News Manager

London, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified


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Job Description

Want to help make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere?

Want to help vulnerable communities protect themselves against Covid-19? Can you create and lead effective media strategies that help bring about change? Want to join an award-winning and ambitious team?

Are you fizzing with great ideas, willing to take risks but utterly strategic in ensuring impact and results?

Join WaterAid as our News Manager and help to change normal for millions of people living without clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene so they can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good. On top of that you'll be joining a 2020 Great Place to Work® award-winning organisation.

As News Manager, you will work closely with our Policy and Campaigns directorate and media colleagues around the world to ensure that ambitious media coverage plays an integral role in our global advocacy strategy, amplifying our message to decision makers and helping bring about change.

Full time. Currently working from home. International travel may be required in the future.

Job Description

You will provide expert media advice and delivery on national and international news, policy and campaigns activities across all media channels. You will ensure that WaterAid's media work on news, policy and campaigns is global, ambitious, proactive, fleet of foot, creative, strategic and results driven.

You'll also:

* Brief staff up to and including the Chief Executive
* Build and maintain excellent relationships with relevant journalists
* Act as a media spokesperson for WaterAid as required.
* Lead up to four senior media officers
* When circumstances allow, you will accompany journalists to visit our work

About you

To be successful, you'll need:

  • Considerable experience of achieving high profile, impactful media coverage, preferably around policy or campaigns issues.
  • Experience of liaising with journalists of all levels
  • Proven ability to prioritise workload and work under pressure.
  • Creativity and tenacity

Salary: circa £42,000 (subject to experience) with excellent benefits

To see the full job pack, please click 'Apply'.

Please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter into one document in either Word Document or PDF format.

Applications will close 23:59 on Sunday 1st November 2020. Availability for interview is required w/c 9th November - due to current restrictions interviews will take place by video call.

Additional Information

WaterAid benefits include:

  • 36 days holiday (including Bank Holidays)
  • Option to buy an extra 5 days annual leave
  • We offer a generous pension plan with employer contribution of up to 10%
  • Flexible working conditions, including the opportunity for part-time work and home working up to 2 days a week
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Free annual eye tests
  • Pay as You Give charitable giving scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity and Adoption/Surrogacy pay, Shared Parental Leave and Paternity Leave.
  • Sabbaticals
  • Volunteer Day

WaterAid is currently located at Canary Wharf, London and this will be your location and contract base. Due to current restrictions on office capacity the majority of our staff are working from home. All aspects of this including how we will support home working and the office transition will be discussed at the interview stage with you.

We are unable to provide sponsorship for this post. In order to apply for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.

WaterAid is committed to ensuring that wherever we work in the world there is no tolerance for the abuse of power, privilege or trust. WaterAid reinforces a culture of zero tolerance towards any form of inappropriate behaviour, abuse, harassment, or exploitation of any kind. The safeguarding of our beneficiaries, staff, volunteers and anyone working on our behalf, is our top priority and we take our responsibilities extremely seriously. All staff and volunteers are required to share in this commitment through our Global Code of Conduct. We will conduct the most appropriate pre-employment references and checks to ensure high standards are maintained.

WaterAid is an equal opportunities, disability-confident employer and committed to achieving the highest standards of diversity, fairness and equality. Should you have a disability and require any additional support, please contact us at