailored, and interactive communications and engagement with CGIAR’s internal and external stakeholders on the transition to One CGIAR as part of a comprehensive change management approach.

This position requires a highly effective and dynamic communications professional with experience in tailored, innovative, and interactive communications in the context of organizational change. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and an ability to deliver in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment are essential for this role.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Working closely with the Project Manager for the One CGIAR transition, as well as communications experts across CGIAR and the leads of the relevant transition workstreams, periodically review and propose updates to the communications milestones, activities, and associated resource requirements as part of the One CGIAR transition plan
  • Working closely with the Project Manager as well as experts across CGIAR, develop, strengthen, and implement processes, practices, tools, and metrics to continuously monitor progress and outcomes across the planned communications activities, including stakeholder feedback.
  • Identify needs for external expertise and support, consulting with the System Organization’s Finance and Procurement functions and the Project Manager to ensure timely procurement of resource required, in compliance with relevant procurement policies and processes.
  • Lead the development, strengthening, and delivery of effective, regular broadcast communications on the One CGIAR transition, working in collaboration with the System Organization’s ICT and communications teams to leverage relevant digital assets (external and internal websites, social media, newsletters, virtual ‘town hall’ meetings, etc.).
  • Provide direct, timely, and high-quality communication support to the EMT’s broadcast communications on the transition, including developing, writing, editing, and reviewing high-quality concept notes, briefings, speeches and speaking points, key messages, presentations, briefs, blogs, op-eds, bios, videos, social media messages and tool kits, and other collateral materials as required.
  • Foster and contribute to highly collaborative teamwork and communication within the unit, the System Management Office, and across the CGIAR System as a whole; proactively participating in knowledge and capacity building initiatives to support the delivery of the Organization’s business and work plans.
  • Joining CGIAR offers an excellent opportunity to contribute to a world free of poverty, hunger, and environmental degradation.

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience

      • A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Communications, Business Administration, International Development or related field (a Masters’ degree or equivalent is an advantage)
      • Significant experience (indicatively 5-8 years) in communications in a context of organizational change
      • Experience in international development/ agricultural or environmental research is an advantage
      • Excellent, demonstrated change-related communication skills, with an ability to distill complex information into clear, tailored messages to a range of different audiences
      • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office software packages, with skills in desktop publishing and WordPress being an advantage
      • Excellent written and oral communication, editing, and reporting skills in English. Working knowledge of French, Spanish, Arabic, or another major language that enhances effective collaboration across CGIAR is an advantage

Personal Traits

    • Excellent interpersonal skills – a team player with excellent communication, diplomatic, and influencing skills and the ability to establish and foster effective working relationships in a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary, and complex environment
    • A problem-solver who can think outside the box
    • Able to adapt to change, navigate ambiguity, and take initiative
    • Highest work ethics and integrity; inspires trust and credibility; respects diversity and difference i.e. ability and willingness to work in and promote diverse multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environments

About the Organization

CGIAR is a global research partnership for a food-secure future. CGIAR science is dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources and ecosystem services. Its research is carried out by 15 CGIAR Centers in close collaboration with hundreds of partners, including national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, development organizations and the private sector. These 15 Centers have close to 10,000 staff based in over 50 countries.

Established in 2016, the CGIAR System Organization provides governance to the CGIAR System in collaboration with the System Council and has about 40 staff. The System Organization is committed to cultivating a work environment that reflects teamwork, gender equality, and respect for diversity. We endeavor to foster a multi-cultural environment that is free of any form of harassment and discrimination; and that embraces and values individuals regardless of age, ethnicity, race, gender, national or social origin, marital status or any other form of personal identity. Please find more information about CGIAR at

More information

JD - Communications Officer - One CGIAR (Dec 2020).pdf

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