CAREClosing Date : 2017-01-23
Duty Station : Berlin, Germany
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Organization: CARE
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)

SUMMARY

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.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

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.**

QUALIFICATIONS

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

CORE COMPETENCIES

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 bewerbung@care.de, no later than 23 January 2017.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Women and men are equally encouraged to apply.

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