Communications Lead

Social Development Direct

About the Role

We are looking for a mid-level, creative communications professional to manage our external communications. This is an exciting opportunity to strategically influence our institutional approach to communication with responsibility for our external brand and online presence. This is a varied and evolving role which requires design flair and the ability to create engaging content for various platforms to disseminate messages, products and promote our services to a diverse range of global stakeholders.

The role will deliver the organisation’s communication strategy, working across all thematic portfolios and teams.

We are seeking creative candidates who want to create meaningful and impactful content and will thrive in a smaller, specialist consultancy organisation where there is scope to shape and evolve our approach and thinking.

The Communications Lead sits in the Business Development and Communications Team at SDDirect. Please read on to learn more about the organisation, role and kind of applicants we are looking for.

About Us

Social Development Direct provides high-quality, innovative social development expertise to civil society, the private sector, multilateral institutions and governments. We work with partners to achieve sustainable impact in gender equality and social inclusion and to advance policies, laws, social norms and institutions that work for everyone.

We have a strong track record, over 20 years, of providing high quality services that include technical advice and support, research, policy influencing, programme design and delivery, and monitoring and evaluation. We are a medium-sized social enterprise, wholly owned by Plan International UK, with a global track record in over 50 countries. Read more about us and our work at:


Summary of role

Reports to: Deputy Head of Communications

Location: This is a UK-based role. You must have eligibility to work in the UK.

Our London Head Office works on a hybrid basis – we are open to flexible working.

Appointment term: Permanent, full-time employment contract.

Remuneration Package: £32,000 – £40,000 (an appointment will be made commensurate with experience)

This is a Communications Lead role (please see person specifications below) sitting within the Business Development and Communications Team.

You will be creative with strong design skills to facilitate the delivery of our communications strategy, help evolve our brand, and manage our website and social media channels.

The post requires working across the organisation with a range of stakeholders as part of a dynamic multi-disciplinary team. As well as being a strong, collaborative team player, you will have the ability and initiative to work with minimal supervision. You will need to demonstrate high levels of professionalism, and an understanding of the sensitivity and ethics associated with broad ranging global audiences.


  • Influence and implement effective communication strategies.
  • Create engaging content for various platforms to disseminate messages, products and promote our services to a diverse range of global stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the development of our institutional brand and provide tools and guidance for the organisation.
  • Manage and update our company website.
  • Manage our company social media.
  • Organise initiatives and plan company events.
  • Support the broader organisation to more effectively promote our engagement at key events and in communities of practice.

How to apply

To apply

If you are interested in joining our dynamic team, please refer to the Person Specification and submit your tailored CV and cover letter here. The deadline for applying is Monday 8th January 2024. This is a UK-based role & will require you to have the right to work in the UK.

Social Development Direct’s organisational vision is a just and equal world founded on gender equality and social inclusion. Our mission is to provide excellence in social development to support policies, laws, social norms and institutions that advance social, economic and political justice for all. We are committed to creating a safe, diverse, and inclusive workplace and welcome people from minority backgrounds to apply.

As part of our commitment to safe recruitment practices, we will conduct a background check if you are successful for the role. Please note that background checks are undertaken for transparency and any disclosures are looked at on a case-by-case basis and should not discourage you from applying.

For those who are invited to interview, we may process information about whether or not applicants have a disability or impairment so we can make adjustments during the recruitment process and implement the Disability Confident scheme. Our HR team will ask you to confirm that you have read our privacy notice and consent to providing this information before doing so. Our full privacy notice can be read on our careers page here: Privacy Notice for applicants Social Development Direct (

We are expecting Interviews will be held Mid-January 2024. Please let us know if you would require any assistance to attend the interview or complete an assessment.

Due to the high volume of applications, we are only able to respond to shortlisted candidates.

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