We’re recruiting a Communications Officer


The ICTD has expanded rapidly in the last few years, growing into an international, friendly, and dynamic team. As a core part of our work, we are seeking to increase our capacity in communications and engagement, and are particularly in need of someone with strong writing and editing skills. The main purpose of the Communications Officer role is to design and deliver successful communication and impact strategies in order to disseminate research in an accessible and relevant manner for informing stakeholders, shaping debates, and influencing policy.

The post holder will be responsible for managing the process publishing ICTD papers and briefs, and will play a crucial role in working with researchers and partners to communicate their findings and ideas in an accessible and engaging manner by editing and publishing pieces in our dynamic blog series. They will also support a range of projects including providing advice to programme leads on research uptake strategies, and contributing to organising events and producing digital content and materials. This post requires a high degree of innovation, creativity and personal initiative, excellent interpersonal and communications skills and an understanding of the role that research has to play in informing media and policy discourse. The post holder will report to the Communication and Impact Manager and be supported by the Communications Assistant.

The successful applicant will have strong all-round communication skills, especially writing, editing and proofreading, and have the ability to summarise complex research information in clear, non-specialist language. A good knowledge of the international development sector, including organisations, networks, and media is essential along with a clear understanding of research communications and impact. Written and spoken skills in a language other than English, particularly French would be an advantage.

The post is based at the Institute of Development Studies, which is located in Brighton, UK at the University of Sussex’s countryside campus, and will involve a few trips per year in the UK and overseas for events.

Hours per week: Full Time, 35 hours per week
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: £26,464 to £39,528  per annum (depending on experience)
Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on September 8th 2020

See the full vacancy particulars here.

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