Manager, Communications and Shared Learning

United States- Arlington, VA Headquarters
Feb 12, 2017
May 23, 2017
Full Time
The Manager of Communications and Knowledge Management will join a team of professionals at Conservation International (CI) involved in developing innovative tools and approaches for effective, equitable stakeholder engagement in conservation. This includes work with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) to assess and address challenges and opportunities for their participation in decision-making processes for climate change mitigation and adaptation. One of the main components relates to supporting a unique and innovative financing mechanism for indigenous peoples and local communities for climate change mitigation related activities called the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (DGM). The DGM was established by the Forest Investment Program under the Climate Investment Funds and is administered by the World Bank. It includes a Country Component in which a National Committee, composed of Indigenous Peoples and Local Community representatives, manage a grant-making fund for local projects, and a Global Component that focuses on Learning and Knowledge Exchange and Communications. Conservation International (CI) has been selected as the Global Executing Agency (GEA) for the Global Component of the DGM.  The Global Executing Agency for the DGM sits within the Social Policy and Practice Department of the Policy Center for Environment and Peace at CI.

This position will serve two functions: (1) as Communications Manager for the Global Learning and Knowledge Exchange Project (Global Project) under CI’s role as Global Executing Agency of the Forest Investment program’s (FIP) Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (DGM).  (2) as lead of the communications tools and resources developed under the Stakeholder Engagement and Shared Learning Program. The position sits within the Social Policy and Practice Department in the Policy Center for Environment and Peace and reports to the Managing Director, DGM GEA.

S/he will lead the implementation of the DGM Outreach and Communications Strategy, involving coordination of a communication network and development of communication materials that increase awareness of the DGM and facilitate information exchange. S/he will develop and help deliver compelling messages that accurately portray the work and mission of the DGM for target audiences. S/he will manage the DGM’s media platforms while supporting other key program objectives, including reporting, raising funds, and engaging in strategic partnerships.

CI is seeking a skilled and motivated individual who is highly interested in working with indigenous peoples and local community representatives. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in managing and implementing a project communications and outreach strategy; excellent intercultural communications skills; be proficient in managing multiple communications instruments and have excellent written and spoken English.  S/he must be able to travel internationally, be flexible, efficient and work will in a team environment.  Proficiency in French, or Spanish or Portuguese is also required.


The primary duties of the position require working in close collaboration with DGM GEA team and partners and include:

  • Managing and implementing the overall DGM Outreach and Communications Strategy that includes four core elements: (1) Country-specific needs assessments, (2) Customized Communications and Outreach Plans, (3) Digital Storytelling and Participatory Methods, (4) Culturally and Technologically Appropriate Approaches.
  • Lead Communications and develop content in multiple formats on the activities/results/impacts of the DGM Global Project.
  • Coordinate and provide support to the global communications team (GCT) for the DGM, composed of the communications focal points from each DGM country.
  • Strengthen feedback processes to expanding the outreach and effectiveness of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities networks.
  • As required, to lead the creation and execution of crisis communication plans in response to high profile negative media articles, critical social media campaigns or natural disasters.
  • Identify content-sharing opportunities to broaden the reach of DGM’s produced material and promote DGM content with external platforms such as news sites, partner blogs, etc.
  • Build capacities of GCT to deliver consistent and compelling key messages that accurately portray the work and mission of the DGM for target audiences.
  • Oversee the development of a departmental (SPP) communications strategy that includes internal and external information, and marketing products required to support the SPP Department activities and outcomes, working in close collaboration with the communications, IT, and marketing counterparts within the Policy Center and CI.
  • Serves as the SPP representative on the Policy Center Communications Team, contributing to the planning and materials for division-wide communications and materials requirements.


    This is a headquarters-based position in Arlington, VA.
  • Casual and flexible work environment.
  • Domestic and international travel may be required—approximately 25% of the time. Travel to remote areas without modern conveniences may be required. The position may require lifting up to 50 pounds.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Marketing, or related field.
  • 3-5 years of demonstrated working experience working in communications.
  • Experience managing multiple communications channels, including web and social media, and a demonstrated understanding of how the channels work in concert.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office; web, photo and video-editing software.
  • Understanding of issues realted to indigenous peoples, local communities and climate change.
  • Ability to work closely with HQ technical and field based staff to assess needs and priorities for capacity building and shared learning.
  • Understanding of and demonstrated skills in intercultural communication.
  • Proven ability to formulate and execute plans and achieve results utilizing strong analytical, critical decision-making and strategic planning skills.
  • Excellent written and spoken English, with the ability to break down complex technical information into simple language.
  • A reputation for high ethical standards and integrity.


  • Advanced Degree in related field.
  • Experience living and working in a developing country setting.

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