Communications and Project Officer

Fixed Term Contract until September 2022, with the possibility of extension

About the role

This is an opportunity to join a growing team at the Global Distributors Collective (GDC). The GDC started in October 2018 and, since then, we have gone from strength to strength supporting our members – last mile distribution organisations – to sell life-changing products to low-income, remote or otherwise marginalised people across the world. Our ambition is to make last mile distribution the first priority.

Engaging with our members and partners sits at the core of everything we do; from delivering our innovation workstream and providing technical assistance directly to our members, to hosting learning and collaboration events and gathering/disseminating research and insights. In this role you will work closely with the Head of the GDC, GDC Project Manager and particularly the Communications and Impact Manager to help shape and deliver an ambitious agenda of communications activities, to support last mile distribution companies to save time, money and increase their impact at the last mile. You will also coordinate our member engagement work, providing you with an opportunity to liaise directly with, and learn about, socially-driven companies operating all across the world.

No two days working for the GDC are the same. We are a small, fun and fast-paced team looking forward to welcoming a new team member into the mix!

About you

You are an enthusiastic and motivated individual with a questioning mind and desire to learn. As a communications professional, you will have exceptional written and verbal communications skills and be comfortable liaising with a range of stakeholders. Your eye for design means you are creative with the ability to champion the GDC brand, ensuring that our external communications are always top quality. You will be familiar with working in a customer- or client-facing role; experience working or volunteering within a membership organisation would be an asset.

You are comfortable to work remotely and undertake tasks independently, often delivering work to time-pressured deadlines; while also being a keen team player and ready to chip in when necessary. While you may not have prior experience of working in the international development sector, you’ll have an interest in development issues and finding ways to improve the lives of marginalised people.

As our small international team works predominantly in English, it’s important that you are a fluent English speaker. Many of our members speak French as a first language, so French language skills would also be an asset!

Why join us?

The opportunity to work for an organisation that is making a positive difference to the lives of people worldwide, a friendly and supportive culture, working with values driven and highly engaged colleagues, work life balance and flexible working – these are just some of the reasons we think Practical Action is a great place to work.

Our other benefits include:

  • Full time roles are contracted at 35 hours per week
  • 26 days holiday rising with continuous service, in addition to public holidays.
  • Pension scheme - employer contributes 10.5% of salary and the employee contributes 5%.
  • Enhanced family friendly policies, including maternity, adoption, paternity and shared parental leave.
  • Life assurance (3 x annual salary).
  • Bike to Work scheme.
  • Global Employee Assistance Programme
  • Remote working / home working is possible with this role.

About us

Practical Action is an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.

We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.

Additional information

We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.

Practical Action is committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal checks and terrorist financing.

Closing date for applications: midnight GMT Friday 19th March

Tentative Interview date: week commencing 29th March

Please note that, should we recruit a suitable candidate before the closing date, we will close applications earlier than the specified date.