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Associate Communications Officer

Core Team

Organisation Overview
The Institute for Transformative Technologies (ITT) was created in 2014, with the belief that a fundamentally new generation of breakthrough technologies—along with a new paradigm of innovative business models—is required to sustainably address the major problems facing developing countries and the global poor.

In 2015, ITT published the groundbreaking 50 Breakthroughs study, which identifies the most important technology breakthroughs required for sustainable global development, across the range of issues affecting the global poor. ITT’s mission is to bring to life a subset of these breakthrough technologies. As of 2016, we have made strong progress towards identifying a number of high-impact early-stage technologies, developing them into market-ready products, and commercializing them. 2017 has been a very crucial year in our journey, in which a number of technologies and technology-enabled services have begun to demonstrate significant impact in demanding markets. Our work to date has been supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, the Tata Trusts, the Schmidt Family Foundation, The Lemelson Foundation, USAID and DfID.

Job Description
ITT is looking to expand its Communications and Outreach team, with an eye on developing a robust network of stakeholders to support our portfolio. We are looking for an experienced professional, with strong communication skills and working knowledge of the media, to join our team in Mumbai. Interest in the human development sector is essential, and candidates with prior experience in the sector will be preferred. The incumbent will report to ITT’s Communications Lead.

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work with the communications team to implement internal and external communication strategies
  • Help manage ITT’s websites, social media accounts and routine online updates
  • Assist in maintaining database of key stakeholders, including media outlets
  • Write press releases when required
  • Proactively help the communications team identify industry events and conferences to showcase ITT’s work; support ITT’s presence at select events
  • Contribute to editorial support for internal- and external-facing documents
  • Assist in editorial and digital content (videos, infographics etc.) support for the 50 Breakthroughs report

CANDIDATE PROFILE:

Essential

  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including impeccable English grammar and editing skills
  • Ability to present information in an insightful and structured manner
  • Demonstrated interest in global issues such as economic development, public health, education, or environment
  • Excellent time and project management skills, a “can-do” attitude
  • Ability to work independently under tight deadlines and stretched working hours due to different geographical locations of the firm’s employees
  • Previous experience in a communications role, preferably within the development sector
  • Familiarity with issues and key players in the development sector
  • Knowledge of regional media outlets (existing journalism network preferred)
  • Experience with web management and HTML, CRM systems, and Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher education from a top institution with an excellent academic record

Preferred

  • Sensitivity to the political and cultural environment of international public agencies or similarly complex environments
  • Experience supporting or creating large reports
  • At least 3-4 years of previous work experience
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time
  • Ability to work closely with culturally diverse teams
  • Demonstrated passion for working in the development sector