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(- Because of an error of DevNetJobs, this job got advertised for the position of "State Director" instead of for Communications Manager. We regret this error and the same has been corrected  -Site Editors)

Communications Manager - State Offices 
 Rural Development Institute (RDI)

 Location: Bangalore, Karnataka State Office
 Last Date: October 7, 2011
 Email: (Reference:


Organizational Description:  Rural Development Institute (RDI) was established as a Trust on 18 May 2008 in order to carry out various programs related to the alleviation of poverty particularly through issues related to land.  Its goals are to provide secure land rights to the poor.  Its theory of change incorporates field research in order to inform and assist in policy, legislation and implementation of schemes and projects related to land and the poor.  It works in support of the national and state government offices that are responsible for the implementation of these programs.  Currently, RDI is working in four states:  Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal and has the National office in New Delhi. The National Office facilities the development of new programmes , undertakes research and has the oversight role in program management 

Job Title: Communications Manager - State Offices 

Employment Status: Regular Fulltime (2 year contract) 

Place of Performance:  Bangalore, Karnataka State Office 

Travel Requirements: Local and regional travel. 

Supervisor: State Director 

Basic Description of the Position 

This individual will be primarily responsible for the preparation and implementation of a communications strategy relating to RDI’s work in the state of Karnataka to help poor, rural families obtain secure land rights. The strategy will include preparation - in coordination with the Director Communications, RDI’s New Delhi National Office, in addition to the State Director, and dissemination of various external and internal communications and knowledge products intended for broad audiences including: fact sheets; case studies, field notes, press kits; newspaper articles brochures; stories; etc.  The individual will also be responsible for editing, formatting, and otherwise improving various project communications intended for more specific audiences such as Indian policymakers, project partners (including funders), or RDI’s National  office, including: policy briefs; power point presentations; technical reports; reports to project funders; reports to RDI’s  National office as relevant. 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Fully understand and be supportive of RDI’s mission, RDI strategic objectives, and Project objectives.
  • Responsible for preparing and implementing state communication strategy and plan
  • Provide regular inputs for strategic interventions and opportunities for advocacy on land issues at state, national levels.
  • Responsible for internal communication including preparing updates for review at various levels.
  • Responsible for developing communication materials – both internal and external as and when required.
  • Responsible for knowledge management within the organization.
  • Provide timely and regular content, inputs, stories and related products for outreach through RDI-India and global websites, partner/government websites, and social media.
  • Responsible for media planning and relation

The above are the core responsibilities that are indicative and may not include the entire gamut of work of the Communications Manager. Emergent areas of responsibilities may be added given the specifics tasks listed below. 

Specific responsibilities:

  • Prepare State communications strategy with input from state and national office and periodically revise state communications plan in consultation with Director Communications for communications to be consistent with RDI mission, RDI strategic objectives and project objectives.
  • Prepare and share with state and national office, regular communications plans to support program and strategic communications goals and aligned with annual plans.
  • Implement communications plan for projects and coordinate with other team members to develop quality products that help achieve program goals and objectives.
  • Provide regular updates for review to National office on project communications and progress. Participate in and support meetings and workshops as relevant on RDI national communications.
  • Prepare various internal and external communications material required for the communications strategy as per RDI guidelines
  • Prepare project related communications materials and approaches as relevant as per RDI guidelines.
  • Research media and communications avenues for project objectives and outcomes where necessary. Organize, coordinate and foster media relations as relevant, including the development and maintenance of a media contacts list.
  • Obtain, understand, and effectively communicate and disseminate project research results to a range of audiences to further advocacy on land rights. Maintain a database of key audiences and stakeholders in the state.
  • Obtain, through photography/video and other media, human interest stories related to project outcomes.
  • Coordinate workshops and other briefing events and project workshops.
  • Play a proactive role and support in implementation of Communications and related guidelines in state offices.
  • Edit, format, and otherwise improve project communications prepared by other project staff intended for policymakers, RDI partners, or RDI’s National office.
  • In coordination with Delhi-based National Director – Communications, support the implementation of RDI’s overall strategic communications plan, especially as it relates to the state and India.
  • Input into and ensure intra organization (State-India and Seattle) communications under guidance of Director Communications, India, on state communications priorities, production and especially distribution of all communications projects, material and initiatives in a timely manner.

Required Qualifications 

Education: Master’s degree in a related field.  Additional degree and/or certification preferred.

Experience: A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience that includes the performance of some or all of the duties described above.  Excellent writing, communication and research skills required. Self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals; exacting attention to detail; working knowledge of budgets and financials; flexibility and ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects.

Knowledge of internet-based research, rural development and poverty issues a plus.   

Work Habits: Include but are not limited to accuracy, efficiency, thoroughness, regularity, timeliness, neatness, orderliness, and punctuality.  A strong drive for excellence in work products and personal performance.     

Interpersonal Skills: Ability to work in support of and collaboratively with a range of people at all levels, including RDI employees both foreign and domestic, Project management team, RDI donors, RDI partners including government officials, visitors, contractors and subcontractors, outside vendors and services suppliers, and other administrative staff members.  

Teamwork Skills: Ability to both lead and work as a member of teams, including consensus building, communications, and leadership skills. 

Communications Skills:  Superior abilities to communicate in English (writing, orally, and non-verbally). Fluent in local state language; proficiency in Hindi.  Includes an ability to make and use distinctions as to types, frequency, tenor, and levels of communications, depending upon the circumstances, audience, recipient, and content.   

Language Skills:  Fluency in English and local language required.   

Software Skills: Ability to proficiently use Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, and other software. 

The salary will be commensurate with experience.  

RDI is an equal opportunity employer. Women candidates are encouraged to apply. 

Interested persons may send their application and updated CV to the following email id with the position applied for marked in the subject line latest by October 7th, 2011


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