Paid Commonwealth Assistant Communications Officer in London

Paid Commonwealth Assistant Communications Officer in London

The Commonwealth Secretariat is proud to be supporting youth empowerment through our Young Professionals Programme (YPP). The YPP creates multiple opportunities for talented and qualified young people from across the Commonwealth to contribute to our core work through the transference of technical expertise, innovative ideas, specialist knowledge and fresh perspectives.

The Assistant Communications Officer role sits within the Communications Division and is focused on providing it with technical and administrative support.The Commonwealth Secretariat provides guidance on policy making, technical assistance and advisory services to Commonwealth member countries. Our work promotes democracy, rule of law, human rights, good governance and social and economic development. We are a voice for small states and vulnerable and developing countries. We serve 52 countries and their 2.4 billion citizens.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To seek proactively news stories, marketing opportunities and events involving key stakeholders
  • To use skills to communicate key messages internally and externally, under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • To attend meetings for purposes of internally and externally communicating key messages
  • To produce daily, weekly and regular internal and external communications bulletins on digital outlet
  • To work with graphic designers to produce internal and external written publications including, but not limited to, magazines, posters and leaflets
  • To proofread, sub-edit and check the factual accuracy of communications and key messages before they are published
  • To liaise, court and understand the needs of key stakeholders
  • To write stories, shoot and edit basic films, engage social media with speed, accuracy and verve and upload content to digital platforms to market and enhance
    the Secretariat’s reputation and brand
  • To spot and prevent crises before they happen
  • To research and develop ideas and working practices which enable the Secretariat to remain innovative

Eligibility

  • A minimum bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional journalistic, media or press office experience
  • Has worked in a recognised national broadcast, print or digital newsroom or press office for a minimum of two years
  •  Has experience of working in one or more of their country’s national political parties or governments or been a political or lobby reporter or correspondent
  • Has used content management systems to upload digital content or willing to be trained
  • Can photograph, video and edit basic films
  • Has proven experience of placing stories in regional, national and international media
  • Have media contacts to market and place stories and enhance the reputation and brand of the Secretariat
  • Has experience of dealing with communications crises

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Deadline: 1st August 2017