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VisionFund Communications Officer

Job Description

*Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate in a jurisdiction (country or US state) where VisionFund is registered to operate.

Organisational Background:

World Vision (WV) is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. One important component of World Vision’s work is microfinance, providing financial services such as credit, savings and insurance to the poor, enabling them to earn increased income, build assets and provide for their families. Numerous studies confirm the strong impact of microfinance on the well-being of children. Studies also show, however, that the integration of microfinance with other development activities can have an even greater impact when compared to either microfinance alone or development activities alone. WV’s microfinance operations are managed through VisionFund International (VFI) and its 8,000 staff, a WV subsidiary. VFI manages a network of over 30 microfinance institutions (MFIs) globally and has an outstanding portfolio of approximately $530m with 1.2m clients worldwide.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

  • The main purpose of the position is to support the delivery of external and internal communications through a variety of channels that will help engage VisionFund’s network of 8,000 people along with external stakeholders and partners that support VisionFund’s work.

  • The Communications Officer will perform an essential communications role, drafting materials, keeping systems up to date and being a point of contact for our network of over 30 MFIs. The successful candidate will create communications collateral for VisionFund Global Centre, its global microfinance institutions and employees throughout World Vision.

  • The areas of focus will be media monitoring, monthly reporting, maintenance of communications channels and other communications tasks such as copywriting, editing and content management.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Draft content for web, newsletter, internal communications and curating online discussions.

  • Writing, editing, proof reading.

  • Managing timing of internal communications e.g. monthly newsletters and managing translation and dissemination.

  • Maintain library and communications systems with VisionFund content.

  • Basic press office admin and execution.

  • Prepare, guide and review written and visual material, briefings, announcements, Q&A and other communications as needed and requested by or with the approval of line manager.

  • Under the direction of the line manager, enable and advise on quality of MFI communications.

  • Involvement in gathering client stories and overseeing photo and video gathering in the field.

  • Media monitoring when required.

  • Maintenance of events calendar.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent level of knowledge gained through work experience in public relations, communications, journalism, marketing or a related client-services field.

  • At least two years working in a related field in public relations, communications or marketing, preferably in a global and multicultural environment. Agency experience is a plus.

  • Good networker, comfortable working in a matrix structure and effective at working with others across multiple time zones and cultures.

  • Experience drafting press releases and statements.

  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.

  • Good interpersonal skills.

  • A self-starter with initiative, proactivity and common sense.

  • Some design/visual capability would be preferred.

  • A willingness to learn.

  • Interest in international development or microfinance along with an understanding of VisionFund’s mission, values and vision.

  • Experience of internal communications and/or change management is useful.