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Job: Regional Communications Adviser

Active since 17-10-2016 Job category Communications / PR
Location Regional* Level Entry level/Graduate
Educational level Bachelor / Graduate Employment type Volunteer work
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Regional Communications Adviser
Position title: Regional Communications Adviser
Location: Regional
Category: FTA International
Level: D
Duration: 4 Years
Supervisor/Report to: IYF Regional Director
Job type: Part-Time, (Voluntary)

The International Youth Federation is an international non-profit youth organizations network governed by the present Statutes and the Swiss Civil Code. It is neutral politically, and non-denominational, aim to empower youth worldwide.

Under the overall direction and guidance of IYF Regional Director, with a secondary reporting line to the Global Adviser on Media & Advocacy, the Regional Communications Advisor helps to develop, implement and manage a regional communications strategy in line with the IYF Communications Strategy, with a particular emphasis on media outreach and mentoring Communications focal points in IYF Country Teams in the region. He/she works in collaboration with Press Commission.

Mission Statement:
To voluntarily represent, positively promote, and uphold the mission of “Empowering youth for better world” in various programs and opportunities throughout the IYF interventions and the community.

(A) Develop regional communications strategies, based on Regional objectives and incorporating the goals of the corporate communications strategy, and working closely with international media in the region:
• Develop and implement regional communications strategies based on the Regional Bureau objectives and in line with the corporate communications strategy.
• Monitor and measure the impact of the communication strategy and make adjustments accordingly.
• Integrate issue-based advocacy into the communications strategy around key priority areas in the region’s country teams.

(B) Lead media outreach in the region, working closely with international and regional media:
• Ensure the promotion and increased understanding of IYF’s work in the region with special attention on results and impacts achieved through development and maintenance of international media contacts and using new types of media and communication tools as appropriate.
• Promote, advocate and raise awareness around IYF activities, results, flagship initiatives through a variety of communication vehicles, such as roundtable discussions, press conferences, briefing sessions, interviews, report launches, etc.
• Build strong personal relationships with core journalists in the region to establish trustful and reliable connections with key news organizations.
• Explore and utilize innovative and emerging communication tools and new media in support of the communications strategy.
• Proactively market IYF’s work in the media by regularly pitching success stories and placing IYF experts for interviews and commentaries in print and TV/radio outlets;
• Develop plans for increasing the profile of the region’s administration through audio-visual material to broadcast and social media.

(C) Facilitate capacity building and knowledge sharing, including mentoring and training communications staff in the country offices of the region:
• Liaising with country teams to communicate success stories and results, offering mentoring and advice when needed.
• Play a key role in coaching and mentoring of Country Teams Communications assistants, especially in the design and implementation of communications strategies and work plans.
• Assist and guide country office and HQ on responding to reputational management inquiries raised by media and donors.
• Organize and facilitate training workshops on capacity building in communications.
• Prepare periodic reports and summaries for the management of regional media activities.
• Contribute to knowledge networks, communications toolkit, and communities of practices on communications issues.

(D) Support IYF’s positioning and business development in the region:
• Position the IYF as a substantive thought leader within the youth world and promote its mandate, mission, and purpose via effective communication.
• Create, promote and maintain regional public campaigns that position IYF and influence the youth agenda based on current activities and new initiatives.
• Provide strategic advice to regional administration on current events and issues relevant to IYF business opportunities.

Core Competencies:
• Strategic planning and creative thinking.
• Planning and Organizing.
• Drive for Results.
• Collaboration and Teamwork.
• Leadership, Advocacy, Engagement, and Influence.

Functional Competencies:
• Ability to lead strategic advisory, results-based management, and reporting.
• Ability to lead and manage corporate strategic initiatives.
• Excellent computer, internet, social media and information system skills.

• Highly interest in youth empowerment issues.
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in media relations at the national/regional level and an in-depth knowledge of the region.

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.

Relevant experience at the regional/international level in one or more of the following areas: public relations, communications, journalism, media youth-related advocacy, is required.

Fluency in English with superior drafting skills is essential.

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

More information
This listing is a part-time job

Job category Communications / PR
Industry / Industries Government / Non-profit
Region United Kingdom

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Name International Youth Federation