Head of Media & Communications

Save the Children, Manila, Philippines

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th March, 2018

Job Description

The role of the Head of Media and Communications is to direct and support regular and high-quality information, communications and media activity relating to Save the Children's work in the Philippines.

This role is vital to the delivery of excellent media and fundraising activities for Members and across Save the Children International, and to the current strategy to become a Save the Children member.

This post-holder will also be responsible for creating and implementing Save the Children's comprehensive media and communications strategy, leading on Save the Children's key messages to media, ensuring smooth flows of information between multiple stakeholders, and overseeing multiple high level visits to all of Save the Children's programmes in the Philippines.

The role will be responsible for ensuring that Save the Children Philippines speaks with one voice; that the character and tone of the communications is consistent and reputation and brand are protected.

Additionally, the Head of Media and Communications will work alongside both the advocacy and fundraising department to fulfil the strategy to become a Save the Children member and to ensure that the aims of the organization as both a humanitarian and development organization are clearly communicated to the public and other stakeholders.

The role will communicate internationally with media partners and other members, ensuring messaging and communications are clear and consistent.

Qualifications and experience


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and ability to do media interviews
  • Strong field experience in collecting powerful testimonies/ case studies
  • At least five years' experience as a journalist or press office working with international media, ideally in a similar strategic role with an international humanitarian NGO
  • Excellent writing skills from press releases to op-eds to case studies
  • Creativity and ability to tell and pitch stories persuasively
  • Experience managing teams and working under pressure and to tight deadlines, such as in a busy press office
  • Degree in journalism or communications, or related areas
  • Experience of working overseas in humanitarian programmes
  • Experience of leading communication activities (including information management) in a challenging environment
  • Excellent relationship building skills in order to work for limited period within programmes under pressure of running emergency responses
  • An initiative-taking, proactive, inspiring attitude with the ability to manage and prioritise an unpredictable workload and solve problems quickly with limited support
  • Excellent IT skills, especially in Microsoft Word
  • Excellent understanding of 'head office' communication and information needs across fundraising, media and campaigning activities.
  • Strong influencing skills
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children. In particular, a good understanding of Save the Children mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support


  • Language skills in Tagalog
  • Experience working in humanitarian context in the Philippines

Contract length: Open-Ended Position based in National Office, Makati City.

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.


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