Senior Communications and Advocacy Strategist

Location: 
London, UK
Contract type: 
Full time, fixed contract to 31 December 2017
Salary: 
Commensurate with experience
Closing date: 
Sunday, 25 September, 2016
We are seeking an experienced Communications and Advocacy strategist to guide the future direction of the MamaYe campaign. This role is an opportunity for you to build on your commercial or not-for-profit experience of developing and implementing complex, integrated advocacy and communications programmes.
Responsibilities: 

You will use your exceptional communication skills to identify opportunities for coalition building across diverse stakeholders, from governmental and international agencies to grass-roots activists.  Your energy and expertise will strengthen the momentum behind the MamaYe campaign, and will be vital to MamaYe and its partners holding decision makers to account for saving maternal and newborn lives. 

As the MamaYe Senior Communications and Advocacy Strategist, you will revitalise the MamaYe campaign.  You will take stock of MamaYe’s achievements so far and position us to continue leading the effort for improved maternal and newborn survival for another 3 years. 

You will: 

  • Strengthen the reach and impact of the MamaYe brand and its associated campaigns and networks (including the Africa Health Budget Network)
  • Liaise with key partners including advocacy partners, NGOs, UN bodies, the African Union and academic institutions, to identify opportunities for coalition building and joint advocacy which reinforces the MamaYe brand and influences global MNH policy dialogue
  • Lead MamaYe’s approach to social change communication – supporting and implementing strategic, integrated communication and advocacy activities at country, regional and global level

You will be a senior member of the MamaYe team based at Options in London, line managed by the MamaYe Programme Director.  The post will involve some international travel.  

Person specification: 
  • A creative thinker with a can-do approach to work, you have will have experience developing and implementing advocacy and communications strategies in either the commercial or not-for-profit sector. 
  • You are able to communicate complex concepts to a wide range of audiences and appreciate the power of brands to support attitudinal and social norms change. 
  • You are highly skilled at developing coalitions and partnerships for effective advocacy, including with media partners. 
  • Your understanding of how digital media can strengthen the attainment of external engagement objectives, including the opportunities and challenges of achieving this within an African context, will be critical to this role.  
Application process: 
  • To apply, please send your CV with a summary note of your skills and experience to opportunities@options.co.uk. Candidates should state the role in the subject header.
  • Closing date for applications is: 25th September 2016 (NB no need to state a time, jobs on the company website close and are removed at 23.59).
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview. Interviews will be held at the end of that week.
Other information: 

Options is an equal opportunities employer.

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