Senior Communications Officer – Humanitarian and Conflict

  • Full Time
  • UK
  • Applications have closed

Website Overseas Development Institute

Senior Communications Officer – Humanitarian and Conflict

Contract: 1 year, subject to review: fixed-term

Salary: £34,988 – £41,574 per annum

Location: London

Ref: PAC0120


An independent, global think tank, working for a sustainable and peaceful world in which every person thrives.



ODI is an independent, global think tank, working for a sustainable and peaceful world in which every person thrives. We harness the power of evidence and ideas through research and partnership to confront challenges, develop solutions and create change. ( ODI is a global leader on humanitarian and conflict issues, focusing on the implications of conflict, disasters and crises for people’s protection, displacement and livelihoods, and the effectiveness of the system to respond.


We are looking for a dynamic Senior Communications Officer to further expand the reach, influence and impact of our humanitarian and conflict work. The postholder will help enhance the impact of our research and policy advisory work, ensuring that our public affairs and communications activities are strategic, creative and coordinated and that we convene events with impact. She/he will play a leading role in furthering the influence and impact of the Humanitarian Policy Group’s flagship programme of research focussed on inclusion and exclusion, gender in displacement, the implications of technology for humanitarian action and protection advocacy in conflict.


Other key responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement a strategic and creative approach to communications for HPG’s integrated programme and wider conflict and humanitarian research, working with research leads and project partners to maximise the impact of ODI’s research. This includes conducting audience mapping/analysis; identifying/cultivating policy propositions and entry points; articulating messaging for policy-makers and practitioners; and supporting effective relationships management.
  • Coordinate relevant public affairs activities to strengthen ODI engagement at critical policy influencing moments.
  • Coordinate and deliver a range of events and convening opportunities, both in the UK and in other countries, on conflict and humanitarian research.
  • Regularly horizon-scan to identify proactive and reactive opportunities to further ODI’s reach and influence on conflict and humanitarian policy and practice.
  • Build and maintain strong internal and external relationships on relevant themes to drive impact, coordinate common agendas and harness opportunities for policy influence.
  • Manage humanitarian and conflict projects and communications packages – driving internal communications and coordinating effective processes/schedules to deliver outputs and activities to deadline and agreed budget parameters.


About you

You’ll have a strong, working knowledge of – as well as a passion for – conflict and humanitarian policy and practice, including key debates, developments, policy processes and key actors. You’ll have significant experience in strategic communications – working creatively to inform/influence policy outcomes. You’ll be adept at convening – with proven experience managing activities and events – and adopt a digital-first approach to communications. You have excellent writing skills, including a demonstrable ability to summarise technical research in clear, compelling language. You are a natural self-starter – able to generate plans and ideas and carry them through to completion. And your excellent interpersonal skills enable you to work collegially with researchers and partners across different cultures and all levels of seniority.


Closing date: 16 February 2020


Interview date: 24 February 2020


Please note ODI has a legal responsibility to ensure that all its employees have the right to live and work in the UK. Therefore, if you are made an offer of employment, this will be subject to us verifying that you are eligible to work in the UK before you start work.


For more information, please download an application pack from here.

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