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Job Posting: Communications Assistant, International Cooperative Research Group

COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT
International Cooperative Research Group
US Overseas Cooperative Development Council

Background:

The International Cooperative Research Group (ICRG) is a division within the US Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC). As a membership organization of Cooperative Development Organizations (CDOs) working in a variety of sectors, OCDC is committed to advancing a more prosperous world through cooperatives. 

The ICRG supports OCDC’s mission by conducting independent, academically rigorous, engaged research to inform evidence-based policy, program design, and operational decision making to enhance the impact of cooperatives, primarily in the developing world. Seeking to increase the effectiveness of cooperative development as well as its uptake as a development strategy for inclusive growth and self-reliance, the ICRG carries out research across sectors and topic areas. The ICRG is committed to providing practical solutions that fill gaps in knowledge and has established itself as a well-respected research center, providing evidence and data to advance locally led development.

OCDC and the ICRG have adopted a remote workplace and team members are physically located in different geographic areas. The teams are cohered through regular virtual meetings and periodic in-person meetings.

The ICRG is currently implementing a project funded by USAID under the Cooperative Development Program (CDP). This position is to be funded under the USAID awards, as well as under various other future contracts. We are a small, collaborative team with a passion for making a difference in the world through actionable evidence. Communication in its various forms is a key element in making that happen.

Position Overview:

Reporting to and working in close collaboration with the Communications Manager of the International Cooperative Research Group (ICRG), the Communications Assistant (CA) plays a critical role in the process of sharing information, research findings, and knowledge with the ICRG’s target audiences. 

The CA is a key member of the ICRG team, working collegially with colleagues, and is responsible for executing various communication and dissemination activities to increase the uptake of the ICRG’s knowledge products and insights with various stakeholders. The Communications Assistant Position requires a combination of technical, design, and communication skills to ensure the ICRG’s research has a meaningful impact in both academic and public domains. As with all members of the ICRG, the CA is expected to work as a team member supporting and collaborating with the other members of the ICRG. This entry-level position is located at the nexus of research and dissemination in the international development research space and provides an invaluable opportunity to the successful candidate to learn and grow professionally.  

Key Tasks: 

As a Communications Assistant at the ICRG, you will have a unique opportunity to shape the impact of our research findings to improve the lives and well-being of people living in the Global South. You will do so by designing effective data visualizations, assisting in the development of strategic communications materials, and helping coordinate various learning and dissemination activities to advance the ICRG’s research and learning agenda. 

If you are beginning or taking the next important step in your communications career, if you enjoy working on mission-focused work, and if you have a strong work ethic and value collaboration and teamwork, this could be a great growth opportunity for you!

Specific tasks include, but are not limited to: 

  1. Data Visualization:
    • Transform data sets into compelling visual content (maps, charts, graphs, animations, etc.) to effectively communicate research findings to stakeholders.
  2. Coordination:
    • Help coordinate learning and dissemination activities, including scheduling events, sharing event invitations, overseeing the technical components of the event, and liaising with internal teams, external partners, and stakeholders.
  1. Marketing:
    • Draft engaging social media content (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) to increase the ICRG’s online visibility, brand awareness, and reach.
    • Utilize email marketing platforms (MailChimp) to disseminate research updates, event invitations, and newsletters, reaching a wide and engaged audience.
  2. Design:
    • Create visually appealing materials, such as reports, infographics, presentation slides, and promotional materials.
  1. Curation:
    • Curate and manage a repository of visual assets, including photos, illustrations, graphics, and icons.
    • Facilitate internal knowledge management by organizing relevant communications resources to ensure easy accessibility and utilization across the team.

Qualifications:

This position is ideally suited for individuals who are passionate about the intersection and impact of communication and data dissemination. This role is tailored for those who are not only excited about conveying research findings but also recognize the profound potential for creating greater equity and driving broad-based economic growth, particularly in USAID-assisted countries worldwide.

This position requires the ability to work collaboratively within a small team while at the same time also able to work independently and efficiently to achieve project targets. Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively across cultures is required of this position.  

Requirements:

Additional Desired Qualities: 

Location: This is a remote position within the United States. The primary OCDC/ICRG office is in Washington, DC. 

U.S.-based applicants with the interest and ability to travel both domestically and internationally from time to time are eligible to apply.  

Salary Range: $55,000-$60,000

To apply:

To apply, please submit the following documents to submissions.researchgroup@ocdc.coop by May 1, 2024.

Thank you for your interest!