- Communications Officer, UK (password)
MIGRANTS ORGANISE LTD
Location : London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary : £33,528 per annum
Closes 20 Sep 2017
Duration: one year fixed term, extension subject to funding
Application deadline: 20th September 2017
Interviews: 25th September 2017
To Apply: please send your CV and two page cover letter to by email via the button below.
About Migrants Organise
Migrants Organise is a platform where migrants and refugees organise for power, dignity and justice. We work across the UK to bring community organisations, individuals, and institutions together on a common platform to act with, not for, migrants and refugees.
How do we work?
We speak out. We make our voices heard, and we take a stand on the issues that affect us. We talk about the issues that matter to refugees and migrants. We tell our stories, and we create opportunities for our voice to be heard.
We connect people. We act relationally, to help people belong. People need connections to belong and thrive with dignity. We see strength and resilience in our individual identities and experiences as people. We connect people with resources.
We grow power. We recognise and use power to make change. We provide a platform for people to be powerful and develop skills, leadership, confidence and connections.
We build common ground. We bring diverse people together around shared issues, on a shared platform. We create spaces for people to find common ground and shared perspectives for action.
What do we do?
We organise: we work with communities to act for change. We develop leaders to understand their power, their issues, and how to build actions for change.
We mobilise: we bring people to strategic actions and campaigns. We urge and support people to take action on the issues affecting migrants and refugees.
We mentor: we support and advise people, and connect people with others who can provide support and advice on the journey to integration. We connect people with others who can share knowledge, experience or friendship.
We train: we develop people’s skills, confidence, experience and capacity to act. We use workshops, training sessions, action and experience to help people to develop.
We celebrate: we find and create platforms to recognise people. We celebrate migrants and refugees and their contributions.
We know that immigration is a complex issue, and that xenophobia and negative discourse can't be changed overnight, or by one person. That's why we're building a movement of migrants and refugees whose integration and contribution to their communities is a positive story that needs to heard. We want to act as a platform for migrants and refugees to own their stories with dignity and not be reduced to one-dimensional experiences or suffering.
Aims of the Post:
Speak Out - to coordinate and generate communication products and services for Migrants Organise’s audience, sharing stories and impact of migrant and refugee individuals and community leaders in the right format at the right time, to the right people via the Organisation’s website, social media, videos, written material, and other communication products, in cooperation with senior management and programme coordinators.
Grow power - to create and deliver a detailed communications plan, develop the capacity of staff and volunteers, and manage and act as focal point for all public relations matters making sure all materials reflect the values of Migrants Organise.
Celebrate - to innovate to further build upon Migrants Organise’s success in promoting a positive narrative about the contribution of refugees and migrants and UK communities’ welcome, capitalise on opportunities, and recognise the role of media.
Connect - to work with Migration Communications Hub iMix and other networks and partners to make sure national and regional public conversations about migration, integration, and identity are balanced, informed, relevant, and credible.
Identify and facilitate media coverage opportunities, including interviews for members, as well as staff and volunteers, and manage the timely delivery of these opportunities;
Provide support for members, and staff and volunteers if needed, to speak out through briefings, key messages, and leading on capacity building trainings and advise and assist members to develop communications strategies for their respective organisations;
Improve the capacity of members, and staff and volunteers if needed, to share positive narratives on migration and integration, particularly through available outlets and digital media communications products and editorial content.
Develop and implement integrated strategic communications strategy and plan to improve visibility of Migrants Organise, increase awareness of our organising model and priorities, and raise the portfolio of our impact to key audiences;
Lead on creating communications campaigns from concept to execution, make sure timely production and dissemination of high quality communications materials, including but not limited to blog posts, case studies, op-eds, and multimedia products through various platforms (print, web, broadcast, social media etc.);
Manage all aspects of external communications, including pitching stories to the media, responding to press inquiries, developing communications materials, such as press releases, briefing notes, and website and social media content, and creating and disseminating newsletters and situation update reports.
Support the delivery of Woman on the Move Awards and develop opportunities to promote stories of women and champions who win via various platforms (print, web, broadcast, social media etc.);
Build a network of journalists and communication professionals to support issues around migration, integration, and identity in a balanced, informed, relevant, and credible fashion;
Support the planning and delivery of public events in collaboration with the Programme Team and Senior Management and the Development Director to promote a positive narrative about the contribution of migrants or refugees or the welcome of UK communities.
Liaise with the Migration Communications Hub and other relevant actors to develop communications strategies and keep an eye on opportunities for Migrants Organise and its members to build alliances, maximise impact, and contribute to a meaningful change;
Work as an effective member of the wider team, support colleagues, where needed, share lessons learned, and promote best practice;
Monitor press coverage and measure impact attained across all media outlets, collect results, and present reports.
Person Specification and Qualifications:
Migrants Organise is looking for a candidate with media, communications or PR experience and a passion for justice, equality, and the rights of migrants and refugees.
You will join a small and passionate team of people. We seek a self-starter who brings enthusiasm, creativity, exceptional communication skills, and a strong knowledge of the media landscape in the UK and able to reach out to ‘unusual suspects’ in the industry. You will be passionate about changing the entrenched negative narrative about refugees and migrants and respond by doing things differently. You will play an integral part of a team where everyone takes an energetic, flexible, and collaborative approach to work and are committed to improving lives of migrants and refugees.
University degree in Communications, Journalism, Media Studies, Political or Social Sciences, International Relations or relevant field. Master’s degree would be an asset.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Strong ability and understanding of different media outlets and how they influence public perception and/or shape opinions or trends among the public and policymaking bodies;
Good knowledge of communication strategies and methods;
Strong understanding of organisation reputational risk;
Ability to work under tight deadlines;
Excellent analytical and drafting skills;
Content management systems, Microsoft Office suite, presentation skills;
Demonstrates commitment to Migrants Organise’s mandate and core values;
Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain a high standard of personal conduct;
Ability to work with minimal supervision and manage workload on multiple projects.
2 years relevant working experience in communications, journalism or public relations. Experience in the charity sector is preferred.
Excellent command of the English language is essential. Knowledge of Amharic, Arabic, Farsi, French or Tigrinya would be an asset.
We are looking for a candidate who is:
Passionate: you will have the passion and energy to work in pursuit of justice and dignity for refugees and migrants;
Professional: you will have proven success in a similar role working with diverse audiences;
A communicator: you will excellent written and verbal communication skills, effective at storytelling and copywriting for a range of audiences, able to convey complex information clearly and concisely, and to present information in a logical and engaging manner;
Bold: you will have strong media relations building skills. Able to manage media inquiries and a press office function, including being a first point of contact;
Proactive: you will know what will make the news and what can shift a narrative. Able to identify a story and share it, and can work with migrant, refugee and British community members to develop compelling stories;
Creative: you can design innovative approaches and content to help broaden our media appeal and seek out new opportunities;
Digital-savvy: you will have up-to-date knowledge of social media;
Capable: you will have the competencies to work in a small organisation and able to manage your own admin, work, and time efficiently, prioritise tasks, deliver on time, and work under pressure.
You will be able to work autonomously and as a part of a small team, a good team player who supports others and shares knowledge with colleagues, confident in dealing with diverse organisations and individuals, enthusiastic, adaptable, and flexible.
Desirable skills and knowledge:
Photography and/or photo-editing skills, an eye for design, and experience using page layout systems for publications, websites or email;
A degree in the field of human rights, migration, communications, or public relations;
Offline grassroots organising or event management experience;
Experience working with diverse communities and knowledge of the issues relating to migration, including personal experience of migration or knowledge of community languages.
Extension of appointment is subject to a) satisfactory performance, b) continued need for the function, and c) availability of funds.
Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
Due to high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to provide individual feedback to each applicant.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.
Migrants Organise is committed to workforce diversity.
Benefits include: 28 days annual leave pro rata and Government Workplace NEST Pension Scheme at 3%.
Important notice to applicants: Immigration Law and Employment in the UK:
Employers must ensure that individuals who are recruited have the legal right to work in the UK. Employers cannot employ an individual who is subject to immigration control and who has not been granted leave to enter or remain in the UK, or does not have permission to work in the UK.
Job posted on 6 September 2017.
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