MIT Job#: 20128
Visa sponsorship available: No
Overview of Position
The Knowledge and Communications Officer will be responsible for designing, developing, and implementing strategies for the communications, knowledge management, and a research community of practice for the BRIDGE-Train project at MIT.
The USAID BRIDGE-Train Award, a $15M award over five years, seeks to build the innovation and research capacity of higher education institutions in Guatemala and neighboring Central American countries. The Department of Mechanical Engineering and MIT D-Lab will implement the project in partnership with collaborators in Latin America.
This is a temporary position through June 9, 2026.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):
- Develop and implement communications and knowledge management strategies for the BRIDGE-Train project, focused on internal and external stakeholders and audiences.
- With guidance from the Lean Research steering group and the project’s PIs, develop, implement and manage a professional community of practice (CoP) focused on the Lean Research approach-- a set of principles for rigorous, relevant, respectful, and right-sized field research and data collection in international development.
- Develop and implement strategies to engage and communicate with the CoP, including curating content from members, developing regular content for newsletters or mailings, managing and building out the contacts list, managing social media presence, planning and executing events (virtual or in person), and facilitating connections between community members.
- Define timelines, milestones, and activities for successful implementation of the BRIDGE-Train communications plan and the Lean Research CoP. Monitor progress, identify challenges, and recommend solutions to ensure that the activities are implemented effectively.
- Collaborate with the MEL Manager to define key metrics and gather data on the CoP, communications and knowledge management activities. Based on the findings, develop recommendations on how to adapt strategies and key activities accordingly. Document and share key lessons learned.
- Ensure communications deliverables are completed on time. Generate and share original content for press releases, website, social media, newsletters, and other channels as necessary related to the project (including the community of practice).
- Complete and ensure adherence to the official USAID Branding and Marking Plan and all MIT branding and communications requirements, including internal guidelines shared by departments, labs, or centers.
- Engage with the USAID Communications team, communications staff at collaborator institutions, and the communications teams at MIT (Department of Mechanical Engineering and D-Lab) to coordinate communications efforts, as appropriate.
- Develop and maintain web, communications, collaboration, and knowledge management platforms for the project and for the Lean Research CoP. Manage relationships with vendors, as needed.
- In collaboration with the communications staff at partner institutions, develop and implement a plan for research uptake and translation. Engage with researchers to translate research into relevant outputs (policy briefs, presentations, etc.).
- Provide technical writing and copy-editing support on reports and other publications, as appropriate, as well as other related communications and knowledge management activities, as assigned.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
The Knowledge and Communications Officer will receive supervision from the Senior Project Manager.
Supervision is exercised over student workers.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in knowledge management, communications, media, journalism, public relations, marketing, library science, or a relevant technical field is required.
- Five (5) years of project-level management experience in one or more of the following areas: communications, knowledge management, and/or facilitating or managing a professional community of practice.
- The ability to write clearly, succinctly, and effectively in English as demonstrated through work samples.
- More than five years of project-level management experience related to communications and/or managing communities of practice
- Experience related to developing and managing knowledge management platforms and systems
- Experience with communicating academic work, including scientific and/or applied research to a non-technical audience
- Experience with research uptake and research translation into policy
- Relevant experience in international development, public policy, and/or the technical area of focus of the project, including but not limited to innovation, entrepreneurship, and research collaboration
- Two years or more of experience facilitating professional communities of practice related to research, methodology, international development, humanitarian work, or other relevant field