Media & Communications Manager

Job Title: Media and Communications Manager

Job purpose: Drive forward Heath Poverty Action’s communications coordinating across the organisation to deliver bold and impactful communications that raise the profile of Health Poverty Action and inspire and engage our target audiences

Responsible to: Head of Fundraising and Head of Policy and Campaigns

Salary: £34,301 rising to £38,165, inclusive of London weighting

Hours: Full or part time considered

Closing date: Sunday 21 July 2019 at 11:59 pm

Interview dates: Monday 29 July and Tuesday 30 July 2019

Please send your application form to [email protected]. Please note that due to a potentially high number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

We are seeking a dynamic, driven and creative media and communications manager to raise the profile of Health Poverty Action and drive engagement with our work. This is a senior role which will lead Health Poverty Action’s media and communications function devising and delivering a communications strategy and coordinating across teams to communicate with impact. You will generate digital and traditional media coverage and bold, exciting communications which engage and inspire our audiences.


Health Poverty Action occupies a unique position. We have a radical, political analysis and believe realising the right to health requires fundamentally reshaping the global economy. We campaign on the root causes of global inequality such as drug policy reform, trade and public services, primarily targeting governments of the Global North who bear a particular responsibility for undermining health globally. Alongside this we run programmes in 18 countries that directly address the health needs and wider determinants (such as water, sanitation, nutrition and gender based violence) of those who have been pushed into poverty. We have particular expertise in providing culturally appropriate health services to indigenous people and other ethnic minorities.

Context of the role

The breadth of our work is a strength, but requires strong leadership and coordination to ensure we communicate with clarity and purpose. This is an exciting opportunity to really make your mark, spearheading communications across the organisation to raise Health Poverty Action’s profile and generate support amongst key audiences.

This is a demanding and varied job requiring a range of leadership and organisational skills, the ability to communicate complex information in a compelling way and achieve great impact and profile with limited resources. It’s a key organisational role which, alongside the Head of Fundraising and Head of Policy and Campaigns, will shape Health Poverty Action’s communications and be responsible for driving them forwards.

You will ensure we communicate in ways that are consistent with Health PovertyAction’s values. We believe in context, and recognise that poverty is created. We treat the communities we work with around the world and the audience we are communicating to with respect. We try to describe Health Poverty Action’s contribution with humility.

Benefits of working with Health Poverty Action

  • Flexible working hours
  • Working with passionate, value-driven people
  • Additional time off between Christmas and New Year
  • Pension contribution
  • Limited bureaucracy
  • Casual work environment
  • Opportunities for professional development

Key responsibilities

We recognise this is a broad role. The following outline provides a view of the scope of the work (with additional points in the JD), within which your strategies and priorities will be agreed with the Head of Fundraising and Head of Policy and Campaigns.

Strategy and coordination

  • Devise the organisation’s communications strategy in collaboration with the Heads of Fundraising and Policy and Campaigns
  • Lead on delivering the above strategy, coordinating across teams and ensuring we reach our target audiences with impact
  • Generate and monitor data and test outputs to continually improve our impact

Website and digital communications

  • Manage the Health Poverty Action website, ensuring it is accurate, engaging, effective, frequently updated and well optimised for search engines
  • Promote the brand and content with effective use of social media, supporter newsletters, videos, blogs and other traditional and emerging communications technologies
  • Research and write content, and organise and edit contributions from others

Media and outreach

  • Work creatively alongside other teams to achieve high profile for Health Poverty Action and its messages in print, broadcast and online media
  • Monitor the external environment to identify and react quickly and creatively to opportunities to exert influence and promote Health Poverty Action’sagenda
  • Develop, maintain and track relationships with key journalists and media contacts, and keep records of these relationships and coverage

Generating income and recruiting new support

  • Work closely with Health Poverty Action’s fundraising and programmes staff to maximise opportunities to generate new financial support
  • Use innovative communication techniques to generate donations from the general public
  • Promote (and contribute ideas to) Health Poverty Action’s fundraising activities, campaign actions and other public campaigns initiatives


  • Check communications content with key stakeholders to safeguard HealthPoverty Action’s work, beneficiaries, and the security of its staff and partners worldwide
  • Maintain knowledge of Health Poverty Action’s policy positions and advocacy priorities, including a good understanding of its influencing tactics and the political nuances involved with appropriate messaging

At Health Poverty Action we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion amongst all of our staff and everyone we work with. We actively support and encourage people from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and skill sets to join us and help shape what we do. We are particularly keen to hear from ethnic minority candidates.

Health Poverty Action recognises that all adults and children have equal rights to protection from abuse and exploitation. Health Poverty Action condemns exploitation and inappropriate behaviour, and is committed to taking action for the protection of programme participants. In cases where positions include a high level of safeguarding risk, police checks or local equivalents will be carried out.


Application Documents

Job Description

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