Come Join the ICRC Team in Washington: Now Hiring a Spokesperson

SPOKESPERSON

ICRC Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada                                                                                             Full-time resident position based in Washington D.C.                                                                                                         (Only US citizens or Green Card holders may apply)

JOB PURPOSE

  • Position and promote the ICRC to relevant audiences via outreach to North American media outlets.
  • Conduct and set up interviews, organize on and off-the-record briefings and press conferences and respond to queries from journalists.
  • Strengthen existing media relationships and expand and diversify the delegation’s networks.
  • Write op-eds, features, media pitches, etc. highlighting the ICRC’s work and contemporary challenges to IHL, as well as operational contexts, institutional themes, and ICRC policy positions of interest to North American audiences.
  •  Support the launch and promotion of institutional campaigns and initiatives.

The Spokesperson is a member of the Communications and Public Affairs Team and contributes to civil society communication strategies and outreach. She/he supports and takes part in the activities of the Communications and Public Affairs Team and contributes to delegation priorities. She/he reports directly to the Head of Communications and Public Affairs.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • As appropriate, position the ICRC with relevant North American audiences as a reference on humanitarian action and IHL – in line with the desired identity of the delegation;
  • Act as the Chief Spokesperson for the ICRC in North America (with back-up from the Head and Deputy Head of the Dept.) and as such, speak fluently and credibly about operations, emergencies, thematic files and IHL;
  • Work with the Head and Deputy Head of the Department to position and promote the ICRC to relevant North American audiences via outreach to media outlets, while expanding and diversifying the delegation’s journalistic network;
  • When appropriate, and in coordination with Movement partners, engage in outreach to North American media to promote news releases, op-eds, campaigns, and other types of content;
  • Set up interviews for ICRC leadership and visiting delegates, and organize briefings and press conferences;
  • Respond quickly to media queries, breaking news and interview requests, provide interviews and quotes, and write reactive press lines and Q&As;
  • Work closely with the media relations offices of the Canadian and American Red Cross Societies (and with the ICRC’s delegation to the UN in New York) to ensure cohesive messaging and alignment and coordination on planning, outreach and positioning;
  •  Support the Intercross and Online Communications Editor on outreach to digital media platforms and in the promotion of ICRC content and messaging via social and online media;
  • Liaise with communications counterparts in Geneva and in delegations in key contexts on editorial planning and outreach to correspondents working for North American media;  
  • Support the planning and execution of visits by North American media to the field;
  • Monitor the media, flag important issues and enable the delegation to counter and respond to negative and/or inaccurate reporting proactively and reactively, in concert with headquarters.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Education: A degree in journalism, public affairs, international relations, English or other relevant field is required. An advanced degree is highly desirable.

Desired qualities: Ability to work well and quickly under pressure, capacity to multi-task and handle several demands at the same time, excellent presentation and inter-personal skills, proven ability to build networks, self-directed team player, and a firm commitment to confidentiality. Willingness to work occasional weekends and travel domestically and abroad is a must.

 Experience: Minimum five years of experience in journalism, digital journalism, media relations or equivalent profession. A good understanding of humanitarian affairs is necessary. Working experience within the ICRC and/or Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is a definite plus. Knowledge of how the US government works and experience in dealing with US media would be a real bonus.

Languages: Excellent English required. French, Spanish and/or other languages are a plus.

GENERAL DUTIES

  • Be aware of the delegation's objectives and activities
  • Understand the three components of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement
  • Apply the delegation's security rules at all times
  • Respect and observe staff regulations of the ICRC
  • The employee may be asked to perform duties and tasks not covered in this job description as well as to provide support to other departments when necessary

Desired beginning of assignment mid-April.

Further information about this post may be obtained by contacting Anna Nelson

Applications should be submitted to Laure Macabrey no later than March 17th, 2017