Media and Communications Officer (FTC)
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is a unique and dynamic membership organisation which comprises 15 of the UK’s leading humanitarian charities: ActionAid UK, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide (UK), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Islamic Relief Worldwide, Oxfam GB, Plan International UK, Save the Children UK, Tearfund and World Vision UK.
When large scale disasters hit countries without the capacity to respond, the DEC brings together our 15 member charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently. In these times of crisis, people in life-and-death situations need our help and our mission is to save, protect and rebuild lives through effective humanitarian response.
Pooling our resources to work as one, we are pivotal in co-ordinating the UK public's response to overseas disasters. In collaboration with our Rapid Response Network of national media and corporate partners, we raise the alarm to the UK public and set up easy ways to donate, with the majority of our funds raised over an intensive two-week period following a disaster.
Since our launch in 1963, we have run over 70 fundraising appeals and raised more than £1.7bn, saving countless lives and rebuilding communities.
We are now looking for a Media and Communications Officer to join us and deliver our communications strategy for a nine month, fixed term contract.
- Salary of £29,870 per annum (pro rata)
- Great benefits package
- Support humanitarian efforts across the globe
This is an outstanding opportunity for a PR, journalism or communications professional with experience of supporting a team to take on an exciting contract supporting a number of international disaster appeals.
This is a fantastic time to join us, as you will have the chance to work on our Ukraine humanitarian appeal, our most successful campaign in two decades.
So, if you are ready for an engaging, rewarding contract where you can make an impact, this is the role for you.
As a Media and Communications Officer, you will be tasked with supporting a range of communication activities to enable our Communications Team. You will also assist with additional reporting following the response to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
Through communications activity, you will seek to raise awareness of our organisation and our appeals as well as providing admin support and aiding in media relations, PR, web and social media work. You will also be involved in content production and management, reporting and internal communications.
Additionally, you will be involved in handling media enquiries, supporting and managing digital resources, an array of administrative and support activities and creative tasks such as suggesting content ideas and improving online resources.
To be considered as a Media and Communications Officer, you will need:
- Experience of supporting a team
- Experience in PR, journalism or communications
- Strong writing skills
- Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills
- A good eye for detail and great analytical skills
- Good time management and organisational skills
- A proactive, diplomatic and constructive approach
- A persuasive and confident manner in dealing with suppliers.
- An understanding of, and a commitment to, the mission and values of DEC
A degree level qualification or the ability to demonstrate a similar level of skill by experience would be beneficial to your application, as would experience of working in a communications team.
An interest in humanitarian and development issues would also be advantageous, as would experience of using a project management tool. Evidence of innovative thinking or working on creative projects would also be desirable.
Other organisations may call this role PR Officer, Communications Officer, Marketing Officer, Charity Comms Officer, Public Relations Officer, Media Officer, or Charity Marcoms Officer.
Webrecruit and the DEC are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.
The DEC is committed to the safeguarding and protection of children and vulnerable adults and participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from successful applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of, and consent to, these recruitment procedures.
We will consider applications as they are submitted and will contact you if we would like to arrange an interview.
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