World Federation of
Science Journalists

Writer for the International Water Management Institute

INTERNATIONAL WATER MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE
P.O. Box 2075, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Tel: 94-11-2787404, 2784080, Fax:94-11-2786854, Email: work-at-iwmi@cgiar.org
Internet Home Page: http://www.iwmi.org



POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

WRITER

We seek a highly competent, motivated and dynamic individual for the position of Writer to contribute to IWMI’s communications strategy. The successful candidate will be based at IWMI Headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka and will report to the Director Communications.

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is an international non-profit scientific organization with offices in 12 countries in Africa and Asia. Our mission is to overcome poverty through the better management of land and water resources. The Communication and Knowledge Sharing Division communicates the institute’s research to a wide range of stakeholders (such as policy makers, international organizations, farmers, community groups etc.) using print and electronic platforms. The writer who joins our team will be based at the headquarters in Sri Lanka, and will work as a team member to develop communication strategies, produce a range of communication materials for targeted audiences and implement the strategies. The writer would also liaise closely with IWMI researchers to gather and synthesize information.

Job Purpose:
The main purpose of the job is to contribute to IWMI’s communications strategy; to identify stories and key messages from our scientific research on water issues and water management solutions; and to present these in a way that captures the world’s attention and stimulates action.

Responsibilities and Duties:
The key responsibility will include the following:

• Contribute to the communications strategy for IWMI.
• Provide writing/editorial contributions for issue-based campaigns.
• Write/edit and coordinate the production of some of IWMI’s regular products, including the Water Policy Briefing series which is one of IWMI’s key information assets.
• Source story ideas, identify priority issues and write feature articles for inclusion in selected media, newsletters, magazines or journals.
• Write press releases and background material for press kits to be used at media conferences.
• Write web text and organize information for IWMI’s website, when needed.
• Assist with developing corporate communication materials in-line with IWMI’s new strategy, e.g. standard descriptions of the organization and its work, corporate brochures, PowerPoint presentations, posters etc.
• Support IWMI general communications work and regional office communication strategies.

Selection Criteria:
The following outlines the attributes required and the criteria against which applications will be assessed.

Qualifications: ESSENTIAL
  • University degree in English, Journalism, Communications or a related field.
DESIRABLE
  • Qualification eg. Masters in science journalism
Experience and Knowledge ESSENTIAL
  • Minimum five years experience as a writer in a relevant communications field.
  • Excellent command of English, with excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Experience in writing on scientific and development issues would be a significant advantage.
  • Good organizational skills, with the ability to handle multiple tasks
  • A positive team player with good inter-personal skills and the ability to work with people from a wide variety of cultures
DESIRABLE
  • Knowledge of a second international language would be an added advantage, but is not compulsory.
  • Experience in working and living in developing countries.
Skills and Abilities: ESSENTIAL
  • A very good command of English, with excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Experience in writing on scientific and development issues would be a significant advantage.
  • Good organizational skills, with the ability to handle multiple tasks are essential.
  • A positive team player with good inter-personal skills and the ability to work with people from a wide variety of cultures is essential.


Salary and Benefits:

This is an Internationally Recruited Staff position with a competitive salary and benefits package. This includes a housing allowance, transport, education, shipping assistance, annual home leave, retirement, and health insurance package. IWMI’s policy is to appoint staff initially on two year contracts which are subject to renewal, depending on performance and institute’s needs.

How to Apply:
To apply for this post:

• Complete application form http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/About_IWMI/Vacancies/
• Attach your résumé.
• Attach a letter of application, which specifically addresses the selection criteria outlined previously; include the names and addresses of 3 referees who may be contacted if you are shortlisted.
• Submit online.

If you do not receive an automatic acknowledgement email within 24 hours of sending your application, then contact: The Human Resources Office, IWMI, P.O. Box 2075, Colombo, Sri Lanka; Email: work-at-iwmi@cgiar.org

Application deadline: 16 January 2009 – or until the position is filled.

Schedule for Selection Process:
There may be telephone interviews for short-listed candidates during the week beginning 26 January 2009 and selection interviews in Colombo, Sri Lanka in the week of 16 February 2009. Although these dates may be subject to change, it would be useful if candidates could be available around these dates.

For further information visit IWMI - http://www.iwmi.org

IWMI is an equal opportunity employer and is keen to further diversify its staff in terms of both gender and nationality.