Communications Manager

Description

Are you passionate about working on environmental and social issues? Are you a natural communicator who understands how to engage stakeholders, create awareness and build influence by demonstrating technical knowledge and experience? Can you work across platforms, create different types of content and help to organise a busy workplace? 

Based in Brasilia, you will lead the internal and external communications activities for our Brazilian operations, working within a global team. This is an exciting opportunity to join a global team and use a broad range of skills in a fast-paced organisation that is working at the forefront of responsible sourcing and production of agricultural commodities. Besides working in Portuguese, English is our global working language, but we also engage in Spanish-speaking countries such as Argentina and Paraguay. 

Proforest is committed to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in our employment practices and we welcome diversity as a key enabler to our success. Black, LGBTQ, indigenous, quilombola and/or disabled candidates are equally welcomed and encouraged to apply.

Position summary 

Proforest Brazil is looking for an experienced communications professional to support the internal and external communications for our technical work, across grant-funded programmes, client consultancy projects, capacity building and training. With a focus on stakeholder engagement and fundraising, this role will be central to our growth strategy and how we scale our impact. This role is suited to someone looking to be part of a mission-driven organisation, where they can get involved at both a strategic and hands-on level, working with a very smart, driven team of people in Brazil and around the world.  


 
Regional Responsibilities 

You will be the only communications manager in Brazil, working closely with colleagues in the technical and operational teams with a range of responsibilities: 

  • Stakeholder engagement – mapping, identifying and engaging relevant stakeholders (for individual projects or regional Proforest strategy) 

  • Fundraising – supporting the leadership team in identifying and mapping potential sources of funding, as well as supporting on proposals 

  • Writing – working with the technical team to identify themes and topics to create broader awareness of our work, identifying potential outlets for articles and blogs 

  • Content creation – helping technical teams to develop compelling content with the right message for the right audience, using tools including PowerPoint, Word, visuals 

  • Training and capacity building – support the wider team with growing their own communications skills through one-on-one support and formal training 

  • Internal comms – supporting knowledge sharing and information flow in the region 

  • Events – supporting regional events (online, in-person, hybrid) including training delivered by Proforest, and identify opportunities for Proforest to engage at other events 

  • Editing – editing and proofing written reports or documentation 

Global Responsibilities 

You will also be part of a global communications team, with responsibility for projects or platforms used around the world, and joint activities: 

  • Global brand – representing regional requirements and input to global projects 

  • Communications strategy – feeding into global strategy and planned activity 

  • Website updates – managing regional updates, including projects, new joiners, vacancies 

  • Social media channels – planning and creating regional content for global Twitter and LinkedIn accounts; while exploring regional networks and opportunities to engage 

  • Photo library – updating central image repository with relevant photos for the region 

  • Translations – coordinating content translations 

  • Project management – Providing a single point of contact on projects needing global design or other requirements, ensuring effective project management and delivery of work 

  • Project lead – take ownership and strategic lead for one of our global platforms or processes 

 

What you might get involved with 

  • Leading the stakeholder engagement strategy for the Cerrado Protocol as it enters a new phase 

Experience / Requirements 

  • At least 4 years’ experience managing communications and stakeholder engagement in a related field or sector 

  • Experience in media or stakeholder engagement in Brazil 

  • Familiarity with digital platforms and main social media channels 

  • MSOffice skills (working with templates in Word, PowerPoint, Excel) 

  • Good editing skills, proof-reading and writing, also working in video and audio 

  • Highly organised with experience managing multiple projects, ideally with global teams 

About Proforest 

Proforest is a mission driven organisation with a 20+ year track record of supporting the transition to sustainable production and sourcing of agricultural and forest commodities. We are a not-for-profit group with a global presence across Latin America, Africa, Europe and Southeast Asia, and work with governments, the private sector and civil society to deliver positive outcomes for people, nature and climate in the places agricultural commodities are produced. 

Our clients are well-known consumer brands, such as Unilever, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Mars, and some of the world’s largest traders and integrated producers including Cargill, Olam, Wilmar and Cofco. We combine our consultancy work with longer-term programmes supported by institutional funders, with all profits re-invested in delivering our mission. 

How to apply 

Send your CV and a cover letter both in English and Portuguese to recruitment@proforest.net, with “PIBR CommsManager” in the subject line. Also include your expected monthly salary (gross, in BRL, under CLT hiring regime). 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted 

Download the job description here:

English version

Portuguese version

Proforest is an equal opportunity employer. 

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