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REGIONAL PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER for Near and Middle East (NAME) - Based in Beirut (Lebanon)

Requisition ID:  16194
Region:  Near & Middle-East
Contract type:  Open-ended contract

What we do

 

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) works worldwide to provide humanitarian assistance to people affected by conflict and armed violence. We take action in response to emergencies and at the same time promote respect for international humanitarian law. We are an independent and neutral organization, and our mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We work closely with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and with their International Federation in order to ensure a concerted, rational and rapid humanitarian response to the needs of the victims of armed conflict or any other situation of internal violence. We direct and coordinate the international activities conducted in these situations.

Role Description

 

Mission

 

Based in Beirut, the regional public relations officer for ICRC’s NAME region (Near and Middle East) is the spokesperson for the region. As a key member of ICRC’s global media team, the successful candidate will build and advance relationships with journalists and other influencers across the region with a view to promoting ICRC messages on our operational activities, issues and concerns.

Drawing on existing experience and relationships, the successful candidate is in charge of networking with a range of journalists in Beirut and beyond on NAME-related issues, as well as managing media queries, setting up interviews and other media or public-facing opportunities. S/he provides support and guidance to NAME delegations in place such as Iraq and Libya on media issues, opportunities and challenges.

Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities

 

  • Acts as a spokesperson, providing information to media on the ICRC's activities and humanitarian concerns on issues relevant to NAME.
  • Builds relations with regional and global media based in Beirut and in other media hubs in the region.
  • Supports delegations in crafting their public communications and media strategies and to map, prioritize and build media contacts.
  • Deploys to ICRC locations within NAME, particularly during crisis periods and major media moments to act as a media liaison and content focal point.
  • Drafts speaking points, news releases, defensive lines and other products for media and digital distribution. Distributes relevant information to media through CISION, Muck Rack and other tools.
  • Coordinates and negotiates with delegations and other internal stakeholders, including counterparts on ICRC’s global coms team in Geneva and senior operations officials, to develop narratives, key messages and other content to support our global communications on NAME operations.
  • Supports the global media management of NAME crises, including media requests, messaging and coordination. Provides or organizes interviews, quotes and briefings for journalists on operations and issues of concern, ensuring that the ICRC's public position is known and understood.
  • Pitches story ideas, content and interviews, and engages with key media to develop longer-term partnerships.
  • Identifies and develops a network of ICRC field voices for interviews and features that showcase the diversity of our staff and portfolio of work.
  • Works with ICRC’s regional communications centre in Cairo to develop Arabic-language media/digital campaigns around key thematic issues and contexts.
  • Carry out any other relevant tasks as required by, and mutually agreed with your line manager.

 

Reports to: Head of Delegation (Beirut-Lebanon) & Head of Cross-Media in Geneva (HQ-Switzerland).

Desired profile and skills

 

Profile:

 

  • University degree (minimum Bachelor’s degree) in a relevant discipline such as political science, international relations, journalism, communication management or public relations.
  • Minimum 5-8 years of work experience in media, media relations or content generation, preferably within humanitarian or non-profit sector.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in Arabic and English. French is a plus.
  • Excellent public & digital communication skills with a deep knowledge of the media environment.
  • Ability to travel up to 25 percent of the year within the NAME region to support ICRC operations.
  • International exposure is essential.
  • ICRC or Red Cross Red Crescent Movement experience is an asset.

Skills

 

  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work.
  • Able to work under pressure in stressful and potentially dangerous environments.
  • Proven ability to work and communicate effectively within diverse multicultural and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to respond and adhere to tight deadlines and long hours.

Our operational & field constraints

 

  • In line with the principle of neutrality, the ICRC does not assign personnel to a country of which they are nationals
  • Candidates must be in good health and will have to do a medical check-up prior to departure in the field
  • Candidates must possess a driving license (for manual transmission vehicles)
  • Candidates must be prepared to accept unaccompanied postings (i.e. no spouse, partner, children or dependents) for at least the first 6 months

What we offer

 

  • Rewarding work in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
  • In-house training opportunities and staff integration program
  • Attractive social benefits
  • Join an ICRC talent pool and be considered for future assignments elsewhere

 

  • Starting date: April 2021
  • Location: Beirut (Lebanon) with 25% of travel within the NAME region
  • Length of assignment: 24 Months (with family reunion possible after 6 months)
  • Application deadline: 18/01/2021

 

The ICRC values diversity and is committed to create an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.