Senior Communication Officer – IFPRI-HarvestPlus

5 - 6 Years

Job Description

ICRISAT seeks applications from Indian nationals for the position of Senior Communication Officer. The position will be based at ICRISAT, Patancheru and report to the HarvestPlus Country Manager.
Support the HarvestPlus country office in updating and implementing the HarvestPlus communications strategy India.
Develop a communications portfolio in close coordination with the Head of Strategic Communications and country team.
Oversee and manage the development of communications products (stories, reports, website, participation at major events), with an emphasis on supporting resource mobilization efforts.
Lead media outreach efforts, engaging and coordinating with the press for site visits; develop and cultivate a network of media outlets to enhance the visibility of HarvestPlus, and manage press relations; ensure active social media presence.
Develop targeted communication strategies for major biofortified crops in collaboration with HarvestPlus and its Partners.
Monitor the reach and impact of HarvestPlus communications efforts.
Design and deploy capacity development programs to improve the communications skills of HarvestPlus and its partners.
Support the country team and prepare teams for major events, including developing communications materials (posters, banners, and printed materials), and development of talking points.
Lead or support the preparation of newsletters, press releases, infographics, videos and other communications materials.
Serve as a regional conduit to coordinate asset collection from the HarvestPlus Bangladesh and Pakistan country programs (photography, video, activities and written collaterals) to keep track of items of regional interest and informing communications at headquarters
Support the global HarvestPlus communications team with the preparation of India and global products (annual report, website, India-relevant materials such as brochures and information notes).
University degree in a relevant field in communications or a related field (journalism, public relations, marketing, communications), or equivalent in experience.
Minimum of 6 years relevant experience of demonstrable experience in the field of communication.
Copywriting and Content Development to support the country team to develop a variety of written materials that may include content for website, digital media, direct mail, reports, publications, presentations, campaigns, donor engagement tools, and external communications for agriculture and nutrition sector audience, donors, and corporate partners.
Collaborate with country teams and Communications team to design training activities and tailor to implement with various stakeholders.
Review and edit content (including grants, donor reports, marketing collateral, etc.) in both English and Hindi to ensure consistent global branding and messaging
Have demonstrated technical skills such as experience with social media management tools; experience with media tracking and database tools; experience with adobe creative suite tools.
Have demonstrated success in working in multi-disciplinary teams and partnerships
Strong end-product development focus and ability to successfully deliver products to market.
Solid understanding of agricultural, natural resource management, livelihoods issues and cultural sensitivity in the developing world.
Excellent leadership, training and facilitation skills.
Ability to multi-task and work under pressure
Ability to initiate and lead the planning, communication and coordination with research, marketing,
Demonstrated planning, organization, and problem-solving skills.
Excellent oral and written English communication, persuasion, presentation, and interpersonal skills; fluency in Hindi is necessary and other local languages are preferred.
Collaborative, self-motivated and able to work well within a multi-disciplinary teams
Willingness to travel, including to field sites in which conditions might be rudimentary and physically demanding.
Strategic and analytical thinker and problem solver.
Excellent team playing skills with the ability to work with minimum supervision.

This is a Locally Recruited Staff (LRS) position initially for 3 years, and extendable depending on performance of the incumbent and the institutes continuing need for the position.
How to apply:
Applicants should apply on or before 06 July 2019; with a letter of motivation, latest curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references that are knowledgeable about their professional qualifications and work experience. All applications will be acknowledged; however only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
ICRISAT is an equal opportunity employer

Salary: Not Disclosed by Recruiter

Industry:Agriculture / Dairy

Functional Area:Journalism, Editing, Content

Role Category:Journalist/Writer

Role:Principal Correspondent/Features Writer/Resident Writer


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ICRISAT is a non-profit, apolitical, international organization for science-based agricultural development. Established in 1972, it is an Alliance of centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and supported by more than 48 governments, foundations, and development banks. To reduce poverty, enhance crop productivity and food security and to protect the environment, ICRISAT research focuses on farming systems and crop improvement, management and utilization of sorghum, pearl millet, pigeon pea, chickpea, and groundnut in the semi-arid tropics.HarvestPlus leads a global effort to improve nutrition and public health by developing and disseminating staple food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals. HarvestPlus works with public and private sector partners in more than 40 countries. HarvestPlus is part of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) and based at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). CGIAR is a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. HarvestPlus in India is disseminating high iron pearl millet and high zinc wheat for a significant impact on improved nutritional status.
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