Head of Communications

Contract: 12 month full time contract

Location: Flexible

Salary: Competitive

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Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a mixture of treatable and preventable diseases that continue to affect over a billion of the world’s poorest and most marginalized people. 2020 will be a key year for NTDs. The current roadmap on NTDs will be renewed by the World Health Organization, setting out a new vision for the future and new targets to 2030. This milestone will necessitate the renewal of the London Declaration on NTDs. Across the year we will celebrate achievements to date, whilst working tirelessly to inspire greater action and mobilise new commitments to 2030. This will help to achieve the SDG target to end the epidemic of NTDs.

The Head of Communications will play a central role in executing a communications strategy that will raise the visibility of NTDs on the global stage and help us to reach our goals. Specifically, they will lead all of our communications around a significant event in 2020, which will involve developing and sharing messages across a range of channels. They will establish and implement a media strategy to raise awareness of NTDs and support the partnership.

This role offers a chance to think big and be ambitious – it is an exciting opportunity for a creative person. Reporting directly to the Director of the Support Centre and responsible for a small team, the Head of Communications will keep the big picture in focus, whilst driving all communications activities to achieve success. Please see the attached job description for more information.

Key responsibilities:

Working with the Director of the Support Centre, team and partners to:

  • Lead the communications strategy and activities, including piloting ideas, to tell the story of neglected tropical diseases
  • Creatively utilise media and technology platforms
  • Provide key stakeholders with advice on communications strategies, messaging, channels and output
  • Ensure consistent messaging and branding for public relations work, spokespeople and all program materials
  • Lead communications for a global event in 2020
  • Identify and execute opportunities to insert Uniting to Combat NTDs’ views and/ or information in relevant news cycles and monitor, analyse and report on resulting coverage
  • Line manage the Communications and Social Media Producer

About you:

You’ll be a highly competent, passionate communications professional who is able to communicate complex and often jargon-riddled global health stories and developments in an engaging way.  Ideally you will have experience of working for an agency. You will have the ability to spot angles and stories and creatively utilise available assets to engage new audiences.   You’ll have a demonstrable history of creating communications campaigns which target key audiences with compelling calls to action and increase their engagement and support.

You will have:

  • A university degree in a relevant field or equivalent work experience
  • Substantial strategic experience in journalism, communications, media relations or a role that incorporates these skills with a proven ability to influence debate
  • Experience of creating and executing media and social media strategies
  • Strong knowledge in development communications with a health/ science background either at university level or gained whilst working for other NGOs
  • The ability and confidence to work effectively and collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders
  • A strategic, proactive, creative and well organised approach, with the ability to meet tight deadlines and manage multiple priorities
  • Excellent project management capabilities
  • Good writing and editing skills, including an eye for detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Understanding of the relationship between NGO, government and private sector
  • Understanding of and a commitment to equality of opportunity for disabled people
  • Fluent English. Proficient French would be desirable

Closing date: Rolling recruitment

Interview date: Rolling recruitment

To be considered for the role please send your CV in the first instance to recruitment@unitingtocombatntds.org