Managing Editor, Humanitarian Law & Policy Blog
hace 14 días

Reports to

Head of Law and Policy Forum

What we do

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence.

We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law. We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949.

We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence.

We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.


The Law and Policy Forum brings together ICRC's various training, publication, research and event capacities in humanitarian law and action, with a view to promote IHL and other relevant norms, and to influence key actors and decision-

makers on humanitarian issues of importance to the organisation. Through its different components (academic relations and research, the International Review of the Red Cross, the Humanitarian Law & Policy Blog, online and onsite legal training, the Visitors & Conference Centre and the Debate Cycle), the Law and Policy Forum acts as a channel between the ICRC and the outside world.

It engages directly with key external audiences, following a thematic approach and pursuing academic excellence.

Under the supervision of the Head of Unit and in close collaboration with the Unit’s Deputy Head of Unit, there are two key components to the position of Managing Editor.

The primary responsibility is to manage the Humanitarian Law & Policy Blog. The secondary responsibility is to lead the digital strategic promotion of the Unit’s various activities.

Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities

Humanitarian Law & Policy Blog

  • Responsible for maintaining a pool of external and internal contributors to the blog. This includes the selection of topics;
  • identifying authors; assessing topic proposals; ensuring the regular publication of relevant quality posts

  • Responsible for the editorial process of the blog. This includes reviewing posts for acceptance, identifying relevant other reviewers, and making editorial decisions;
  • editing posts for substance, language and structure; corresponding with authors on potential topics and during the editing process;
  • overall quality control; managing the blog’s workflow system; writing posts if interested

  • Responsible for developing and carrying out the promotional strategy for the blog and for specific posts. This includes identifying key target audiences, platforms and channels
  • Responsible for the technical side of the blog. This includes working closely with the digital department; running the blog website;
  • understanding SEO; setting qualitative and quantitative metrics; identifying ways to measure impact; assessing analytics

  • Together with the Editor-in-Chief, responsible for establishing the blog’s direction and vision
  • Digital promotion strategies

  • Setting overall strategy for digital content promotion in Forum (in alignment with the Unit’s priorities and the priorities of the ICRC)
  • Supervise the Communication Associate’s implementation of tailor-made digital promotion strategies for Forum publications (International Review of the Red Cross, IHL textbook, Casebook How does law protect in war , the blog), trainings (e-
  • learning modules, academic workshops) and events (the Debate Cycle, other events) in close collaboration with involved Unit colleagues.

    Supervise the work of the Communication

  • Associate in collecting relevant information within Forum and the Law and Policy Department and integrating it into FORUM’s bi-
  • monthly Law & Policy Newsletter

  • Quality control over content (substantively and for language and tone) for content put out on the various channels (newsletter, social media, other emails, etc)
  • Project management for any specific relevant projects (e.g., CRM, user research)
  • Supervision of the Communication Associate
  • People management responsibilities

    Supervision of Communication Associate

    Certifications / Education required

  • MA / LLM in international law, international relations or related fields. Knowledge of international humanitarian law required.
  • Native-level English. French is an advantage.
  • Professional Experience required

  • Knowledge / experience of humanitarian action (either academic or professional)
  • Confirmed professional experience in communication, writing and editing
  • Experience in project management
  • Professional experience in developing digital content strategies is a strong asset
  • ICRC field experience an advantage
  • Desired profile and skills

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills. Knowledge web publishing tools and content management system management an advantage
  • Sense of initiative and ability to work autonomously
  • Proven networking and relation-building skills
  • Strong sense of professional judgement
  • Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team and work in a multicultural environment
  • Additional Information

  • Location : Geneva
  • Type of contract : Open-ended
  • Activity rate : 100%
  • Targeted start date : ASAP
  • Application deadline : 09.06.2019
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