Programme Officer – Research, Communications and Advocacy


The Position

As a result of expanding work in different research projects, the Sankaran Research Unit (SRU), CES is seeking an open-minded, dynamic and energetic Programme Officer for research, communication and advocacy works. Under the supervision of the CES – SRU Head, the Programme Officer will work on various research projects with SRU researchers; Communication and Advocacy; and Resource Mobilization teams. The programme officer will be responsible for preparing and supporting in developing clear and effective contents for communications and advocacy, maintaining internal relations between finance and SRU; external relations between donors, partner organizations and networks, government authorities, NGOs, educational institutions and the media. The Programme Officer needs to support in developing short term and long terms campaign and advocacy strategies, maintaining website and social media presence and developing high quality grant proposals. Persons with a background in advocacy work, and experience in developing research grant proposals, and understanding of development sector and research communication needs will be preferred.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be expected to perform the summary tasks as follows:

  1. In collaboration with researchers and the SRU Communications and Advocacy Specialists, establish and implement a comprehensive outreach and communication plans and activities, and
    Identifying and building engagement with key stakeholders and audiences for increasing the reach and impact of CES, creating and disseminating related communications materials and content – including but not limited to newsletters, policy briefs, press releases, news pieces, multimedia features, and social media content – along with managing strategic relationships with the organisations’ partners and associates
  2. Conceptualising and organising meetings, roundtables, workshops and conferences as required by the team
  3. Building and growing the digital and social media presence of CES, in order to increase reach, impact and engagement with the digital community. This would include developing multimedia contents for digital platforms. Directly managing CES social media accounts (Twitter and Facebook) and harnessing social media for advocacy and campaign-building. Maintaining, and developing content for, the CES website.
  4. The programme officer will be required to lead the dissemination of the India Exclusion Report, the flagship publication of CES. This will include creating press notes, coordinating media coverage, harnessing social media, building strategic dissemination channels; along with developing creative and targeted dissemination and advocacy strategies for engaging with diverse groups stakeholders.
  5. The programme officer will identify right call for research proposals; develop concept notes and detailed proposals and submit for resource mobilization.
  6. Maintaining up-to-date communication with various internal and external stakeholders.
  7. Knowledge management of CES’ existing resources (including editing and disseminating previously completed research studies). Copyediting, referencing and pre-publications work for CES research publications

Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • Bachelor degree (preferable a master) in communications, media, literature, human rights, law, social sciences, international development or related discipline
  • At least 3 years experience in communications, media, public relations, journalism, grant writing, research communications, advocacy or related field
  • Flexible; self-directed and well organized.
  • Ability to manage a range of activities to deadlines
  • Excellent language skills – English and Hindi / any other Indian language.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well in multicultural teams
  • Able to generate creative contents; experience in development communications is a merit
  • Proven negotiation skills, writing and documentation competencies
  • Willingness to undertake frequent travel
  • Experience in developing successful research grant proposal(s) is a merit

Terms of offer

  • This is a Permanent position with a competitive salary and benefits package.
  • The initial contract is for a period of 1 (one) year, subject to 3 (three) months probation period, assessment of performance and availability of resources.
  • Opportunity for professional training

How to apply

Please send in your application to by 15th April 2019 mentioning the job code – “Programme Officer – Research, Communications and Advocacy” in the subject line. If shortlisted, we will contact you within 1 week of applying. Please do not wait for the last date to apply as we will conduct interviews as and when we receive suitable applications.

Applications for the position must include:

  • A cover letter illustrating your suitability for the position against the listed requirements
  • A detailed curriculum vitae with publication records.
  • A relevant writing sample of 1500-2000 words
  • The names and addresses of two referees, including telephone, and email address.

Remuneration: Commensurate with educational qualification and experience

Joining date: As soon as possible.

Centre for Equity Studies is an equal opportunity and diversity sensitive employer. Preference will be given to suitably qualified women/SC/ST/Muslim and persons with disability candidates for the positions offered.

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