India nationals: Consultant: Science Communications

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
New Delhi, DL, India
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
3-4 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has an exciting opportunity for a talented professional to demonstrate their science communications skills to support the multi-year Solar Irrigation for Agricultural Resilience (SoLAR) project, which is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

The successful candidate will be responsible for writing, editing and creating content (e.g. blogs, newsletters, conference and workshop/webinar reports etc.) based on scientific outputs produced by the project technical team. The candidate will manage all communications and knowledge management aspects of the SoLAR project, including, developing content for the project website and other communication outlets. Excellent skills in understanding scientific content and writing it for general audience is a pre-requisite for this position. In addition, the candidate will help the SoLAR Project Leader in planning and coordination of project activities, including tracking project timelines and deliverables; and carrying out regular follow-ups with the project team and partners.

Scope of Work

These are some of the indicative tasks and not an exhaustive list.

  • Writing, editing and creating content for a monthly project newsletter and all related coordination work that goes with content creation (e.g. coordination with technical team members to understand content/receive preliminary draft of content; with IWMI-HQ communications team for dissemination of content etc.).
  • Write, edit and develop content, e.g blogs, op-eds, media write-ups and press releases, concept notes for events and project related information; workshop reports and meeting minutes, photo stories etc.
  • Design, brand and format all SoLAR communication materials by creating a brand for the SoLAR project (within overall IWMI branding norms) and use the same brand/look for all SoLAR communications materials.
  • Regularly update SoLAR webpage (including content development) in coordination with the IWMI-IT Team
  • Create brochures, pamphlets, communications materials for all SoLAR regional and national events.
  • Maintain a photo repository of SoLAR photos in coordination with country specific photographers/consultants for ensuring the right photo gallery is developed.
  • Conceptualize and coordinate with videographers to make short films for outreach, uptake and impact stories.
  • Communicate with IWMI-HQ social media contact person and provide regular updates on IWMI’s social media (twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook).
  • Coordinate monthly meetings with all IWMI-staff associated with SoLAR project and prepare meeting minutes.
  • Coordinate with SoLAR country leads to get updates on activities of partners for developing contents for monthly SoLAR bulletin.
  • Coordinate with journalists and media houses. Maintain a data base of all the media related contacts and liaison with them as and when needed.
  • Liaising with editors, graphic designers and other communications related consultants.
  • Be the one-point logistical contact for all SoLAR Regional Activities, e.g. Annual Regional Forum, Regional Training Workshops and administration of Innovation Funds.
  • Ensure timely compilation of the Project Annual/Quarterly Work Plans and Progress/Final reports and its submission to donors and IWMI HQ as appropriate.
  • Mobilize goods and services to initiate communications related contracts, including drafting TORs and work specifications in consultation with PL and country leads.
  • Manage the transfer of Project deliverables, documents, files, equipment and materials as per the standard IWMI procedures.
  • Ensure establishment and maintenance of proper electronic and paper filing systems for all project deliverables.
  • Perform other duties that may be required by SDC – SoLAR Project and IWMI India office.

Duration: One year from January to December 2021 (full-time)

Country of Assignment: India, with travel to Bangladesh and Nepal as needed, once COVID restrictions are over.

Your application must include a copy of your curriculum vitae, a cover letter that addresses IWMI’s requirements stated above, 2-3 samples of your published pieces of writing (preferably on topics related to development and climate change written for a general audience) and contact information of three professional referees who may be contacted if you are short-listed for the position.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through 24:00 (IST) on December 18, 2020 (Friday).

This is a nationally hired consultant position and only candidates who are eligible to work in India will be considered.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


The successful candidate will possess the following:

  • A master’s degree in international development, social sciences including human geography, public administration, rural development/ rural management, communications or journalism, or any other relevant field with an excellent understanding of South Asia’s developmental challenges and challenges posed by climate change.
  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience (as a science communicator/writer/researcher with publications record and evidence of writing for a general audience) with international/national research organizations and/or international donor agencies that support research and development projects.
  • Proven ability to write, edit and produce high-quality written content in English based on scientific outputs produced by the project team, with evidence of having published such content in news media, online portals etc.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English, and fluency in either Hindi, Urdu, Bangla and Nepali is also desirable.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills with the ability to work independently and as part of a multicultural team.
  • Knowledge of web content management software such as Mailchimp, video editing, Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress and Adobe Photoshop; and data visualization tools and graphics is desirable.
  • Proven experience of working with the government, civil society, international organizations and donors.


IWMI believes that diversity powers our innovation, contributes to our excellence, and is critical for our mission. We offer a multi-cultural, multi-color, multi-generational and multi-disciplinary working environment. We are consciously creating an inclusive organization that reflects our global character and our commitment to gender equity. We, therefore, encourage applicants from all cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, and gender identities.