Friday, January 17, 2014

Head of Communications - Poorest Areas Civil Society Programme (PACS)

Job Advertisement - Head of Communications - PACS
The Poorest Areas Civil Society Programme (PACS) is an initiative of the UK Government’s Department for International Development, to work with civil society in India, to help socially excluded groups claim their rights and entitlements more effectively. PACS covers 90 districts in seven states: Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
The seven year programme (2009-2016) supports civil society organisations promoting inclusive policies, programmes and institutions at local, district and state levels. PACS targets socially excluded groups: scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, Muslims, women and people with disability. For more details please visit
PACS is looking for an exceptional individual to manage its communications for the programme. The role holder will manage a Communications Manager and Web Content Manager, along with any external agencies and consultants.
Role purpose and decision making domains
The post holder is expected to lead and deliver effective communications aligned to the objectives of the PACS programme. The role will develop and deliver strategic communications initiatives and campaigns that champion inclusion and challenge discrimination. The incumbent will play a key role in identifying and engaging with stakeholders from civil society, media, government and academia.
The role will oversee support for partners to strengthen their communications capacity, and ensure that lessons learnt from the PACS programme are shared widely. It also manages a team and any external agencies or consultants to deliver ambitious and creative communications and other related initiatives. 
Specific responsibilities of the role include:• Manages and leads the communication portfolio, taking appropriate decisions in the execution of plans and operations in consultation with the PACS Director
• Develops, manages and oversees the implementation of the communication activities, campaigns and initiatives, and provides sound strategic communications advice to the programme
• Ensures high quality messaging, content, design and production is delivered through PACS or with external consultants, and is consistent with the PACS brand
• Fosters innovation and learning opportunities internally within the team and externally by building the communications capacity of partners
• Promotes the PACS programme with content and messages that helps to demonstrate the impact of PACS investment, and ensures that case studies and lessons learnt are captured and disseminated
• Oversees PACS communications channels and materials including publications, website and social media channels
• Media relations management and ensures that crisis communication issues are effectively managed
• Monitors, evaluates and reports on all communications initiatives
• Represents PACS both internally and externally
• Controls and monitors budgets related to communication activities and initiatives
• Closely monitors projects and takes decisions as required

The following key outcomes are expected from the role• Strong portfolio of partners, networks and stakeholders actively responding to the PACS communications agenda
• Increased use of effective communications strategies by the partner organizations in their programmes and projects.
• Communications campaigns effectively managed by the PACS programme and key results achieved.
• Strong linkages between partner work and PACS communications agenda, as well as with government and other stakeholders
• The impact of PACS programme along with lessons learnt and replicable models from partners are shared widely
• Increased visibility of the PACS programme among civil society, government, private sector and media etc.

Key Requirements for the post
Skills and Attributes
• Creative thinking and the ability to transform ideas into reality
• A self-starter willing to take the initiative with excellent skills in communicating programme to wider stakeholders.
• Ability to synthesize information from appropriate sources to produce high quality, meaningful messaging and materials that are jargon-free and accessible
• Advanced negotiating and influencing skills
• Ability to analyze critically and take sound decisions
• Excellent mentoring and coaching skills to build the capacity of partner staff.
• Leadership skills and a belief in team work
Knowledge and Experience• Educated to Post Graduate level or equivalent in a relevant field
• Knowledge of development issues and current affairs in the region - social exclusion and poverty.
• Minimum ten years’ relevant communications experience including media relations management, online communications, strategy development, communications training and publishing.
• Experience at a senior level of directly building and delivering effective communications strategies and activities
• Highly advanced writing and editing experience for example, web content, social media, news, articles, papers, policy papers.
• Experience of managing consultants and agencies, and of working in partnership with others to deliver impactful communications plans
• Strong language skills in English and Hindi both written and verbal
• Advanced IT competency required

To Apply
Please send a note (maximum two pages) mentioning your suitability with an updated CV with two references in a single document (word format or PDF) to jobs@pacsindia.orgPlease mention “Head of Communications” in the subject line.
We encourage applications from socially excluded communities, PWD and women.
The last date for the submission of application is 02nd February 2014. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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