Communications Partnerships Manager - Department for International Development

Communications Partnerships Manager - Department for International Development

Location: East Kilbride 
Salary: £38,500

About the Organisation 

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s fight against global poverty, delivering aid to those in need all over the world. 
Since 1997, our passionate team has helped more than 250 million people lift themselves from poverty and 40 million more children to attend primary school. But there is still much to do… 
We work with national and international partners from two UK headquarters in London and Glasgow (East Kilbride) and a network of offices around the world. 
Wherever they’re based, all DFID staff are united by a single goal: to tackle poverty and improve the lives of people in developing countries. 
We offer a diverse range of challenging roles, and each provides an exciting career path and the chance to work at the heart of international development both in the UK and overseas. 

Job Description 

Are you a creative comms professional who can help us to grow grassroots support for international development? 

Reporting to the Head of Marketing, this post will develop our partner plan to increase public awareness and engagement with all of the Department for International Development’s (DFID’s) UK-facing development programmes. 

DFID is the government department which leads the UK’s government work to end extreme poverty. We are tackling the global challenges of our time including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict. Our work is building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for people in developing countries and in the UK too. We need to be able to show this to people in the UK, so that they can see what their taxes achieve and we can build a positive case for UK aid. 

The post-holder will use their knowledge of marketing, media or public engagement, they will work closely with colleagues across our Communications Division to manage our existing partners and look at how we reach new partners. The post-holder will be responsible for supporting partners to create multi-channel approaches to engaging our target audiences. In the main we are looking to target members of the UK public with our communications, so that they know what DFID does and what DFID achieves. 

This includes raising awareness of our flagship charity matching scheme UK Aid Match which sees us working closely with charities across the UK to match the donations to charity appeals; UK Aid Direct which sees us supporting the work of smaller charities, working with VSO to encourage thousands of young people to join the International Citizen Service and volunteer overseas; or helping schools across the country communicate their involvement with our international linking programme, Connecting Classrooms. 

A key part of this role will be working with partners, including: 

• Acting as the primary point of contact with a new fund manager for our flagship UK Aid Match and Aid Direct programmes, working with them to build the capacity of our partners to deliver communications. This will involve managing suppliers and contracts to ensure we are getting the best value for money out of these services. As part of this role you will work with some of the largest and smallest charities in the UK and so you will need to support the fund manager to deliver a programme that works for all. 

• Working with VSO and DFID’s policy team to ensure the International Citizen Service’s recruitment targets are met while achieving the very best value for money. As part of this the post-holder will play a crucial role in our annual professional assurance process, which is an approval process run by the Cabinet Office to ensure that proposed spend on communications has the correct insight and rigour behind it. 

• Working with all our charity partners to find new ways to reach our audience. This will involve using our audience insight to map our partners and target our work and refine our approach. We would like to expand the work we do in this area, working closely with our branding lead and Head of External Affairs to look at new partnerships which would allow us to expand our reach and engage new audiences in the UK. 
 

 Person Specification 

You need to be able to show, through your application, that you have the professional skills, breadth of experience and personal qualities for this post. You will be expected to demonstrate specialist core and media competencies as set out in the GCS Competencies framework (Level 3) - which you can find here.

 

How to Apply 

Full details of how to apply can be found on Civil Service Jobs 

Closing Date: 1st August 

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