Picture Editor

£32,900 yearly
  • WaterAid
  • London, UK
  • Sep 06, 2019
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Want to use your skills in photography play a vital role in bringing WaterAid's work closer to our supporters - helping us make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere?

Join WaterAid as a Picture Editor as we work to change lives for millions of people so they can unlock their potential and break free from poverty. On top of that you'll be joining a 2018 Great Place to Work® award-winning organisation.

The WaterAid Photography team produces award winning content that supports WaterAid both in the UK and globally to raise awareness of the global water and sanitation crisis and WaterAid's work to change this. As part of the Brand & Creative team, we develop creative communications that have impact and deliver change: ensuring WaterAid leads the way with innovative and engaging storytelling content with clear brand purpose.

Full time, permanent contract. Some UK and international travel may be required.

As our talented and self-motivated Picture Editor you'll curate and promote our best and most inspiring content, showcasing stories from around the world. With oversight of the Instagram channel, responsibility to disseminate our ethical approach to image making and opportunities to commission UK and international shoots, this role is a critical point of communication between the Photography team and the rest of the organisation.


  • Act as a photography champion promoting great content and best practice in image usage across WaterAid's global federation
  • Curate images and stories on WaterAid's digital asset management system (Asset Bank)
  • Carry out image selection for Brand assets, digital and social media channels and media pitches
  • Identify gaps in photo content and commission accordingly via our Voices from the Field programme, or freelance photographers where appropriate
  • Commission all of our UK advocacy, fundraising and events' photography
  • Periodically update WaterAid's ethical image policy, ensuring that teams globally are commissioning and using photography in line with the policy.
  • Edit large photo sets so that the best content is available across the organisation
  • Support the development of 8 'Voices from the Field' Officers in photography skills

Personal specifications

  • 5+ years experience as a Picture Editor
  • A proven eye for outstanding photography, and the ability to match the strongest imagery with brand and messaging requirements
  • Passionate about photography, with a depth of both technical and theoretical knowledge
  • Awareness of current trends in photography and image making
  • Experience working on a photo library/ digital asset management system
  • Knowledge of legalities in relation to image licensing, data protection, child protection
  • Good written English, and the ability to write clear briefs
  • Good IT skills including practical use of Excel, Adobe photoshop and other photographic software
  • Excellent time-management
  • Excellent organisational abilities with the ability to keep track of numerous tasks at once while meeting deadlines
  • Sound experience of working with a range of stakeholders and developing relationships internally and externally
  • Understanding of ethical considerations in content gathering in the development sector context

Additional Information
WaterAids benefits include:

  • 36 days holiday (including Bank Holidays)
  • Option to buy an extra 5 days annual leave
  • We offer a generous pension plan with employer contribution of up to 10%
  • Flexible working conditions, including the opportunity for part-time work and home working up to 2 days a week
  • Season Ticket LoanFree annual eye testsPay as You Earn training schemePay as You Give charitable giving scheme

WaterAid is currently located at Durham Street, Vauxhall. However, we will be leaving our current location in the summer of 2020. The new location is to be confirmed but will be within zone 1-2 in London. The recruiting line manager will discuss this with you at the interview stage.

We are unable to provide sponsorship for this post. In order to apply for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.

Please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter in either word or PDF format.
Applications will close one minute before midnight on September 22nd. Availability for interview is required September 26th and 27th.

Salary: £32,900 with excellent benefits

WaterAid is fully committed to protecting those with whom it comes into contact in WaterAid is committed to ensuring that wherever we work in the world there is no tolerance for the abuse of power, privilege or trust. WaterAid reinforces a culture of zero tolerance towards any form of inappropriate behaviour, abuse, harassment, or exploitation of any kind. The safeguarding of our beneficiaries, staff, volunteers and anyone working on our behalf, is our top priority, and we take our responsibilities extremely seriously. All staff and volunteers are required to share in this commitment through our Global Code of Conduct. We will conduct the most appropriate preemployment references and checks to ensure high standards are maintained.

WaterAid is an equal opportunities, disability-confident employer and committed to achieving the highest standards of diversity, fairness and equality. Should you have a disability and require any additional support, please contact us.