Organisation: Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

Position: Director of Communications

Location: The position is based in New York City. Travel, including international travel, is estimated at 20%.

Salary: Highly competitive plus generous benefits.

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Closing date: 07/04/2019 (day/month/year)

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Director of Communications

Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

Background

Every year, over 1 billion children experience violence, abuse or neglect.  Violence in childhood undermines all other investments in children; in their health, education and development, often with negative lifelong consequences and intergenerational impact.

Recognizing the devastating impacts of violence against children, in 2015 world leaders committed to end all forms of violence, abuse and neglect by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  In July 2016, the UN Secretary-General launched the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and an associated Fund, to help accelerate progress towards SDG 16.2.

The Partnership includes governments, UN agencies, international organizations, civil society, faith groups, the private sector, philanthropic foundations, research practitioners, academics and children themselves – uniting their voices, actions and resources in a unique collaboration focused solely on ending violence against all children.

In its first two years, the Partnership has enrolled 23 governments as Pathfinding countries, grown its membership to nearly 300 organizations, helped develop and promote the INSPIRE solutions to end violence, awarded $30 million in grants to tackle online child sexual abuse and violence against children in conflict and crises, and galvanized those working to end violence, including through an inaugural End Violence Solutions Summit.

Job description

The Director of Communications will lead the creation and execution of a comprehensive communications strategy to maximize the Partnership’sprofile and impact. The Director will serve on the Partnership’s Leadership Team and contribute to the organization’soverall mission by leading a communications team that helps put violence against children more visibly on the global agenda of decision makers, policy makers, partner organizations and key governments.

The ideal candidate will be a high-energy communications leader with a strong track-record in strategic messaging for diverse global audiences.  Experience communicating children’s issues, working within the international development sector, and/or of a partnership model would be an advantage. S/he will have a proven ability to tactically lead a fast-moving, high-volume communications team with daily and weekly deliverables, while strategically engaging and building relationships with partners, the media, thought leaders and influencers who can help tell the End Violence story.  

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Strategy

  • With the External Relations lead and others, develop, implement, and manage a strategic, proactive communications strategy for the organization.
  • Periodically convene the communications leads from key partners and stakeholders to align and coordinate strategies and co-develop stories, narratives, and communication tools – with a longer-term goal of eventually having one narrative used by all stakeholders
  • Work with the End Violence communications team to develop messages, fact sheets, web content, outreach materials, press releases, and other content to communicate the organization’smission and value to diverse audiences.
  • Develop metrics to measure effectiveness of communications and outreach strategies and activities.
  • Lead the work of communications consultants and contracted communications firms as needed.

2. Media

  • Identify and cultivate key media that can tell the End Violence story and highlight our policy issues to thought leaders and influencers. 
  • Develop a comprehensive communications calendar that tracks key moments, messages and media we wish to target throughout the year.
  • Gather content and human-interest stories for End Violence spokespersons/leadership to talk to reporters about, with a goal of cultivating strategic relationships with journalists, producers and editors. 
  • Coordinate with communications staff on handling media inquiries and requests.
  • Help prepare staff and partners for interviews and press events, including media training.
  • Spearhead the drafting of all public-facing materials, including op-eds, letters to the editor, event invitations, blogs, and newsletters.

3. Campaign and Outreach Events

  • Work with End Violencestaff and partners to develop campaigns that leverage our research, data, insights and policy recommendations and align with policy priorities.
  • Work with staff and consultants to create motivating campaign materials such as videos, slide decks, websites, infographics, white papers and social media that inspire audiences to action.
  • Manage the communication aspects of key campaigns and moments – such as the Safe to Learn campaign and Opportunity 2019 -- including creation of videos, speeches, talking points, collateral materials, and branding.
  • Identify high-value speaking engagements and equip and prepare End Violence staff, Board and Executive Committee members with speeches, talking points, visuals and videos.

4. Web, Social Media, and Brand management

  • Maintain the End Violence brand and identity across our platforms and materials and advise stakeholders and partners how to use and leverage our brand.
  • Advance a strong social media strategy and presence that carries End Violence’s core messages and keeps us in relevant policy and programme dialogues. 
  • Coordinate with partners across the End Violence network to leverage their social media voice and presence.

5. Donor and Board Communications

  • Contribute to production of donor reports and other outreach materials.
  • Work with the Executive Director and other staff as appropriate to create increased opportunities for donors to learn about the changes on children’s violence issues, including the tracking of policy shifts and incidents (positive and negative) across partner countries.
  • Generate routine and ad hoc reports for management and Board.

Candidate requirements

The successful candidate will be highly collaborative, results-oriented and proactive, with a flexible approach and a commitment to achieving results through policy advocacy.  S/he will have:

  • At least 15 years of professional experience designing and initiating strategic communications plans inside an international organization, government, corporate communication unit, media organization or public relations firm.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing or related field; a Master’s degree is desirable.
  • Strong project management skills, with an ability to multi-task, prioritize work and set clear goals for self and team in a fast-paced, scale-up setting (e.g. wide range of tasks, ambiguity, flexibility). 
  • Strong track record of delivering successful targeted campaign and deep understanding and command of social media and traditional media.
  • Passion for End Violence’s mission to end all forms of violence against children. 
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment inside an international organization with a complex stakeholder network.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications and analytic skills.
  • Ability to work within the global development, NGO and United Nations system.
  • Oral and written fluency in English is required; knowledge of other UN languages is desirable

Additional comments

MANAGEMENT and REPORTING LINE

The Director of Communications will be embedded within the Secretariat of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, and directed by the External Relations lead. S/he will be a member of the Secretariat’s Leadership Team, and will work closely with the Executive Director, the External Relations lead, and other senior leaders within the Secretariat. The Director of Communications will lead an internal Communications team of four plus external consultants and agencies, with the potential to grow and shape the team. S/he will contribute to a culture of professionalism that emphasizes curiosity, learning, collaboration and delivery.

It is envisaged that the successful candidate will formally be employed by and report to New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs, and seconded to the End Violence Secretariat.

TERM

The position will be initially for two years, with the possibility of extension. This is a full-time post that is not eligible for overtime (non-exempt overtime status). The successful candidate is responsible for obtaining his/her own authorization to work in the United States of America.

How to apply

Applications should be sent by email to: jobs@end-violence.org by 7 April 2019. Please include a cover letter and CV, and the following reference in the email subject line: “Application – Director of Communications”

Contact person: Sandra Daniels-Harte

Response email: Click here to email the recruiter

Website: www.end-violence.org

Preferred method of response: Email

Closing date: 2019-04-07

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