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Reports to (role)

  • Country Communication and Prevention Manager
  • Purpose

    The Public Relations Officer is the focal point for all public communication activities in the delegation, in coordination with the management and the Communication or Communication / Prevention Manager.

    S / he leads in defining the delegation's messages and content-generation planning in order to enhance and manage the delegation's profile in the media and through public channels.

    S / he advises the delegation on public communication issues, opportunities and challenges and contributes to implementing the public engagement and digital strategies.

    Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities

  • Develops and implements the delegation s public communication plan in coordination with the Communication or Communication / Prevention Manager and ensures it is implemented in the field sub-
  • structures. Contributes to the sections on public communication objectives in the ICRC s annual planning and reporting documents (e.

    g. Planning for Results, Biannual Field Report).

  • Acts as a spokesperson for Syrian, Arabic-speaking and international media. Oversees the media contacts mapping and database for ICRC Syria.
  • Develops strategies for promoting the ICRC's activities to the media and maintains regular contacts with editors and correspondents.

  • Drafts news releases and updates press lines in coordination with the Communication or Communication / Prevention Manager and the regional or headquarters-
  • based Public Relations Officer.

  • Plans, produces and publishes content for digital platforms managed by the delegation. Works with the regional communication centres and relevant units at headquarters to generate content for global platforms using a network of photographers, audiovisual specialists and writers.
  • Analyses the public communication environment for the humanitarian domain and other relevant issues related to ICRC Syria.
  • Carries out research and analysis of social media platforms with a focus on the use of social media in Syria and integrates results into the strategy.

  • Builds the public communication capacity of the National Red Cross / Red Crescent Society and ensures smooth coordination on public communication with all components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, especially during crises and joint Movement response.
  • Provides coaching and guidance on public communication to staff in field structures and other departments
  • Contributes to the implementation of training programs for local journalists on IHL, humanitarian principles and RC / RC Movement's work in Syria
  • Advises resident Communication staff in Damascus and the field structures on the production of public communication materials.
  • Develops and contributes to communication campaigns and tools to raise awareness about humanitarian issues.

  • Contributes to capacity-building strategies and programs related to media, social media and content generation for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.
  • People management responsibilities

    Scope & Impact

  • Manages the budget related to public communication activities, including that allocated to the National Society for public communication, and follows ICRC standard financial and administrative procedures with regard to expenditure.
  • May supervise a team of 1-2 people.
  • Remit : national.
  • Relationships

  • Internally, interacts with the Communication or Communication / Prevention Manager and other communication staff members, including at field structures;
  • heads of department and heads of field structure, and the Head of Delegation; regional or headquarters-based Public Relations Officers;
  • headquarters Digital Officer.

  • Externally, interacts with media (senior editors, reporters, correspondents etc.); freelance writers, photographers, video producers, and public relations officers in other humanitarian organizations.
  • Certifications / Education required

  • University degree in a relevant discipline such as political science, international relations, journalism, communication management or public relations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Arabic.
  • Languages spoken in the region of assignment, as well as French, German, Russian and / or Spanish, an asset.
  • Computer skills (competence in MS Office and other software); familiarity with digital communication tools.
  • Professional Experience required

  • At least 5 years work experience in a field relevant to communication, with at least 2-3 years in media relations and content generation (inside or outside the ICRC).
  • Excellent public communication skills and sound knowledge of the media environment (Candidate to undergo technical communication test for public communication (GVA) as part of selection process)
  • Professional experience with digital communication tools (not sufficient to have only "familiarity")
  • Previous ICRC experience, an asset
  • Position has a high level of public exposure and entails working in stressful situations under tight deadlines
  • Our operational & field constraints

  • In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals.
  • Candidates must be aware that due to the context, additional national restrictions will apply.
  • Candidates must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field
  • Candidates must possess a driving license (for manual transmission vehicles)
  • Candidates must be prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for at least the first 24 months
  • Arabic
  • French a distinct advantage
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