The International Potato Center (CIP) is seeking a highly motivated Head of Communications responsible for the creation, implementation, and oversight of the CIP communication and marketing strategic plan. The position requires a dynamic professional with leadership in designing and managing marketing and communications campaigns with an emphasis on storytelling to convey CIP’s impact globally across a diverse set of stakeholders.
- Develops communication and marketing strategies to support CIP’s Strategic and Corporate Plan aligning to the Sustainable Development Goals
- Identifies and manages position marketing work and communication campaigns in support of the organization’s overall resource mobilization targets and of significant interest to key strategic donors and partners
- Increases visibility and understanding of CIP vision and purpose, particularly with donors
- Utilizes storytelling techniques to convey CIP key message to influencers and stakeholders
- Leads in communicating CIP brand and enforcing branding guidelines
- Manages the day-to-day functioning of CIP’s communications channels, including the website, social media channels and e-publishing materials.
- Gathers and expands CIP reach and uptake through effective use of social media, oral, graphic and audiovisual tools, as well as digital branding
- Supports the Director General and senior managers with their communications needs, including speeches, emails, letters and talking points for internal and external meetings. Assists with the coordination of regular staff meetings.
- Oversees CIP Knowledge Resources including the library and open access functions
- Actively engages with broader CGIAR communication teams and activities
- Champions internal communications across the institution by partnering with relevant colleagues and units and spearheading knowledge and communication sharing
- Guides, as relevant, the development of communications elements in future programmatic initiatives
- Develops and manages financial and human resources, and negotiates and creates relevant contracts with external vendors.
- Masters’ degree in public relations, business, or relevant disciplines.
- At least 8 years of relevant work experience.
- Full set of skills including marketing, communications, social media, media relations, and branding
- Experience in communications in a scientific setting preferred
- Ability to understand how to utilize both traditional forms of communication (i.e. print material) and new media techniques to promote the organization’s accomplishments to a wide and diverse audience
- Demonstrated experience translating scientific information into formats and messages for diverse audiences
- Demonstrated success liaising among partners or projects to enhance communication and public awareness
- Successful track record in communications and marketing strategy and implementation, working across the marketing communication mix, at senior level
- Demonstrated people management and team building skills
- Proactive approach, with ability to find creative ways to solve problems or exploit potentials
- Superb written communication skills in English, with knowledge of Spanish or another language
- Understanding of research, development, international agriculture, environmental, and food issues, and global context preferred
About the Organization
The Center: CIP is a not-for-profit international agricultural research-for-development organization with a focus on potato, sweet potato, and Andean roots and tubers. Its vision is of roots and tubers improving the lives of the poor. CIP is dedicated to achieving food security, improved well-being, and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems of the developing world. CIP works with partners to contribute high quality science, technology, and capacity strengthening for sustainable science-based solutions. CIP is headquartered in Lima, Peru, with staff and activities in over 30 locations across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. CIP is a member of CGIAR, a network of 15 research centers mostly located in the developing world and supported by more than 50 donor members.