View Vacancy – Press and Public Diplomacy Manager – HM Government – Brasil.

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The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  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 identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)
Communications, Press and Media

Main purpose of job:

 The Communications and Public Diplomacy team is looking for an experienced media professional to lead our press engagement in the British Embassy in Brasilia. This is an exciting opportunity to work as His Majesty Ambassador’s press officer, supporting her press engagement on a number of priority topics, especially trade, climate, security, as well as expanding and solidifying her social media presence through soft power.

The successful candidate will work on an exciting, dynamic and fast-paced environment, being challenged to plan and deliver ambitious and creative communications strategies to protect, project and promote the UK in Brazil, aligned with the overall objectives of the British Mission in Brazil.

The ideal candidate has deep journalistic experience, with a special interest in politics and diplomacy, a great eye to spotting a good story, a solid network of contacts in the press across the country and a passion to using communications to advance our public diplomacy priorities. This position will be based at the Embassy in Brasilia and report to the Head of Communications and Public Diplomacy.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Provide high-level communications advice to the Ambassador and other senior officials (both proactive and reactive), including working on key messages, press lines, briefing and coaching them for interviews, speeches and external/internal presentations.
  • Expand and nurture relationships with journalists and key influencers and looking for opportunities to promote UK’s agenda in Brazil, aligned with the overarching communications strategy.
  • Lead HMA’s digital presence, producing creative content, proactively suggesting ways to use the channels to convey our priorities and increase our reach with Brazilian audiences
  • Develop press releases, articles, thought leadership pieces, social media editorial, content creation such as video scripts, and internal communications when appropriate;
  • Develop strategic communications plans (including press and digital engagement) and implement creative and effective ways to disseminate UK Government’s key messages to Brazilian audiences during ministerial/VIP visits to Brazil.
  • Lead and support events to promote the UK in Brazil, going beyond the business as usual to attract relevant audiences, including thinking creatively on photo opportunities, digital, branding and other activities, in close liaison with teams.
  • Accompany the Ambassador to official events, including trips in Brazil, interacting with local journalists and digital influencers
  • Build relationships with communications teams from the Brazilian government, other nations aligned with UK values and organisations with shared agendas;
  • Supervise one intern, delegating tasks, giving feedback and contributing to their professional development;
  • Support the Head of Communications and Comms Team’s wider work, including organising events, press engagement and VIP visits when required;
  • Participate actively in our corporate agenda, helping to build an inclusive and developmental culture within the team.
 

Resources managed :

One intern

    • Proactive, self-sufficient, and results-oriented individual who is driven by an interest in the delivery of high impact, innovative and strategic communications
    •  At least six years of professional experience in journalism and media organisations, with a good network of press contacts in key outlets and good understanding of Brazilian media
    • A university degree in journalism, media and related fields
    • Excellent writing, spelling and copywriting skills in Portuguese and English
    • Strong interest in international relations, politics and diplomacy
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, management skills, good attention to detail and be a strong team-player.
    • Basic video and photo editing for social media
    • IT literacy, including MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, Outlook)

  • Experience of working with international NGOs, government or news organisations.
  • Experience with digital campaigns
  • Ability to deal with a range of contacts at all levels
  • Understanding of UK politics, economy and government priorities
 
 
  • Seeing the Big Picture, Making Effective Decisions, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together

Application deadline 1:

21 January 2024
 
Executive Officer (EO)
 
 
Full-time, Permanent
 
36
 
 
Latin America and Spanish speaking Caribbean
 
 
Brazil
 
Brasilia
 
 
British Embassy
 
1
 
BRL
 
BRL 11,249.34
 
4 March 2024
 

Learning and development opportunities:

The Brazil Network has an active Learning and Development (L&D) Committee that promotes formal and learning opportunities.  

Working patterns:

This is a full-time job Monday – Friday 9:00 – 17:15. The Network is fully committed to flexible working and open to proposals from candidates (for instance, periodic home working, flexible hours, etc.) 

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a written assessment during the interview stage.

The British Embassy Network offers a strong benefits package. This package includes generous vacation and leave time, flexible working patterns, and an enriching learning and development opportunities. 

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. 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. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary, eg some non-local national staff and some spouses or partners of UK diplomatic staff, will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.

Please note that internal candidates applying for positions in other Posts should resign its contract in the respective Post to be admitted in the Post where the position has been advertised.


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