Temporary Assistant, Global Engagement and Events (Temporary assignment – 11 months, Europe Region)

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The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) deliver research-based solutions that harness agricultural biodiversity and sustainably transform food systems to improve people’s lives. Alliance solutions address the global crises of malnutrition, climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation.

The Alliance works with local, national and multinational partners across Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, and with the public and private sectors. The Alliance is part of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future, dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources and ecosystem services.

With novel partnerships, the Alliance generates evidence and mainstreams innovations to transform food systems and landscapes so that they sustain the planet, drive prosperity, and nourish people in a climate crisis.

The Alliance is part of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future.

https://alliancebioversityciat.org/                     www.cgiar.org


About the position

Based in the European Union, and under the supervision of the Senior Officer, Global Engagement and Executive Communications, the Temporary Assistant will support the Alliance’s participation in large-scale strategic events and/or global policy processes (such as the Conventions of Parties of UNFCCC, UNCCD and UNCBD) to raise the visibility of the Organization on the global stage, strengthening our network of partners, and positioning our innovations and technologies in the hands of users.



More specifically, the Temporary Assistant will:

  • Support the prospecting of opportunities to position the Alliance in major events.
  • Assist in maintaining an up-to-date calendar of major events and related plans, in coordination with the Global Engagement and Events Analyst.
  • Support the Alliance in planning, organizing, implementing, and participating in large-scale events and/or processes of global reach.
  • Assist in extracting lessons learned from events to enhance future coordination.
  • Support with the preparation of presentations, speeches, blogs, op-ed articles, and other communication materials for events.
  • Support the creation and update of a list of key facts and related sources useful for speech writing.
  • Assist in other tasks and initiatives as assigned by the Senior officer, Global engagement and executive communications.


Essential Requirements

  • Secondary school education supplemented by office training or related courses.
  • Master’s degree in communications, journalism, international relations, social sciences or relevant fields, is highly desirable.
  • Previous relevant work experience (preferably minimum 2 years) in external engagement, events management and/or communication in an international organization, NGO, or equivalent.
  • Understanding of issues related to the food systems, environment, nutrition, and agriculture.
  • Excellent writing and organizational skills, and the ability to convey complex and technical content in engaging, succinct, and clear formats.
  • Knowledge of or experience with Adobe Creative suite.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office package.
  • Strong interpersonal, communications and teamwork skills ; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of different cultural and national background.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others, to demonstrate flexibility in fulfilling assignments, and to be proactive in planning, researching, and pitching communications opportunities.
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required.


Desirable Requirements  

  • Fluency in Italian, Spanish, French and other UN languages is an asset.


Terms of employment

This is a temporary support position, which will be based in the European Union.

The monthly salary will be EUR 2,983. The position will be for a period of 11 months.

Please note that eligible applicants must have the legal status to live and work in the European Union. Citizens of EU countries and citizens of non-EU countries are individually responsible for compliance with requirements and formalities established by the national immigration law of the country where they stay and carry out their working activity.



Please apply online through the Alliance Job Opportunities website (https://alliancebioversityciat.org/careers) no later than 19 May 2024, attaching a curriculum vitae, cover letter, both in English, and contact information (e.g. names, email address) of at least three references.


Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Closing date for applications: 19 May 2024

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