Media and Communications Officer
Girls Not Brides, a civil society partnership working to end child marriage and enable girls to fulfil their potential, is seeking a Media and Communications Officer to join its global secretariat. Based in the Girls Not Brides office in Fulham, London, the Media and Communications Officer will work closely with, and report to the Head of Communications. You will play a critical role in media outreach, working with Girls Not Brides members and the rest of the team at the secretariat to secure quality, in-depth media coverage of child marriage and what can be done to address this global problem. You will be part of a small, four member communications team and will help create and deliver a range of integrated communications activities. At the Girls Not Brides secretariat we connect those working at grassroots, national and global levels as together we call for the laws, policies and programmes to be put in place that will make a difference in the life of millions of girls. We empower those seeking to address child marriage through peer learning and exchange of best practices as we work to end child marriage; support those girls already married, and seek to ensure that all girls can fulfil their full potential. It is an exciting time to join the Girls Not Brides team. In just over five years, Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage has grown to more than 700 civil society organisations that are based in over 85 countries. Global attention to child marriage continues to build as Girls Not Brides members raise awareness of the impact of child marriage and what it will take to end it. Accountability: To the Head of Communications Salary range: £33,000-£37,000, depending upon experience, plus a generous benefits package Main responsibilities will include:
- Working with the Head of Communications to develop and implement a global media strategy that brings attention to the issue of child marriage across the world and highlights the work of Girls Not Brides and its members;
- Developing and maintaining relationships with influential traditional and emerging media in support of Girls Not Brides strategic objectives and liaising with media consultants as required
- Working with the Head of Communications to prepare all media outreach activities in support of Girls Not Brides initiatives such as drafting Op-Eds, quotes, press releases, media briefs, media pitches, and organising media engagement activities around events, country visits, member meetings;
- Creatively finding the best traditional and new, innovative channels to reach our audiences
- Briefing and preparing staff and Girls Not Brides members for media interviews and engagements;
- Filtering and responding to media requests, proactively reaching out to the media and undertaking other forms of communications outreach as part of an integrated communications approach
- Providing support to Girls Not Brides champions, including liaising with their staff, compiling briefings and support for events or speaking opportunities;
- Helping to maintain the photo, audio and video archives;
- Managing the development and production of videos, audio materials and photography
- Preparing the regular media coverage newsletter and monthly media coverage reports;
- Maintaining media coverage logs and other media related information in the Girls Not Brides database;
- Co-leading on the implementation of Girls Not Brides Child Safeguarding Policy
- Conducting desk research as required;
- Managing an intern;
- Other communications support as required.
We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications and skills: Media relations
- Demonstrated ability to implement a successful media strategy for a global social issue campaign
- Expertise in creating quality media content including a demonstrated ability to write engaging, clear and concise copy
- Proven experience of working with UK and international media contacts interested in global social issues and securing quality coverage
- Demonstrated ability to develop and manage relationships with journalists, and consultants such as film makers
- Crisis and reputation management experience
- Ability to organise and implement successful media field visits and media-focussed events
- Experience of working on sensitive issues in a balanced way with a focus on solutions-driven messaging rather than sensationalism
- Some experience of working within a news/media organisation would be an advantage
- Willingness to travel to different regions when necessary, sometimes at short notice.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Proven ability to write for different audiences
- A good eye for accuracy and detail and potential implementation challenges
- Experience of successfully developing story ideas and creative communications concepts
- Excellent written and spoken English; proficiency in another relevant language, such as French is highly desirable.
- Experience using HTML, CMS, Photoshop and other DTP packages is desirable
- Highly proficient in the latest versions of Microsoft Office suite, project management tools and use of databases (Salesforce desirable).
- Excellent interpersonal skills and an inquisitive and analytical mind
- Willingness to work in a collaborative team and with diverse stakeholders, including an ability to work in different cultural environments
- Highly reliable, organised, proactive and capable of independent judgement
- Ability to work with minimal supervision to meet tight deadlines and juggle multiple priorities
- Experience in managing contractors, such as freelance journalists, media consultants, film producers, and photographers
- Experience of supporting high-profile individuals is desirable
- Experience of working in a media role for a membership organisation or secretariat is desirable
- An interest in or experience of working in international development desirable.
At Girls Not Brides we are committed to the well-being, empowerment and rights of children and to safeguarding children from harm in all of our activities. Girls Not Brides aims to promote an environment of trust and understanding where the welfare of children is paramount. You will be expected to adhere to the Girls Not Brides Child Safeguarding Policy and its Code of Conduct and report any concerns relating to the safeguarding of children in accordance with agreed procedures. How to apply To apply, please send your CV and a brief cover letter demonstrating how you meet the criteria for this position to recruitment@GirlsNotBrides.org by 24:00 GMT on Wednesday, 22 March 2017, clearly stating “Media and Communications Officer” and your name in the subject line. We regret that due to the large number of applications anticipated, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.