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Communications Manager, Research
Application Deadline: 03 August 2021
Date Posted: 23 Jul 2021
Wellcome is a politically and financially independent global charitable foundation, funded by a £26.8 billion investment portfolio. We support discovery research into life, health and wellbeing, and we’re taking on three worldwide health challenges: mental health, global heating and infectious diseases.
These challenges need the bold science we support, but they won’t be solved by science alone. Wellcome’s Corporate Affairs team works to build and sustain the trust, influence, reputation and brand that will help us to ensure that science works in the interests of the people we seek to benefit, and has the most positive possible impact on their health.
We have an opportunity for a creative and influential communications manager to plan, create and deliver communications plans aimed at Wellcome’s research community in support of Wellcome’s vision and mission.
In this role you will:
Plan, create and deliver multi-channel, audience first communications plans that enable researchers to find and act on key information.
Advise colleagues in Research Programmes and Grants Funding on the best communications approaches to meet their objectives, taking a tactic-agnostic view.
Develop a detailed understanding of the stories, priorities, and challenges of researchers, especially current and potential Wellcome grant-holders, including attending relevant meetings and conferences and building direct relationships where appropriate.
Embed our anti-racist and anti-ableist principles and involve minoritised communities in the development of communication plans.
Draft timely and engaging content either authored by, or tailored to, the research audience, including newsletter copy, Wellcome policies, talking points, comment/explainer pieces, briefing materials, working with the product and content team to ensure optimum format, findability and tone of voice.
Guide Wellcome spokespeople to develop their professional profiles and personal communications channels including on social media, the Wellcome website, and at events.
Build excellent working relationships with peers in other science and health foundations and charities, universities, funders, companies, and other relevant organisations and stakeholders.
Manage agencies, contractors, and freelancers where necessary.
Be the owner of the risk and control environment for your area and be accountable for the quality of you and your team’s outputs.
Contribute to the creation and development of a diverse and inclusive culture across the organisation
We are looking for someone with excellent people skills and the ability to establish, build and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders at all levels of the organisation. Someone with a knowledge of global health, research and policy and the ability to persuade and influence at a senior level.
To be successful in this role you will have.
Experience of working in an in-house communications team delivering multi-channel communications to external audiences, preferably within a scientific, medical or research-oriented organisation.
Excellent written skills including writing clear and compelling copy relating to strategy, business process and research.
Well-developed presentation skills, including ability to create engaging and visually appealing PowerPoint decks.
Salary: £43,942 per annum
Closing date: 3rd August
To apply please upload your current CV and complete our short application form.
You can view the full job description here.
Diversity and Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do
Diversity and Inclusion is a priority at Wellcome. We are committed to cultivating a fair and healthy environment, where everyone can be themselves and thrive. We are happy to discuss flexible working options for all roles. We work to ensure that our recruitment processes are as inclusive as possible to everyone. This includes making adjustments for people who have a disability or long-term condition. If you would like us to make adjustments during the application process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programme Officer – International Human Rights Programme
Application Deadline: 06 August 2021
Date Posted: 14 Jul 2021
Oak Foundation (www.oakfnd.org) commits its resources to address issues of global, social, and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa and North America, Oak Foundation makes grants to organisations located in approximately 40 countries worldwide.
About the International Human Rights Programme
The International Human Rights Programme (IHRP) supports work aimed at protecting the fundamental rights of the individual. This includes efforts to secure accountability for gross human rights abuses, to protect and enable human rights defenders, to advance LGBTQI rights and to reduce arbitrary detention in a criminal justice and immigration context. The programme has a grant-making budget of USD 30 million per annum to support activist organisations in our key geographies (EU, US, Russia, India, Myanmar, and Brazil). We provide core, project, and seed funding in multi-year grants.
The IHR Programme is based in London and comprises a diverse team of a director, five programme officers, a programme assistant, and a fellow.
About the PO position
Recent years have seen a marked deterioration in the quality and substance of political discourse. Human rights (and the liberal values underpinning our rules-based system) have come under sustained attack. These developments have rendered citizens susceptible to demagoguery and political manipulation, and nations easy quarry for potential autocrats. These information challenges have become even more acute in the context of the pandemic.
The programme officer will be responsible for the development of a new stream of grants within the programme’s strategy to address the production, packaging, and dissemination of malign content (including fake news, deep fakes, and disinformation). Grants will address:
- the means of content production, e.g., bots and artificial intelligence;
- the packaging, targeting and distribution of content, including through data collection and exploitation, algorithmic curation, and microtargeting; and
- broader infrastructural challenges, namely platform regulation and internet shutdowns.
The programme officer will be expected to liaise with other programme colleagues working on how technology can be deployed to advance civic activism,and advise on the scope of digital rights more broadly.
In addition, the programme officer will be responsible for the monitoring of a small cluster of technology – oriented legacy grants within the Ending Impunity portfolio. These grants all have a significant technology dimension, ranging from the technology-led means of investigation and documentation of abuses, to the aggregation and analysis of data concerning mass violations.
The programme officer works under the supervision of the programme director. In that capacity they are expected to:
- contribute to the development of the programme’s strategic directions, including through the (co)drafting of various submissions and reports to the Advisory Panel meeting;
- contribute to the setting of programme budgets and provide input on the internal allocation of funds;
- develop new granting opportunities in line with strategic directions;
- represent the programme in a variety of settings, including among peer groups and at public events;
- maintain primary responsibility for management of the grant portfolio (or part thereof) from point of initial inquiry to assessment and final recommendation to the President/Trustees/Advisory Panel meeting;
- conduct the monitoring and evaluation of grants, including through the conduct of site visits;
- work with Oak’s administrative and programme management staff to report on the progress of individual grants and broader portfolios.
- University Degree and at least 7-10 years relevant professional experience in human rights with a strong interest and knowledge of digital challenges to the information sphere (an advanced degree may substitute for 1-2 years of experience).
- Proven research and analytical skills and some management experience.
- An understanding of non-profit and/or governmental financial reporting and budgeting.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Willingness to travel (approx. 20-25 per cent).
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- At ease using contemporary software (word processing, Excel, PowerPoint, email).
- A commitment to Oak’s organisational values.
How to apply
Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK.
Interested candidates should submit their Curriculum Vitae and a one-page covering letter to email@example.com by 6 August 2021. Please note that we will only be contacting shortlisted candidates.
We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds, including lived experience or any of the issues related to our work.
By submitting your application, you confirm that you have read and understood Oak’s job applicant’s data privacy notice.
Oak Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, as detailed in our child safeguarding policy. We expect all staff to share this commitment. Please note that the successful candidate will undergo reference checks and be required to provide a police record prior to starting employment.