We have an outstanding opportunity for an experienced communications professional to work within our Communications Division.
The post-holder will be responsible for supporting the development and implementation of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s communications strategy, engaging in proactive media outreach and management and will be expected to act as a spokesperson for the Commonwealth Secretariat when necessary. S/he will be expected to provide input on and execute communications proposals identified in the Communication Division’s communications strategy in support of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Strategic Plan.
To be considered, you will need to have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent – preferably in communications, journalism, media studies, international affairs or any other appropriate field.
You should have at least ten years’ experience in an external communications or press spokesperson role and/or as a reporter or correspondent in a media organisation, preferably in more than one national context.
The successful applicant should be able to demonstrate:
- An ability to proactively engage with all levels of media across Commonwealth member countries, in line with the Communications strategy, acting as spokesperson for Secretariat where required.
- The experience necessary to assist the Communications Director and Head of Media in managing communications across the Secretariat’s thematic work areas. You will also lead in managing specific thematic areas, supporting programme divisions on media strategy and take the lead in framing the communications and profile of the assigned areas.
- Experience in collating and re-drafting technical and official documents in a media-friendly and informative manner;
- The experience necessary to develop media and engagement strategies ahead of and during official visits by the Commonwealth Secretary-General to member countries. The Communications Adviser will also be called on to accompany the Secretary-General or senior officials on official missions providing on-the-ground communications support including organising press briefings/press conferences as needed.
We are the inter-governmental body of the Commonwealth, which is made up of 54 equal and independent countries. Our aim is to enable sustainable development by delivering professional advice, transferring best practice, and enhancing skills and knowledge, all to the betterment of the Commonwealth’s 2.4 billion citizens.
To join us, you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country and prepared to travel to various international events and meetings.
If you feel that you are suitable for the role, please apply using the buttons below.
The closing date is 4 December 2020, 17:00 GMT