United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Communications Officer – Publications Lead

Organization: Overseas Development Institute
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Closing date: 04 Feb 2018


Communications Officer – Publications Lead

Contract: One-Year Fixed-term Contract

Salary: £28,015 – £33,419 pa

Location: London

Ref: HPG/02/18

ODI is a leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.

About us

ODI (www.odi.org) aims to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty by locking together high-quality applied research, practical policy advice and policy-focused dissemination and debate.

The Humanitarian Policy Group is one of the world’s leading teams working on humanitarian issues and is dedicated to improving humanitarian policy and practice. The Risk and Resilience programme pioneer policy-driven research on the nexus between new and emerging risks to reduce vulnerability and realise a sustainable future for all. Social Development explores the role of social norms and relationships in maintaining the cycle of poverty and exclusion.

We are looking for a Communications Officer (Publications Lead) to increase the impact of ODI’s humanitarian, risk and resilience and gender research among existing and new target audiences through the delivery of first-class communications, with a focus on publications (70% of time) as well as events, digital outputs, and media and public affairs support (30%). Experience in a comparable communications post, a track record of project managing and producing publications, and knowledge/experience of gender research, policy issues and agendas are all essential.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate the development of publications, planning and developing outputs from concept note to publication, and helping shape the content to make them clear, well-structured and impactful.
  • Coordinate the publications production process.
  • Copy edit and proofread publications from the humanitarian, risk and resilience, and gender programmes and relevant cross-institute working groups as required.
  • Layout publications using InDesign DTP software, as required.
  • Brief and liaise with external suppliers, such as editors, printers or designers; offer advice and guidance on best practice in outsourcing such roles.
  • Upload content to the ODI website using the Drupal content management system (CMS), creating publication landing pages for new publications.
  • As part of the post’s general communications duties, work flexibly across the humanitarian, risk and resilience and gender programmes to deliver on a range of communications activities, supporting digital and multimedia work, events organisation and media and public affairs activities.

About you:

  • Substantial practical experience in a comparable communications post.

  • Track record of project managing and producing publications: planning and managing multiple parallel publications and briefing and liaising with external agencies and freelancers.

  • Experience of translating complex and technical ideas into compelling content for different audiences.

  • Experience of wider communications functions (digital, events, public affairs, media).

  • Good knowledge of digital platforms, social media and web content best practice.

  • Proven knowledge/experience of gender research, policy issues and agendas.

  • Excellent writing, editing and proofing skills and strong attention to detail.

  • Confidence in typesetting, with DTP skills (Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator).

  • Strong organisational skills and ability to manage and prioritise tasks.

  • Able to work to strict deadlines and under pressure.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate with colleagues at all levels of seniority and from different cultures.

Closing date: 04 February 2018

Interview date: Week Commencing 12 February 2018

ODI can only sponsor (research/senior) positions requiring a PhD, or where there is a shortage of applications. For this role, it is our anticipation that we will get sufficient applicants from the resident work force and we are obliged to give priority to those who do not need sponsorship when offering a job.

ODI is an equal opportunities employer

Charity Reg. No.228248

How to apply:

For more information, please download an application pack from our website at [www.odi.org.uk/jobs](http://www.odi.org.uk/jobs](http://www.odi.org.uk/jobs)**). If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 3327 7290 or email humanresources@odi.org.uk.