Communications & Media Officer (maternity cover)

Humanity & Inclusion

  • Team: Individual Giving and Communications
  • Grade: Officer
  • Salary: £34,156 per annum, depending on experience
  • Location: Based in London SE1, with possibility for hybrid working and occasional travel within the UK, Europe and possibly to our overseas programmes.
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 31st Aug 2022 BST

Job Description

Do you want to help raise awareness to improve the lives of people with disabilities? 

Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is an award-winning international charity working alongside disabled and vulnerable people in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Our teams work tirelessly in 60 countries worldwide to help meet the needs of the most vulnerable people, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. 

Our UK team is looking for an enthusiastic and committed person to join us as our Communications and Media Officer as maternity cover for a period of 10 months.

This is an exciting and varied role helping to raise awareness in the UK about the situation faced by people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups worldwide.  

Increasing our brand recognition and securing quality media coverage is central to our strategy. Our communications focus on three core elements of our brand – emergencies, armed violence and physical rehabilitation – underpinned by our core values of humanity and inclusion. 

If you are keen to work in an international environment, are motivated to find new stories and create engaging content, have a proactive, hands-on approach and enjoy managing multiple priorities, we’d love you to join our small, friendly team.

The Communications and Media Officer should have these skills:

  • Experience in a communications and/or media-relations role or equivalent skills 

  • An excellent eye for a story and ability to pitch to media outlets and brief spokespeople 

  • Strong written communication skills, with the ability to express complex information in an accessible and appealing way for a variety of audiences

  • Able to develop engaging communications content for a range of channels including website and social media

  • Strong planning and organisational skills, with the capacity to manage a number of projects simultaneously, prioritise, meet deadlines and manage tight timescales 

  • Excellent spoken and written English (either native English or bilingual) 

  • Strong IT and digital communication skills (ideally with experience using Microsoft Office 365 suite, social media management tools, website CMS) 

In the first 6 months of your role, you will:

  • Help to build our brand awareness by creating engaging content for our website and social media. 

  • Work to secure media coverage of the humanitarian situation for disabled people in conflicts and crises. 

  • Help to successfully deliver our BBC Radio 4 appeal.

  • Support the organisation of interviews with key staff and facilitate communications visits to our overseas programmes.

Employee Benefits

  • All full-time employees are entitled to 28 days holiday per year in addition to UK public holidays.

  • Training and development opportunities are open to all staff, and will be provided in order to support them to fulfil their roles.

  • We value all our employees and strive to support them in their professional lives. This includes flexible working opportunities (including home-working and flexible hours).

  • We offer a competitive workplace pension scheme, matching contributions up to 6% of gross salary.

  • We are positive about employing persons with disabilities and are proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Employer.

  • We offer a Worklife Support Employee Assistance Programme and confidential information, support and counselling.

  • We strive to create a diverse and inclusive working environment and we are constantly looking at ways to improve our policies, processes and culture.

  • Our office is conveniently located in SE1 with great transport links to Waterloo, Blackfriars, London Bridge, and the London Underground. We are trialling hybrid ways of working, with staff expected to work from the office at least six days a month.

Equal opportunities policy

HI UK is committed to diversity and inclusion. We recognise that discrimination shapes the opportunities that many people have in society and that people have different needs in order to realise their full potential. Addressing this requires organisations to be proactive in creating environments that encourage the inclusion and development of all. Though we still have a long way to go, inclusion is central to our identity at HI UK and we are strongly committed to the continuous work that it requires.

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with disabilities and/or from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds, to help make us more representative. If you have a disability and meet the minimum requirements for the role, we will guarantee you an interview.

All candidates invited for interview will be asked if any reasonable adjustments are needed for the interview stage, whether they have disclosed a disability or not at the application stage.

What are the next steps?

At Humanity & Inclusion UK, we use Applied for our recruitment. Applied aims to overcome unconscious bias in recruiting. Instead of using your CV alone, you will be asked to answer questions that test the skills needed for this role. We only use CVs to aid conversations at the interview stages.

To apply, please complete the questions via Applied to demonstrate your suitability for the role and submit your CV. Applications will be shortlisted and invited for interview at our London office, with a written evaluation as well as an in-person interview.

Closing date: 31st August 2022, 2359 GMT

Interviews are planned for the week of 12th September.

Ideal start date: Mon 31st October

For further information, please contact Humanity & Inclusion UK on 0870 774 3737 or by email at recruitment.uk@hi.org.

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Wed 31st Aug 2022

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Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Wed 31st Aug 2022