Local recruitment: Science Communication Co-Lead (South Asia)

Future Earth

Bangalore, Karnataka, India 🇮🇳

BACKGROUND

Future Earth is a network of scientists, researchers, and innovators designed to provide the knowledge needed to support transformations towards sustainability. Its global constellation of Secretariat Hubs, Global Research Networks, and the broader Future Earth community work to facilitate research and innovation, build and mobilize networks and shape the narrative on global sustainability science, turning knowledge into action. Future Earth structure represents Governing Council, an Assembly a well distributed network of nine Global Secretariat Hubs located in Africa, Canada, China, France, Japan, South Asia (Indian Institute of Science), Sweden, Taipei and USA. The Secretariat facilitates the day-to-day operation of Future Earth and aids in knowledge advancement through its various science communication products that are presented as policy briefs to head of states at various international forums.

The Future Earth Community in South Asia comprises of a South Asia Regional Office, Future Earth Global Secretariat Hub South Asia which was announced in September 2021 and a National Committee. The Future Earth South Asia Regional Office and Hub is hosted by Divecha Centre for Climate Change and located at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The South Asia Office and the Global Hub engages with stakeholders from SAARC countries, Myanmar, and the two Indian Ocean Island Countries of Mauritius and Maldives. 

The South Asia Regional Office has initiated a Knowledge to Action Program on Food Security and Malnutrition (Fo), Health Sensitization (H), Coastal Risk and Resilience (Co) and Sustainable Communities (S) known as FoHCoS. This Science-Society-Policy engagement Program is designed to mobilize sustainable scientists and policy makers, business and leaders from society to bring about collaborative solutions to address food insecurity and malnutrition; risks to coastal communities and ecology; regional planning and associated health risks in South Asia.  The South Asia FoHCoS program focuses on the 2030 SDG targets, the Paris Agreement’s 2 degree C Climate Targets and integrates the concept of a circular economy within the planetary boundary framework. The Hub, as preparation for the initiative to accelerate change, aims to develop a ‘South Asia Call for Action 2024’ through the regional FoHCoS Science – Policy Outreach program and is opening positions for passionate and self-motivated applicants.

ABOUT THE POSITION:

Science Communication Co-Lead (Principal Project Associate)

Emoluments:

  • Rs. 49,000 + HRA

Professional level:

  • Early Career

Job Responsibilities:

  • Global Secretariat Support in developing and delivering on the existing communication strategy/ Social media management and Internal communications; 70 %: Global secretariat task; 30 % South Asia Secretariat task. Role of the selected candidate will be as “Science Communication Co-Lead.

Detailed Job Description:

  • This position requires an energetic, strategic and creative individual to co-lead our global communications and build our online brand and community. In collaboration with the Future Earth secretariat Hubs, this individual will set the editorial calendar, coordinate our communications output, and work with a small international team to build our media presence. Deliverables include; social media management and monitoring, supervision of web content development, press engagement and monitoring, virtual and in person events, coordination of print and digital products for science-policy interactions, and managing consultants and suppliers. The position reports to the Director of South Asia Hub, and will support users at all levels of the organization. This person will work closely with the Global Communication Lead and Operations team on various projects and events. Experience in science communications is a plus.

Essential Qualification:

  • Master’s Degree in Natural or Agricultural Sciences or Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Technology or Medicine from a recognized University or equivalent;
  • Eight years’ experience in Research and Development in Industrial and Academic Institutions or Science and Technology Organizations and Scientific activities and services OR Doctoral Degree in Science / Engineering Technology / Pharma / MD / MS from a recognized University or equivalent;
  • Four years’ experience in Research and Development in Industrial and Academic Institutions or Science and Technology Organization and Scientific activities and services.

Preferred qualifications:

  • At least 5 years of experience managing communications for a major international organization, scientific institution, policy think tank, or similar.
  • Competency with Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere, Photoshop).
  • Familiarity with content management systems (WordPress experience preferred).
  • Experience with creation/dissemination of newsletters.
  • A strong track record of successfully managing social media channels for established companies/non-profits.
  • Strong editorial and writing skills, with the ability to transform complex and technical information into interesting news stories for wider audiences.
  • Generosity, compassion, flexibility, and poise in a fast-paced environment with many stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Help deliver key annual communications products aligned with our Future Earth core strategic activities.
  • Work with a globally distributed executive team to develop a communications calendar and set of communications priorities for the organization.
  • Work with the executive team to manage and grow the globally distributed communications budget.
  • Assist with management and supervision of the Future Earth website (WordPress).
  • Curate, edit and post regular updates to the website, including news, blogs, events, and other content.
  • Review, design and maintain website homepage and other site content to meet outstanding standards for professionalism, including copy-editing and image selection, copyright management and international privacy considerations.
  • Collaborate with secretariat and partners to implement edits and additions as requested.
  • Coordinate and edit news coverage, blogs, audio visual material or press releases for key events related to Future Earth networks and communities.
  • Lead digital work on other Future Earth-hosted initiatives, such as the 10 New Insights in Climate Science series in close collaboration with relevant Future Earth colleagues.

Social media management

  • Delegate, design, and carry out social media campaigns around key events and priorities for Future Earth and track their results, often collaborating with staff based in different time zones.
  • Implement and update the social media strategy for Future Earth, encompassing building a consistent voice, branding and integrating innovative tools for rapidly growing engagement with target audiences.

Internal communications / other

  • Maintain up-to-date digital and print global communications materials.
  • Manage and edit the monthly newsletter.
  • Assist with project management of the Future Earth Annual Report and other internal documents.
  • Handle relationships regarding communications needs with the Future Earth Secretariat, and other entities of Future Earth.
  • Support communications and advancement efforts within the South Asia Hub of Future Earth, as well as efforts to strengthen Future Earth’s profile and partnerships in Asia.
  • As appropriate, manage contracts with external consultants and vendors supporting Future Earth’s communications work.
  • Strong English language writing skills

HOW TO APPLY:

This is a full-time position based in Future Earth South Asia Global Hub, Divecha Centre for Climate Change (DCCC), IISc, Bangalore. Applicants must be eligible to work at DCCC, in India.

Application Format: Applicants to this position are requested to submit a Curriculum Vitae on plain paper with details of: (i). Academic qualification, (ii). University/Institution, (iii). Year of passing, (iv). Marks, (v). Experience and vi. The Name and Contact Details of two referees and a vii. Cover letter describing how your skills and experience would help meet the requirements of the role and contribute to the Future Earth Programme and the organization.

Applications should be in English and in one combined PDF file and sent via email with the Subject Line “Vacancy: Science Communication Co-Lead, Future Earth Global Secretariat Hub- South Asia” to the Chair, DCCC at: office.dccc@iisc.ac.in 

Application deadline: 25 February, 2023


POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED

IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development