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Communications Student Assistant

Expiration date

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Company / Organization

CCAFS Program Management Unit

We are looking for a Communications Student Assistant with a demonstrated interest in communications and outreach to support the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) in its endeavor to be an honest broker in the international climate debate and in its goal of reducing poverty and malnutrition among millions of families in developing countries.

CCAFS is led by the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and hosted by Wageningen University & Research. CCAFS brings together the world’s best researchers in agricultural science, development research, climate science and Earth System science, to identify and address the most important interactions, synergies and tradeoffs between climate change, agriculture and food security. More information on

The student assistant will form part of the 10-person, geographically dispersed communications and knowledge management team, providing support to the CCAFS Program Management Unit. The student assistant will work closely with the Global Communications and Knowledge Manager and other team members as necessary.

The student assistant will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • CCAFS blogs: draft on the website, edit and give feedback to other authors, schedule, publish, and promote via social media
  • Monitor CCAFS social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, Slideshare, YouTube, and Instagram
  • Monitor media mentions
  • Update CCAFS website content, including event pages, careers and calls, project and tools pages, and other pages as needed
  • Share CCAFS outputs on the CGIAR website
  • Support communications campaigns for CCAFS events, including: set up event pages on the CCAFS website; update and monitor event-specific websites; draft and send invitations in coordination with the Events Manager; help with flyer and publications printing and shipment; write blogs; upload pictures, presentations, and videos; promote event details and outputs on social media; social media monitoring and live-tweeting
  • Update staff profiles on the website and intranet
  • Format and edit CCAFS publications and upload them to the CCAFS publications repository
  • Curate CCAFS content on the CGIAR website
  • Support other intermittent tasks such as the quarterly newsletter, communications campaigns for key days, and reporting
  • Other tasks as needed

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies and experience:

  • Excellent English language abilities, especially writing and editing
  • Ability to work systematically and independently
  • Self-starter who takes initiative and follows through on tasks
  • Detail-oriented
  • Flexibility to change directions as needed and ability to manage several parallel tasks with tight deadlines
  • Good interpersonal communications skills
  • Demonstrated experience managing website content and working with blogs and social media platforms, especially Twitter
  • Ability to pick up new technologies and online platforms quickly
  • Knowledge of Drupal, Wordpress, HTML/CSS, videography and video editing software, and graphic design software is a plus
  • Media outreach experience is a plus
  • Fluency in French and/or Spanish is a plus


  • Current enrollment in a Masters program at a university in the Netherlands
  • An educational background in communications is an asset but not a prerequisite. Likewise, an interest in climate change, agriculture and/or international development is an asset but not a prerequisite.

The student must be able to prove that he or she is registered at a Dutch university and has a residence and work permit in the Netherlands.

Terms of employment:

  • Start date: as soon as possible
  • Working hours: 10-20 hours per week
  • Contract duration: 1 year. Candidates seeking employment for the summer only should not apply  
  • Location: CCAFS office at Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, Netherlands

How to apply:

Applications should include a cover letter of no more than 1 page and CV of no more than 2 pages and should be sent to Please do not send queries about the role. Previous applicants need not apply.

Deadline to apply: 11:59 PM on Thursday 9 May

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the deadline. Candidates will be invited to interview no later than Monday 13 May and interviews will take place on Thursday 16 May or before. Unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted. If a suitable candidate is not found the deadline may be extended.