Communications Officer Global Field

BACKGROUND:

Right To Play is a global organisation that protects, educates and empowers children to rise above adversity using the power of play. By harnessing play, one of the most powerful and fundamental forces in a child's life, we helped 2.3 million children last year to stay in school and out of work, to prevent life threatening diseases and to stay safe from exploitation and abuse. We are the only global development organization focused exclusively on using play to transform the lives of children and youth impacted by poverty, war, disease and inequality.

Established in 2000, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has operations in 22 countries across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

With a shared passion for our mission, our Culture Code guides how we act and interact based on five core pillars:

Accept Everyone Be intentional about inclusion

Make Things Happen Seek opportunities to lead and innovate

Display Courage Act with integrity

Demonstrate Care Look after yourself and one another

Be Playful Have fun at work

Please visit our website to learn more about who we are and what we do, and watch this video to find out about the five pillars of our Culture Code.

JOB SUMMARY:

Reporting to the Chief Program Officer based in London and technically to the Global Director, Communications and Marketing, based in Toronto, Canada; the Communications Officer, Global Field shall lead overall development and execution of Right To Play's internal and external communication strategies in all Country Offices including Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Lebanon, Burundi, Uganda, Ghana, Mali, Palestine, Jordan, Rwanda, Thailand and Pakistan. This role manages all aspects of communications planning, including media relations, key messaging; print and audio visual materials, production, writing, and branding.

The Communications Officer Global Field will develop communications and informational materials about Right To Play's program activities and achievements in all Country Offices to foster partnership building, communication and fundraising efforts at the field and International level (factsheets, communications protocols & quality for various field meetings/visits, social media and applicable photographs), and will assist in building Right To Play's communication strategy.

The Communications Officer Global Field is responsible for accurate representation of Right To Play and its program activities with all target audiences in all offices including media, funders, government, community leaders and other key stakeholders. Further, the CO will assist with enhancing the organization's overall public image in all offices.

The Communications Officer Global Field will be based in London with 40 to 50% of time travelling to Right To Play program countries.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Job Responsibility #1: Communications/Advocacy Materials Production with and for Country Office use (35% of Time):

Provide support to quality standards and hands on support to Country Office communication materials (country factsheets, packages to meet partners, inform field visit packages, etc.)

Provide training and build capacity designated at Country Office staff, to deliver usable materials and information to meet RTPI needs

Take photographs and gather quotes by interviewing staff, children and families who benefit from RTP's work

Promote creative communication innovations.

Job Responsibility #2: Media Relations in Partner Countries (10% of Time):

Establish, develop and maintain relationships with international, regional, and country based media, and conduct appropriate media pitching and liaising; including writing media releases, media advisories, and reactive/proactive statements

Serve as spokesperson for country operations, as required

Build capacity of spokespeople in the Region to communicate accurately and effectively about Right To Play and its programs including Country Directors

Closely monitor, track and analyze media coverage for Right To Play in partner countries

Partner with media agencies and local opinion leaders to build their understanding and expertise in leveraging popularity of play based learning

Job Responsibility #3: Communications across the Organization (30% of Time):

Work with the country offices to ensure that all Right To Play products, communications, and actions in COs follow brand guidelines

Oversee and approve key merchandise and print orders in all COs before being printed (publishing committee)

Accompany and support high profile visits to the COs, while developing and implementing media strategies for their visit; including preparing background materials, relevant packages, and team briefings. Ensure that external communication materials is being translated (quality) to French and Arabic, possibly local languages, as required.

Job Responsibility #4 Communications Planning and Strategy (including with donors) (20% of Time):

Develop and implement annual country communications plans and select donor/partner communication plans, in line with the organization's global plan, that are designed to maximize program impact, brand awareness, and fundraising goals

Ensure that communication plans are in line with all project grant agreements and reports. Strategically profile selected partnerships and communicate program effectiveness.

Implement communications deliverables as required by specific project grant agreements and reports

Develop annual thematic progress reports that profile select achievements across Right To Play programs and projects.

Job Responsibility #6: Performs Other Duties as Assigned (5% of Time):

EDUCATION/TRAINING/CERTIFICATION:

A bachelor degree in communications, public relations, journalism or related fields

EXPERIENCE:

Minimum 5 years of relevant employment experience, some of it preferably in regions of RTP's partner countries

Experience in developing communication, media plans and materials

Excellent command of written and spoken English; French highly desired

Experience in media relations

COMPETENCIES / PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

Comprehensive computer skills; fully conversant with Microsoft Office software and at least one publishing software

Excellent written and oral presentation skills and ability to communicate to a variety of audiences, including the media, the public, government officials, NGOs, Right To Play's affiliates, and others

Good knowledge of the NGO, media, and political environments in development cooperation

Excellent editing and proofreading skills

Strong people and facilitation skills

Creative and able to work well under pressure

Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines

Prepared to undertake extensive travel in the region and sometimes at short notice

Confident to work alone but able to judge when help is required or when there is an opportunity to share learning

Able to manage heavy workload reporting to multiple audiences

Familiarity and interest in RTP's mandate

Legally able to live and work in the UK

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS (An Asset)

An interest in human rights and social change issues

Experience social media strategy and execution

Experience with photography and videography

LANGUAGES:

High level of proficiency in written and oral English

Fluency in other language skills, particularly French and/or Arabic strongly desired

WHO YOU ARE:

You are passionate about our commitment to help children and youth rise above life's challenges through the power of play. You are highly collaborative and a relationship builder with a passion for humanitarian work, human rights and social change. You have been extensively involved in development and implementation Country Office communication strategies. Your attention to detail is great and you have a positive, follow through mindset. You are focused on strategically positioning Right To Play as a partner of choice for our donors.

WHAT YOU'LL GET:

The opportunity to work with a passionate, innovative and collaborative team where you have the ability to make things happen. You will gain experience working for a globally recognized organization with a healthy culture premised on our Culture Code (accept everyone, make things happen, display courage, demonstrate care and be playful). In addition, we offer a competitive salary and benefits package.

Work location: London, United Kingdom

Authorized to work in: UK (Without Sponsorship)

Target Hiring Zone: Pound 25,000 Pound 33,000 (GBP) per annum **

Target Start Date: April 2020

Contract Duration: Permanent/Full time

Source: Right To Play