Sightsavers West Sussex, UK
Feb 24, 2020Contract
Sightsavers has an opportunity for a tenacious, collaborative, committed and experienced communications professional to provide maternity cover for 10-12 months leading our communications team for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). 2020 is set to be a big year for NTDs with the expected launch of a new NTD Roadmap by the World Health Organization (WHO), the inauguration of a new World NTD Day and the expansion of Sightsavers work on NTDs. As the Head of Communications you will develop and deliver communications strategies that will drive forward the business plan of the NTD Directorate and organisation-wide objectives, and provide overall strategic direction for all of the communications connected to Sightsavers NTD work, including £200M of current programmatic funding. You will identify opportunities to position Sightsavers as a trusted partner and leader in the NTD field, raise awareness of Sightsavers through traditional and new communication channels and trends, as well as work with the Director of News and other colleagues to mitigate reputational risks. Further responsibilities as the Head of Communications include; Lead on the design and management of high-profile integrated communication campaigns Advise on the development of realistic timelines, milestones and budgets for communications activities Provide line management and strategic direction to the NTD communications team and expertise to the NTD directorate Ensure coherence of NTD messaging to audiences and ensure materials are engaging and impactful Seek out and build solid partnerships with key external stakeholders Manage relationships with communications counterparts at funding organisations such as the UK Government’s Department for International Development, Virgin Unite, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ELMA Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation As the successful candidate you will have significant experience of working in a charitable or international communications team, possess a degree (or equivalent) or related experience in this area, have a background in project managing a diverse range of communications projects to deliver short and long-term communications objectives. You will have knowledge of current trends, tools and best practice for communication, including digital strategies, and some knowledge of international development policy, particularly health, and preferably with some understanding of NTDs. This is not an exhaustive list of duties or required professional skills, please read the complete Job Description for further details. Please be advised that CV’s and Cover Letters will not be considered in the application process. As an equal opportunities employer we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply.