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Communications Manager

Digital Financial Services and Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE-DiFine) Initiative, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD)


Position Summary: BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), based at BRAC University, seeks a Communications Manager for Digital Financial Services (DFS) and Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE). The Communications Manager, under the supervision of the Initiative Director, will be responsible for effectively promoting the initiative and the lessons from the research studies funded by the initiative to various stakeholders including policymakers, practitioners, donors, academics, and citizens. An ideal candidate should possess superior communication skills including writing skills. S/he should also be familiar with social science research and know how to use it for influencing policies and programs.

 

Digital Financial Services and Women’s Economic Empowerment Research Initiative: There is a growing body of evidence on the welfare impacts of access to DFS and the product and policy design choices unlocked through the digitisation of financial services. WEE is a crucial development issue, which DFS can impact through a number of pathways. Understanding these pathways—the causal mechanisms between digital financial services and women’s economic empowerment—is essential for advancing practical policy recommendations on the effective use of these services to empower women economically. But rigorous and generalisable evidence on the impact of DFS on WEE, particularly on the causal mechanism between the two, is limited. BIGD’s WEE-DiFine Initiative seeks to fill this critical evidence gap by funding rigorous research studies by leading researchers for projects across South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

WEE-DiFine manages the selection and funding of compelling research projects, which may be implemented through any qualified field partner, including but not limited to BIGD’s own internal research project teams. An independent Academic Steering Committee (ASC), composed of academics with a strong interest on the issue, selects the proposals for funding.

 

About BIGD: By influencing policy and practice through rigorous research and quality academic programs, BIGD aims to promote innovation in governance and development processes toward a more just and prosperous society. Partnering with academics around the world, BIGD conducts multi-method research on governance and development issues in close collaboration with several crucial departments of the Government of Bangladesh, large non-profits such as BRAC, and international organizations such as the World Bank. BIGD oversees BRAC International’s Independent Research and Evaluation Cell (IERC), which works in ten countries across Asia and Africa. BIGD also hosts the Country Office of the International Growth Centre (IGC), London School of Economics (LSE); and the ED of BIGD heads the IGC Country Office.

 

Responsibilities:

Research Communication (75%)

1.    With support from the Initiative Director, develop and execute a communications strategy for the initiative

2.    Regularly develop communication products for digital and print media to effectively promote BIGD— specifically, the initiative and the research studies funded by the initiative—to diverse stakeholders including policymakers, practitioners, donors, academics, and citizens

3.    Support the funded research teams in synthesizing and effectively communicating policy lessons from the funded research projects

4.    Work with the graphics and media team of BIGD to develop and promote innovative multimedia communications materials

5.    Take the lead in encouraging the proper documentation of the initiative’s activities, documents, and processes, including following up with team members to continuously update and sync all WEE-DiFine files and folders

6.    Provide writing and editorial support on donor reporting, internal documents, etc as needed    

7.    Identify potential platforms/networks/events for the promotion of the initiative and take necessary actions for promotion

Event Management (25%)

1.    Develop event-specific communications materials

2.    Be responsible for the timely and effective promotion of the events—before, during, and after

3.    Be responsible for overall event management


Qualifications:

Required

1.    Master’s degree in Economics, Development Studies, Public Policy, or a related discipline

2.    3+ years of demonstrated experience in developing written content for various audiences

3.    Excellent communication skills, including clear, convincing, non-technical English writing skills

4.    Skills in organizing high-profile events with international stakeholders

5.    Ability to multitask and successfully complete projects on tight deadlines independently

6.    Willingness to work hard, be self-motivated, learn, and adapt quickly

Preferred

1.    Ability to understand academic research and to analyse, interpret, and synthesize research findings

2.    Visualization and presentation skills

3.    Research communications experience in policy/research organizations or NGOs


Location: Flexible, remote possible


Application Instructions: Please send your resume (not more than three pages) along with a cover letter, clearly explaining your interest in and qualifications for this position. Send your application to wee_difine@bracu.ac.bd and mention “Application for the position: Communications Manager” in the subject line. Applications that do not comply with the instructions will not be considered.

 
Last Date of Application: 16 July 2021
The selected candidate will be offered a competitive compensation package.

Communications Manager

Digital Financial Services and Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE-DiFine) Initiative, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD)


Position Summary: BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), based…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    August 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    July 16, 2021
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Managerial

Salary

The selected candidate will be offered a competitive compensation package.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluent in English

Fluent in English

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in the world
Associated Location
SK Center (3rd - 7th & 9th Floor), GP, JA-4, TB Gate, Bir Uttam AK Khandakar Road, Mohakhali, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh
Mohakhali

How to Apply

Application Instructions: Please send your resume (not more than three pages) along with a cover letter, clearly explaining your interest in and qualifications for this position. Send your application to wee_difine@bracu.ac.bd and mention “Application for the position: Communications Manager” in the subject line. Applications that do not comply with the instructions will not be considered.

Last Date of Application: 16 July 2021
The selected candidate will be offered a competitive compensation package.

Application Instructions: Please send your resume (not more than three pages) along with a cover letter, clearly explaining your interest in and qualifications for this position…

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