Communication Assistant

Job description

The Communication Officer contributes to the implementation of Communication projects and activities, under supervision and in coordination with the management of the field structure. S/he contributes to representing the ICRC externally and to build the necessary understanding, acceptance and support of the ICRC among key stakeholders. The successful candidate will need to be an enthusiastic, flexible, committed, and a resourceful colleague who can efficiently support the Management. This position requires a high delivery standard, resilience and a positive “can do” attitude.

Accountabilities and Responsibilities:

The incumbent will undertake the following responsibilities under the direct supervision of the Head of Sub-delegation Mosul:

  • ¬†Contributes to define communication and prevention objectives for the area or portfolio covered in line with the priorities of the field structure and/or the delegation’s communication and prevention strategy. This is done in cooperation with the head of the field structure and/or the country communication manager, and in line with objectives of the other departments (protection, assistance, cooperation).
  • Contributes to implement relevant activities and to develop supporting tools in areas which may include: operational communication; community engagement; IHL promotion, integration and implementation; building NS communication capacity; public communication, digital communication; and information analysis/environment scanning.
  • Supports the head of the field structure and/or the country communication manager in networking with relevant leaders and organisations in the area covered. Aiming to enhance ICRC acceptance and to promote IHL and other legal norms, the communication officer 1 represents the ICRC with relevant audiences, such as local authorities, political parties, village elders, representatives of displaced communities, religious leaders, media, NGOs, advocacy groups, academic circles.
  • Follows political, security, military and humanitarian developments, as well as other issues related to the ICRC’s reputation/perception and capacity to operate in the geographic area covered, contributing to analysis.
  • Contributes to supervise and coach communication assistants

Scope & Impact:

  • Follows financial and administrative standard ICRC procedures with regard to expenditures. Internal: Head of field structure and/or country communication manager.
  • External: Supports representation and influence aims with local authorities, NGOs, local community leaders and other civil society.

Certification & Education required:

  • University degree or equivalent in a relevant field such as communications, political science, international relations, journalism.
  • Fluent spoken and written English, and when applicable, the local language of the context.
  • Computer skills (proficiency in MS Office); familiarity with online and social media communication tools


Qualifications & Preferred Skills

  • ¬†1-2 year’s work experience in a field relevant to communication and/or prevention (preferably within the ICRC).
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in an ICRC operation an asset.
  • IHL basic knowledge is an asset.
  • Good knowledge of the political, social & media environment in the country/region of assignment
  • Confirmed capacity to represent the ICRC.
  • Ability to work in a team.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Experience in communicating and working with a wide range of people, including people of culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Good communication, interpersonal and organizational skills;
  • Precision and ability to draft clearly and concisely
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and gender sensitivity;
  • Experience and confirmed ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds;
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Personal commitment, efficiency, flexibility and drive for results;
  • Proactively develops new ways to resolve problems and actively shares relevant information.
  • Sets clear and achievable goals consistent with agreed priorities for self and others.

Key Competencies

  • Identifies priority activities and assignments for self and others
  • Persistent, calm, and polite in the face of challenges and stress
  • Treats all colleagues with respect and dignity
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