Programme Communications Lead
London | Nepalgunj (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Christian Aid’s Programme Communications Team leads the organisation’s efforts to communicate impact and successes, with the objective of diversifying and increasing funding, and to better place Christian Aid and its partners to influence donors and decision makers.
The team supports donor-funded programmes, service contracts and country programmes to develop and execute communications strategies and plans.
Located in London and within the Supporter Partnership Department, the team also acts as a bridge between our projects on the ground and our wider communications and fundraising efforts.
About the role
The Programme Communications Lead carries overall responsibility and leads the team which ensures the smooth and efficient delivery of Christian Aid’s international communications, brand and visibility work. S/he is responsible for the development and delivery of strategic global programme communications, with oversight across Christian Aid’s entire portfolio of large donor-funded programmes.
There is also a clear brief to strengthen the communications capacity and activities of more than 25 country offices around the world as Christian Aid moves towards a new era of global partnership.
There will be a requirement to be willing and available to travel to areas of instability. Overseas travel is not expected to exceed 40 days in any one year and can be much less.
We are looking for an experienced communications professional to lead the Programme Communications Team, with proven experience of strategic communications planning in a global context and strong understanding and experience of large and complex international organisations. Educated to degree level and with a postgraduate qualification or relevant experience in either media, communications or marketing, you’ll have excellent skills presentation skills in public and the media.
Since the team – currently eight people – is dispersed globally, you will also have proven experience of leading a dynamic global team to work in a creative and collaborative fashion, enabling good decisions to be made and empowering them to flourish in their contribution.
You’ll need significant experience of negotiating and influencing within a large or complex organisation, leading and managing change and building trust and managing conflict.
Your comprehensive knowledge of global development issues and international development sector will be matched by excellent communications and interpersonal skills.
This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based.
We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in our workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.
You can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including a generous holiday allowance, a season ticket loan, and flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.
As part of your application you will be asked to demonstrate your suitability by giving answers to the following questions:
Tell us about a time when you had adapt your style, approach, and delivery method to communicate effectively with a particular audience
- What was the situation?
- What did you have to communicate and to whom?
- How did you adapt to meet the needs of this particular audience? What were the things you did differently?
- What was the impact? Did you communicate effectively with the audience? How did you know?
Give us an example of a time when you had to influence other people and persuade them to work in a collaborative way when there were different personal or organisational agendas
- What was the context? Who had to be influenced or persuaded?
- What was your task?
- What action(s) did you take? Why? How?
- What was the outcome(s)? If you were successful, how did you know?
Give us an example of a time when you knew you had provided the appropriate level of supervision to a colleague to encourage accountability as well as space to learn. If possible, please use an example from when you have managed someone remotely (i.e. in a different location from where you are based).
- What was the context?
- Tell us about this colleague and the needs you perceived?
- What action(s) did you take? How did you plan them?
- What was the result? How did you know that the level of supervision was right for that colleague?
Follow the link to our careers page.https://jobs.christianaid.org.uk/vacancy/programme-communications-lead-1995/2013/description/
- Organization: Christian Aid Mission
- Location: London | Nepalgunj (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
- Grade: Level not specified
- Communication and Public Information
- Managerial positions
- Project and Programme Management
- Closing Date: 2018-08-03