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Officer, Communications Nairobi

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

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Nairobi Kenya

1 month ago

ABOUT THE COMPANY

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, providing assistance without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions.

Founded in 1919, the IFRC comprises 190 member Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, a secretariat in Geneva and more than 60 delegations strategically located to support activities around the world. There are more societies in formation. The Red Crescent is used in place of the Red Cross in many Islamic countries.

JOB SUMMARY

EducationUniversity degree in journalism or communications, or closely related field. RequiredProven experience in external relations. PreferredTraining courses: campaigns/advocacy and AV production. PreferredExperienceMinimum of five years’ experience in communications, advocacy and/or media relations, or journalism. RequiredMinimum five years’ experience working in the international... humanitarian or development sector or a related field. RequiredExperience in coaching and transferring skills and knowledge to counterparts. RequiredProven experience of developing and executing crisis communications plans and planning for, responding to and mitigating reputational risk. RequiredStrong Red Cross Red Crescent experience. PreferredKnowledge, Skills and LanguagesExcellent English writing skills. RequiredProficient in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, outlook, windows. etc). RequiredExcellent presentation skills. RequiredDemonstrated understanding and use of social media for communications and advocacy purposes. RequiredSkilled at photography and videography. RequiredProficient in the use of photo and video editing software. PreferredExperienced in setting and management of budgets. PreferredFluently spoken and written English. RequiredWorking knowledge of French. Preferred

RESPONSIBILITIES

GeneralUnder the direction of the HoCC and guidance from regional communication manager, define communication priorities, develop a communications plan, advise on public communications around Hunger Crisis, Emergencies and Epidemics and their impacts.For Hunger Crisis, Emergencies and Epidemics response and other operations or advocacy opportunity, develop a brief workplan (including objectives, audiences, tools and deliverables) that will be implemented.Content gathering/productionIdentify story and advocacy angles and develop people-centred and community-focused stories and products. Support the production of materials designed to illustrate our work and to expand our social reachGather audio-visual materials, either directly or from National Societies, that illustrate humanitarian challenges and Red Cross and Red Crescent action, including in response to emergencies and crises. Ensure materials are appropriately filed and shared.Develop key messages, reactive lines, press statements, social media products, etc. as required, including for emergencies and crises.Ensure continuous visibility of Red Cross and Red Crescent actions on social media in regards current Hunger Crisis, Emergencies and Epidemics focus and activities of NS in Eastern Africa.Media relationsAct as media liaison, identifying and supporting spokespeople (technical colleagues and National Societies). Pitch stories and secure interviews with key media outletsMonitor news and provide a news digest on a daily/weekly basis. Identify any issues that affect the organization’s reputation.Maintain an up-to-date media contact list.Track media mentions and social media analytics, in order to measure reach and success of proactive media relations.National Society supportEnhance the capacities and action of National Societies’ communications focal points through training, engagement and collaboration.Work closely with National Society communication colleagues to ensure humanitarian challenges and responses are well profiled.Assist in the development and delivery of communications capacity building, training and mentoring initiatives for National Societies.

REQUIRED SKILLS

Film and video directing, Public Relations, Journalism, Digital content development and editing (social media, blogs, etc.), Storytelling, Corporate communications

REQUIRED EDUCATION

Bachelor's degree
Nairobi Kenya

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