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News Editor/Content Manager Consultant at World Agroforestry, (ICRAF)

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Job Description

Duties and responsibilities

The News Editor/Content Manager will oversee the day-to-day running of CIFOR-ICRAF’s news sites and develop content for the organisation’s digital channels and direct the production of multimedia content. From reporting, researching and writing, to commissioning, copy-editing, content packaging and disseminating, this role will oversee a range of materials including news stories, feature articles, op-eds, speeches, fact sheets, briefs and infographics, and will be used to raise awareness about global issues that CIFOR-ICRAF research addresses, as well as the organisation’s activities and will be used to promote the organisation’s work.

  • Manage all facets of day-to-day publication, including but not limited to building a content calendar, commissioning articles and liaising with writers, scientists and stakeholders
  • Interview, research and write engaging, scientifically accurate content, including blogs, briefs, press releases, news items and leaflets
  • Develop content for CIFOR-ICRAF websites
  • Assist with newsletter production
  • Source photos, fact-check content and copy edit
  • Recruit and cultivate a roster of talented, diverse writers
  • Develop strategies for coverage of different kinds of events and news coverage
  • Develop relationships with partner organizations and stay abreast of the latest trends and research
  • Plan conference coverage, theme-based coverage, news coverage
  • Develop monthly in-depth features highlighting key aspects of CIFOR-ICRAF’s work
  • Coordinate with social media team to support outreach via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and other platforms
  • Liaise with production team to produce graphic art images and infographics for stories or social media
  • Increase global profile and reach of CIFOR-ICRAF news sites
  • Post stories on website, update carousel and troubleshoot technical issues

Education, knowledge and experience

  • The ideal candidate would have an undergraduate degree in journalism or a related field, a master’s in a subject other than communication (or a combination thereof) and at least five years of print journalism experience
  • Fluency in English (flawless idiomatic written English). Other major languages, especially French and Spanish, an asset
  • Experience in working for a research organisation or within the development sector is desirable

Personal attributes and competencies

  • Be excited by science and environmental literature and issues – someone who genuinely enjoys engaging with scientists and stakeholders and the topics they research.
  • Have a passion for creative and innovative storytelling and connecting with targeted audiences.
  • Be a team player as well as a self-starter.
  • Take direction well.
  • An eye for ROI.
  • Have a proven ability to work well in a fast-paced environment; have a sense of humour and enjoy the art of communication
  • Have a strong client-service approach.
  • Be skilled at copyediting other journalists’ work, able to rewrite a clumsy or jargon-filled sentence, fix a script, and spot typos.
  • Have a flair for writing catchy headlines and intriguing leads.
  • Be a skilled journalist who can spot a great angle and tell a strong story.
  • Have a good understanding of the complementary use of photos, text and multimedia.
  • Have experience in using WordPress and an understanding of how social media works.
  • Be able to maintain the publishing pipeline, with a large number of stories on the go at any time, and able to adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Be able to come up with and develop ideas for communicating science for impact, and be open to and excited by new possibilities.

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