£32,000 - £35,000 yearly
Harm Reduction International Aldgate, London, UK
May 24, 2019Contract
Harm Reduction International is seeking to recruit a full-time Communications Officer. Harm Reduction International (HRI) is a leading NGO founded in 1996, that is dedicated to reducing the negative health, social and legal impacts of drug use and drug policy. We promote the rights of people who use drugs and their communities through research and advocacy to help achieve a world where drug policies and laws contribute to healthier, safer societies. The Communications Officer will report directly to the Executive Director and Conference Managers, and be responsible for helping to develop and execute external communications strategies to advance Harm Reduction International’s advocacy objectives. Responsibilities include: Working with senior staff to build on the strategic communications plan for the organisation; Developing and implementing media and social media strategies to effectively promote HRI’s major research publications; Supporting the Conference Managers to develop a communications plan around early HR21 announcements and engagement; Drafting and/or editing op-eds, media releases, blog posts, executive summaries, key messages, policy briefings and report forewords; Building on HRI’s global press list and leading on proactive media engagement to position the organisation as experts in the field among top-tier outlets; Managing and advancing Harm Reduction International’s social media presence, including on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook; Identifying and leveraging key milestones to elevate HRI’s work and brand; Serving as the primary point of contact with designers and printers, and ensuring brand consistency across all HRI outputs; Liaising with IT/website consultants to help manage the HRI website and ensure it is regularly updated; Helping prepare staff for public presentations/speeches, including support for how to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences. Essential qualifications: At least 3-5 years’ experience in communications, with a demonstrable contribution to successful campaigns or advocacy; Strong writing and editing skills; Ability to convert technical public health and human rights information into compelling language for a variety of audiences; Demonstrable experience in successful media engagement; Fluency and creativity in using social media platforms and digital technology; Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and prioritise while working across teams; Interest in developing trends in effective communications tools and practices; Exceptional diplomacy skills, and an ability to work with diverse partners and interest groups; Outstanding organisational skills, and an independent worker; A strong commitment to harm reduction and human rights; Excellent spoken and written English, and presentation skills. Desirable qualifications: Proficiency in a second language; Working knowledge of key issues in harm reduction, drug policy and human rights related to HRI’s work; Experience using Mailchimp or other email marketing platforms; Experience managing websites, including backend management; Experience with design software, such as Adobe Photoshop. Salary: £32,000-£35,000 Location: The position will be based at the HRI office in London. Application details: This is a full-time position for a period of 12 months, with anticipated extension. Please visit our website for more information and to apply by Thursday 20 June 2019. Interviews will be held in early July. Harm Reduction International is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including people living with HIV and people who use drugs.