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The Elders is an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007, who work together for peace and human rights worldwide. The Elders are assisted by a small team based in London.

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  • Programme Officer

    Are you looking for a unique role within a humanitarian non profit?

    A group of independent leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela and chaired by Kofi Annan, The Elders use their collective experience and global influence to promote peace, justice and human rights. We support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict, and inspire hope where there is despair.

    We are looking for a Programme Officer to assist in the development of a range of new initiatives. This is a perfect opportunity for somebody looking for an immersive role within a charity that has an impact which projects internationally, within an experienced and dedicated team.

    This person will predominantly be involved in researching programme and policy issues, a recent one being on refugees and migration. They will succeed at building productive relationships with government officials, representatives of civil society and parliamentarians. Additional responsibilities will include preparing briefings and speeches for events alongside the development of materials for their website and other external communications.

    The Programme Officer will have previously conducted research on similar issues and will have a particular interest in politics and affecting change through policy. The ideal candidate will be educated at degree level with a desire to grow and develop their career in the field, however they will need to be dynamic and feel confident at speaking with people in 'high profile' positions while also showing flexibility where necessary.

    To apply please visit the Prospectus website. Due to the level of response it may not be possible to provide further or individual feedback.

    The closing date for applications is 20 January 2017.

  • 10th Anniversary Project Director

    Would you like a chance to shape and lead an exciting high-profile international campaign to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Elders, promoting the values of their founder Nelson Mandela, and engaging people around the world?

    The Elders are reaching their 10th anniversary and will use this as an exciting opportunity to celebrate and promote their work through a wide reaching campaign focussing on the use of the collective power of the Elders to help spark hope in the world, ignite courageous conversations and celebrate Mandela's values.

    The 10th Anniversary campaign will be multipronged and will include a series of high profile events, innovative social media campaigns and the creation of a range of communications materials. Working with the CEO and senior staff at The Elders Secretariat, you will be responsible for building a robust yet flexible project plan and taking ownership of all aspects of the campaign strategies and implementation. You will be aiming to maximise the campaign's reach by working closely with Advisory Council members to develop the social media and engagement strategies.

    Key to the success of this campaign will be the ability to build and develop a core network of global partners to help scale the impact of the campaign.

    The Person

    • To be successful in this role you will need strong campaign/programme development and project delivery skills gained within the area of social change/movement building.
    • You will also need proven delivery experience in innovative social media/digital campaigns and be able to deliver marketing and communications campaigns for tangible impact. The role will require someone with strong people and communication skills, the ability to liaise with a range of high level stakeholders both internally and externally, and experience of building effective partnerships.
    • Entrepreneurial in spirit, you will need to be dynamic and results driven.

    To apply, please download the full job and person specification and visit the Prospectus website.

    The closing date for applications is 5 February 2017.

The Elders are independent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.

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