Temporary Communications Specialist
Duration - ASAP through December 2017
Our client, a not-for-profit organisation, wants to make the right to education meaningful. Most countries have laws requiring children to attend school and constitutional guarantees on the right to education. Yet this right is threatened through exclusion, segregation, corruption, weak education policies, and insufficient accountability of governments and education providers. The client works in many different areas of education, from scholarships to early childhood education to inclusive education for marginalized children and has a number of different programs and initiatives involved in education.
The Education Support Program (ESP) is the only program to focus exclusively on education; the program works in South Asia, Africa, Central Asia, and Central and Eastern Europe and seeks to enable and promote, through grant-making and advocacy, quality education for all.
Throughout 2017, ESP will solidify and strengthen its communications across externally via the use of social media, website content, and the continuation of ESP's quarterly newsletter. The Program recognizes that effective, timely, and concise communications remains a vital component of its work to provide greater visibility to education-related work taking place within the foundations and to enhance knowledge of ESP's role within the Network and to highlight the Program's own work and activities.
The specialist would be responsible for the following:
- Implement ESP's existing communication strategy to support the Program's advocacy goals including the production of the Program's quarterly newsletter and coordination of media and dissemination strategy for all ESP publications.
- Draft and edit blogs, reports, and press releases relevant to the Program's work.
- Produce and curate web material for website.
- Share informed commentary, topical information, updates from grantees and events via social media platforms (Twitter and Facebook).
- Support the organization of brown bag lunches and similar events, including acting as a rapporteur.
- Support ESP partners and grantees in developing their and executing their own communications strategies, providing strategic input and advice when required.
- Undertake research and compile briefing documents on education related topics for internal and external distribution.
- Support internal and external events as required by Program staff.
- Educated to degree level in the relevant field, experience within the education sector desirable.
- Extensive experience as a journalist or communications professional.
- Excellent English-language writing and editing ability, as well as verbal skills.
- Excellent skills in the development of communications strategies.
- Social media expertise.
- High level of self-motivation, initiative, and creativity.