Communications Officer – Publications Lead

Programme/ Department: Cross Department

Contract Type: Full time, Fixed Term

Salary: £28,492 to £33,987

Location: Overseas Development Institute

Hours: 35 hours

Closing Date: 22 April 2019

Interview: 01 May 2019

Assessment: TBC

Communications Officer – Publications Lead

About us

ODI ( aims to inspire and inform policy and practice to reduce poverty by locking together high-quality applied research and practical policy advice.

We are looking for a Communications Officer (Publications Lead) to increase the impact of ODI’s research among existing and new target global audiences through the delivery of first-class communications, with a primary focus on publications (80% of time) as well as events, digital outputs, media and public affairs support (20% of time). The post-holder will have the opportunity to work widely across all ODI programmes in collaboration with ODI’s Research Fellows and Communications staff.

Other key responsibilities include:

    • Coordinate the development of publications, planning and developing outputs from concept note to publication, and helping shape the content to make them clear, well-structured and impactful.
    • Coordinate the publications production process.
    • Copy edit and proofread publications from individual research programmes and cross-institute working groups as required.
    • Layout publications using InDesign DTP software, as required.
    • Brief and liaise with external suppliers, such as editors, printers or designers; offer advice and guidance on best practice in outsourcing such roles.
    • Upload content to the ODI website using the Drupal content management system (CMS), creating publication landing pages for new publications.

About you

  • Educated to at least degree level, with substantial practical experience in a comparable communications post.
  • Track record of project managing and producing publications: planning and managing multiple parallel publications and briefing and liaising with external agencies and freelancers.
  • Experience of translating complex and technical ideas into compelling content for different audiences.
  • Experience of wider communications functions (digital, events, public affairs, media).
  • Good knowledge of digital platforms, social media and web content best practice.
  • Excellent writing, editing and proofing skills and strong attention to detail
  • Confidence in typesetting, with DTP skills (Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator).
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to manage and prioritise tasks.
  • Able to work to strict deadlines and under pressure.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate with colleagues at all levels of seniority and from different cultures.

For more information, please download an application pack here and apply online here. If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 7922 8234 /0351 or email

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