A2L (SEO) Senior External Communications Officer for the Nations (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) - DFID

A2L (SEO) Senior External Communications Officer for the Nations (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) - DFID

Location: East Kilbride, Scotland

Salary: £38,500


About the Job 

Job description

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, deliver the Global Goals, and tackle global challenges in line with the government’s UK Aid Strategy. Our aid budget is spent on tackling the great global challenges – from the root causes of mass migration and disease, to the threat of terrorism and global climate change – all of which also directly threaten British interests. We are ending the need for aid by building peaceful and stable societies, creating jobs and strong economies, fighting corruption, unlocking the potential of girls and women, tackling climate change and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit. We are doing this because it is both the right thing to do and firmly in Britain’s national interest. 

DFID works in partnership across Whitehall and with governments, civil society, the private sector and multilateral institutions, including the World Bank, United Nations agencies, and the European Commission. 

The Communication Division’s role is to communicate what the UK’s international development work is achieving, to demonstrate how it is in the UK’s interest, and how we are delivering the best value for UK taxpayers. We are agile, integrated and award-winning; focused on delivering no or low cost strategic communications and campaigns. 

We are looking for an experienced communications professional with excellent news judgement, a proven track record of working in a fast-paced news or media office environment and knowledge of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland media environment. We are also looking for someone who has experience of digital media and ideally a broad strategic communications background. 

As a Senior Communications Officer you will be expected to advise senior officials and ministers, build effective relationships across government, the media, NGOs and the private sector. You will deliver first-class proactive and reactive media handling activity across the full range of broadcast, print and digital channels that enhances the reputation of the department and lead on communications for Ministerial visits to the Nations. You will also be expected to lead on DFID’s contribution to the cross government communications in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

It is also more important than ever to demonstrate the effectiveness of our work through insight, monitoring and evaluation in accordance with Government Communications Service (GCS) guidance and best practice. 

You will work closely with colleagues across our Media Planning Unit, as well as digital, strategic communications and employee engagement, to support the delivery of the priority campaigns by developing strong relationships with media to place stories. Based in DFID’s dual headquarters in East Kilbride (the fourth largest UK government department in Scotland), you will work in our new communications hub alongside our deputy head of internal comms and senior stakeholder manager. You will report to a Deputy Head of News in our Whitehall headquarters. 

If you are looking for an exciting, varied media role at the heart of government, where you will be able to apply your passion, creativity and news management experience to some of the UK Government’s most complex issues, the press office at DFID is the place for you. 

In this role, an average day could involve pitching a story on the humanitarian crisis in Eastern Ghouta to national media, preparing for an overseas visit, collaborating with NGOs, celebrities or a big name in the private sector on a joint event, organising communications for a Ministerial visit or briefing an exclusive story into a national broadcaster. You will be responsible for developing and delivering DFID’s communications plan for the Nations ensuring all activity is based on audience insight and evaluated. 

Joining the DFID communications team will give you a range of opportunities to develop your career in one of the government’s highest performing and most innovative communications divisions, as part of a committed and supportive team. 

Some international travel will be involved in the role and you will also be required to participate in an out-of-hours duty rota, for which you will receive an allowance. 

The successful candidate will be digital by default in everything they do, and be skilled at explaining complex issues in engaging ways. 

DFID Communications Division is part of the Government Communications Service (GCS), which supports the delivery of exceptional public communications. Our communications are innovative, proactive, rigorously planned and evaluated, low cost and digitally-led. We collaborate with the rest of Government on communications priorities and are fully engaged with the Modern Communications Operating Model (MCOM). 


More information and How to Apply 

For more information and how to apply for this role, please visit DFID's website by clicking here

Closing Date: 5 November 2018

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