Officer, Communications

Communications London, United Kingdom


Description

 

Officer, Communications

Who We Are

Bridge partners with governments, donors, and parents to ensure that every child has access to an education that develops her full potential and creates the foundation for prosperity for the country. We are dedicated to supporting teachers, empowering school leaders, and ensuring every child has the learning support needed to master the national syllabus and have the confidence to succeed in a competitive world. Each of our project or country teams are supported through expertise and programming from additional offices around the world, combining world-leading expertise in core design areas with locally resident leadership and execution. We leverage experts, data, and technology in order to support and scale every aspect of quality education delivery. Bridge managed and supported schools are technology enabled and data driven to ensure accountability in the classroom for both teachers’ performance and children’s learning.

The Bridge model delivers significant learning outcomes at large scale by combining technology and customized learning materials. At Bridge, we believe innovation and technology can transform learning. Our model – which uses technology to deliver thoroughly researched and carefully designed daily lesson guides to teachers in our academies – is proven to increase learning outcomes for children. We are a solutions-driven, implementation-focused organization, using design principles to work in varied and often highly constrained contexts to ensure learning outcomes and positive development for children. Working in regional and national scales is important to us, as empowering entire generations of children with core knowledge, skills, and confidence is what builds the foundation for a peaceful and prosperous future for us all.

Our mission is to provide our pupils with a life-changing education and we believe that every child should have a right to world-class education regardless of her family’s income. Core to our approach is the conviction that every child can learn, as long as the school she attends is committed to her development and puts her needs to learn at the forefront of all decisions. We have seen teachers and children transform and excel in both government and private schools that we support and manage.

We invite you to join this incredible endeavor that is having world-changing impact across multiple continents. You will join a team of dedicated change-makers committed to ensuring that each decision we make keeps a child’s experience of learning as its guiding principle.

 

Strategy Group

The Strategy Group at Bridge is responsible for our overall direction in education service, designing our verbal and visual brand, communicating our work internally and externally, providing insight into the ecosystems within which we work, measuring the impact of our programs, engaging our government partners in programming, ensuring regulatory compliance, and expanding the reach of our services into new geographies. Creative, Communications, Insights, Measurement & Evaluation, Quality Assurance, Policy & Partnerships, and New Opportunities are all departments within the Strategy Group. Collaboration between and coordination of each of these department’s functions is critical to ensure that every child has access to an education that develops her full potential and creates the foundation for prosperity for the country.

Communication Department

The Communication team at Bridge is housed with the Strategy group and collaborates across departments to ensure that Bridge is telling its story both locally and globally in the most compelling way. Communication is responsible for a wide range of activities including digital communications, external relations, advocacy, reputation management and media. We are focused on ensuring that the work that Bridge is doing to improving learning outcomes for hundreds of thousands of children reaches a wide audience.

We support a wide array of initiatives simultaneously and need to be able to respond quickly and effectively to help shape the external environment in which we operate. We spot opportunities as well as create them and always make sure that those in the communities we serve and the Governments we support get their voices heard.
 

About the Role

We are looking for a communications officer to join our team. You will support in the creation, delivery and production of powerful multimedia content; maintain and build our public speaking platform opportunities; and undertake research and policy analysis.

 

Our ideal candidate will have worked in communications in Africa or Asia. They will combine a strong understanding of how to produce impactful video content with the ability to undertake research and policy analysis; taking pride in their attention to detail. You will be an extremely effective written communicator, a planner, and creative. A keen sense of ownership, speedy execution, and determination is a must.

 

What You Will Do

  • Produce powerful and inspiring multi media content and collateral from across Bridge run and support schools. 
  • Maintain and develop Bridge’s public speaking platform for senior leaders. 
  • Deliver research projects and policy analysis.
  • Work within short term and long term communications plans as conveyed by the Director Communications. 
  • Draft and produce materials and content for external engagement purposes including letters, reports and Policy Memos. 
  • Undertake ad hoc communications projects as necessary.

What You Should Have

  • A 2:1 Degree, or better
  • 2 - 3 years experience in a communications team with a political, campaigning, or social impact focus.
  • Proven ability to produce compelling content for external audiences.
  • Proven ability to collate, produce and edit multimedia content: extensive experience of editing using Premier Pro, preferred.
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills to develop effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience of research and policy analysis 
  • Experience of working on events and speaking opportunities.
  • Proven ability to prioritise and organise own workload effectively and efficiently and meet deadlines.
  • A background of working in matrixed organisations with internationally based and remote working colleagues from Africa or India.
  • Ideally, experience of working in Africa or India.
  • A willingness and ability to travel to the communities we support.
  • A robust, confident, can do attitude.
  • Fluency in a second language from a country in which we work such as Yoruba, Swahili, Igbo, Hausa, Hindu or Urdu is desirable.

  

You’re also

        A detailed doer – You have a track record of getting things done. You’re organized and responsive. You take ownership of every idea you touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. You can multi-task dozens of such projects at once and never lose sight of the details. Likely, you have some experience in a start-up or other rapid-growth company.

        A creative problem-solver – Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, Bridge works in often fragile, sometimes volatile low-resource communities and with complex government systems. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand.

        A relentless advocate – The children we serve and teachers we empower never leave your mind. You know them, get them, have shared a meal with them (or would be happy to in the future). You would never shrink back from shaking a parent’s hand or picking up a crying child, no matter what the person was wearing or looked like. Every decision you make considers their benefit, experience, and value.

        A malleable learner – You believe you can always do better. You welcome constructive criticism and provide it freely to others. You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where you’ve missed things or failed today.

        A data-driven decision-maker – When making decisions, you don’t rely your intuition alone. You collect data, you analyze it and make decisions with clear justifications.

        A curious investigator – You ask why a lot. You don’t just take what you see and accept it. You wonder why it is that way, and are aware that the world we see is created by human choices and actions – and it could be different. You wonder, and see the world as wonderful even when you want to change a part of it that is unjust.