Head of Media and External Relations

Islamic Relief Worldwide, Birmingham or London, United Kingdom

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationPolicy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th July, 2020

Job Description

The Head of Media and External Relations (HMER) is responsible for leading on impactful media work that supports the wider divisional organisational strategies and priorities. The role will entail strengthening IRW’s global external relations function in collaboration with key stakeholders and leading partner offices in Europe, North America and the Middle East, as well as the ERA divisional advocacy team.

The role will involve working closely with the External Relations and Advocacy Director, as well as the Head of Governance and the Senior Communications Advisor, to protect and build Islamic Relief’s profile and reputation internationally. It will also involve externally building and supporting effective relationships with influential contacts among international policy makers, the media, INGOs, institutional funders, business leaders and other key stakeholders.

The successful candidate will build the profile of Islamic Relief Worldwide through media and social media across the world promoting its work, communicating its perspective and priorities, building productive relationships, increasing accountability and engagement, and extending influence.

The successful candidate must have or be:

  • Excellent interpersonal, communications and representational skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of international media and of media needs and trends.
  • Able to write engagingly and persuasively for a variety of external audiences.
  • Good understanding of international advocacy, government affairs and political sensitivities as well as strong knowledge and understanding of the charity and international NGO/humanitarian sectors including current trends, challenges, opportunities and networks.
  • Significant experience of leading and managing media relations and social media engagement for a high-profile organisation including crisis management
  • Significant experience of representing organisations externally and advocating on their behalf – as a speaker/spokesperson/networker/campaigner and experience of external engagement through summits, conferences and other events.
  • Significant experience of campaigns development and advocacy through the media and/or other campaigning activities.


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