Mercy Ships UK
Location: Western Africa
Finance: Personal Support
Duration: Over 12 months, Open‑ended / Permanent
Activity: Media & Communications
Posted: 8 Nov 2019
Closes: Open-ended

Communications Director

Mercy Ships UK

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The Communications Director volunteer position, part of the Communications department, will be located on the Africa Mercy, the world's largest non-governmental hospital ship.

Summary: Overseeing the on-board communications team, our Communications Director is responsible for using their creative eye and communications skills to lead the department in presenting the most compelling stories of our patients. Additionally, they work closely with the ship management team in the planning and executing of all media events and messaging.

About the role: Do you have the leadership skills to inspire creatives to tell life-changing stories through words and images, and the passion to make a difference in the world? Do you imagine living a life of adventure, in a community of diverse talents and nationalities, all working together to affect change? Do you love the people of Africa? 

On-board our floating hospital ship, the dynamic Communications team shares the remarkable transformation of our patients, volunteers, and partners. As the leader of this vibrant group, you have the opportunity to grow personally and professionally while making an eternal impact. 

We are seeking a skilled individual to lead our Communications team. Your leadership can help the world witness patient journeys and transformations! 

About you:

  • Bachelor's degree or graduate degree (MBA preferred)  
  • Excellent organizational and management skills 
  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Working knowledge of the internet, email, contact management software, and Microsoft Office suite
  • Experience in managing and facilitating teams, constructive conflict resolution, and collaborative decision making strategies
  • Conversant in French preferred
  • International Driver's Permit required

Questions about this information? Send us an email: or call 01438 347 480

We recommend all interested applicants to submit an application at least six months in advance of your target service date.

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Mercy Ships UK

Operating the world's largest charity-run hospital ship, Mercy Ships offers the opportunity to bring hope and healing to the world's forgotten poor. We need your skills, whether you're an engineer, cook, nurse, teacher, deck officer, surgeon or cleaner!
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