ActionAid International
City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality
City of London, Greater London
EC1R, London
Nairobi Central, Nairobi, Kenya
c.£35,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Media Officer


c.£35,000pa - Local terms and conditions of employment will apply

Global Secretariat Hub Offices London or Johannesburg or Nairobi



Want to use your excellent skills in news and communications to strengthen our fight for women’s rights, social justice and an end to poverty? You’ll be joining an innovative and creative team at an exciting time as we begin implementing a new global communications strategy and raising ActionAid’s profile internationally.


As media officer, you’ll be responsible for playing a leading role in delivering significant increases in the quantity and quality of ActionAid’s global media coverage. You’ll be part of ActionAid International, the global secretariat of a 45-country federation. We have unprecedented access to human interest stories which resonate with media and donors, with storytelling and creative content at the heart of our new strategy.  


An experienced PR professional or journalist, you’ll come armed with fresh, creative ideas about how we can engage journalists and become the go-to organisation for media reporting on our strategic priorities. Your expertise will support with the effective delivery of international media moments, linked to multi-country campaigns and core comms priorities, including climate justice and women’s labour rights.


You’ll use your excellent communications skills to build relationships and work closely with ActionAid countries to amplify their visibility and voice on stories with both national and international significance.


Recognising the increasing importance of social media in the distribution of news and as an ever-expanding space to interact with journalists, influencers and other stakeholders, this role is key to building reach and engagement through our social platforms, and ensuring ActionAid takes an active and timely reaction to relevant breaking news stories and humanitarian emergencies.


This is a brilliant opportunity to make your mark in a fast-paced environment with a team that values experimentation and continuous improvement.


You must possess exceptional interpersonal skills and be able to quickly develop effective working relationships with a diverse stakeholder group and be able to meet tight deadlines and juggle multiple priorities effectively. You must also be willing to travel.


Energetic, enthusiastic and interested in learning within a political, changing and diverse work environment and with a strong commitment to ActionAid International’s vision, mission, values and strategy on human rights and socioeconomic justice? If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you.


If you have the skills, motivation and experience we need please send your CV and cover letter to us via the link by midnight on 2 February 2020. In the subject line of your email please write ‘Media officer – Your Name’. You are requested to highlight in the cover letter how specifically you meet the criteria for this role. To be considered for this role, you must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in your chosen location. 

If you do not meet all the essential criteria, please don’t apply as we only invite candidates for an interview if they meet all the essential criteria listed on the job description. In addition, your application will be stronger if you meet at least some of the desirable criteria.

Due to high volumes of applications received, should you not have received feedback on your application within two weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. We reserve the right to withdraw any of our vacancies at any time.

ActionAid is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community in particular women, who are currently underrepresented in senior positions. We regret that agency candidates will not be considered.

Reg. Charity No: 274467


Posted on: 16 January 2020
Closed date: 02 February 2020
Tags: Advice, Information, Communications, PR