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ODI - Senior Communications Officer - Events Lead

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Type of contract
Humanitarian, Resilience and Gender Programmes
£33,420 – £39,896
Closing date
25 Feb 2018


Senior Communications Officer - Events Lead

Contract: 1-Year Fixed Term Contract

Salary: £33,420 – £39,896 pa

Location: London

Ref: HPG/04/18


ODI is a leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.


About us


ODI (www.odi.org) aims to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty by locking together high-quality applied research, practical policy advice and policy-focused dissemination and debate.


The Humanitarian Policy Group is one of the world’s leading teams working on humanitarian issues and is dedicated to improving humanitarian policy and practice. The Risk and Resilience programme pioneer policy-driven research on the nexus between new and emerging risks to reduce vulnerability and realise a sustainable future for all. Social Development explores the role of social norms and relationships in maintaining the cycle of poverty and exclusion.


We are looking for a Senior Communications Officer (Events Lead) to increase the impact of ODI’s humanitarian, risk and resilience and gender research among existing and new target audiences through the delivery of first-class communications, with a focus on events (70% of time) as well as publications, digital outputs, media and public affairs support (30%). Substantial experience in a comparable communications post, demonstrable success in convening high-profile events in the UK and internationally, and knowledge/experience of risk and resilience research, policy issues and agendas are all essential.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Lead the development, casting and delivery of an ambitious and influential series of events, round-tables and seminars within and across ODI’s humanitarian, risk and resilience, and gender programmes.
  • Monitor external trends and ‘hot topics’ and pitch event concepts that place ODI’s research at the cutting edge of the news and policy agenda.
  • Work with researchers to develop, produce and promote innovative event formats, programmes and materials to communicate ODI’s expert analysis.
  • Secure and brief diverse, high profile and engaging speakers and chairs.
  • Effectively project manage the production of public events, roundtables and conferences to deadline, budget and high-quality thresholds.
  • As part of the post’s general communications duties, work flexibly across the humanitarian, risk and resilience and gender programmes to deliver on a range of communications activities, supporting publications, digital and multimedia outputs, media and public affairs.



About you:

  • Substantial practical experience in a comparable communications post, with demonstrable success in convening high-profile events in the UK and internationally
  • Experience of working with international networks and partners and securing influential and high-level panellists and participants
  • Experience of briefing and coaching others to present at high-level events
  • Proven knowledge/experience of risk and resilience research, policy issues and agendas
  • Line management experience
  • Excellent organisational, prioritisation and project management skills
  • Self-starter – able to generate plans and ideas and carry them through to completion
  • Strong negotiation/diplomacy skills and excellent interpersonal/relationship-building skills
  • Strong writing skills with ability to summarise complex, technical content in clear, web-friendly language


Closing date: 25 February 2018



For more information, please download an application pack from our website at www.odi.org.uk/jobs. If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 3327 7290 or email humanresources@odi.org.uk.


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