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The CIR is a non-profit organisation that investigates, exposes, and counters influence operations, including disinformation. 

We work closely with some of the leading organisations, journalists and academics in the disinformation space. 

We pride ourselves on an inclusive, open and flexible working environment.  

Any vacancies are listed below.  

 

Communications Manager

The Centre for Information Resilience, the UK’s first dedicated non-profit to identifying and countering influence operations, is seeking an outstanding individual to play an important role within a small but growing social enterprise. 


The CIR works with democratic governments, NGOs and the media to identify, counter and expose influence operations, including disinformation. Our mission is achieved through three strands: programmes & research, the Global Investigations Unit, and the Resilience Network. 


The role


This is a brilliant opportunity for a talented communications professional with a journalistic, agency or government communications background to join CIR and grow awareness of our work through insightful, well-researched and impactful content.


As CIR’s first communications hire, you will have significant freedom and autonomy to grow and adapt the role. We are looking for an ambitious “go getter” with a relentless drive to secure coverage and grow our social media presence. There will be scope to quickly build the role and a communications team around you, should you be highly successful in the role. For an ambitious candidate, who wants to build a brand among key journalists and policymakers, this is a dream role. 


  • With your flair for the written word, expertise with media channels and a good network of contacts in media, you’ll bring our research and investigations to the attention of even more people, raising CIR’s profile among journalists and policymakers in the UK, Europe and the U.S. You will design and implement media strategies to reach and engage key audiences. 


  • As Communications Manager, you’ll lead the way in shaping and delivering our communication activities, creating informed and impactful content for external audiences. Using your communications expertise, you’ll identify, create and deliver a variety of engaging and insightful material for a range of channels including podcasts, blogs and films.


  • With the aim of broadening our outreach and increasing our impact, you’ll work closely with the Global Investigations Unit, using their insights to create news and PR opportunities. Where appropriate, you’ll also assist the programmes team in delivering strategic communications support / crisis communications responses on specific projects. 


  • Contribute to CIR’s thought leadership in the disinformation space, by drafting op-eds, blogs, and helping draft material for the directors on a range of topics. Assist the directors with presentations, speeches and promotional material as necessary. Where appropriate, act as an ambassador and spokesperson for CIR. 


  • Develop a network of key media contacts to ensure regular coverage for CIR. You will utilise CIR’s inhouse expertise to bring insight to the UK / European / US news agenda – looking for media opportunities / “hooks” to help build the CIR brand. For news stories around disinformation, influence operations, and hostile state activity, your role will be to ensure journalists know they can come to CIR for informed, insightful views, fast. 


  • Lead coordination of the international media engagement around our two flagship projects, Myanmar Witness and Afghan Witness. 


  • Be responsible for the CIR’s Twitter and LinkedIn channel; help develop a “brand voice” for the CIR Twitter account,  posting content in a timely manner, and building the audience. 


Person Specification


Essential criteria

  • Excellent organisational skills, capable of managing multiple tasks and taskholders to deliver with tight timeframes. 

  • Ability to deliver excellence with little day-to-day management.

  • Ability to build and manage strong relationships with a range of stakeholders, including journalists and policymakers 

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including experience writing sharp copy, as well as longer, more considered pieces; the ability to turn complex concepts into easily digestible copy. Confident in working with senior policymakers and researchers.     

  • To be tech-savvy and familiar with running Twitter accounts, updating websites and other digital outlets; willingness to test and innovate with other social media platforms. 

  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to review materials for accuracy and consistency.

  • A team player with a “can do” attitude, and a willingness to help across the business. 


Desirable criteria

  • Knowledge and experience of mis/disinformation, influence operations and strategic communications.

  • Track record in securing media coverage for foreign/ security policy-related organisations / individuals.


To apply, please email a cover letter and CV to hello@info-res.org, with "Communications Manager" in the subject line.