Arabic speaking communication delegate

01-06-2012 Job Opportunity Ref. fd-arabic-com-del

Location: Field

Your task

The communication delegate is a specialist who provides an ICRC delegation with the expertise and means to analyse perceptions and communication needs, and who proposes, implements, updates and evaluates communication strategies at local, national and regional level. The objective is to ensure the necessary understanding and support of the ICRC and its humanitarian action, as well as knowledge and respect of international humanitarian law (IHL), facilitating access to the victims of armed conflict and the support of those who determine their fate. Activities range from strategy development, to the production of communication tools (AV, publications, Web content and social media platforms), media relations and IHL teaching programmes for the military, universities and schools.

  • Liaise with ICRC operations in defining priorities and provide technical support, training and advice to all staff involved in communication
  • Develop communication strategies aimed at building and managing networks
  • Carry out specially tailored presentations and workshops for specific target audiences such as arms carriers, local leaders, beneficiaries of ICRC humanitarian action
  • Carry out target group analysis for monitoring and impact assessment of communication activities
  • Ensure the availability and distribution of relevant communication material (printed, online and audiovisual)
  • Support the local Red Cross or Red Crescent national society in the development of its own communication

Selection requirements

  • Ideal age: 25 to 40 years
  • Prepared to accept unaccompanied postings for the first two missions (minimum 12 months each)
  • Excellent command of Arabic and English. In addition, a good command of French is a distinct asset for career development within the ICRC, as French is an institutional language
  • Minimum two years’ professional experience in communication-related positions (ex.: multimedia journalist, spokesperson, public relations officer). Experience abroad with a humanitarian organization an advantage
  • University degree relevant to communication is a distinct asset (ex.: journalism, mass-media, public relations, film making and photography)
  • Knowledge of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement an asset
  • Fully conversant with common IT tools, in particular with multimedia tools
  • Driving license for manual transmission vehicles


Your profile

  • Strongly motivated by humanitarian work
  • Excellent project and people management skills
  • Well-developed capacity to network
  • Accomplished speaker and excellent writing & summarizing skills
  • Open-minded and adaptable, able to learn by doing
  • Able to work under pressure in a potentially dangerous environment

What we offer

  • an opportunity to help the victims of conflict
  • initial training prior to deployment
  • stimulating and enriching work in unusual situations
  • ample support in integrating into the new working environment

For reasons related to the institution's working procedures, in particular its principle of neutrality, ICRC personnel cannot be nationals or originate from the countries to which they are assigned.

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