IFDC is an independent non-profit organization that combines innovative research, market systems development, and strategic partnerships to identify and scale sustainable soil solutions for improved food security and livelihoods around the world.
This position will play a critically important role in raising IFDC’s external profile, especially in the Washington DC area broader development community. The Manager will also play an important role contributing to the success of IFDC’s overall business development efforts, including leading the development of marketing materials and events. This will require close cooperation and collaboration with multiple other offices and departments. This position is part of the global communication and marketing function including knowledge management (KM) within IFDC, chaired by the corporate communications manager. The “triangle” of strategic communications, corporate communications and KM will function in unison to strengthen the visibility of IFDC externally and internally —all staff are IFDC ambassadors and need guidance by this team. BD communications campaigns need input from the projects which is organized by the global team to assist strategic communications, and the same holds for KM and capturing our learnings and capabilities.
This position reports to the VP Business Development.
The Strategic Communications Manager will be responsible for developing and managing IFDC’s external, client-facing communications strategy to broaden awareness of IFDC successes, results and impact, and target specific audiences. The Manager must be a strategic thinker who can quickly operationalize concepts and ideas and demonstrate natural learning agility and personal flexibility in a fast paced, change-oriented environment. The Manager must be flexible, pragmatic, and able to think creatively to implement activities in a responsive manner.
Duties will include:
This position requires creativity and the ability to communicate effectively in order to persuade potential funding sources that IFDC has the capability and realistic plans to achieve development objectives that warrant their investment. This job will require the following:
DIFFICULTY OF WORK
This position requires knowledge of the development sector, general approaches to strategic communications; donor/funding agency strategies; and familiarity with IFDC’s work.
The successful applicant will be able to work independently, and with minimum supervision and oversight; s/he will be an autonomous highly motivated, self-starter. S/he will demonstrate interpersonal skills such that s/he will be able to autonomously interact with partners, clients and donors, to promote IFDC.
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