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Communications Manager for the Mittal Institute

Location: Cambridge, USA

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Strategic Planning
Strategic planning in collaboration with Executive Director (ED) and Faculty Director (e.g. gather data, prepare reports, make recommendations), including design strategies on branding for the Mittal Institute. Work with Assistant Director and Executive Director on complex issues related to strategy, faculty and student engagement, and communications with donors, prospects, alumni, and other stakeholders in the US and in South Asia. Increase the Mittal Institute’s profile at Harvard and beyond. This position will be responsible for independently developing branding strategies for the Mittal Institute and doing research to suggest new communications methods and strategies that will increase global brand awareness for the institute.

Content creation
Responsible for all content for the Mittal Institute’s website, the weekly newsletter, social media, printed and digital materials, media relations and all public content, across platforms. Design and implement editorial standards and guidance, across all media, to ensure best practices. The communications manager will decide all the content that is put up on the Mittal Institute website. This content will be based on all the work that the Mittal Institute produces including but not limited to seminar series, conferences, special events, student and fellowship grant applications, the Visiting Artist Fellowship program, interdisciplinary grant applications and highlighting the work of all Mittal Institute Research scholars.

Build relationships and work with faculty, students, staff and key affiliates to create high-value content, such as (but not limited to) podcasts, blog posts, op-eds, videos and written reports, on the Mittal Institute’s own platforms and external outlets. Analyze key metrics and keep up-to-date with media innovations, in order to maximize the reach and impact of the Mittal Institute’s communications strategies. The communication manager envisions, creates and manages content, in accordance with the mission and values of the Mittal Institute.

Human Resources

This position will supervise student interns. 

Basic Qualifications

  • A minimum of 3 years experience in journalism or professional communications.
  • Experience with social media in the workplace.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • B.A./B.S. strongly preferred.
  • Experience in academia.
  • Track record of multimedia content production.
  • Experience of managing a team and external collaborators.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills are required.
  • Basic understanding of contemporary and historical South Asian issues.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

    Communications Director for the Lancet Citizens’ Commission

    Location: New Delhi, India

    The Lancet Citizens’ Commission (LCC) on Reimagining India’s Health System (Commission) is seeking a Communications Director. The Communications Director will be based at the Commission’s secretariat, which is housed in the Delhi office of the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University (LMSAI). The Commission aims to develop a roadmap to achieving universal healthcare in India in the coming decade.

    Unlike previous reports, the Commission is guided by the principle that structural change towards universal health coverage must be premised on close engagement with leaders in diverse sectors and, more importantly, with India’s citizenry. To this end, the recommendations of the Commission will be based on input from across academia, the private sector, government and civil society, as well as from those who deliver and receive healthcare on the frontline. The work of the Commission is structured across five work-streams spanning various aspects of the health system: governance, human resources, technology, financing, and citizen’s engagement.


    Under the direction of the Commission’s Co-Chairs and the research team, the Communications Director will be responsible for coordinating the work of this Lancet Commission until its intended publishing date in August 2022. Start date of this position is as soon as possible. Position responsibilities include:

    Communications and Outreach (80%)

    • Develop, write and manage content relating to the Commission and its components on the website, social media channels and other public-facing platforms
    • Build, grow and engage with followers and influencers on social media, ensuring a clear and relevant narrative and tracking progress through appropriate analytics
    • Draft press releases to highlight work of the Commission and its work-streams as it progresses.
    • Assist in planning and execution of outreach events held in India under the Commission.
    • Work with the co-chairs to produce outreach materials to raise funds for the project.
    • Draft letters and other content used for liaison with various stakeholders, including Commissioners, researchers, vendors, funders, the Lancet, various Government departments, etc.
    • Prepare periodic update reports for various parties, including the Commissioners, funders, and Government.
    • Help build relationships and networks with journalists across the country. PR coordination as needed.
    • Support the Commission’s efforts to build and maintain a regular and diverse media presence, through facilitating the writing of op-eds, developing relationships with journalists, coordinating interviews, etc.

    Project Management (20%)

    • Provide logistical and administrative support to the Commission Project Team, helping coordinate work across co-chairs, workstreams and research teams
    • Work with India Country Director to coordinate and track project activities, and with LMSAI Director to manage and liaise with Harvard administration, including on contracts and reporting through Harvard Global India.
    Basic Qualifications

    MA degree (or equivalent experience) and 3+ years of experience.

    Additional Qualifications and Skills
    • Strong written communication skills and editorial or academic writing experience, with ability to tailor content to diverse audiences.
    • Competent at managing social media channels, website and other external channels.
    • Experience managing and tracking digital analytics to boost online and media presence.
    • Passionate about public health and impact in India.
    • Experience with Adobe Suite and Microsoft Office.
    • Strong organizational, communication, time management and stakeholder management skills.
    • Ability to work independently with strong attention to detail and follow-through, while meeting deadlines.
    • Must enjoy working as part of a team and in a fast paced environment.
    • Must have cultural and relational sensitivity.
    • Experience in healthcare in India strongly preferred.
    • Ability to work flexibly and across time zones.
    Additional Information
    • We are unable to provide any relocation assistance.
    • This will be an international position, based in Delhi, India, and employed by Harvard Global Research Support Centre India, an affiliate of Harvard University.
    • Harvard Global Research Support Centre India offers a Benefits Package that includes life, medical, and accident insurance.
    • This is a one year term position.

    Digital Health Fellow

    Location: Remote with future transition to Cambridge, MA

    India Digital Health Network

    The India Digital Health Network at Harvard is looking for a medical informatician with training and interest in digital health implementation science in the developing world. The candidate will work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Harvard and with academic centers, and state agencies in India to evaluate and optimize the implementation of a population-level digital health program targeting tens of millions of households.

    The candidate primarily be involved in implementation science research (remotely, until it is safe to travel) and will have an opportunity to co-design and develop Digital Health Innovation Labs at several publicly-run primary care centers. Statistical support will be provided.

    The candidate will be hired through Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. The candidate will serve as the 2021 fellow at the India Digital Health Network at the Harvard Mittal Institute and will have the opportunity to participate in the academic life of the center.  

    This is a full-time position, though part-time applications will be considered for highly-qualified matches or clinical informatics fellows in training. The start date is flexible, but an early 2021 hire is preferred. The candidate must be comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, and comfortable with uncertainty. The candidate should be self-motivated and able to function with limited direction. The candidate will report to Dr. Satchit Balsari at Harvard, and Dr. Tony Raj, Dean and chair of medical informatics at St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore.

    Required Qualifications
    • Experience deploying electronic health records or digital applications, preferably in low resource settings
    • Understanding of interoperability standards, and familiarity with evolving data privacy norms
    Preferred Qualifications
    • Preference will be given to candidates with formal training in medical informatics;
    • Prior experience working in resource-constrained settings is desirable;
    • Post-doc applicants are encouraged to apply;
    • Familiarity with Kannada and a clinical background are desirable, but not necessary. 

    Please send a resume and a one-page bio summarizing your training and relevant skill sets, as well as your professional goals for the next three years, to (Subject: Digital Health Fellow).