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Communications Officer - Wellington

Job LocationWellington Central
EducationNot Mentioned
SalaryNot Disclosed
IndustryGovernment & Defence
Functional AreaNot Mentioned

Job Description

Main purpose of job:Are you a communications professional with an interest in diplomacy, trade and foreign affairs The British High Commission in Wellington is looking for a Communications Officer to join our whānau and help foster UK-NZ relations.At the British High Commission in Wellington, our work covers the full range of UK government interests – political, trade, defence, science, economics, visas and consular policy. We operate in a fascinating, fast-paced environment, working closely with New Zealand on a wide range of issues that reinforce our shared values. Our Wellington-based Communications Team supports the whole UK in NZ network, and works closely with colleagues in smaller missions across the Pacific region.Good planning, self-management and creativity are all part of this exciting job. Working to the Communications Manager, you will support the delivery of UK in NZ communications campaigns covering the full range of our work. You will produce high-quality digital and social media content, run events, and engage with media to promote the diverse and exciting range of UK interests in NZ.You will need to build your relationships across the UK team to understand policy priorities, and how your role supports these, feeding back on public perceptions of the UK through media monitoring and reporting. You will advise on the most appropriate channels to use - whether social or traditional media, public events, or working through others to promote our messages. You will be jointly responsible for the day to day management and use of social media channels and evaluation of our engagement. You will ensure our message remains consistent, clear and relevant to the New Zealand audience.You will also lead our event management, working closely with policy leads and the High Commissioner’s Residence team to design and deliver events tailored to specific policy priorities and maximise their impact through public messaging when appropriate. You will support the production of our  podcast series, spotting opportunities for potential subjects, planning, recording and uploading our content.Your external relationships will also be important, as will your understanding of the NZ media landscape and ability to build relationships with media. You will monitor traditional New Zealand media as well as digital channels to spot potential stories that can be used to support our interests. You will be able to understand, digest and communicate complex policy, ranging from climate change, to free trade, in creative ways, and identify proactive communications opportunities. As the potential for international travel evolves, you will also support the Communications Manager and Political Team with Ministerial and senior visits to NZ.You will join a vibrant and friendly High Commission team which welcomes challenge and takes a collaborative approach to shared challenges. The role will offer the ability to work flexibly.The diversity of our workforce is one of our greatest strengths. The British High Commission is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We aspire to reflect the bicultural nature of New Zealand. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law.Roles and responsibilities:Campaigns – 40%

  • Work with the Head of Political and the wider Team to understand overarching policy objectives.
  • Work with the Communications Manager to deliver UK in NZ campaigns across multiple channels (digital, TV, radio, print, events).
  • Stay attuned to emerging issues that affect the UK in NZ, formulating responses in coordination with relevant sections/departments.
  • Evaluate and report on UKinNZ public campaigns to inform future approach
Event Management – 20%
  • Plan and deliver a variety of events tailored to policy objectives. Develop and deliver associated comms plans where relevant.
Digital – 30 %
  • Planning and production of digital media (podcasts, video, live-streams)
Media monitoring – 10%
  • Monitor local and global media and to provide timely, relevant reporting on UK coverage and public perceptions of the UK or UK priorities.
Essential qualifications, skills and experience  
  • Knowledge of the NZ media landscape, including familiarity with digital and social media, and willingness to learn new skills
  • Interest in, and understanding of, NZ and UK political landscapes
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to treat others with respect and courtesy regardless of work pressures
  • Ability to work effectively and supportively with colleagues, both individually and in teams
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Flexibility to meet the demands of a varied work schedule and contribute to the wider work of the British High Commission
For more information and to submit your application, please register to the FCO website - applications must be received before 23:55 (NZDT), 1 December 2021.Please be aware that you will only be able to apply to vacancies for Local Staff roles with the British Government through the official site (operated by Oleeo). Jobs advertised on third party websites will always link back to the official site. If you complete and send an application through any other site, we will not receive it. 

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