Head of Global Media and Public Relations

Full Time Greater Accra Plan International
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Deadline: 25/02/2021
Qualification: Degree
Work Experience: Experienced

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Since adopting our global strategy, 100 Million Reasons, our global work to advance children’s rights and equality for girls has had unprecedented impact. We have been transforming our operations at the Global Hub to be the best possible partner for the 8,000+ staff who work in our country offices, and working to become a more agile, efficient and accountable organization.

We have improved our mechanisms for collaboration, transparency and data-gathering. The transformation has also increased the number of decisions to be taken close to the point of impact and distributed power more widely throughout the organisation.

To bring about lasting change, we have to live our values. We are committed not simply to telling the world we are the go to organisation on girls’ rights, but to embedding justice and equality in all that we do.

Will you join us?

The Opportunity

This role provides strategic leadership and operational delivery of Plan International’s global content on its key influencing priorities and management of media relations from the Global Hub. Operating at the global level as an expert, you will be responsible for maintaining a contextual analysis and overview of key trends and issues in current affairs and the sector that impact the organisation’s work, brand, profile and external positions. Your assessment and subject analysis will provide vital insights for influencing tactics and external relations management in territories where Plan International is active.

You will provide expert external engagement analysis and advice across multiple functions: policy, advocacy, campaigns, programmes, research and knowledge management, sponsorship, government relations and global partnerships, working closely with colleagues across the world to coordinate and foster strong relationships.

Responsible for leading and coordinating organisation-wide communications response to high impact disasters and emergencies you will provide strategic direction to the overall communications response plan, including deployments, situational analysis, and assessment of emerging trends.

A key dimension of this role is crisis communications and reputation management for the organisation and strengthening communications response mechanisms to manage crises. You will be expected to provide technical analysis and strategic advice to the Executive, senior leadership, and oversight groups across the organisation on major operational matters, including highly sensitive issues and crises. You will be routinely involved in the review and creation of policies, practice, protocols and procedures for risk management at the global level and have a key interface with the Risk Management team, Counter Fraud Unit, Human Resources and the Legal and Governance team – particularly the Global Safeguarding Unit.

The role is vital in fostering collaborative content gathering remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore an ability to build relationships around the world to this end is important, as well as a creative can-do approach to the challenge.

The role has three direct line reports. From time to time the post holder is also responsible for managing external consultants. The role administers a team budget.

The Individual

Bringing significant experience of leading media relations function in a multinational organisation you will have solid experience in strategic design and delivery of integrated external engagement at the global level. Knowledge and experience of diverse media markets and operating environments across Asia, Africa and Latin America, including high risk countries will be essential for this role.

Providing strategic advice and contextual analysis to senior leadership on key operational matters is a critical element of this role and your strong analytical skills and ability to strategically frame issues, identify routes to influence, and execute strategies will enable you to do this.

You will have a strong understanding of the international development sector, INGO structures, the girls’ and women’s equality movement, the UN human rights system and how these operate and expertise of leading and developing global disasters communications plans.

Experience of creating policies, protocols and best practice at the global level and excellent project management skills will be essential as are excellent people skills and the ability to work in a collaborative and supportive way with colleagues across regions, in a multi-cultural environment and across different time-zones.

Please follow this link for a full role profile and person specification; https://www.dropbox.com/s/2grcvo1ctif3r33/Head%20of%20Global%20Media%20and%20Public%20Relations%20Jan%202021%20%28002%29.docx?dl=0

Location: Global Hub, Woking is preferred however other locations where Plan International has a legal entity and the applicant has the pre-existing right to work and live, in particular those locations closest to the point of impact will be considered.

Type of Role: Permanent

Reports to: Head of External Communications and Brand

Salary: We will be happy to disclose the salary and applicable benefits to applicants as part of this process, however, please kindly note that this will vary according to the location of the appointed candidate and therefore it is not possible to include full details here. As an indication if this role was based in the Global Hub office in the UK the salary range would be in the region of £55-60000 per annum

Closing Date: Sunday 14th February

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.

We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

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