Part-Time Human Rights Communications Lead
The Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI), is a global collaborative project bringing together academics and human rights advocates to produce comprehensive, free, easy-to-access metrics summarising the human rights performance of countries around the world. By bringing more transparency to country human rights performance we aim to inspire more ethical behaviour by states and other actors.
HRMI is hosted by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, based in Wellington. A not-for-profit and charitable trust, Motu is in both the top ten economic think tanks and top ten climate think tanks in the world.
The role of the HRMI Communications Lead is to plan and lead HRMI’s outreach and communications efforts. There are two main parts to this position, potentially separable into two positions:
Social media and outreach (ideally Wellington-based but potential to be based anywhere):
• Monitor current events and news focus to identify opportunities to feature HRMI research relevant to current public debate internationally.
• Develop and maintain flow of communications over appropriate media, including website, blogging, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
• Engage human rights practitioners/experts in an ongoing dialogue/interaction.
General communications strategy and management (Wellington based):
• Develop and maintain strategy for use of traditional publications, website and social media to maximise HRMI’s impact and public presence.
• Develop and maintain a network of key international contacts, including media contacts.
• Curate and maintain website to keep it fresh and effective.
• Support the achievement of HRMI’s fundraising goals, and provide support and assistance for other tasks as needed.
The starting position is for a fixed-term period of 1 year, starting in August or September 2017 and working around 15-20 hours per week. Our hope is that this position will be extended and expanded, as we secure further project funding.
Competitive candidates will likely be high achievers, with strong awareness of international events, excellent judgment and passion for social justice. They will have:
• A qualification in journalism, international relations, communications or related area.
• Significant international experience and/or evidence of substantial engagement with the area of human rights, international relations or similar.
• Experience with and enthusiasm for working with stakeholders from different cultures.
• Strong writing ability, including experience with bringing relatively technical material to life.
• Experience with building an organisation’s profile through social media and other outreach.
• A strong focus on accuracy and risk management.
• A growth mind-set and enjoy working collaboratively to achieve organisational goals.
Languages: English is the working language of HRMI but we work with translators to produce multi-lingual content. Knowledge of other languages would be an advantage.
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