Communication Officer

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with a network of 192-member National Societies. The overall aim of the IFRC is “to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.” The IFRC works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises. The IFRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement), together with its member National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The work of the IFRC is guided by the following fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. The IFRC is led by its Secretary General, and has its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Headquarters are organized into three main Divisions: (i) National Society Development and Operations Coordination; (ii) Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy and Digitalization; and (iii) Management Policy, Strategy and Corporate Services. The IFRC has five regional offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The IFRC also has country cluster delegation and country delegations throughout the world. Together, the Geneva Headquarters and the field structure (regional, cluster and country) comprise the IFRC Secretariat.

Detailed Job description / requirements:

Job Description

Job Title

Communication Officer

Classification

Level TBA

Organizational Unit / Delegation

IFRC Nepal Country Delegation, Kathmandu

Immediate Supervisor’s Title

Senior PMER and Communication Officer

Technical Manager’s Title (if applicable)

Communication Manager, Asia Pacific Regional Office

Second Line Manger’s Title (if applicable)

Programme Coordinator

Number of Direct Reports (if applicable)

None

Number of Indirect Reports (if applicable)

None

Organizational context (where the job is located in the Organization)

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian network, reaching 150 million people each year through its 192-member National Societies. The Organization acts before, during and after disasters, crises and health emergences in order to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. Our work is guided by seven fundamental principles (humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality), policies and by Strategy 2030, which voices our collective vision and determination to move forward in tackling the major challenges that confront humanity in the coming decade. The IFRC Secretariat has a decentralized structure: five regional delegations (each with several country cluster delegations and country delegations reporting to it) covering the globe and responsible for frontline delivery through National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, backed by the Secretariat HQ based in Geneva.

The IFRC is currently present in Nepal through a Country Delegation (CD - first established in 1965 with a presence through regional representation at times), providing support to Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) programmes and capacity building. The longer-term mission of the Nepal Delegation is to facilitate organisational growth, technical capacities, partnerships and resource mobilisation that enable Nepal Red Cross Society to deliver on its humanitarian mandate in the country through the provision of technical support, advocacy, representation and coordination functions, in accordance with Strategy 2030 and annual Operational Plans.

Currently, The IFRC CD is looking for a Communication Officer. The Communication Officer will support the line manager while developing communication contents that will be engaging for the external and internal audiences.

Job purpose

This role requires an energetic, dedicated and detail-oriented person who can manage multiple tasks. He/She should be a team player with willingness to learn and ability of manage multiple tasks while adapting to shifting priorities.

Depending on skillset, he/she will be responsible for qualitative and timely communication content with communication tasks including but not limited to: writing and editing, photo and video production and editing, generating social media content, graphic design, media relation, event coordination and other communication support tasks as assigned by the line manager.

The Communication Officer will ensure alignment with global best practice in communication as well as donor requirements, and partner priorities. The Communication Officer will work closely with counterparts in NRCS as well as other IFRC members with presence in Nepal together with other key stakeholders to ensure that high level communication materials both audio and visual related to the operations and programme that the IFRC network is supporting NRCS to implement are prepared and disseminated.

Job duties and responsibilities

  • Prepares communications materials for print/electronic/voice/visual media.
  • Provided technical support to the PMER in finalizing external reports such as annual reports and other and disseminate key reports among the identified audiences.
  • Support line manager in preparing for and organizing public speaking engagements with the preparation of background materials and speaking points
  • Provides translation support of concepts and issues into a form that can be readily used by the media and understood by the public. 
  • Coordinate with the Country Delegation team, NRCS team and IFRC Asia Pacific regional team in ensuring consistency of IFRC image is maintained
  • Identifies media stories and researches, writes and edits media releases and briefings
  • Identifies media opportunities in print media features, radio and television programs.
  • Under the direction of the line manager, support the annual strategy and workplan of the IFRC Country Delegation Communications as well as the IFRC Global Communications strategy
  • Press releases and media advisories including reactive lines
  • Support creation of media communications materials, op-eds, press releases, key messages, briefings and talking points in support of the IFRC’s advocacy
  • Edit and format photos and videos for social media and web
  • Help compile and update media contact lists
  • Prepare media reports on assigned subjects
  • Identify and research opportunities to share stories with relevant journalists and media outlets.
  • Work together with the line manager and the regional team in developing press release/media advisory writing, editing, distribution, and media outreach
  • Take a lead in media interview scheduling and coordination
  • Assist with scheduling and coordinating of photo/video shoots
  • Other relevant tasks that can be assigned by the line manager

Duties applicable to all staff

1.

Work towards the achievement of the IFRC goals through effective managerial and lateral relationship and teamwork

2.

Produce timely communication contents based on defined IFRC tools and templates following the branding guideline

3.

Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross/Red Crescent principles

4.

Perform other work- related duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the line manager.

Position Requirements

Education

Required

Preferred

Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Journalism, Media Studies, digital media or any other media related field.

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Experience

Required

Preferred

3-5 years’ demonstrable experience in Communication for a humanitarian or development organization

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Demonstrated experience in social media account management

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Knowledge in all Microsoft Office applications

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Demonstrated skills with editing and digital shooting


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Possesses creative and analytical skills

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Experience of working for the Red Cross/Red Crescent will be added advantage


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Knowledge and Skills

Required

Preferred

Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and achieve results through collaboration

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Demonstrated ability to adapt and work effectively in dynamic and demanding operational environments and sometimes under pressure

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Excellent written/verbal communication skills

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Flexibility, motivation, honest, reliable and cultural awareness

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Ability to work in an organised and systematic manner

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Excellent facilitation skills

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Excellent computer skills, particularly in MS Office, and experience with SPSS, STATA, or other statistical analysis software required. 

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Flexible in approach

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Languages

Required

Preferred

Excellent oral and written English and Nepali

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Other relevant language


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Competencies (to be filled in by HR)

Communication, facilitation and listening skills, integrity, team building, credibility, flexibility, motivation, honest, reliable and cultural awareness


Job Overview

Category Media / Journalism
Openings 1
Position Type Full Time
Experience 3+ years
Education Bachelors in Mass Comm. and Journalism
Posted Date 24 Jun, 2022
Apply Before 10 Jul, 2022
City Kathmandu