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Volunteer Chief, Media & Advocacy



Posted over 30 days ago...

The Chief leads IYF headquarters communications team and is responsible for developing the IYF’s global communications strategy and related policies, providing leadership and overall direction and guidance to build communications capacities.


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London, EC1A 2BN

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Expires at anytime

What will you be doing?

(A) Develop and implement media and related external communications strategy:

Proactively increases the positive visibility of IYF’s activities and results worldwide with the media and among key stakeholders, ensuring the development and implementation of a media outreach plan, key messages, and work plans to achieve communications goals; Advises HQ Bureaus and Country Teams across the globe on media outreach and other communications activities and mobilizes them to support key communications initiatives, especially in times/issues of high potential global visibility, including important public events, other newsworthy opportunities; Leads, manages and motivates communications, media and advocacy staff, overseeing personnel in the recruitment, performance and career management processes.

  (B) Oversees media relations and news coverage:

Leads the media and advocacy Team in all media outreach activities; Provides leadership and oversight in order to target journalists from in donor and Member Countries and to develop communications tools (press briefings, feature stories and op-eds) to implement the media outreach plan; Ensures that all media relations efforts are focused on improving the IYF’s positioning in priority areas as well as leading the Team to spot and take advantage of newsworthy opportunities and emerging stories; Provides strategic advice to Regional Communications Advisers/Specialists based in the regions and HQ communications focal points in developing and implementing tailored media strategies; and

  (C) Increases IYF’s visibility through new and innovative partnerships with media organizations, including new media:

Through the fostering of new partnerships with media, private sector and other organizations, works to increase the visibility of the IYF activities and advocacy including through public information and profile and awareness-raising campaigns, public events; Provides ongoing strategic direction, advice and guidance in the organization of campaigns and advocacy activities and, working closely and collaboratively with the Manager, Online and Digital Communications and with the rest of the Online team, leverages social media and multimedia in all communications activities, including the production and dissemination of video and other digital and visual communications products;

What are we looking for?


Lead (Level-3) Leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act as a team towards achieving a common goal. Design (Level-3) Ability to recognize what changes are required and create a path for improvement using existing knowledge, problem-solving skills, creativity and original ways of working. Empower (Level-3) Empowerment is a practice of giving team members skills, authority, opportunity and motivation so that they can take initiative and make decisions to solve problems and improve performance. Mobilize (Level-3) Ability to identify resources and activities that individuals and organizations will undertake to support the IYF’s strategic goals and objectives. Engage and influence appropriate donors by building win-win relationships. Inspire (Level-3) Inspiration and lead by example is about energizing and creating a sense of direction and purpose in others, unlocking motivation and momentum for positive change.

  Functional Competencies

Ability to assist in strategic planning, results-based management and reporting. Ability to assist in corporate strategic initiatives. Excellent computer, internet, social media and information system skills. Excellent communication and coordination skills.

  Skills Required for Position

Ability to interact cordially and communicate with a diverse community. Effective oral and written communication skills. Ability to assess and evaluate situations quickly, accurately and effectively.

  Experience Minimum of three years of experience and results preferred in a communications role, media, advocacy, development, youth issues, sport, women empowerment, youth-led organizations, or another relevant field.

What difference will you make?

The results of the work of the Chief, Media & Advocacy will have an impact on the overall programme management and success in the implementation of the programme’s strategies and particularly:

Creating new opportunities and programme interventions for youth development. Effective implementation and achievement of programme results and objectives. Effective implementation of capacity development initiatives with national stakeholders and other partners with strong linkages with other regional programmes.


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