Head of Communications – Centre for Disaster Protection at Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI)
Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI) is an international development company. For more than 45 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 80 countries.
Our development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines. Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Head of Communications within Centre for Disaster Protection
Job Code: 6634
- The Centre for Disaster Protection was launched by the UK Prime Minister in July 2017 to strengthen resilience in developing countries through better preparedness and planning backed by risk-based financing arrangements. The Centre is funded with UK aid from the UK government.
- The Centre for Disaster Protection works to change how the world prepares and pays for disasters. Identifying, planning for and financing disasters before they strike saves lives, reduces suffering and protects livelihoods and economies, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable communities.
- The Centre brings countries together with international development, humanitarian and private sector organisations to find solutions and advocate for change. We find ways to stop disasters devastating lives by supporting countries and the international system to better manage risks. To do this, the Centre provides advisory services, builds knowledge, catalyses innovation and creates partnerships across the development, humanitarian and financial sectors.
- With Covid-19, the world is more aware than ever of the importance of being prepared and working together to address risks. The Centre’s work has never been more crucial.
- With a recent funding uplift from the UK government to mid-2025, the Centre is entering a new period of organisational growth, evolving beyond its start-up phase to tackle the increasingly urgent impact of climate change and frequency of disasters around the world.
The Centre’s technical work is focused on cross-cutting goals as set out in our five-year strategy (2019-2024):
- Advice – quality assurance and advisory services and training: We will have a respected and widely used quality assurance function that has increased the quantity and quality of risk financing products and services.
- Our effective technical assistance and capacity building will have supported high risk, vulnerable countries to make better disaster risk management decisions through knowledge exchange and genuine skills transfer.
- Evidence and Learning: We will be internationally recognised as driving change through evidence, experimentation and learning which will strengthen the global evidence base on disaster risk financing.
- Advocacy and Influencing: Through advocacy and influencing and being a positive disrupter, we will have improved the quality and quantity of disaster risk financing through the multilateral system.
- Additionally, we are focused on building effective systems and processes on people and operations to support the Centre to rapidly yet strategically scale and grow in a way that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion and ensures the organisation is a great place to work.
- As part of our organisational growth plan, we are looking for an exceptional candidate to support the Centre to achieve its mission and goals through strategic communications.
- As the Centre evolves beyond its start-up phase, the Head of Communications will be critical to guiding the strategic delivery of the Centre’s communications strategy, both internally and externally as we deliver on our ambitious work plan.
- Key to this will be working with the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that the communications function is an enabling one, working across the Centre’s goals to drive results and uphold the Centre’s culture and values.
The role will require:
- Creating, driving and managing media relations to ensure timely and accurate coverage of the Centre’s work and further the reach of the Centre’s organisational objectives.
- Establishing and implementing a multi-channel, integrated communications strategy to support the strategic priorities of the Centre.
- Working across the Centre’s portfolio of evidence and research programmes to identify innovative opportunities for effective strategic communication and outreach activities.
- Providing tactical communications support and guidance to the Centre as a whole and to Advisory, Advocacy and Research colleagues.
- Ensure consistent, accurate messaging and alignment of content as well as developing the Centre’s brand voice, maintaining brand integrity across all communications activity.
- Contributing to work-planning and budgeting decisions.
- Managing and developing the communications function.
- Collaborating with and managing a comprehensive communications agency to assist us with our external communications activity.
- Creative leadership with the ability of using evidence into compelling communications products for a variety of different audiences and targets.
- Supporting the continued embedding of the Centre’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
Ideal candidates will:
- Bring strong strategic leadership on communication.
- Demonstrate confidence and enjoy problem solving and delivering impact.
- Welcome diverse feedback and take genuine pleasure in helping a team develop.
- Enthusiasm to work in a team dedicated to learning and development, with the opportunity to build and lead a talented team in a period of growth.
Skills and Experience:
Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:
- Significant experience working in media, communications and/or public relations – preferably in a relevant field of humanitarian, development, or disaster management;
- Ability to work effectively with a broad mix of clients and partners, as well as diverse teams of people.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills and able to articulate complex messages into straightforward language.
- Providing a strategic communications focus and showcasing projects to support advocacy and influencing objectives.
- Supporting development of an organisational communications culture and demonstrating commitment to the development of professional skills and expertise.
- Demonstrating broad integrated communications knowledge across PR, social media, web, corporate and stakeholder communications.
- A strong and demonstrable track record of developing brands and storytelling to a wide range of audiences.
- Experience of working with research, academic and policy content for communication purposes.
- Commitment to joining and contributing to a values-based organisation and culture.
- A competitive salary in the region of £60 – 80,000 depending on experience.
- After a successful probation period, the contract will be until the end of June 2025, renewable if project funding is extended. The roles will be contracted by DAI Global UK, who are the Centre’s managing agent.
- A generous benefits package including 25 days annual leave (plus public holidays) and a contributory pension scheme.
- We have an office in the City of London, but we are open to considering flexible, part-time and remote working arrangements.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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- Interested applicants should apply, including a Cover Letter (no more than one page) and CV, via DAI’s recruitment portal.
- Any questions about the role or the recruitment process should be sent to: jobs_CDP@disasterprotection.org (please do not send applications to this email address).
- We are recruiting for these vacancies on a rolling basis, meaning there is no fixed deadline and applications will be assessed as they are received, and the vacancies will remain open until they are filled. We are posting these vacancies in mid-December 2021 with an aim to make all appointments by the end of March 2022, preferably sooner.
- The Centre is committed to building a diverse workplace and so we particularly encourage applications from diverse backgrounds that are typically under-represented in this sector.