Call for Expressions of Interest: Global Media and Communications Consultant

Closing date: This is a rolling deadline with the final deadline for submissions 19th November 2023. We will review submissions on an ongoing basis. 

Approximate contract timeframe: 1st December 2023 – 30th April 2024, four days a week. Please note that we are shut for the holidays from 22nd December to 2nd January 2024.   This will predominantly be a remote role but with a requirement to come to our Shoreditch office to work with the two global teams as required. 

BACKGROUND 

Transparency International (TI) is a global movement sharing one vision: a world in which government politics, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption. Transparency International UK (TI-UK) is the UK national chapter of this movement. We work with the British government, parliamentarians, civil society and the private sector to tackle corruption at home, addressing the UK’s global corruption footprint and helping multinational companies prevent corruption by operating with integrity.  

TI-UK hosts two global programmes on behalf of the wider TI movement: TI-Defence and Security (TI-DS) and TI Global Health (TI-GH) 

TI-Defence and Security 

From Afghanistan to the recent coups in Sudan and Niger and the horrendous exploits of the Russian Wagner security group in Ukraine and Africa, the impact of corruption in defence and security leaves a deadly trail of destruction and lives lost. TI Defence and Security works to increase transparency and accountability and prevent corruption in the notoriously secretive and powerful defence and security sector in governments, the private sector and the global arms trade. The programme is best known for its Government Defence Integrity Index (GDI) which proves a unique evidence-based framework to assess the resilience to corruption of government defence institutions around the world. With a new strategy being rolled out, it is an exciting time to work with the team on upcoming campaigns and ensuring that our research and messages reach those who have the power to make the changes essential to rein in corruption and build transparency. 

TI Global Health 

An estimated US $560 billion is lost to fraud and corruption in global health – money that should have been spent on health care around the world. It has reached such a level that in an unprecedented statement this summer the United Nations declared that corruption in health was undermining the world’s ability to achieve one of the Sustainable Development Goals – universal healthcare – the right of everyone to have access to health care. 

With evidence-based research on corruption in pharmaceutical pricing around the world, and tried and tested solutions to building transparency in global healthcare procurement, TI-Global Health is an expert voice in the sector combining our knowledge of how health systems work with anti-corruption approaches. We work with governments and civil society to create resilient health care systems to ensure that everyone has access to the health care.  

 Overview of the Role 

  • To work with TI Defence and Security (TI-DS) and TI Global Health (TI-GH) teams to ensure that communication of their research and messages reaches and influences our target audiences in the most effective ways. This will include campaigns, media outreach and developing compelling content for our campaigns, websites, social media and events. 
  • To raise the profile of TI Defence and Security and TI Global Health as expert voices in their sectors and to raise awareness of the extent and dangers of corruption in both spheres with a variety of key audiences, including global and national policy makers, potential funders and others working in these sectors. 
  • To work as part of the TI-UK Communications team including contributing to TI-UK’s widely read monthly newsletter, monitoring and evaluating social media, web and media coverage, supporting our events co-ordinator where necessary and sharing routine communications’ functions with other members of the communications team. 

Note: The majority of the time in this role will be working with TI-DS with the rest divided between Global Health and general communications for TI-UK. 

Point of contact: TI-UK’s Head of Media and Communications will be the main point of contact with dotted line to the Directors of Defence and Security and Global Health for relevant work. 

You will also be collaborating closely with members of the Defence and Security, Global Health and Communications team. 

Deliverables 

  • Manage strategic communications for Transparency International’s Defence and Security and Global Health programmes to amplify the impact of their research and advocacy with key audiences (external and internal) and create potential for securing funding using a range of tools.  
  • Fundamental to this will be working closely with the Defence and Global Health teams to create a pipeline of engaging, relevant and up-to-date content for our campaigns, websites, social media and newsletters. 
  • Oversee publication launches and media pick-up, writing and editing blogs with the defence and global health teams, creating video clips and infographics and communications tool kits to be shared with other Transparency International chapters around the world. 
  • Effectively pitch stories and op-eds/blogs to global broadcast, print and online media including specialist defence and health media and expert bloggers. This will include outlets from CNN, BBC World, and Bloomberg to outlets like Euro Active, Defense One, Foreign Affairs, Stat News and leading media outlets in the chapter countries we are partnering with and key donor countries (including the Netherlands, South Africa, media in Francophone West Africa 
  • Cultivate targeted relationships with investigative journalists and media to pitch potential investigative story ideas and collaborative working. 
  • Provide expertise and guidance in building effective campaign and communications tools and approaches in colleagues and other chapters’ work. 
  • Share core TI-UK communications responsibilities with the rest of the communications team, including  contributing to monthly newsletters and media round up and regular evaluation of Defence and Global Health website, social media and media engagement. 
  • Work closely with and support other key Transparency International Chapters and the Transparency International Secretariat communications team to promote the work and influence of the global programmes. 

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS 

  • Skilled writer with professional experience of turning complex/technical subjects into accessible and compelling language, writing engaging press releases, well-structured blogs and statements, and working to tight deadlines. 
  • Experience of working in an evidence-based organisation relying on robust data to inform its work and communications. 
  • Professional experience of shaping, creating and curating a wide range of content for campaigns to raise awareness and influence decision makers and other audiences.  
  • Professional experience of managing websites and creating pipeline of engaging and strategic content. 
  • Professional experience of managing and growing social media channel engagement. 
  • Evidence of success in pitching to global media outlets (broadcast and print) influential expert bloggers, think tanks and responding to media requests in a professional and timely manner. 
  • Experience of developing effective working relationships/collaborations with investigative journalists. 
  • Desirable Knowledge of global defence and security sphere and global health key issues. 
  • Must be happy working in fast-paced environments, happy to work on your own initiative and have organisational skills to balance conflicting priorities and deadlines. 
  • Desirable: experience working with video/video editing tools 
  • The ability to build and foster effective and trusted relationships with a diverse range of colleagues externally and internally. 

SUBMISSIONS 

Please contact Mallary Gelb, Head of Media and Communications at [email protected] should you wish to discuss this opportunity and to submit a proposal.

Your submission should include: 

  • Proposed day rate/weekly rate 
  • Your CV with examples of relevant work you have completed. 
  • Two referees, ideally from organisations you have recently worked with. 

This is a rolling deadline with the final deadline for submission being midnight on 19th November 2023. We will review submissions and conduct interviews on an ongoing basis so encourage you to submit as soon as possible.