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Global Media Manager


Type of role:Communications and fundraising
Location:London, Nairobi, Pretoria, Various Countries
Salary:London £46,425 , Nairobi: KES 5,413,692 and Pretoria: ZAR 744,000
Contract type:Permanent
Full Time:35 hours per week
Application Closing Date:27 May 2019
Interview date:6 June 2019
Start date:ASAP

VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. Our extraordinary volunteers live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. Sharing their unique skills and experience to generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities they work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

Role overview

We're looking for a Media Manager with a strong desire to inspire people through our unique approach to development. VSO has some great stories to tell about the impact we're having, but we need to get these in the right print and broadcast media to help significantly increase our development work.

You'll ideally be a journalist by training, or you've worked in a similar role for a number of years at another NGO. You've a good eye for a story, established media contacts, and the ability to build strong effective relationships with volunteers and colleagues.

You'll be comfortable planning and delivering high-profile media activity globally. An understanding of international development issues is essential. We'd also expect you to have a thorough knowledge of the media landscape, at least in the UK, but ideally including the other countries we work in too.

You'll also be confident managing media incidents and issues that represent a reputational risk, and be able to speak with authority to senior colleagues and key stakeholders to manage any media implications.

Skills, qualifications and experience

• Significant experience of crisis and reputation management
• Experience of leading, networking and influencing effectively within a dispersed organisation and of advising senior staff
• Significant proven experience in people management, performance management and supporting the learning and development of individuals.
• Understanding of International development policy, the institutional aid environment and specifically UKAID
• Experience of using media to influence key opinion formers.
• Good understanding of media strategies and have up to date knowledge of media trends and tools
• Educated to degree level or equivalent


Competencies and Behaviour

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:

• Ability to be open minded and respectful
• Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
• Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
• Ability to seek and share knowledge

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce. We also offer a range of benefits, including;

• A friendly and supportive office environment
• Opportunities for flexible working and working from home
• Generous annual leave of 37 days (inclusive of public holidays)
• Employee and Volunteer Assistance Programme
• Personal accident insurance
• Opportunities for professional development, including a range of online self-study modules, coaching and workshops

VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.

Unfortunately we are unable to provide sponsorship for this position, so please ensure you have the right to work in the UK, Nairobi or Pretoria before you apply.

Please note the working hours for this role in the UK are 35 per week and outside of the UK 40 hours per week.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

To submit your application, click on ‘Make an application’ and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

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