Communications and Media Officer

London, UK | Full time; 2-year fixed term contract

Salary range: UK – £49,000 to £52,000

I. Position Summary

Reporting to the Chief Advisor Executive Office, the Communications and Media Officer leads the development of all external communications for the Executive Chair. Working closely with senior colleagues across the organisation, the Communications and Media Officer conceptualises, writes and edits all external-facing content for the Executive Chair. The Officer will also be responsible for organising and streamlining various writing and external communications projects to support the Executive Chair’s advocacy and thought leadership. They will regularly communicate with the Chief Communications and Creative Officer and Chief Global Advocacy Officer to inform coordinated external messaging and media engagement across all platforms.

The ideal candidate is a tertiary graduate with exposure to high profile individual work and is highly organised with strong writing experience and thrives in a fast-paced, detail-oriented, creative environment.

  • Uphold the values of Malala Fund and actively contribute to making Malala Fund a diverse and equitable workplace through inclusive practice and openness to different perspectives, cultures, and ideas.
  • Be emotionally intelligent, with good people skills, be an excellent communicator with a high degree of humility, integrity, and discretion.
  • Has the ability to motivate and persuade others.
  • Maintain behaviour and conduct which upholds the highest standards for safeguarding and professionalism.
  • II. Responsibilities

    Plan, Develop, and Implement the Communications Strategy for the Executive Chair

    • In partnership with the communication department of Malala Fund, develop and implement effective communication and media strategy to support the Executive Chair’s vision and advocacy initiatives.
    • Shape the Executive Chair’s public voice and tone through the delivery of well-researched, fact-checked and cohesive external communications.
    • Plan and manage the design, content and production of all the Executive Chair’s communication materials.
    • Support and staff the Executive Chair for in-person or virtual media engagements including staffing engagements, liaising with event organisers and providing verbal/written briefings prior to and at the event site.
    • Provide writing and storytelling support to Malala Fund’s Executive Chair.
    • Contributes to messaging for fundraising and donor reporting.
    Support Malala Fund’s Advocacy and Influencing Agenda
    • Collaborate with the Chief of Communications, Chief of Global Advocacy and other senior leaders on high-impact communications opportunities to enhance the Executive Chair’s thought leadership on girls’ education, gender equality, and related topics.
    • Provide researched and up-to-date information and statistics on gender equality, social justice, politics, and other related fields to inform relevant updates to key messages and talking points.
    • Plan and manage the Executive Chair’s editorial calendar including setting deadlines, information flow, and engaging with internal subject-matter experts and other stakeholders.
    • Accompany the Executive Chair to specific events/meetings to capture key insights to integrate into external communications.
    • Stay immersed in breaking news, op-eds, and reports on all issues related to Malala Fund’s work.
    Public Relations and Social Media Management
    • Support Malala Fund’s Communications Team in relation to the appearance of the Executive Chair in print, digital and broadcast media.
    • Liaise with the Executive Chair’s PR and Communications team at Extracurricular and other relevant personal business stakeholders to ensure consistent branding and messaging by the Executive Chair across her total media and public footprint.
    • Develop and implement a social media calendar to support Executive Chair’s advocacy and influencing work, including social media copywriting and capturing multimedia (photos and video), as needed.
    • Prepare detailed quarterly analytics on press and social media reach and engagement.
    • Manages in-platform inboxes and responds to relevant inquiries in a timely manner having engaged and consulted with the Executive Office and other stakeholders as necessary.
    Organisational Culture
    • Upholds the values of Malala Fund.
    • Actively contributes to making Malala Fund a diverse and equitable workplace through inclusive practice and openness to different perspectives, cultures and ideas.
    • Maintains behaviour and conduct that uphold the highest standards for safeguarding, professionally and personally.
    • Acts as a role model for a ‘learning organisation’ culture by seeking insight and using problems as opportunities to learn.

    III. Knowledge, Experience and Behaviours


    • Demonstrated writing and editing experience for prominent and visible principals.
    • Advanced research and editing skills.
    • Superior organisation, prioritisation and project management skills with high attention to detail.
    • Strong attention to detail—grammar, factual accuracy, etc.
    • Strong understanding of digital media and trends, to inform content production that is platform and audience-specific.
    • Resourcefulness and ability to work independently and with excellent judgement, taking ownership of a wide range of responsibilities.
    • Demonstrable experience of providing administrative support in a fast-paced office environment.
    • Demonstrated relationship management experience within diplomatic or political or international organisation context.
    • Experience handling sensitive and confidential information with the highest level of discretion.
    • Strong commitment to Malala Fund’s mission, purpose and values.
    • Strong commitment to gender equality, anti-racism, anti-discrimination, decolonisation and social justice.
    • Strong commitment to professional development and continued learning.
    • Excellent team player with ability to work independently and in collaboration with colleagues at all levels across departments and external stakeholders.
    • Written fluency in any language(s) relevant to Malala Fund’s work.
    • Knowledge of AP Style.
    • Knowledge of social justice or international development organisations.

    Malala Fund is committed to racial equity and social justice. We actively seek applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities, to provide a wide range of perspectives, ideas, views and insights into the strategy, policies, culture and ambitions of Malala Fund. We would particularly welcome applications from candidates who have lived in countries in which Malala Fund is operating.

    IV. About Malala Fund

    Registered as a public charity in the U.K. and U.S., Malala Fund is working toward a world where all girls can learn and lead. With more than 130 million girls out of school today, we're breaking down barriers that hold girls back.

    Malala Fund advocates for resources and policy changes needed to give all girls a secondary education. The girls we serve have high goals for themselves and we have high expectations for leaders who can help them. We invest in local education leaders and front-line organisations — the people who best understand girls in their communities — in regions where most girls are missing out on secondary school. We give girls the tools they need to advocate for education and equality in their communities and a platform for the world to hear their voices. We believe girls should speak for themselves and tell leaders what they need to learn and achieve their potential.

    V. How to Apply

    Please submit your CV and cover letter through the application link by 29 March 2023.

    Applicant must have right to work in the location they are applying and will be expected to work from that location.

    Please be aware we are reviewing applications on a rolling basis and reserve the right to close the vacancy should a suitable candidate be identified before the closing date.

    Please note that due to the very high number of applications we receive when positions are posted, we are only able to respond directly to candidates with whom we wish to move forward in the interview process.

    Please note you must have the required right to work for the location you are applying for. You will be asked to provide proof of your right to work should you be selected for interview.

    Malala Fund is an inclusive organisation and welcomes applications from under-represented and intersectional groups including BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities. We are seeking people from different backgrounds, cultures, age, experience and identities, to provide a wide range of experience, ideas, views and insights into the strategy, policies, culture and ambitions of Malala Fund.

    Malala Fund is committed to ensuring the safety of those involved in our work. Our first priority is protecting everyone who comes in direct or indirect contact with our organisation. Malala Fund has a zero-tolerance approach to abuse and exploitation by any of our staff, representatives or partners. We commit to ensuring that those who work with Malala Fund or on our behalf are able to work in an environment that is free from harm. To this end, Malala Fund reserves the right to conduct background checks on prospective and current employees.