Austria: Emergency Communications Officer
|Closing Date : 2017-01-23|
Duty Station : Berlin, Germany
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Country: Austria, Germany
Closing date: 23 Jan 2017
Position Title: EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
Location: home-based (in Europe, ideally Germany or Austria)
Assignment Period:24 months (preferred starting date February 15, 2017)
The Emergency Communications Officer supports CARE International s media and communications work in emergencies, and develops and maintains communications materials for use by the CARE confederation. This includes deployment to the field, often on short-notice, to CARE s emergency operations. The Emergency Communications Officer has a strong understanding of CARE s work, policies, and approaches and uses this as the basis for CARE s media and external communications work. This position is managed by CARE Austria and CARE Germany, in close coordination with CARE International s Secretariat in Geneva. The position is home-based (ideally in Europe), with approximately 60 percent travel required.
Purpose / Role
Maximize positive media coverage and fundraising opportunities with a focus on German-speaking markets and support accountability to key stakeholders by communicating the humanitarian situation and CARE's emergency operations.
Deploys regularly to the field to support CARE s responses to emergencies (estimated 60% of time):
In coordination with the CARE International Secretariat and delegated by Austria and Germany, the position supports CARE s work during emergencies to establish and maintain high quality and timely media and communication activities, in order to support awareness raising, fundraising and advocacy for CARE s humanitarian work;
Develops and disseminates steady flow of communication and media materials such as press releases, talking points, blogs, human interest stories, web content;
Regularly provides high-resolution, good quality digital images and video of emergencies and CARE s work;
Acts as the main point of contact for media, and responds to requests for information from journalists, members of CARE International, and donors, including arranging interviews and field visits;
Gives media training for designated spokespeople and offers media coaching;
Acts as spokesperson for the organization when appropriate;
Liaise with ECHO, UNHCR, OCHA and other peer Communications Officers to get latest updates and work on potential joint-messaging.
Participates in the Communications to Disaster-affected Communities (CDAC) working group or public information working group if active;
Produces a lessons learned document after deployments and makes recommendations for future operations.
When not deployed, provides support to ongoing media and communications activities for CARE Austria and CARE Germany (estimated 40% of time):
Works with CARE Austria and Germany communications teams to support advocacy/awareness and fundraising efforts regarding humanitarian issues;
As appropriate, supports CARE s external representation and policy/advocacy work, including with the UN, other multilateral agencies, the media and public worldwide;
Develops and maintains excellent relationships with key national and international journalists (particularly wire services and regional-based correspondents) on behalf of CI and with other CI Communication Officers;
In coordination with CI members and Country Offices, develops creative ways to raise awareness of CARE s humanitarian work, in particular chronic and forgotten emergencies.
Undertakes any other communications tasks as required.**
Masters degree (or a combination of a Bachelors degree and relevant experience) in journalism, communications, public relations or a related field;
Minimum 3 to 5 years experience in media or public relations, preferably in an international setting;
Experience deploying as an emergency communications or media officer to a developing country during an emergency or crisis;
Proven track record of successful storytelling and media outreach
Experience in and demonstrated understanding of humanitarian aid and development
Fluent written and spoken German and English; French or another major language an asset;
Ability to act as a spokesperson;
Additional technical skills are desirable, including sound knowledge of digital content creation, social media; design and photo/video editing programs
Excellent written and spoken communications skills;
Able to self-manage, work under pressure and meet deadlines;
Proactive, dynamic, creative and open-minded;
Excellent interpersonal and team-building skills, able to manage relationships across units and time zones;
Able to plan, organize and deliver results;
Committed to CARE s vision and mission Gender awareness and cultural sensitivity
How to apply:
Please send your complete application package (CV, motivation letter, references) to Ms. Judith Berger at email@example.com, no later than 23 January 2017.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Women and men are equally encouraged to apply.