Vacancy Notice - Communications Officer
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is the leading global monitor and an important advocate for the rights of internally displaced people (IDPs). IDMC provides comprehensive information and analysis on the situation of IDPs displaced by armed conflicts, violence and natural disasters in over 50 countries, with regard to their rights under international law, as restated in the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.
Based on its monitoring and data collection activities, IDMC advocates for durable solutions to the plight of the internally displaced in line with international standards, and for an improved protection of IDPs’ rights among national authorities, donor states, international organisations and other stakeholders. IDMC carries out training activities, based on the Guiding Principles and other relevant international standards and policies, to support local, national and regional capacities to provide protection and secure durable solutions for IDPs.
An opportunity has arisen in IDMCs Communications Department. Primarily a writing job, the ideal candidate will have the opportunity of becoming part of an exciting new team responsible for developing the wider IDMC communications strategy. We are looking for a passionate writer and communicator, with a good knowledge of advocacy related communications and donor reporting alongside future initiatives in communications and digital media.
Purpose of the Position
- To ensure a high standard of all IDMC’s written external communication material
- Meeting annual communication targets and ensuring their implementation and timely delivery
- Produce and disseminate material communicating information about IDMC to donors and to the media
- Coordinate the content of the IDMC website
- Maintain up-to-date database of contacts
Duties and responsibilities
1 - Production and dissemination of corporate reports:
The Communications Officer has overall responsibility for developing and maintaining a suite of materials – using diverse media – to effectively communicate IDMCs mission, vision and activities to its donors, in line with the IDMC 2012-2013 Strategic Plan.
- Liaise with IDMCs team of analysts and advisors to collect information on relevant activities and projects according to the communication and advocacy objectives to be included in donor reports
- To write and coordinate the production of IDMCs donor products including the Quarterly Updates, the annual Appeal, the Activity Report and specific narrative funding proposals and reports.
- Maintains an updated database of IDMC donors.
2 - Website:
While The IDMC web content is primarily updated by advisors and country analysts (page managers), the Communications Officer is responsible for managing the IDMC web presence, by updating the IDMC homepage and links pages, and through social media. This will involve:
- In line with the IDMC webmaster, set targets, monitor and report on website usage and download data to respective page managers on a quarterly basis
- Alongside the HoD, develop a social media strategy and internal workshops and training initiatives on web-based activities
- Ensure that the new website structure meets the needs of users and IDMC page managers
- Liaising with the IDMC webmaster as required
- Update and monitor IDMCs social media presence, including its Facebook and Twitter accounts, while scanning the horizon for new social media opportunities
- Proactively seek new online resources for the placement of IDMC and its work
- Update the IDMC homepage, links pages and category 1 pages in collaboration with the page managers on a regular basis
3 - Relations with media and external stakeholders:
The Communications Officer will work alongside the HoD to develop IDMCs media strategy. This will include:
- Writing press releases and other public briefing notes, such as speeches and talking points
- Distribute materials to media and coordinate timely responses to media requests
- Coordinate events in collaboration with HoD
- Represent IDMC at relevant meetings and events
4 - Editorial support:
- Provide editorial support to colleagues, specifically for:
- Selected articles and case studies
- Presentations and training modules
5 - Other activities
- Contribute to the strategic planning of the communications department
- Commission external contributors, specifically translators
- Maintain IDMC database of contacts
- The Communications Officer will be held accountable and be performance appraised against duties and responsibilities outlined in this Job Description
- The Communications Officer will be held accountable and be performance appraised against his or her facilitation of team work and synergies within the department
- The Communications Officer will be held accountable for a well-managed and productive portfolio, with a strong sense of unity and partnership with the rest of IDMC as well as NRC
- The Communications Officer will observe all IDMC and NRC policies, including NRC’s Code of Conduct and IDMC’s Operating Principles
- The Communications Officer will report to the Head of Communications Department
- Advanced university degree or equivalent professional qualification, with at least two years’ experience in communications, information-based work, or advocacy-related communication
- Experience in writing and developing corporate communication documents for public and donor dissemination
- Ability to provide creative and innovative advice on communications specific matters
- Fully computer literate – skilled and confident user of office applications such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail and calendar applications. Familiarity with relevant information technology, including website content management systems.
- Good written and oral communication skills, conveying messages to different audiences using diverse media (including online and in print)
- Experience of using social media to broaden audience reach, including development of web savvy content to be disseminated via facebook, twitter etc...
- Excellent English language ability (of publication standard).
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with stakeholders from various institutional backgrounds
- Ability to maintain, nurture and develop existing and new contacts (media and donors)
- Ability to analyse complex information from different sources and to synthesise this information into coherent briefs and communication documents, including press releases, news alerts, speeches and talking points
- Proactive approach to meeting deadlines and delivering results with limited supervision
- Flexibility, creativity and effectiveness in working collaboratively as part of a multicultural team
- Commitment to IDMCs vision, mission and objectives
- A good knowledge of French is an advantage; other languages are an asset
The deadline for applications is **Monday, 11 June 2012.** Please send a cover letter and your CV in English to e-mail: [log in to unmask] or fax: +41 22 799 07 01
The annual salary offered is in the range of CHF 74’760 – 82’560 gross (100% – 12 months’ salary) depending on education and experience, subject to taxation and social deductions.
Please note that only short-listed candidates will be informed of the status of their application and invited to participate in a written recruitment test.
Please note that IDMC/NRC staff and consultants are subject to Swiss labour and migration laws. Applicants should have a valid work permit or be allowed to work in the Schengen space. For more information on the Swiss work permit regime, please consult the website of the Geneva authorities at www.geneve.ch/permis
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