IFRC recruits 01 Senior Communications Officer
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Centurion, South Africa
Senior Communications Officer
Closing date (Geneva time zone):07-05-2021Duty station:CenturionCountry:SOUTH AFRICADuty station status: N/AAccompanied status: N/ADuration:12 MONTHSCategory of Staff: National StaffGrade: To be determinedVacancy No:IFRC04827
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with 192 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.
Organizational ContextThe Federation is served by a Secretariat based in Geneva, with regional and country offices throughout the world. The Secretariat is led by the IFRC Secretary General and provides the central capacity of the International Federation to serve, connect, and represent National Societies. The Secretariat’s focus includes providing support to the IFRC governance mechanisms; setting norms and standards; providing guidance; ensuring consistency; coordination and accountability for performance; knowledge sharing; promoting collaboration within and respect for the RCRC Movement; and expanding engagement with partners. The Secretariat’s headquarters is organized in three main business groups: (i) Partnerships, including Movement and Membership; (ii) Programs and Operations; and (iii) Management. The Secretariat has five regional office, as follows: Americas (Panama City); Africa (Nairobi); Asia/Pacific (Kuala Lumpur); Europe (Budapest); Middle East and North Africa (Beirut). The International Federation and Red Crescent Societies of the Red Cross (IFRC) ‘s Southern Africa Country Cluster office is in Pretoria , South Africa and serves ten countries, namely Angola, Botswana, E-Swatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Job PurposeReporting to the Head of Cluster the, Senior Communications Officer will be responsible for supporting Southern Africa National Societies to enhance their visibility and empower them to amplify the voice of the most vulnerable to influence policy and resource allocation. The role will also support National Societies to develop deeper, more diverse and innovative strategic partnerships which could lead to multiyear thematic funding. The position holder will report technically to the Communications Manager, Africa Region based in Nairobi
Job Duties and ResponsibilitiesDevelop, coordinate and implement communication plans for southern Africa that support programmatic and policy priorities and aligns with regional communications priorities and initiatives:
For each emergency operation or advocacy opportunity, develop a brief but clear communication plan highlighting the communication objectives, the audiences, tools and deliverables, among other items.Evaluate the success rate of every communication plan through media monitoring and social media analytics.
Strengthen the network of National Societies’ communications focal points in the cluster:Conduct a mapping of qualifications and competencies in communication in the sub-region
Recommend and implement strategic interventions to address the identified needs and challengesUpdate the database of communications focal points and ensure a continuous engagement through online platforms, telephone and where possible through face to face meetings.
Write stories profiling the achievements of National Societies, with a focus on the impact on individual lives:Increase the frequency of stories published on the organizational social media and other online platforms
Improve the quality of storytelling: focusing on people-centered storiesUse evidence-based approach to showcase the impact of the work on National Societies and IFRC.
Support emergency communication and work on the implementation of the emergency communication rapid deployment mechanism:In collaboration with the regional and global teams, identify and propose proactive and timely media opportunities, aimed positioning IFRC as a leading humanitarian actor.
Establish quick contact with the National Societies affected by disasters, in order to ensure speedy communications, online and in the media, with the ultimate goal of being ahead of other humanitarian organizations. Write stories and interviews during emergencies and provide basic audio-visual materialDraft communication packs with key material (facts and figures, key messages, press releases etc)Liaise with Africa regional DREF officer(s) and regional communications manager to identify DREFs to provide visibility to; follow up with affected National Society for visibility materials
Media monitoring:Monitor news and provide a news digest on a daily basis
Identify any issues that affect the organization’s reputationMaintain and update the media directoryStay in touch with a relevant regional media housePitch stories and secure interviews from key media outletsMaintain a database of photographersOperate as a member of IFRC’s Regional Communications Team to advance corporate communications priorities and support a coordinated corporate approach to communications.
Join regular regional communication editorial meetings, in order to discuss potential stories in the cluster, which have an international appeal.Join online collaboration and editorial platforms for exchange about topics related to communications, as well as for information and content sharing.
EducationUniversity Degree in journalism or communications, or closely related field Proven qualification in External Relations.Master of Arts in Communication Science.
ExperienceMinimum five years’ experience in communications, advocacy and/or media relations, or journalismMinimum five years’ experience working in the international humanitarian or development sector or a related field in a developing country.
Knowledge, skills and languagesProficiency in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, outlook, windows. etc).Proficiency in the usage of video editing and photo editing softwaresSetting and management of large budgets.Good presentation skillsFederation systemsEstablishment and enforcement of sound internal controlsExcellent writing skillsFluently spoken and written English
Competencies and valuesAbility to work in a team, and occasionally under strict deadlines.High degree of integrity, discretion, and personal conduct.Flexible and adaptable to changing working conditionsSelf-motivated, with good judgment and initiativeGood verbal and written communication skillsGood interpersonal skillsSensitivity to diversityGood level of attention to detailPleasant personality
CommentsFor Non-South Africans, please provide your work permit to be considered. Salary range is: ZAR 550,000 to 660,000 per annum
The Federation is an equal opportunity employer.POSTULER