Communications Officer

Application deadline: Monday 22 August 2022

Submit applications via email to liz.man@roadsafetyngos.org

About Us

The Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety is a network organization of more than 300 NGOs in 100 countries and acts to make the world’s roads safe for all. We are the leading representative for NGOs in the global road safety field. 

We strengthen our members through networking and sharing, advocacy, and capacity building activities. We mobilize them to push for evidence-based road safety actions that will lead to safer roads, more sustainable mobility, and victim support, to reduce the 1.35 million road deaths and injuries that occur on the world’s roads every year. We support them to advocate at local, national, and global levels, bringing grassroot perspectives to the highest levels of decision-making.

The Alliance Secretariat is a small and energetic team who see opportunities over challenges. We all bring our ideas and perspectives to the table and are proud of our work and role. We believe that an Alliance that is professional, trusted, and respected is best positioned to serve its Members, live up to the Alliance mission and contribute to the road safety targets set in the Sustainable Development Goals and Global Plan for the Decade of Action 2021-2030.

Role

The communications team is integral to the mission and activities of the Alliance. As our work is global, the majority of our messaging is via written and social media channels. Exceptional accuracy and brand-compliance is essential as the communications team is the gatekeeper for the Alliance’s image among its global audiences.

The ideal candidate will already have professional communications experience. They should also have experience of working with or within NGOs, either in a professional or voluntary capacity.

The role will encompass all aspects of the Alliance’s communications, from the mundane to the challenging. The Communications Officer will need to be flexible to the needs of the team: no job too big or too small. We seek a self-starter who can turn their communications skills to a range of tools and mediums and bring new ideas and experience as we continually evaluate, develop, and strengthen our communications function.

Specific responsibilities

  • Writing and editing: including sourcing and writing articles, web content, stories, newsletters, reports, mailings, and publications and ensuring the quality and accuracy of your own and other team members’ written communications; 
  • Website management: including writing and updating content; regularly reviewing the website to ensure a good user experience; specifying, managing, and testing new website enhancements; and working with our web developers; 
  • Social media: Developing the Alliance’s social media channels with a particular focus on Facebook and Instagram to maximize messaging, brand, reach, and impact, and supporting the Director of Communications with Twitter and LinkedIn; 
  • Communication plans: creating, inputting to, and implementing communications plans for events, launches, activities, campaigns etc. using different mediums to get messages across most effectively and monitoring and evaluating plans to assess how effective they have been and adapt for future;
  • Communications project management: taking responsibility for specific communications projects, such as new web developments, migration of communications software, with support from the Director of Communications; seeing projects through to implementation;
  • Third party management: liaising with web developers, designers, editors, interpreters, and other third party vendors;
  • Publications: managing publications from writing, to edit, to design, and sign off;
  • Media (limited and depending on candidate’s previous experience in this area): preparing press releases and media packs, liaising with journalists;  
  • Supporting the Director of Communications with communication plans and strategy, campaign design and planning, and developing/updating internal communications processes and policies;
  • Supporting other team members with branding, identity, and assisting them with writing, editing, and aligning presentations, reports, and other materials to our brand;
  • Other tasks as required.

What we’re looking for

Experience and qualifications

Essential

  • At least one to two years of professional experience in a communications role, for example, within a communications team, journalism or other media organization, PR etc.;
  • Proven experience of writing and editing for professional purposes including articles, webpages, press releases etc. and experience of writing or inputting to publications, such as annual reports; It is likely that you will have had some formal communications training;
  • Experience of using social media for professional purposes (on behalf of an organization);
  • Experience of managing communications projects, such as website migrations and new developments, and developing communications plans with limited supervision; proven experience of planning and coordinating projects, vendors, and other inputs to achieve deadlines;
  • At least one to two years of experience where you will have gained an understanding of advocacy and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, with a preference for candidates with experience within road safety, mobility, or sustainability;
  • Exceptional written English, spelling, and grammar and an exceptional eye for detail to detect and fix errors in written and visual materials: accuracy is essential;

Desirable

  • Basic design experience (for creating social media banners aligned to our brand)
  • Basic video editing skills 
  • Experience of managing third-party vendors, in particular web developers and graphic designers; experience of managing development of a new website particularly relevant
  • Experience of working with media 
  • Experience with communications tools including Mailchimp, WordPress etc.
  • Professional level written and spoken French;

Personal skills

  • Storytelling and messaging skills: the ability to structure and write compelling stories, vary writing style by audience and get across complex messages simply and effectively;
  • Proactive, dynamic, and self-motivated with the ability to bring suggestions, identify opportunities and align communications to the Alliance’s organizational strategy;
  • A team player but able to work independently, as is necessary when working from home;
  • Not afraid to ask questions – especially awkward or seemingly obvious ones;
  • Flexible and resilient in the face of change – able to change direction and reprioritize and plan quickly;
  • Willing to get stuck into mundane tasks as well as more challenging ones.

More information

  • Full time position, virtual work. You will not be able to take on other work, without prior arrangement with the Alliance;
  • The position is home-based and can be done from anywhere in the world but reliable internet access is required. Please note that native-level or near-native-level written and spoken English is essential for this role;
  • Initial six month contract, extension is expected;
  • Starting date: as soon as possible;
  • Occasional travel may be required.

If you meet the requirements and are interested in submitting your application, please email your CV and a one-page motivation letter to Liz Man (liz.man@roadsafetyngos.org). Please include examples of your communications work.

Deadline for submission: 22 August 2022 (17:00 CET)