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International Development Organisation hiring Media Officer

London, United Kingdom, 28 August 2014


International Development Organisation is one of the world’s leading think tanks on international development. Our research is at the forefront of major international debates on how to assist the world’s poorest communities. But our ambition is to increase the impact of our work, bringing it to wider audiences. One of the best ways to achieve that ambition is to have our research profiled in high-profile national, international and regional media.

International Development Organisation is conducting a multi-year project building evidence for ‘Development Progress’ (DP), with the aim of measuring, understanding and communicating where and how improvements in different areas of wellbeing have occurred. The project aims to engage with rising new issues on the development landscape, among them progress toward the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda.

DP is looking for an experienced Media Officer who can grow our media profile: spotting top lines, crafting news releases, building relationships with journalists and strategically placing stories for maximum impact. You will work with our research experts and communications colleagues to develop and deliver proactive media engagement plans – and always be on the lookout for ways to harness extra profile for our work in response to external hooks and DP events.We will also look to you to draft summaries from our case study reports - translating technical research into concise and accessible stories.

You will be a forward-thinking person, with excellent professional skills, full of ideas that you are itching to try out and ready to roll up your sleeves and pitch in wherever you might be needed.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead DP media work, including the formulation and delivery of media plans and dissemination strategies for release of key pieces of content, thinking about timelines, outlets, matching the right content/messages to the appropriate outlets, and mixing the need for ‘mass reach’ with targeted outputs to high-level influential publications.

  • Work with DP researchers in order to write short 8 page summaries from longer case studies reports, translating technical research into concise and accessible stories, to help shape content that will have strong media appeal to those beyond particular country contexts.

  • Identify and develop top-line messages suitable for media pitching in collaboration with research colleagues; support the production and upload of high quality blogs, opinion series and vox pops; draft press releases; sell-in stories to journalists (via telephone, press releases and online channels) and handle the resulting responses.

  • Craft well-written op eds for placement in external opinion slots, engaging with media outlets and journalists to pitch our content to a wider array of publications from across the world.

  • React quickly to opportunities presented by the news agenda, organising and pitching interviews and International Development Organisation statements and promoting/disseminating content through social networks and channels.

  • Work up story ideas for pitching to media outlets, including documentary-makers.

  • Disseminate DP’s press statements and messages on twitter and social media.

  • Work with communications colleagues to deliver media messages on other platforms, including multimedia (video, photography and audio).

  • Developing strong and proactive relations with national and international media contacts, storing details in a contacts database, expanding this where necessary, and cultivating links with key journalists.

  • Act as the first point of contact for incoming media enquiries, recording all relevant information, and liaising with relevant communications and research colleagues in order to deliver a timely and appropriate response.

  • Identify opportunities for media roundtables and other media-related events for briefing selected journalists on specific issues and events, and cultivating relationships between researchers and journalists.

  • Provide advice and support to programme and project-specific communications staff on media engagement.

  • Work with the DP Communications assistant to ensure accurate, up-to-date logging of media coverage, providing statistics on uptake.

  • Ensure the media section of the DP website is kept up-to-date.

Other communications tasks

  • Respond to or redirect general information requests on DP digital content or media communications.

  • Participate in DP communications team meetings when necessary.

  • Support the DP communications team in other tasks as appropriate when directed.

Contract duration: fixed-term contract 6 months, part-time (3 days a week).

Submission Deadline: 8 September 2014

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