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EPIC-India’s staff and researchers are passionate about driving change in India. Currently, we are hiring for several positions with varied expertise. Be part of our team! You can also send your resume to contactepicindia@uchicagotrust.org if you want to be part of the talent pool.

Communications Officer (DPIC)

Data, Policy, and Innovation Centre (DPIC) is seeking a full-time Communications Officer to structure and streamline its outreach and build brand visibility. The ideal candidate is well-versed in information simplification, communicates effectively through writing and has prior experience in tailoring research and analytical findings for relevant stakeholders using different communication channels. The candidate must be aware of the latest digital tools and trends and contribute towards amplification of the DPIC outputs using social media and other digital platforms. Previous exposure to working with government departments will be an added advantage.

Location: Bhubaneshwar, Odisha Start Date: May 1, 2024

Reports to: Executive Director

About the Trust

The University of Chicago Trust (the Trust) is a charitable trust in India, established in 2008 by alumnus of The University of Chicago. The objectives of the Trust’s objectives are to provide opportunities for grants to support educational programs, research programs and activities for the betterment of India.

About the Unit

Data, Policy, and Innovation Centre (DPIC) is a 5-year strategic collaboration between GoOdisha and University of Chicago Trust (UCT), India. The Centre, funded by the Government of Odisha (GoOdisha) and housed at the E&IT Department, will enable rigorous, evidence-based governance, using new advances in econometrics, data-science, and machine learning. The Centre will carry out research, monitoring & impact evaluation, and project implementation in the sectors of Energy and Environment, Health, Education, Agriculture, and Water & Sanitation. In addition, the Centre will create a of hub for modern data analysis, that will focus on the use of data to improve the decision-making process in the state of Odisha and lend support by providing insights in effectiveness of existing programs and suggesting changes to achieve objectives of the government.

Position Description

DPIC is seeking a full-time Communications Officer to structure and streamline its outreach and build brand visibility. The ideal candidate is well-versed in information simplification, communicates effectively through writing and has prior experience in tailoring research and analytical findings for relevant stakeholders using different communication channels. The candidate must be aware of the latest digital tools and trends and contribute towards amplification of the DPIC outputs using social media and other digital platforms. Previous exposure to working with government departments will be an added advantage.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as the manager of DPIC’s strategic communication and capacity-building initiatives.
  • Ensure strategic engagement with different stakeholder groups through curated synthesized content drawn from complex research findings, data analysis, etc.
  • Advance DPIC’s brand in the media, both in Odisha and nationally
  • Craft content for producing knowledge products and marketing communications materials such as press releases, website feature stories, program brochures, event summary notes, identifying and capturing success stories, etc.
  • Assist in the execution of digital engagement efforts and events
  • Perform digital content audits, collect and analyze metrics of web platforms and social media accounts, and adjust tactics to improve reach and engagement.
  • Craft & execute a strategy for increasing visibility of DPIC’s website and other social media pages by optimizing SEO, adding new keywords, tracing Google algorithms, understanding audience engagement trends, etc.
  • Support capacity building of government officials in communication and outreach.
  • Support DPIC leadership with additional outreach tasks as and when required.

Qualifications

Education

  • A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or other related discipline

Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in nonprofit or development sector communications with a focus on writing for specific audiences, creating knowledge products, and handling media relations, among others

Competencies

  • Ability to simplify and synthesize complex research and analytical findings into digestible content and customize it for different social media platforms, press briefs, website features, and other outreach materials
  • Experience in the design and delivery of organizational websites and managing social media platforms at the same time with an integrated outcome.
  • Familiarity with SEM & SEO skills to accelerate digital engagement across platforms
  • Excellent analytical skills and demonstrate fluency in converting insights into tactics.
  • Working knowledge of Google Analytics, social media monitoring tools, etc
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Odia language is an asset.
  • Proven knowledge of designing creatives on design software for social media content will be an added advantage

Working Conditions

Applicant must be legally authorized to work in India.

Application Documents

Resume

Cover Letter

Three References

Last date to apply: April 15, 2024. Interested candidates can apply using this link.