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Communications Officer


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Salary: £36,156 p.a + benefits

We have an outstanding opportunity in our Communications Division for a Communications Officer.

The successful candidate will support the implementation of the Commonwealth Secretariat's Strategic Communications Strategy which underpins the Secretariat's wider Strategic Plan, and will work closely with other Secretariat teams to ensure that the organisation's scope of work is effectively presented to its key target audiences.

Other responsibilities entailed in this role include (but are not limited to):

  • Overseeing communications for one or more of the Secretariat's thematic work areas. The Officer will advise the programme divisions on media strategy, and will take the lead in framing the communications and profile of an assigned area;
  • Contributing to media strategy development and engagement ahead of and during official visits by the Commonwealth Secretary-General to member countries. The Communications Officer may also be called on to accompany the Secretary-General or other senior officials on official missions, with the objective of providing on-the-ground communications support;
  • Identifying media opportunities and contributing to social media outputs which highlight the work of the Commonwealth Secretariat;
  • Drafting statements and other materials to ensure that the Commonwealth values are conveyed consistently and coherently.

To be considered you must have a degree or an equivalent qualification in Communications, Journalism, Media Studies, International Affairs or a related field. Candidates must also have a minimum of four years of experience as a reporter or correspondent in a media organisation, and/or in an external communications role, and be competent in audio-visual production or print journalism.

Candidates who hold a master's degree or a similar post-graduate qualification in journalism or a related field, and are experienced in covering political, parliamentary, social or economic issues will have an added advantage.

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 54 member governments and provides guidance on policy making, technical assistance and advisory services to Commonwealth member countries. We support governments to help achieve sustainable, inclusive and equitable development.

To join us, you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country as well as have the right to live and work in the UK.

Please apply by submitting a CV and cover letter. Covering letters should be structured.

Closing date: 21 September 2021, 1700hrs BST

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