Communications Assistant - Young Lives Study

Grade 6: £28,660 - £34,189 p.a.


We have an exciting new opportunity for a Communications Assistant to join the Young Lives team, based at the Oxford Department of International Development.

Reporting to the Young Lives Communications Manager you will work closely together to provide communications support across Young Lives projects. This will including leading on communications for a new 1-year project funded through the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as well as working closely with the Communications Manager to deliver communications support and outputs related to two International Development Research Centre (IDRC) funded projects on child marriage and parenthood, in which Young Lives plays a leading role. In addition, you will support the Communications Manager to provide broad communications support across Young Lives projects, to promote and raise the profile of Young Lives research findings, policy advice and methodological learning to key audiences through a wide range of communications and networking channels. You must have the ability and enthusiasm to proactively manage and prioritise a varied and busy workload and work to deadlines.

You should be educated to degree level, with experience in delivering impactful research and/or international development communications strategies. Excellent written and oral communication skills, in particular explaining technical and academic information to non-technical audiences and drawing out key messages from complex research findings are essential. You will also have an ability to work collaboratively with researchers and policy staff across a wide range of partner institutions, including in low and middle income countries, have excellent organisational skills, be self-motivated, with an enthusiastic and energetic approach to working in a small team and ability to work with minimal supervision.

The post is full-time and fixed-term until 30 March 2020 in the first instance, with the possibility of an extension depending on funding. In particular, Young Lives will explore potential to extend the ESRC funding on methodological learning into a second year.

Please upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12 noon (UK Time) on Friday 30 August 2019 can be considered.