Project Communications Associate - Energy

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World Resources Institute

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Delhi, India

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13 days ago

Manager- Energy (Research)

Who we are and what we do?

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, non-profit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. Our work focuses on building sustainable and livable cities and working towards a low carbon economy. Through research, analysis, and recommendations, World Resources Institute puts ideas into action to build transformative solutions to protect the earth, promote livelihoods, and enhance human well-being.
WRI India has the capacity to convene key stakeholders, and forge strategic partnerships with governments, business, foundations, civil society organizations, institutes and NGOs, to scale-up solutions that can bring game-changing results for the sustainable management of natural resources in India.

Program Overview for Energy

The objective of the WRI India energy program is to inform and guide India’s transition to cleaner energy. The program focuses on three inter-related aspects of this energy transition: enhancing energy access, scaling renewables among specific consumer categories, and achieving higher levels of energy and buildings efficiency. Our energy access work is specifically aimed at ensuring access to affordable and clean energy so as to improve socio-economic development in rural and remote regions of India. Through strong research, ground-level implementation experience, partnerships with key stakeholders and communicating our work, we seek to achieve impact at scale.

About your role:

World Resources Institute India seeks a Communications Associate to lead one of its flagship projects over the next three years – the Energy Transition Preparedness Initiative (ETPI). This initiative seeks to understand the preparedness of Indian states in transitioning to a cleaner energy future in the coming decade. ETPI is a consortium of WRI India, PEG and CPR, which will undertake detailed analysis of states, write case studies of best practices in energy transition preparedness at the state level, and to highlight them at the national and global levels as examples that could be emulated. Multiple research products and case studies are expected to be produced over the next three years, which would require extensive communications support.

If you are a communications professional with a passion to tell stories linking energy to climate at the sub-national and national level, then this is the job for you. The Communications Associate will be responsible for crafting effective and impactful communications strategies at the national, state, and city levels on the research that would be developed by the consortium. The Associate will work closely with all three consortium partners in developing a brand identity and generating high recall value on social and traditional media for this initiative, in consultation with, and guidance from WRI India energy program’s communications team. The Associate would be expected to oversee the creation of a website for the Initiative, raise Requests for Proposals, identify and work with external vendors, and work with the consortium in designing the site, and other communication collaterals. This would include drafting and editing blogs, social media posts, op-eds, and newsletters, create interactive tools and infographics, oversee publication production processes, provide support to audio-visual outreach activities, and assist in managing events and webinars and provide support towards website maintenance.

While most of the Associate’s time would go towards the ETPI initiative, and the remaining would be to provide communications and outreach support for WRI India’s Energy Program

How your day will unfold:

  • Work with WRI India Energy Program’s communications team and with the consortium’s research experts to conceptualize and design a brand identity for ETPI
  • Oversee execution of communications processes for publications and research products, adhering to the guidelines set by the consortium.
  • In consultation with the program’s communications team conceptualize an effective regional media outreach strategy in the states that ETPI would conduct its case studies.
  • Work with vendors to design the website for ETPI. Update and maintain the website with new research products, and communications and outreach materials.
  • On-ground support for ETPI related events and workshops, coordinating with local vendors and WRI’s logistical support
  • Documentation and management of ETPI’s outreach activities, engagements, stakeholders lists and knowledge products
  • Travel to key project sites based on project needs
  • Writing scope of works, monitoring contracts and supervise Audio-Visual outreach activities.
  • Perform quality checks on all new and revised content for websites and social media.
  • Provide writing, editing and proof-reading support
  • Help team members write blogs and proof/edit to meet WRI India’s standards
  • Write press releases, newsletters, and social media content along with ideating, facilitating, and editing op-eds for external publication
  • Support in ensuring all content given to the media is precise, factual, and legally sound
  • Ensure consortium partners’ branding and style guides are adhered to in all outreach materials
  • Facilitate webinars that involve digital planning and social media coverage in collaboration with the social media team

Qualifications and Requirements we seek:

• • Bachelor's/Master’s degree in relevant field of communications / journalism/design
  • Minimum of 5 years of full-time professional experience working in communications, public relations or journalism with salient links to climate, energy, or broader environmental and sustainability issues
  • Experience with communications planning, publications development, marketing, and other specialized communications skills
  • Excellent writing and editing skills in English
  • A thorough understanding of the digital landscape
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to build and maintain productive relationships internally and externally
  • Experience in developing videos and photography and liaising with AV vendors
  • Capability to communicate complex ideas in well-organized, everyday language
  • Ability to self-manage and meet deadlines, manage multiple projects at the same time
  • Must have enthusiasm, flexibility, technical curiosity, and willingness to learn
  • Understanding of how websites are built and basic troubleshooting
  • Basic familiarity with design and audio-visual software, especially Canva, or Adobe suite will be an added benefit
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high quality work products
  • Experience in working with website designers and website maintenance
  • Copy-editing, conceptualising impactful outreach campaigns at the regional and city level
  • Experience in cataloguing and maintaining excel sheets of activities, reports, events, engagements and outreach
  • Basic ability to create/supervise simple social media infographics/visuals and disseminate research data in a visually appealing format
  • Basic understanding of filmmaking and photography; Must have the ability to write scripts/narratives derived from research work
  • Create short visual narratives for social media
  • Competence in multiple regional languages – both written and spoken
  • Knowledge working on Adobe Photoshop, Audition and Premiere
  • Interest in, or experience in podcasts

Salary and Benefits: 8,00,000 INR to 9,00,000 INR CTC Per annum

Salary shall be commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.


Location: New Delhi / Bangalore, India

Duration: 1 year as term hire (extendable based on performance and project requirements)


Start date:
As soon as possible


List of Documents to be attached:


  • Cover letter explaining how your academic background and skills meet the requirements of this position.
  • Curriculum vitae of no more than 2 A4-sized pages detailing academic and relevant professional experience.
  • A portfolio of relevant works/ Project reports of relevant works
  • Work Samples on that cover editorials, social media skills, audio-visual work

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview purpose.

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Employee Assistance program: Promoting mental well-being and supporting staff in achieving a satisfying work-life balance

Digital healthcare service: Online doctor consultations for your primary healthcare needs

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