Communication and Public Affairs Officer (based in its KSA Mission)

21 January 2020

The ICRC is a neutral, independent and impartial humanitarian organization that seeks to protect and assist people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence. It is present in more than 80 countries.
The Communications, Legal and Humanitarian Affairs Department is responsible for defining and implementing strategic communications, managing public and media relations, promoting international humanitarian law to governmental and non-governmental entities, armed forces, academic circles, Red Crescent societies, and fostering support for humanitarian issues and for the ICRC’s activities with a wide range of stakeholders.

Purpose of the post
The Communication Officer contributes to designing, planning and implementing communication projects and activities in coordination with the Head of Mission KSA and Communication Coordinator. S/he contributes to representing the ICRC externally and building the necessary understanding and acceptance of and support for the ICRC among key stakeholders for enhancing access to people affected by armed conflict and expanding its support base.

Planning, management and implementation of Communication programs
• In consultation with HoM and ComCo, design, implement and evaluate the communication strategy aimed at promoting knowledge and acceptance of the ICRC, its mandate and mission, and international humanitarian law
• Contributes to defining communication and prevention objectives, strategies and plans of action for KSA, in line with the Mission’s priorities and the delegation’s communication/prevention strategy.
• Support to logistics and preparation of visits of ICRC staff to KSA (securing meetings, reading the situation, logistical arrangements, etc.)

Public relations
• Mapping of key stakeholders (entities & individuals) & themes pertaining to ICRC work and Kuwait Regional Delegation’s annual planning objectives.
• Map main media outlet and engage into and maintain partnership and/or working relationships (MoU, Agreement, etc) with identified media with the aim of supporting the implementation of the strategy;

Social media
• Create, edit, and repackage compelling content for social media, using audio-visual products.
Analysis/reporting and networking
• In-depth and ad hoc analysis and reporting on thematic developments and issues of relevance for ICRC

Event management
• Organise activities conducive to enhancing acceptance of the ICRC, either separately or within already existing local/regional events.
• Is responsible for all events organized by and/or with the ICRC in the KSA and ensures the documentation of project portfolio are kept up to date; When the events are co-organized with other entities, assumes a key role/responsibility within the organizing committee and consult and advise the HoM on public com needs.

• Saudi Arabian national or holder of a valid and transferable Saudi work residency
• University degree or equivalent in a relevant field such as communications, political science, international relations or journalism.
• Fluent spoken and written English and Arabic.
• A minimum of 3-5 years of work experience as communication expert in a humanitarian organization or similar field;
• Sound knowledge of the political, social and media environment in KSA.
• Confirmed experience in public communications, digital communications, including media relations & social media management;
• Excellent writing skills;
• Excellent computer skills, including Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher, etc.; familiarity with digital communication tools.
• Strong analytical skills and ability to translate complex information into clear and powerful messages;
• IHL knowledge an asset.
• Fluent in English and Arabic, spoken and written;
• Willing to travel both within and outside KSA as and when required.

Start of work: As soon as possible.

“The ICRC values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates”.
Please submit your letter of motivation and CV not later than 15 February 2020 to
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