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Specialist - Strategic Communication and Content Strategy Planning, Issue Management, Engagement
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
Closing soon: 12 Aug 2022
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Job Description
About IRRI
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations. IRRI is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government. The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and over 1,000 staff.

Working with in-country partners, IRRI develops advanced rice varieties that yield more grain and better withstand pests and disease as well as flooding, drought, and other harmful effects of climate change.
Job Purpose

Under the direct supervision of the Manager of Content and Brand, manage and implement communication plans linked to IRRI’s strategic priorities to sustain and build IRRI’s reputation as a leading research institution. The specialist is expected to ensure all internal and external communication messages are consistent across all mediums, update key messaging and proof points in communication plans for all projects (ensure it flows through the implementation). This role is also responsible in facilitating crisis communication plan between IRRI and its stakeholders, acting as a primary support for issues management.

This position will be based at the IRRI Headquarters, Los Baños, Philippines and may only be filled by permanent citizens of the Philippines.

Roles and Responsibilities
  • Manage communication plans linked to IRRI’s strategic priorities that will sustain and build IRRI’s reputation as a leading research institution
  • Recommend most appropriate and effective means of engaging target audiences to achieve the desired communication outcomes, i.e. articulating scientific/technical concepts into clear and impactful messages
  • Stay up-to-date on relevant economic, governmental, industry, and policy issues and research and ensure that these are taken into consideration in IRRI’s communication plans and collaterals
  • Identify opportunities for engagement through effective use of media and events to increase public and stakeholder understanding of IRRI’s mission and positively influence their opinions of IRRI’s goals
  • Support the development and implementation of crisis communication plans, acting as a primary support for issues management (work with the manager in creating the plan)
  • Collaborate and maintain relationship with senior managers, project leaders, researchers, scientists and communication colleagues in creating communication plans that support IRRI’s programs, projects, and strategic goals
  • Incorporate IRRI’s strategic messaging and other communications materials
  • Provide timely and accurate advice to stakeholders, ensuring all messages are factual, correct, and aligned to IRRI’s strategic plan
  • Propose and deliver communication plans to be used in donor relations, external events, internal communication messages, etc.
  • Draft, edit and finalize full range of IRRI’s external and internal collaterals, including speeches, presentations, online and print stories, speaking points and social media statements, and other similar communications
  • Provide briefing notes and key messages in response to media issues and provide expert advice to stakeholders on advocacy and media relations activities
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing or related field with 5 years of directly relevant experience
Skills Required


  • Exceptional writing, editing, and communication skills in a variety of formats (i.e. web, print publications, briefing papers, press releases)
  • Experience using communication strategies and tools to advance local, regional and international program objectives, including media relations, web/mobile/social media, print and events
  • Solid organizational, project management, and multi-tasking skills
  • Ability to thrive in team environments, with a strong understanding of diversity and other cultures
  • Ability to deliver high quality work products with tight deadlines


  • Strong understanding of issues impacting IRRI, i.e. agriculture, climate change, etc.
  • Experience in developing public advocacy campaigns

IRRI offers a highly extensive employee benefits package inclusive of globally-covered medical insurance, retirement plan, life and accident insurance and other allowances. Join our team and be part of our story!

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
This position will remain open until filled.

This job is no longer available.