The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT; www.ciat.cgiar.org) works to reduce hunger and
poverty, and improve human nutrition in the tropics through research aimed at increasing the ecoefficiency
of agriculture. CIAT recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, commemorating half a century of
generating and strategically positioning state-of-the art knowledge to inform policy and on-the-ground
actions in pro of a sustainable food future.
CIAT’s global research contributes to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and cuts across
four key themes: big data, climate-smart agriculture, ecosystem action, and sustainable food systems.
CIAT works in collaboration with hundreds of partners to help developing countries make farming more
competitive, profitable, inclusive and resilient through smarter, more sustainable natural resource
management. Through our research, we help policymakers, scientists, and farmers respond to some of
the most pressing challenges of our time, including food insecurity and malnutrition. CIAT’s global team
includes almost 1000 scientists, technical and administrative based in three major hubs: Hanoi, Nairobi
CIAT is searching for a Bilingual Communications Officer for the CGIAR Research Program: Climate
Change, Agriculture and Food Security – CCAFS. The main objective for this position will be the
implementation of the communications strategy for CCAFS in the region, which includes permanent
dissemination of activities, initiatives and project led by the research program, and addressed to a variety
of audiences including CCAFS Team and its partners at global and regional levels.
The Communications Officer, will support also CCAFS Latin America fundraising strategy and diffusion of
the program’s events, news related to climate change, agriculture and food security.
The position will take place at the CIAT Headquarters located in Palmira, Colombia.
Strengthen and implement communications strategy contributing to positioning CCAFS in the region.
Disseminate CCAFS Latin-America outputs through articles, reports, email, blogs, etc. Using social
Keep up to date all relevant information in CCAFS Latin-America website including the advances and
results of regional program portfolio, events, news, etc.
Keep up to date publications and outputs in the repository database and share it with relevant
stakeholders and partners.
Develop and coordinate the publication of original stories in the region, both in English and Spanish,
through multimedia, blog stories, photos and videos, including flyers and printed material design.
Networking with journalists at local, national and regional levels in order to make sure that CCAFS
Latin America becomes a key information source for media channels.
Support CCAFS Latin-America fundraising strategy.
Support annual report and planning processes of the regional program.
Bachelor’s degree in Communications or fields related.
Minimum experience of two years on written, graphic and audiovisual dissemination of technical
information to a variety of audiences.
Advanced English level; strong writing and speaking skills (indispensable).
Skills on design, photography and video.
Social media management, to publish scientific information to different audiences.
Use of basic tools and software for writing, presentations, design and video edition.
Team work and collaboration.
Proactive and innovative.
Terms of Employment
The contract will be for one (1) years, subject to a probation period of two (2) months, and is renewable
depending on performance and availability of resources. CIAT offers a multicultural, collegial research
environment with competitive salary and excellent benefits; we believe that the diversity of our staff
contributes to excellence. CIAT is an equal opportunity employer, and strives for staff diversity in gender
Applicants are invited to send a detailed curriculum vitae, including names and addresses of three referees
knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience. All
correspondence should be addressed to the CIAT Human Resources Office to Tomás Solís
(email@example.com) and should clearly indicate in the subject “Application: Communications Officer”.