Communications Officer

Posted 8 months ago by World Vision
Location Erbil Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector Operations , NGO, Services
Communications Officer
World Vision International is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.  
World Vision - Iraq Office is looking for a highly qualified and motivated person for the position of Communications Officer – Erbil Office.
The role of the Communications Officer is to provide strong communications content to the response/national office, in line with the needs and priorities of the office. The position will involve the production of key communications resources for donor and public engagement; position the ministry of World Vision with in-country and international media if and when directed by the Liaison Advisor; support external communications on a range of development and advocacy issues; support the operations of social media platforms and engagement; assist in the development of capacity amongst staff on creating communication content; and support internal/employee communications processes which support and advance the strategic goals of the Response/National Office and its core ministry functions.
Content production
  • Production of compelling evidence-based and issues-oriented fundraising, advocacy and publicity materials (web-based, digital, print and video) for effective donor (including grant acquisition) and public engagement – both in-country and internationally, and in collaboration with other World Vision Offices if/as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the consistent and timely offering and development of resources.
  • Ensure that stories, photos and other materials are produced to standards of quality required for informing, educating and engaging donors and publics via Partnership websites, magazines, adverts, donor appeals, media releases and other communications channels and outlets.
  • Support the Liaison Advisor in Hosting the Partnership resource gathering visits/ Media
  • Assist with communications in response to both slow- and rapid-onset emergency/relief situations ensuring that WV Partnership is provided with quality stories, photos and media interviews from the field quickly.
  • Assist with building communications understanding and capacity amongst field staff.
  • Assist with translation, interpretation and transcribing interviews for Comms needs as directed by Liaison Advisor
Media and social media
  • Support the development of contacts with country-level media to earn coverage of World Vision.
  • Support the monitoring of national media and use of media tracking through Meltwater and establish the overall capacity of NO to initiate and respond to media contacts with required speed and skill.
  • Assist with selection, set-up and running of social media channels to initiate discussions around WV activities amongst target audiences.
  • Monitor the external communication resources for correct use of WV identity.
  • Collaborate with Liaison Advisor on supporting key advocacy issues, messaging, and communications channels for public advocacy initiatives. Engage media to gain exposure and credibility and increase public discussion.
  • Provide communications support reflected in applicable regional and global advocacy campaigns.
  • Collaborate with Liaison Advisor on Response/NO Comms strategy formulation.
  • Work collaboratively with relevant teams in Response/NO and throughout the Partnership towards realization of Response/NOs mission.
  • Assist Liaison Advisor in creating and managing a network of freelancers to assure some resource generation is outsourced.
  • Demonstrated experience in development of communications content
  • Experience in the production of diverse communications resources such as publications, multi-media, websites/pages, photo and video reports, social media, etc.
  • Cross-cultural communication skills. Able to travel and work in the field as an essential function of the position
  • Strong journalistic and technical photo, video, storytelling and social media skills
  • Past experience or familiarity with marketing departments is an asset
  • Ability to work in difficult, insecure, rapidly changing, and stressful conditions
  • At least two years professional experience in journalism or public relations
  • Fluent in Arabic, Kurdish and English.
Work Environment
  • Complete Travel and/or Work Environment statements if applicable.
  • Minimum 50% time traveling in the field.
  • Position requires willingness and ability to continue to function during a crisis situation, including during a World Vision response to a manmade or natural disaster.


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