Job opening in Washington: ICRC Spokesperson


Full-time resident position based in Washington D.C.

(Only US citizens or Green Card holders may apply)


  1. Lead in the development and implementation of proactive media outreach strategies designed to promote and enrich the general public’s awareness and understanding of the ICRC’s global humanitarian operations and concerns, thematic issues and policy positions.
  2. Support the definition and coordination of the ICRC’s messaging. Drive outreach to media and digital-native news platforms in order to enhance and manage the ICRC’s public profile.
  3.  Contribute to the successful implementation of the ICRC’s public engagement and digital strategies.
  4. Advise the delegation on public communication issues, opportunities and challenges with the aim of enhancing the ICRC’s reading of relevant topics and trends.

The Spokesperson is a member of the delegation’s Communication Team and plays a lead role in contributing to campaigns and strategies. She/he supports and takes part in the activities of the Communication Team and contributes to delegation priorities. She/he reports directly to the delegation’s Head of Communication and also forms part of a network of global ICRC communicators whose role it is to profile the ICRC as a neutral and impartial humanitarian organization, working on the frontlines of the world’s toughest conflicts and violence-ridden places in order to help and protect the most vulnerable.


  • Responsible for the implementation of the Delegation’s media outreach strategy, including pitching story ideas, content and interviews to top-tier media and digital outlets, and engaging with influential platforms and individuals with the aim of developing longer-term partnerships (in coordination with HQ and field-based counterparts).
  • Serve as Chief Spokesperson for the ICRC’s Regional Delegation for the US and Canada. As such, she/he has the ability to speak fluently and credibly about the ICRC’s global operations, humanitarian concerns, thematic priorities, related policies, and the relevance and importance of international humanitarian law (IHL).
  • Map, prioritize and build media contacts. Enhance the delegation’s network of influential voices and identify conversations and debates to which the ICRC can contribute.
  • Enhance the delegation’s understanding of hot button and trending topics – both domestic and foreign – as they pertain to the ICRC’s/delegation’s work, practices and policies. Identify issues of relevance to the ICRC and how to position the organization publicly on them.
  • Support the global management of crises by working with communicators at the ICRC’s headquarters in Geneva, regional communication staff, operational delegations and other “global reach” delegations to position the ICRC in the media.
  • Provide interviews, quotes and briefings for journalists on the ICRC’s operations and issues of concern, ensuring that the ICRC’s public position is known and understood.
  • Draft speaking points, news releases, messaging, opinion pieces and other public communication products.
  • Liaise with communication counterparts at HQ and in relevant delegations around the world on editorial planning and outreach to American news outlets in locations outside the US.
  • Liaise closely with the ICRC’s delegation to the United Nations in New York on communication matters.
  • Work closely with the media and public relations offices of the American and Canadian Red Cross Societies to ensure cohesive messaging and alignment, and the timely sharing of information on planning and positioning.
  • Provide input and support, as needed, to the delegation’s Communication Officer, who is responsible for identifying and pitching public communication opportunities for senior ICRC leaders and staff visiting the US and Canada.
  • Take part in regular internal planning calls and contribute to the delegation’s editorial calendar and media tracking.
  • Regularly review the effectiveness and impact of ICRC’s public communication and how the organization is perceived in the US and Canada.
  • Serve as Acting Head of the Communication Department as necessary.



Education: A Bachelor’s Degree in journalism, public affairs, international relations or a 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 nights/weekends and to travel domestically and abroad is a must.  

 Experience: Minimum eight years of experience in journalism, digital journalism, media relations or equivalent profession. A good understanding of humanitarian and international affairs is necessary. Working experience within the ICRC and/or International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is a definite plus but not required. Solid newsroom experience and/or a background as a communicator/spokesperson for a major NGO/aid organization is a definite asset.

Languages: Excellent English required. Ability to respond to media queries in Spanish would be a bonus. Knowledge of French, Arabic and/or another language would be a plus but not necessary.


  • Be aware of the delegation's objectives and activities.
  • Understand the components of the International 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.

Preferred start date: September 30, 2018 (or earlier).

Please submit a cover letter, CV and examples of your best journalistic work or other published/broadcast communication products via e-mail to: the Head of Human Resources in Washington, Laure Macabrey ( no later than August 15, 2018.