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Job description
Job title
Communications Manager
THET, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G
Contract type
32,000 - 34,000 per annum
Yrs. experience
Five years’ experience in a communications, marketing or journalist role
Reporting to
Chief Executive
Responsible for
Communications Officer and any team volunteers
Key relationships
Senior Management Team and colleagues within the Fundraising,
Communications and Evaluation teams, Advocacy Manager, other
departments and country teams, as well as external contacts.
Job purpose
Responsible for establishing and championing a clear and consistent strategy for THET's
communications in line with THET’s strategic objectives.
Main duties and responsibilities
Reporting to THET’s CEO and senior management team, the Communications Manager will be an
energetic, creative and collaborative person taking full responsibility for developing and
implementing THET’s communications strategy together with the Communications Officer.
S/he will join the organisation at an exciting time. Our new strategic plan has the expressed aim of
increasing our organisational profile in the UK, building on the very excellent relations we already
enjoy with DFID and institutions across the NHS.
S/he will :
ensure that THET’s communication outputs are of a high standard, consistent, respond to
the needs of the target audience, reflect organisational strategic priorities and values and
are delivered within agreed budget and timelines;
manage the promotion of stories – proactively seeking to increase THET’s profile across
various platforms, and with influencers and organisations utilising the wide range of key
staff and stakeholders;
report on and analyse all aspects of communications and provide accurate briefings for THET
staff, Board of Trustees and external audiences on THET’s key current activities;
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enhance communications with colleagues and ensure teams are well briefed on key
communications issues, key messages and consistent language and terminology;
work with the Volunteer Engagement Manager, the Fundraising Manager and Senior
Management Team to ensure that external engagement and communications functions are
joined up and complementary;
work with the Evaluation Team and Communications Officer, to plan, produce, promote and
improve the quality and accessibility of print and online publications;
work with the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Royal Colleges,
Universities and NHS Trusts press teams to identify opportunities for Ministerial and regional
press engagement;
produce high quality, written external and internal briefs for the purposes of advocacy,
knowledge sharing, fundraising and communication of progress made;
build on existing and develop new relationships with media, key decision makers, delivery
partners and others;
undertake other duties as may be reasonably required from time to time.
Person specification
Post-graduate degree in
Communications, Journalism,
International Relations, or
Development related field is required.
A first-class university degree in
combination with two additional years
of relevant experience may be
accepted in lieu of the advance
university degree.
At least 5 years of progressively
relevant experience in
Communications or Media Relations.
Leadership role in communications
Experience in journalism or PR – the
ability to recognise and communicate
newsworthy stories to relevant
Experience in the development and
implementation of campaigns.
Experience in the strategic use of
social media and online content
Experience in content management
systems, and writing, editing and
posting web content.
Experience in brand management.
Experience of the field of academic
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Knowledge of international
development and/or global health.
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Ability to manage a varied workload
calmly and independently.
Proven oral and written
communication skills, with consistent
attention to detail and the ability to
develop compelling messaging,
content, copy and accompanying
graphics; an ability to think creatively.
Ability to build positive relationships
and work effectively with colleagues
and key internal/ external
stakeholders to achieve goals.
Ability to collaborate and work in a
diverse team environment.
Ability to read and interpret medical
articles and scientific research papers,
and to communicate complex
information clearly for both lay and
professional audiences.
Commitment to THET’s approach,
ethos and values.
Closing date for
18th October 2015
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