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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) was founded in 1919 in Paris in the aftermath of World War I. The war had shown a need for close cooperation between Red Cross Societies, which, through their humanitarian activities on behalf of prisoners of war and combatants, had attracted millions of volunteers and built a large body of expertise. A devastated Europe could not afford to lose such a resource.
It was Henry Davison, president of the American Red Cross War Committee, who proposed forming a federation of these National Societies. An international medical conference initiated by Davison resulted in the birth of the League of Red Cross Societies, which was renamed in October 1983 to the League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and then in November 1991 to become the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The Senior Communication Officer will:
Develop regular and quality communication materials related to the Nigeria operations (written and video).
Ensure the effective communication of the IFRC/NRCS operations in various media channels.
Assist in proposal writing and grant writing for future funding for IFRC/NRCS.
Support the National Society and the IFRC in communicating during emergencies.
The Senior Communication Officer is responsible for:
Supporting the cluster office with communication needs.
Supporting the National Society communications capacity on the ground and act as a spokesperson with international media when required.
Collect, analyse and transform data from the field into key messages and calls for different stakeholders and audiences.
Support the National Society in identifying key humanitarian issues to be addressed to the public, media and donors on the situation on the ground and the humanitarian response.
Work closely with the IFRC team to produce facts and figures, key messages, reactive lines and promote different IM products.
In collaboration with the National Society, work on advocacy messages to address the different issues linked to the current operation.
Provide context analysis and draft communication pack with key material (facts and figures, key messages, press releases etc)
News releases (as needed), videos, photographs with captions, and qualified spokespeople contacts are immediately developed and made available to media and key stakeholders. If security allows, facilitate media field trips to the operational areas
Maintain a social media presence throughout the operation utilizing IFRC communication tools
Support the appeal using people at the community level (Write stories and interviews, web stories, blogs, video footage and photos with extended captions, provide basic audio-visual material)
Share any communications material created through this appeal with IFRC for use on various communications channels including the IFRC Africa Region web page
Facilitate National Society and IFRC in pitching media stories and professionally handling media inquiries with broadcast, print and online media/social media.
Support the launch of the emergency appeal and other major milestones throughout the operation using people-centred at the community level.
Produce/assist in the production of advocacy messages in collaboration with National Societies to address the different issues linked to the current emergency operations (Health, Shelter, Cash Transfer, WASH, DM etc.);
Facilitate National Societies and IFRC in pitching media stories and professionally handling media enquiries with broadcast, print and online media/social media.
Relevant University degree in Journalism, Communications, Marketing or International policies
At least 5 years of experience working as journalist/press officer and/or Communications/Policy Officer
Experience in managing communications issues in complex and delicate situations
Experience in building media contacts
Experience in emergency response
Self-supporting in computers
Knowledge of social media and related trends
Knowledge of humanitarian affairs
Ability to negotiate with varying partners
Ability to multi-task and work under pressure
Good analytical skills
Good knowledge of the operational context and area
Flexibility and ability to travel in the operation’s areas
Fluent in written and spoken English.
National Society relations
Communication - Teamwork
Professionalism – Integrity - Diversity
Results focus and accountability