Communications Officer

Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage
£30,000 - £36,000
depending upon experience, plus a generous benefits package including 10% employer pension contribution, flexible working options, 25 days leave (+ public holidays and additional leave for long service)
Closing date: 7 February 2020
Job Type: Paid
Location: Central London, with occasional international travel
The Communications Officer will play a key role in raising awareness of the issue of child marriage worldwide.

Working as part of a small team, you will support our work across digital, social media, and media, and well as formal communications channels with our members.

The Communications Officer will work most closely with the Senior Digital and Content Officer to tell a compelling story online about the work of our movement to end child marriage – celebrating our members’ successes, and keeping a spotlight on the issue in global spaces. You’ll be a strong all-round communications professional with a passion for social media in particular, strong storytelling skills and the enthusiasm to create engaging and powerful content that contributes to our mission. The role will have responsibility for day to day management of our online communities, reporting and analytics, and play a key role in contributing to a refresh of our website.

We are a truly global partnership, with a growing membership base in the Latin America and Caribbean region; the ability to work in English and Spanish is essential, and French and/or Arabic are highly desirable. 

Girls Not Brides

Girls Not Brides is the only global partnership entirely focused on creating and sustaining a worldwide movement to end child marriage, and ensuring that this movement leads to tangible change for the girls at risk or affected by the practice. We are a network of more than 1,300 civil society organisations in over 100 countries, all committed to working in partnership to end child marriage. Our vision is a world without child marriage where girls and women enjoy equal status with boys and men, and are able to achieve their full potential in all aspects of their lives.

Our members are diverse. They vary in size, location, and the type of work they do. They include groups focused on research and advocacy as well as programme implementers and service providers working directly in their communities. Our members address the issue of child marriage from various perspectives, including health, women’s and girls’ rights, child protection, education, economic empowerment and general development.

The global partnership is supported by the Girls Not Brides secretariat with teams in UK (London), Mexico, Kenya, India and Senegal and has an annual budget of approximately £5 million.

Key Responsibilities

Working with the  Senior Digital and Content Officer:

Social media

  • Manage Girls Not Brides’ social media channels by drafting and scheduling posts and helping to manage a large and diverse online community.
  • Manage our online community, moderating and replying comments on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
  • Track and analyse social media engagement, making suggestions for improvement.
  • Assist with developing social media assets, such as GIFs, social videos, infographics, and activities, such as tweet-chats.

Website and web content

  • Day-to-day maintenance of the website, including uploading and reviewing content, and liaising with web developers to fix bugs as they arise.
  • Track and analyse website traffic, making suggestions for improvement.
  • Write web content and blogs assigned by the Senior Digital and Communications Editor, and contributing to editorial plan based on strategic priorities.
  • Provide guidance and editing support to staff and members.

Email channel

  • Lead on planning, drafting and building member and partner communications and newsletters in email platform, working with other Girls Not Brides team members as needed.
  • Track and analyse email engagement, making suggestions for improvement.
  • Support staff with sending newsletters and emails.

Working with the Media & Communications Officer:

Media

  • Assisting with media contact list management
  • Support media monitoring, logging and assisting with preparation/distribution of media reports and press releases
  • Monitoring and responding to messages from supporters

Other

  • Contribute to communications strategies and projects around particular initiatives and events
  • Contribute to the broader strategic, programmatic and communications work of Girls Not Brides
  • Provide regular reporting and analysis across all our external communications channels to improve user experience, and contribute to management reporting requirements
  • Conduct desk research as required.

All staff members must:

  • Commit to the mission and vision of Girls Not Brides, putting them at the forefront of all planning, work and actions.
  • Uphold the core values of Girls Not Brides in all areas of work and interactions with colleagues, members, partners and other stakeholders.
  • Comply with Girls Not Brides policies and processes, with particular note for safeguarding, the code of conduct and data protection.
  • Ensure that internal databases and monitoring information are kept fully up-to-date.
  • Commit to ongoing personal development and learning.
  • Fulfil any other reasonable requests for the advancement of Girls Not Brides.

Person specification

  • Professional experience in a similar role.
  • Educated to degree level or proven experience in a related field plus extensive relevant professional training.
  • Excellent written English skills.
  • A great eye for a story and for detail, and an understanding of how to create compelling online content.
  • Passion for, and experience of, managing online communities.
  • Strong understanding of how digital technology can support and enhance internal and external communications and advocacy.
  • Experience of using WordPress, MailChimp, Google Analytics, SproutSocial (or other similar tools).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures.
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality.
  • Some experience of using InDesign and/or Photoshop.
  • The ability to speak/write/read Arabic, French or Spanish (preferred).
  • Knowledge of media tools such as Meltwater and Vuelio.
  • Experience of working for a non-governmental or with civil society organisations.
  • Proficiency in the latest versions of Microsoft Office.
  • Willingness to work flexibly and travel internationally, as necessary.

Safeguarding

At Girls Not Brides, we are committed to the wellbeing, 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 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.

Our core values

  • Collaboration
  • Determination
  • Inclusivity
  • Integrity
  • Pragmatism
  • Respect

 

Region: London and the southeast
Location: Central London, with occasional international travel
Sector: Communications Digital Media Safeguarding

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Application notes

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. To apply, please send your CV and a brief covering letter demonstrating how you meet the criteria for this position to [email protected] by 23:00 GMT on 7th February clearly stating “Communications Officer” and your name in the subject line.

First-round interviews will take place via Skype on the week commencing 17th February. Final interviews will take place on the week commencing 24th February in our London office.

We regret that due to the large number of applications anticipated, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

 

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