Humanitarian Communications and Media Lead

12 months Fixed Term Contract

starting from £59,000 Gross salary per annum (local pay conditions apply)

The Role:

Are you a dynamic and strategic media and communications expert with the ability to drive up excellent global media and social media coverage of humanitarian crises? Can you creatively craft stories and shine a spotlight on key humanitarian media moments, emergencies, and campaigns? Are you passionate about women’s and young people’s rights in crisis and eager to amplify their voices? If so, the Humanitarian Communications and Media Lead role at ActionAid may be the perfect fit for you!

We are seeking a dynamic team player to join us and take on an entrepreneurial and strategic role in driving forward media, communications, and brand coverage for ActionAid’s humanitarian work globally.

You will

  • Lead on strategy and planning for all global media moments linked to ActionAid’s humanitarian Orange Alerts and protracted crises, major report launches, emergencies, journalist trips.
  • Lead an impact review of external humanitarian publications and media pieces; and deliver a new global framework for hard hitting media briefings, research ideas and newsworthy reports which drive public opinion, fundraising, influencing and brand awareness.
  • Work with countries and with Global Secretariat (GS) humanitarian, campaign, policy and programmes colleagues to amplify our visibility and voice on stories with both global and national significance, including through maximising reactive opportunities
  • Oversee and manage social media channel content, key messages, briefings and interview preparation for spokespeople
  • Work closely with the Digital Content Lead to ensure a coherent external brand.

You should also have a strong commitment to ActionAid’s values and ethos, including ActionAid’s feminist leadership principles.

What we offer:

ActionAid is committed to providing a welcoming, supportive workplace where we recognise a job well done, encourage close collaboration and sharing power, and where safeguarding standards and feminist leadership are exemplified everywhere. At ActionAid, you can look forward to a fair compensation package and a flexible working environment, including

  • A workplace that embraces feminist principles
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption pay

About you

  • BA degree in journalism, communications, or relevant fields.
  • Substantial experience in media relations in a humanitarian or INGO context.
  • Keen news sense and proven experience to identify and promote engaging humanitarian stories.
  • Good experience of working with external network of journalists, editors, and media colleagues of other international humanitarian organisations.
  • Good experience of devising, coaching, advising, or delivering media training to diverse stakeholder groups, either remotely or face to face.
  • Track record of creating and driving humanitarian media strategies to increase profile.
  • Experience living and working in fast-paced emergency or humanitarian contexts.
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of developing humanitarian media strategies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of humanitarian principles and action, the rights of women/young people in emergencies and effective humanitarian campaigning.

How to apply

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Applications close at 23.59 GMT on Monday, 17 June 2024. Please upload an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a covering letter clearly explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile and a published example of communications work on a humanitarian topic. Interviews will take place on Monday, 24 June 2024.

Please check your application and make sure you meet all the essential criteria listed in the person specification. In addition, your application will be stronger if you meet at least some of the desirable criteria. If you do not meet at least all the essential criteria, please do not apply as we only consider candidates if they meet the essential criteria listed on the job description. We will only consider candidates who have the right to work in the specified locations.

Due to high volumes of applications received, we can only correspond with short listed applicants. Should you not have received feedback on your application within two weeks of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful.

ActionAid International will not consider unsolicited candidates from recruitment agencies. We reserve the right to withdraw any of our vacancies at any time.

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