Search UN Jobs and NGO Jobs

Programme Communications Advisor

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Christian Aid
Closing date: 14 Aug 2017

About us:

The Programme Communications team leads strategic communications for Christian Aid’s institutionally funded programme portfolio and other high value projects from proposal through to delivery. We support Christian Aid’s country teams around the world to strengthen their communications and build in-country visibility and profile. Through established and emerging channels, we strive to demonstrate Christian Aid’s expertise and experience in our key focus areas and locations to highlight the scope and scale of our work and help secure future funding from institutional donors. We also seek to demonstrate the impact of our work on people’s lives, and share best practice and learning, to position Christian Aid as a credible and influential organisation to the development sector and wider audiences. The Programme Comms team is responsible for ensuring Christian Aid honours and fulfils its organisational commitment to the Agenda for Humanity that emphasises the need to promote the role of local actors/partners in any communications with the media or general public. We are also currently exploring ways to develop and embed communications for development (C4D) approaches at Christian Aid – to strengthen our work, be accountable to communities, and close the gap between donors and the people we work for.

About the role:

The Programme Communications Advisor works with colleagues internationally to deliver ambitious and fast-moving communications plans and initiatives ensuring that Christian Aid programmes are communicated effectively to our key audiences through a range of activities and channels.

S/he plays a key role in the development and execution of strategic programme communications, with oversight of communications activities and budget across several large donor funded programmes and has responsibility for ensuring that we meet the visibility commitments made to institutional donors. S/he provides communications input and support for new bids and tenders where communications is of strategic importance to the programme design.

The postholder will provide strategic and hands-on communications support for Christian Aid's country teams to strengthen their communications and visibility by assisting them, as appropriate: in the development of communications plans, activities and materials; communications capacity building and training; local media engagement; events; and communications for development projects.

The postholder will lead and/or provide communications support and insight on a range of other important team or organisational projects as required. S/he is a member of cross-organisational project teams and working groups, providing strategic and practical communications advice and input.

About you:

The Programme Communications Advisor will have substantial experience in communications, and in developing and executing multi-discipline communications strategies.

The successful candidate will have previous experience of communications planning, stakeholder mapping, messaging, brand management and publishing.

You will have previous experience of working in global development including experience gained overseas, and an excellent understanding of the development sector, its issues and challenges.

We are looking for someone with experience of working with, coaching and influencing colleagues across a large or complex organisation and significant evidence of training and coaching others to improve their communications.

You will be experienced in the development of communication plans and production schedules, and a proven ability to project manage multiple communication outputs.

You will need excellent verbal, written and presentation skills and a proven ability to handle complex and sensitive information.

The successful candidate will be a confident multi-tasker, and be able to juggle a range of competing projects and priorities.

You will be self-motivated, resilient and persistent, exhibit high levels of confidence, be able to cope with criticism and demonstrate an ability to work calmly under pressure and to deadline while remaining respectful to the work, deadlines and targets of others.

The Programme Communications Advisor needs a good understanding of NGO audiences and funders, and the issues that they respond/relate to as well as excellent knowledge of development issues.

Further information

Further information

This role can be based in any of our regional office international and 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 its 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.

How to apply:

To apply please visit our website: