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Reimagining India's Health System: A Lancet Citizens' Commission

Communications Director
Location: New Delhi, India
Time Status: Full-time

Reimagining India’s Health System
(A Lancet Citizens’ Commission)

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 (LMSAI), Harvard University.

The Commission aims to develop a roadmap to achieving universal healthcare in India in the coming decade. Unlike previous reports, it 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 workstreams spanning various aspects of the health system: governance, human resources, technology, financing, and citizen’s engagement.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

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 till its intended publishing date in August 2022. Start date of this position is as soon as possible.

Position responsibilities include:

Communications and Outreach (80% of responsibility)

  • 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 workstreams 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% of responsibility)

  • 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.

EEO Statement

 We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.