Communications Manager


Job Title:
Communications Manager

Start date:
As soon as possible

Contract Type:
Full time, fixed term contract through MS-TCDC, extendable by mutual agreement.

A competitive salary will be offered commensurate with skills and experience

Flexible. NB the post holder must be based in a major internationally connected city; the post holder must have pre-existing legal right to work; the post holder must be willing to work from the office of one the members of the alliance.

Who is the Fight Inequality Alliance?
The Fight Inequality Alliance is comprised of leading national and international social movements, NGOs, women’s rights groups and trade unions across the world. We are deeply concerned about the impact of current shocking levels of inequality, and inspired by people’s collective struggles to build a more equal, more sustainable world. Rising inequality is hurting us all - holding up poverty reduction, harming the environment, hurting the economy, destabilising society, and undermining democracy.

Experts and international institutions now recognise that inequality must be tackled. And every government has pledged to reduce inequality within and between countries. But in practice not much progress is happening and in many countries we are even going backwards. When it comes to action they are still reaching for the same old failed solutions.

Only when people join together from the grassroots up, mobilising and organising to build power and demand accountability and greater equality, will things change. Together we are helping to build up people’s power and connect across organisations and borders to enable a more equal world. We are helping to build up national coalitions of the Fight Inequality Alliance to bring change at country level and connecting groups internationally for action, solidarity, learning and support.

The Alliance is going through an exciting period of growth from its beginnings in 2017. The Communications Manager will join a small global secretariat that co-ordinates the work of the alliance. They will report to the Global Convenor, leading the communications efforts at international level, and supporting national alliances in a range of ways as we grow our impact further over the coming years.

How to Apply:

Applications should be submitted via email to with ‘Application for position of Communications Manager’ in the subject line.

Applications must include only:

  1. A motivation letter of no more than 2 sides that indicates: a) why you are interested in this position and what inspires you about fighting inequality; and b) aspects of your background that demonstrate the required competence for this role;
  2. A detailed CV with three references; and
  3. Two examples of your past work that best show your suitability for the role (for example articles, videos, campaigning material, speeches, media work, etc).

Please ensure that your application, as a whole, speaks to the required experience, person specification and key roles and responsibilities. Please do not apply if you do not meet the required experience.

Closing Date: Thursday 7 March 2019
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Role Overview

Leads the communications work for the Fight Inequality Alliance - including earned media, own-produced content, and social media - both directly and by enabling national alliances. Ensures that the work of the alliance has the profile it needs and can help shape news agendas. Brings the voices of grassroots activists to the fore. Builds the connections and credibility of the alliance with media. Serves as a key representative and planner for the global alliance. Leads with drive and inspiration and with humility and collaboration.

Key responsibilities

Provide visionary, strategic leadership to Fight Inequality Alliance’s communications, and translate that vision into specific strategies and concrete actions to achieve coverage targets and to grow organisational profile.

Deliver powerful earned media, own-produced content, and social media - both directly and by enabling national alliances

Act as a key change agent, responsible for translating a strategic change agenda into plans and operational delivery. Oversee project teams composed of networks of people across geography, theme and functions.

Mobilise capacity in support of the alliance and make best possible use of member expertise and potential.

Foster and continually strengthen media relations with key global media including broadcast, print and online, to help the work of the alliance shape news agendas.. Help media tell the story of inequality with the voices of people organising and mobilising at the grassroots for collective power. Support the strategic engagement of the other global team members and allies in key media work.

Advise and support country alliances in engaging with media and securing effective coverage.

Capture lessons and best practices for wider sharing and to inform planning. Coordinate media monitoring and reporting; including organising reflection and learning activities.

Ensure financial performance of the team including the delivery of agreed targets. Draw up budget, monitor, forecast and report on the budget, including justifying variances.

Be an active part of planning and other regular staff meetings of the global team, and participate in training and learning activities organised. Manage performance and staff development of direct reports.

From time to time carry out any other duties that are within the scope of the job, and as reasonably required by Line Manager.

Person specification

Experience of successfully securing broadcast, print and online coverage, and of producing communications products.

Substantive multi-country experience in organisations working in alliance with social movements, NGOs and unions.

Leadership experience in a decentralised contexts and multiple accountability structures. Able to thrive in an emergent and uncertain space, in a “start-up” organisation without all the systems, processes and support of a big NGO. Able to thrive in a new role from the beginning.

Substantive multi-country experience of building up organisations’ profile. Exceptional negotiation and influencing skills, with the credibility and management experience to broker agreement. Respected by key constituencies of the alliance.

Dynamic and empowering leader able to exert influence and drive change without line management authority or hard power, and to lead in a way that builds others’ leadership.

Excellent analytical skills underpinned by a good understanding of inequality issues and debates, international institutions and processes. Strong organization and time management skills.

Strong women’s rights understanding, analysis and commitment. Committed to battling all forms of discrimination and to standing with the most oppressed. Strong commitment to develop, promote and practice Fight Inequality Alliance’s goals and values.

Willing to travel extensively without creature comforts.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Completely fluent and strong in English. Preferably also fluent in at least one other language.