Breakthrough

About

We do better.

Breakthrough exists to make life better: for people, for communities, for countries. We're not just a creative communications agency. We're an idea born out of the belief that powerful storytelling and compelling communications can, and do, change the world for the better.

That's why we put stories at the heart of everything we do. Whether it's a community group in Manchester or a mayor in Mogadishu, our global campaigns champion positive ideas, harnessing stories and voices in order to shift opinions and bring about real social change.

Our clients include NGOs, governments, inter-governmental organisations and industry leaders who all share a single ambition: to do better.

Work

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AFMA

Faith on the Frontline

As the British mission in Afghanistan drew to a close, Faith on the Frontline followed Imam Asim Hafiz, the first Imam to serve in the British Army and Islamic Religious Advisor to Chief of the Defence Staff, as he returned for a final tour of duty.

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NHS

See Something, Say Something

We produced an online ad and a series of short-form lecture films about how to prevent a child's health from deteriorating whilst in medical care. Shortlisted for Best Commissioned Film at the 2015 Haelo Awards.

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UNMAS

Mine Awareness Day

We were tasked with creating 3 short films to raise awareness about the risks of Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) in Somalia, plus a short film celebrating the theme 'Women in Mine Action'. These were aired on three national TV channels.

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Mayor of Mogadishu

Filmed in Mogadishu, at the time one of the most dangerous cities in the world, this film charts the arduous journey made by the Mayor of Mogadishu, Mohamoud Nur, as he attempts to bring harmony to the devastated city.

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Return to Somalia: Aliya's Story

We follow three young Somalis on an epic journey back to their homeland to witness first-hand the progress that has been made in reconstructing the country.

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Watatu

We recently co-produced this 45-minute fictional film exploring religious and sectarian tensions in Kenyan coastal towns, which has been a hit with critics and viewers alike.

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Department for Health

Ebola Preparedness

We produced two short series for the Department for Health about the British government's response to the Ebola outbreak and dementia care in the UK.

WEBSITE

Think 4 Peace

When the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace launched 'Think' - a project aimed at empowering young people at risk of radicalisation to learn how to think critically for themselves - they commissioned us to create a platform to inform schools and colleges about the benefits of the programme. In addition to promoting testimonials from individuals and organisations that have successfully taken part in 'Think', the website also houses blogs from those who are personally involved in the programme.

Join us We are currently looking for people to join breakthrough. For more information please email us.

Breakthrough is a lively place. We produce almost everything in-house, so our edit suites, sound studios and hangout spaces are continuously buzzing with creativity as we brainstorm and develop the next big ideas. Of course, we're only as good as our team and we're lucky to have so many talented people working for us.

So who are we? We like to think of ourselves as clever grafters; a dedicated team trying to solve some of the world's most complex issues through communications. We aim to help our corporate clients return to their roots and highlight how they contribute positively to society. It helps that we come from all walks of life, not to mention a wide range of professions, and it's this diversity and contrast that helps us come closer to achieving our goals.

So what makes us so special? Our values. Integrity and honesty are at the heart of everything we do.

Innovation and collaboration. We welcome fresh ideas and inventive solutions wherever they come from.

Risk taking. However, we're not reckless and nothing happens without rigorous research and investigation first.

Restless curiosity. 'What if?' and 'Why not?' are our two favourite questions.

Respect. We value the views of others.

Ambition. We take our clients' success personally. Their success is our success. Challenge. We are accountable for failure as well as success.

By understanding the needs of our clients and partnering them with insightful and novel creative solutions, not only can we make a splash, we also make a difference too.

If any of this strikes a chord with you, please get in touch with us at info@breakthroughmedia.org

Contact us

London

Elizabeth House
39 York Road
London SE1 7NQ

+44 (0)20 7401 2555 info@breakthroughmedia.org

Nairobi

P.O Box 14230-008001
Westlands,
Nairobi, Kenya

+254 (0)791 578 642 info@breakthroughmedia.org

LONDON
NAIROBI
MOGADISHU
CANBERRA

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London
Account Director

Job description

We are looking for Senior Account Directors to join this exciting unit within our rapidly growing company.

We're looking for Account Directors who can think strategically, creatively, and can write proposals, project summaries and reports beautifully and succinctly.

Account Directors liaise with clients, stakeholders and internal departments - to ensure all parties realise collective goals and achieve output of the highest possible standard.

The positions are full-time, and successful candidates will be responsible for the delivery of a number of community awareness campaigns around the UK, working from our London office in Waterloo.

The role will include devising strategies for the effective implementation of campaign plans as well as managing junior account managers and overseeing the design and production of a range of campaign materials including print, online and video. The role also includes event management.

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Copywriter

Job description

We are now looking for a talented, creative copywriter who has a strong focus on conception to work alongside our art director in creating world class ideas and copy for our on-going digital campaigns.

The role would suit someone who has an interest/experience in current or foreign affairs, although this is not essential. We are looking for someone who is strategically led with a creative driven mind-set who can think quickly and is happy to share ideas.

As an experienced conceptual/creative copywriter, you will have sound knowledge of all things digital and a strong passion for ideas that can transcend across all other media.

You are a creative and conceptual thinker, adept with both the visual and verbal aspects of the creative process.

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Digital Project Manager

Job description

We are looking for Senior Account Directors to join this exciting unit within our company.

We're looking for Account Directors who can think strategically, creatively, and can write proposals, project summaries and reports beautifully and succinctly.

Account Directors liaise with clients, stakeholders and internal departments - to ensure all parties realise collective goals and achieve output of the highest possible standard.

The positions are full-time, and successful candidates will be responsible for the delivery of a number of community awareness campaigns around the UK, working from our London office in Waterloo.

The role will include devising strategies for the effective implementation of campaign plans as well as managing junior account managers and overseeing the design and production of a range of campaign materials including print, online and video. The role also includes event management.

To read more download the job spec bellow

PR Account Director

Job description

Due to the rapid expansion of the company in London, Brussels and East Africa we now have an exciting opportunity for a an experienced and highly efficient Office Manager to oversee the day to day running of our busy office in London which has around 80 to 100 staff.

The Office Manager will be the 'go to' person for all day-to-day office queries and will build strong relationships will all staff and management.

As our Office Manager you will have experience of running the day-to-day office management for companies of 80 people or more.

You will be able to confidently implement procedures, have excellent organisation skills and the ability to remain calm and work effectively within a busy and fast paced environment.

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Producer/Director

Job description

Due to the rapid expansion of the company, we are looking to grow our pool of Shooting Producer Directors for both short and long-term projects.

As one of our Producer/Directors you will be responsible for overseeing the production of short films, mini-documentaries and promo videos created mainly for online use.

You will be responsible for the whole production process, from writing treatments to shooting, directing and edit producing.

This a fast-paced and dynamic environment, producing high-volume news and current/ foreign affairs reactive films with short turnaround times. There could also potentially be the opportunity to direct longer films when required.

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Production Manager

Job description

As our experienced Production Manager you will oversee the delivery of a number of projects and productions for a large government agency. Your planning, organisational and leadership skills are second-to-none.

You will be able to confidently translate complex schedules and budgets into beautiful, easy-to-understand spread sheets, call-sheets, security assessments and instructions for the production and digital teams to follow.

Ideally you will also have an understanding of community related news and issues "from the perspective of all faiths and none".

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Researcher

Job description

We now have an exciting opportunity for a Researcher to join our expanding team on a 3-month contract, which could be extended if mutually agreeable.

As one of our Researchers you will be reporting to our Producer/ Directors and Executive Producer in compiling treatments, questions and stories across a reactive and fast-moving slate of documentaries, short films and YouTube videos.

As a Breakthrough Media researcher you will have considerable experience of working in the British broadcasting industry, with a strong focus on factual or current affairs genres.

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Senior Account Planner

Job description

We now have a fantastic opportunity for a Senior Planner to join our growing Accounts and Research team.

In this role you will lead the research and planning stages of a number of campaigns for a high-profile government client.

You will be responsible for analysing data, planning campaigns and evaluating success.

As our experienced and talented Senior Planner you will have proven experience of developing and implementing successful campaigns at a top communications agency.

You will be an excellent problem solver who is focussed on achieving results. A second language would be highly advantageous e.g. Arabic, Somali, Urdu or Bengali - but is by no means essential.

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Nairobi
Account Director

Job description

We are now looking for an Account Director to join this exciting and rapidly growing creative agency.

This is a fantastic opportunity based in Nairobi, Kenya with the potential of trips to other cities and countries in the region including the UN/African Union compound in Mogadishu, Somalia.

We're looking for an Account Director who can think strategically, creatively, and can write proposals, project summaries and reports beautifully and succinctly.

As the Account Director for Nairobi you will liaise with clients, stakeholders and internal departments to ensure all parties realise collective goals and achieve output of the highest possible standard.

To read more download the job spec bellow

Production Manager

Job description

Our Production Manager in East Africa will oversee the delivery of Breakthrough's projects and productions in Kenya, Somalia and the region.

Their planning, organisational and leadership skills are second-to-none and they're confidently able to translate complex schedules and budgets into beautiful, easy-to-understand spread sheets, call-sheets, security assessments and instructions for the production and digital teams to follow.

They are the go-to person for all production and digital enquiries, problem solving before, during and post delivery.

They handle all company operational issues on the ground including monitoring costs, travel, insurances, security, client briefings and reporting to the Head of Production at our head office in London.

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Executive Producer

Job description

Our Senior Executive Producer in East Africa will oversee the development and delivery of all our projects and productions in Kenya, Somalia and the region.

The ideal candidate will have a solid grounding in a range of TV genres, including current affairs and documentary, as well as some exposure to the world of communications/corporate films.

They will be able to work to tight deadlines and manage multiple projects at once, whilst delivering exceptional results.

They will be extremely creative, able to take a brief and turn it into a compelling treatment, but they must also be willing to roll their sleeves up and get stuck in where necessary - whether it's rigging a makeshift studio, writing a script or running an edit.

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Mogadishu
Researcher

Job description

We now have an exciting opportunity for two researchers to work on a new topical studio talk show in Somalia. Candidates will need to be Somali nationals and the role is based full-time in Mogadishu.

The primary challenge for this role is to source and security check as many as 50 studio audience members per month.

The researcher is also responsible for selecting and booking 8 high-profile panellists per month.

Therefore this role requires excellent social networks within Mogadishu and rigorous organisational skills to ensure audience members turn up on the day. (There will be two researchers working together on this task).

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Account Director

Job description

We're looking for a Senior Account Director to lead the development and delivery of a communications project designed to garner support for and promote community-led projects that meet the needs of local populations across Somalia as well as support community leaders with positive messages to share.

This person thinks strategically, creatively, and can write proposals, project summaries and reports beautifully and succinctly.

Our Account Directors at Breakthrough are extremely personable; they liaise with clients, stakeholders and internal departments to ensure all parties realise collective goals and achieve output of the highest possible standard.

They'll initially work closely with our client, reporting back to Breakthrough's planning and creative teams in Nairobi and London on the development of this important project. This is an exciting project that will hopefully leave a positive lasting legacy for communities across Somalia.

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Executive Producer

Job description

Our Senior Executive Producer in East Africa will oversee the development and delivery of all our projects and productions in Kenya, Somalia and the region.

The ideal candidate will have a solid grounding in a range of TV genres, including current affairs and documentary, as well as some exposure to the world of communications/corporate films.

They will be able to work to tight deadlines and manage multiple projects at once, whilst delivering exceptional results.

They will be extremely creative, able to take a brief and turn it into a compelling treatment, but they must also be willing to roll their sleeves up and get stuck in where necessary - whether it's rigging a makeshift studio, writing a script or running an edit.

To read more download the job spec bellow

Canberra
Account Director

Job description

We're looking for a Senior Account Director to launch and then potentially head up our Australian office. This person thinks strategically, creatively, and can write proposals, project summaries and reports beautifully and succinctly.

Our Account Directors at Breakthrough are extremely personable, they liaise with clients, stakeholders and internal departments to ensure all parties realise collective goals and achieve output of the highest possible standard.

This position is full time and successful candidates will be responsible for the delivery of a number of community awareness campaigns across Australia, but primarily in the cities of Melbourne and Sydney. However, the project will be managed in Canberra where the client is based.

They'll initially work closely with our client, reporting back to Breakthrough's planning and creative teams in London on the development of an important campaign about community cohesion in Australia. This is an exiting project that will hopefully leave a lasting legacy for society to participate in.

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