Communication Officer

RISE Programme in Indonesia is now recruiting for the position of:

Job Title: Communications Officer (Full Time)
Terms of Employment: 2 years fixed terms contract with a possible 1 year extension
Work Location: Jakarta
Reporting to: Programme Manager

RISE Programme in Indonesia (RISE) is an education research program led by The SMERU
Research Institute, funded by United Kingdom’s Department for International Development
(DFID) and Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). In this
five-year research program, SMERU is partnering with the Amsterdam Institute for Global
Health and Development (AIGHD) and the Mathematica Policy Research (Mathematica) to
identify issues of Indonesia’s education system and to encourage changes in components of the
education system, which is a necessity for improving learning outcomes. RISE Programme in
Indonesia specifically monitors the implementation of teacher reform in decentralized Indonesia
and reviews how far the teacher reform can improve learning outcome.

Under the overall guidance of the Programme Manager, the Communications Officer will lead the
implementation of the Research Outreach and Impact (ROI) strategy of RISE, as well as
contribute to the implementation of the overall SMERU Research Institute communications
strategy. The candidate will also work in close consultation and coordination with SMERU
researchers, as well as SMERU’s Communication Officer and Institute Secretary.


Tasks and Responsibilities

a. Contribute the production and distribution of multimedia communications materials for RISE
and SMERU, specifically to:

  1. conceptualise and design high quality multimedia communications materials, such as
    infographics and short video
  2. design publication brochures, leaflets, scripts and presentations in an engaging, visual


b. Contribute to the content of RISE and SMERU website, and dissemination of information
through social media platforms, specifically to:

  1. manage website content, including regular review of existing content and
    commissioning new content
  2. write blog posts on RISE research in a layperson language
  3. manage SMERU’s social media platforms
  4. monitor and evaluate website and social media responses, through social and google analytics, including the success and failure of research outreach


c. Contribute to the development of the promotion and media strategy to raise RISE and
SMERU profile locally and internationally, specifically to:

  1. act as the point of contact and spokesperson to the media; plan events or press
    conferences, write and issue press releases, arrange interviews and compile press kits,
    and, when requested
  2. perform ‘damage control’ in cases of incorrect publicity
  3. monitor publication review sites and the press to assess responses and comments to
    build positive attitude
  4. analyse media monitoring to assess the effectiveness of media strategies and inform
    future proactive and reactive research outreach


d. Ensure the effective implementation of the RISE ROI and SMERU stakeholder management
strategy and plan, such as:

  1. initiate and maintain regular close relations and communication with RISE funding
    agencies, RISE contractor, partners, advisory committees, consultative stakeholders,
    relevant stakeholders and wider public.
  2. conduct regular outreach activities to promote the work of RISE and SMERU to all
    major bilateral and multilateral donors so that they are kept regularly informed about
    our work.
  3. monitor stakeholder engagements to assess responses and comments to build positive
  4. build strong networks with the media (print, digital, TV and radio.)


e. Contribute to the monitoring and evaluating of ROI and SMERU’s communication’s strategy.


Desired Qualifications:

  1. Masters degree in media/communication studies, journalism, public relations or other related
    social sciences, with at least three years of relevant experience, or Bachelors degree with at
    least five years of relevant experience
  2. Working experience in the education and socio-economic sector with national or international
    level NGO/Think Tank
  3. Advanced written and spoken communication skills in Bahasa Indonesia and English;
  4. Advanced skills in graphic design, publishing and layout, and photo database management;
  5. Experience in the creation of infographics and graphic maps;
  6. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite applications, preferably InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator,
    Premier and After Effects;
  7. Experience of producing copy across all media, of promoting social media (Facebook, twitter,
    LinkedIn, YouTube, etc), and knowledge of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and use of
    Google Analytic or other website tracking systems;
  8. Excellent knowledge of the regular Microsoft Office applications and web content
    management systems is an asset.


Qualified and interested applicants should send 1) cover letter addressing the qualifications stated
above, 2) detailed resume, and 3) contact details of three referees no later than 26 November

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The SMERU Research Institute is an independent institution for research and public policy studies. We professionally and proactively provide accurate and timely information, as well as objective analyses, on various socioeconomic and poverty issues considered most urgent and relevant for the people of Indonesia. All of our work is directed toward our primary goal of encouraging pro-poor policies at national and regional levels through evidence-based research.

Since its establishment in 2001, SMERU has been a leader in poverty and inequality research in Indonesia. SMERU conducts qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method studies on various socioeconomic issues affecting Indonesia’s poorest and most vulnerable people. We are also at the forefront of the research effort to highlight the impact of development programs and policies, and we actively publish and report our research findings. Our work focuses on areas of socioeconomic research that are of fundamental importance to contemporary development issues.

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