Are you a strong and dynamic communicator with political savvy and strategic flair?
Are you creative, able to create compelling content and have a ‘can do’ attitude?
Are you an experienced public sector professional with excellent judgement and people skills?
Are you ready for the adventure of living in a beautiful, fascinating and unique country?
If so, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity could be for you…
As Head of Communications for the Falkland Islands Government, you will provide strategic advice and guidance to senior government leaders and elected officials on a wide range of communications and public diplomacy issues and initiatives.
Creating strategic and proactive external and internal communications plans, enhancing social media and web presence, building and maintaining media and stakeholder relations, and raising the profile and enhancing the reputation of the Falkland Islands are also key elements of the job.
You will run a small team, requiring a ‘roll your sleeves up’ approach and the ability to ensure an integrated and effective communications service which supports the objectives of an organisation which operates at international, national and community levels, all of which are equally vital.
Flexible and responsive, you understand that a communications function operates on its reputation and are relaxed enough to work in a role where no two days are the same. You must be comfortable working with a high degree of autonomy and have the tact, sensitivity and judgement to manage sensitive, confidential and contentious issues including within the international media arena.
Organised, articulate and persuasive, you will have strong interpersonal skills and be able to establish excellent working relationships with colleagues and external partners. You will need a high degree of national and international political awareness, particularly concerning the Falkland Islands.
You will be enthusiastic, self-motivated and proactive, as well as a lateral thinker, skilled problem solver and a supportive team player. As a minimum, you will need at least 5 or more years of relevant experience working in public relations, communications, media and/or marketing roles.
In return, we offer competitive remuneration and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live and work in an unparalleled location.
- Initial 2-4 year fixed term contract, with potential for extension by mutual agreement
- Salary range starting at £41,000 and dependent upon experience
- 25% gratuity, paid upon successful completion of the contract
- 30 days annual leave, plus government and public holidays (totalling 41 days leave)
- Relocation allowance, to help with moving costs
- Flights package for you and your dependents, including mid-term return flight home
- Government housing for rent at a subsidised rate and a starter pack to help you settle in
The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) is the largest employer in the Falkland Islands and offers a range of unique and fulfilling job opportunities across the full spectrum of public services. Our responsibilities include those typically managed by central government – including taxation, legislation and policy – as well as those usually coordinated on a local level such as town planning, public works, education, health and social services. FIG also provides services specific to the needs of the Falkland Islands, including fisheries research, national utilities and the government air service.
Set in the South Atlantic Ocean, around 400 miles east of South America and 8,000 miles south-west of the UK, the Falkland Islands are a small, thriving community with a British way of life, benefiting from good local services, a close community and opportunities that are hard to find elsewhere in the world. The islands’ stunning natural environment provides an unspoiled landscape and amazing wildlife to observe and explore, including penguins, whales and dolphins, all seen from the shore.
Five reasons you should work in the Falkland Islands:
- Quality of life – if you’re fed up of the daily commute, then why not swap the many hours you spend on the train/in the car/on the tube for a journey to work of only five minutes? It’s not only traffic jams that will be a thing of the past, but with a well-functioning healthcare system you won’t have to wait days to see a doctor, and this is true of most public services. Plus what a bonus to leave the office and be at home/on the beach/relaxing in a flash.
- Society and community – the Falkland Islands is certainly no slouch on the social scene, there is always something going on from live music to cooking or dancing lessons, from theatre performances to pub quizzes. Plus here you will build friendships that will last a lifetime in this tight-knit community where you will come to know everyone as ‘Che’.
- Customs and culture – in country of 3,200 people you might be surprised to learn that the population is made up of individuals from over 60 countries, including a sizeable Chilean community. This makes for a diverse and inclusive culture where people are friendly and community-minded. Although there is a strong British influence, you will find elements of other countries mingle with the everydayness of the Falkland Islands which makes for a truly special experience.
- Safety and security – do you yearn for the days when you didn’t have to lock your doors? Welcome to the Falkland Islands – one of the safest places on the planet. Its low crime rate means it is an excellent place not only to walk the streets in safety, but also to raise children.
- Adventure – not only does having an international role on your CV add to your value as an employee, but the Falkland Islands is a place for adventure. From taking a nine-seater plane to one of the outer islands to see albatross, sea lions and seals, to climbing a mountain range or taking a mid-winter dip in the South Atlantic with hundreds of other hardy souls.
Five further reasons to work in the Falkland Islands:
- Rockhopper penguins
- Magellanic penguins
- Macaroni penguins
- King penguins
- Gentoo penguins
How to Apply
Please complete our online application form; applications will be open until the vacancy is filled, although the ideal candidate would be able to begin the position at the start of November 2019.
Applications close at 08.00 on 31 May 2019.
For an informal chat about the role, please contact Rhian Burgess, either via email Communications.Head@sec.gov.fk or by calling +500 27400 (bear in mind the Falkland Islands is currently four hours behind British Summertime).
For more information about working for Falkland Islands Government, take a look around our recruitment microsite: www.jobs.gov.fk.