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VACANCY: Senior Communications Advisor for ARD for the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development

About the Platform

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The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development is a network of 40 bilateral and multilateral donors, international financing institutions and foundations that share a common vision of the role that agriculture and rural development plays in reducing global poverty and combatting hunger and malnutrition. It is committed to achieving increased and more effective aid for agriculture and rural development through evidence-based advocacy and knowledge sharing. The Platform Secretariat supports members’ initiatives to enhance development effectiveness through knowledge sharing and advocacy. The Platform Secretariat is managed by the German implementing organisation GIZ in Bonn, Germany.

Your Tasks

As Senior Communication Advisor for Agriculture Rural Development (ARD), you are in charge of implementing the new outreach strategy to improve the networking and communication amongst the diverse members of the Platform. You are responsible for constantly updating the information on the Platform website; editing and publishing articles for the website; social media management; coordinating the compilation of articles for Platform’s online-newsletter; overseeing the production of Platform PR-material (Platform presentations, flyers, brochures etc.) as well as short policy papers like info notes or more comprehensive studies, and the Platform’s Annual Report. Additionally, you will be facilitating the Platform’s engagement in the thematic rural development and food security policy areas, coordinating a working group and supporting its members in the implementation of their work program like organising webinars, workshops or side events and you will be contributing to the Platform’s progress reports and annual reports on the respective workstream topic.

Your profile

  • University degree in agricultural economics, rural development, international relations or related discipline with specialisation on outreach, communication, public relations and knowledge management
  • Ten years relevant experience in public relations for Agriculture and Rural Development; excellent writing skills; practical experience in journalism is desirable
  • Profound experience in development cooperation and the implementation of media and communications strategies
  • Proven experience with website content management systems, ideally Contao; html skills and a good grasp of other communications technology;
  • Sound understanding of rural development, including positions of responsibility with international institutions
  • Sound understanding of the basic principles of donor approaches to agricultural policy and international development
  • Sound understanding of the international architecture for rural development in developing countries (including donor organizations, the private sector, NGO’s/CSO’s and non-traditional donors)
  • Excellent written and spoken English and German; competency in French and/or Spanish is an asset.

Assignment period

September 2018 until the end of December 2018

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