We are seeking a dynamic professional to lead our Partnerships and Communications efforts. This is a senior position that leads a large team of people focusing on Resource Mobilization, Contracts Management and External Communications. Our global research contributes to several of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and cuts across four key themes: big data, climate-smart agriculture, ecosystem action, and sustainable food systems. The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (www.ciat.cgiar.org) works in collaboration with hundreds of partners to help developing countries make farming more competitive, profitable, and resilient through smarter, more sustainable natural resource management.
We help policymakers, scientists, and farmers respond to some of the most pressing challenges of our time, including food insecurity and malnutrition, climate-smart agriculture, ecosystem action, big data and sustainable food systems. CIAT global team includes 400+ professionals (250 agricultural researchers) based in three major hubs: Hanoi, Nairobi and Cali.
A key position
As a member of the Senior Management Team and reporting to the Director General, the Head of Partnerships and Communications works in the intersection between science and business for the improvement of food and nutrition security, and the livelihoods of people across the world. Leading CIAT’s responsibility to donors and investors for the advancement agricultural research for development impact, the Partnerships and Communications team seeks to increase collaborations with governments, foundations, civil society organizations and the business community to scale impact.
Fundamental functions of the position include:
Oversee, update and implement the institution’s fund raising strategy
Cultivate, develop and implement strategic partnerships and donor agreements
Oversee the development and management of contracts with partners
Develop and implement an external communication strategy
Master Degree in Economics, International development, Business, Communications, Agriculture or related fields
Ten years of demonstrable international experience on related positions with a track record in negotiating and securing major grants through work that brings together proposal development teams, staff, and volunteers
Full English proficiency and Spanish ( at least basic )
Willing to travel
Strong relationship, business, and project management skills
Exceptional strategic planning abilities, attention to detail and delivery
Excellent communications skills, oral and written
Risk based decision making towards value-added results
Team and people development
Additional Salary Information: We have benefits such as car allowance, relocation allowance, housing allowance, education allowance, plus international health care coverage and retirement contributions
About International Center for Tropical Agriculture- CIAT
The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (www.ciat.cgiar.org) works to reduce hunger and poverty, and improve human nutrition in the tropics through research aimed at increasing the eco-efficiency of agriculture. CIAT is a member of the CGIAR Consortium (www.cgiar.org), a global research partnership working many partners for a food secure future. The Center’s research focuses on increasin...g productivity of key crops (cassava, common bean, rice, and tropical forages); reversing soil and land degradation; and using information to foster better decisions about issues such as climate change and environmental management. Headquartered near Cali, Colombia, CIAT has regional offices in Nairobi, Kenya, and Hanoi, Vietnam, with staff posted in other developing countries as well.