Communication and Movement Manager

16 June 2022

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles
The ICRC's Brussels delegation covers Belgium, the EU, NATO and certain European armed forces. The delegation ensures that decision-makers see us as the reference for International Humanitarian Law (IHL) related issues and neutral and independent humanitarian action.

The Communication and Movement Manager is the focal point for all matters related to communications and cooperation activities with partners from the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in Belgium. They are responsible for setting and implementing priorities, objectives and strategies in support of the delegation's objectives in relation to humanitarian diplomacy at EU, NATO and Belgium. They direct the orientation, planning, monitoring and evaluation of the delegation's communication and movement activities. They contribute to building and implementing an approach in which communication and, where applicable, movement activities are integrated into the humanitarian diplomacy and protection programmes of the delegation, as well as the efforts of the European Commission resource mobilization team. They also lead the joint visibility programme with European Commission's DG ECHO.

• Internally, interacts with the delegation's management, programme coordinators, legal advisors and humanitarian affairs advisors; at headquarters, with the Communication Head of Sector for Europe and Central Asia, the Regional Movement Adviser and specialist colleagues from other units within the Department of Communication and Information Management (CIM) and MOUV department; within the region, with regional advisers supporting the delegation and, when relevant, communication/movement counterparts in other delegations.
• Externally, interacts and networks with media outlets, journalists, the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, DG ECHO communications managers, NGOs and other civil society representatives.

1. Leads the delegation's communication strategies
• Sets the strategic orientation of the delegation's communication together with management and other departments, and coordination of reflection on the ICRC's communication strategy in Europe in close collaboration with ICRC headquarters (mainly communication units), Communication teams in Paris and London.
• Defines the delegation's overall desired identity and brand and finds ways to improve the impact and reach of our humanitarian diplomacy efforts.
• With support from the corresponding teams at headquarters and regional specialists, formulates related guidelines, approaches and programmes.
• Manages the Digital Officer, including strategic guidance, coaching, capacity-building and human-resources-related matters.
• Supervises the development and production of internal and external communication tools/products/publications, including for digital platforms.
• Is responsible for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes related to communication.

2. Public communication/media relations
• Monitors key media in the field of coverage of European issues, provides advice to the delegation on the media environment. Analyses the public discourse of relevant EU institutions, NATO and other entities of interest to the delegation (think tanks, UN information office in Brussels, large NGOs, etc.).
• Establishes and develops networks with media entities, journalists and opinion makers, in line with anchoring and operational objectives.
• Implements actions targeting the international media present in Brussels and the key media in other European capitals covering the European institutions.
• Identifies press opportunities for the Head of Delegation and during the visit of ICRC representatives to Brussels (including ICRC president, director of operations, regional heads and thematic managers) and prepares interviews.
• Represents the ICRC to diverse audiences in accordance with the delegation's objectives and acts as spokesperson for media queries.
• Evaluates regularly public communication actions in order to maximise their impact.

3. Coordination of Movement activities
• Coordinates the delegation's relations with Movement components in Brussels'.
• Maintains close relations with the Red Cross EU Office and Belgian Red Cross, including the communication departments and press officers, with a view to develop joint public communication actions if appropriate.
• Monitors and analyses key developments and trends affecting the Movement dynamics in the EU. Also maintains a good understanding of reputational risks and potential integrity issues affecting the Movement.
• Supports and advises colleagues on broader movement-related developments and their impact on the delegation's approach.
• Autonomously contributes to delivering on Movement Cooperation objectives.

4. Joint ICRC/DG ECHO communication activities
• In charge of preparing plans of actions, implementation, evaluation of joint DG ECHO-ICRC visibility, in close collaboration with DG ECHO and REM_EC.
• Coordinates the overall implementation of these actions by COM officers in Europe (mainly PAR, LDN, COM PR) and certain COM departments of the NS.

• University degree or equivalent (preferably master's level) in communications, political science, international relations, or journalism.
• Minimum 7 years of relevant professional experience, including:
o 5 years in communication or a relevant field
o At least 1-year field experience with the ICRC.
o At least 2 years work experience in a field relevant to Movement Cooperation

• Proven team and project management experience.
• Excellent drafting abilities and analytical skills.
• Excellent presentation skills (both the ability to craft compelling decks and the ability to present online and in-person in front of an audience)
• Strong initiative, capable of working transversally within a team.
• Fluent spoken and written English and French; Flemish an asset.
• Good knowledge of the European media landscape and European institutions.
• Solid knowledge of digital and social media best practices

• An inspiring opportunity to practice your profession in a humanitarian and multicultural environment
• Dynamic professional development and stimulating benefits package.
• A full-time open-ended contract under Belgian labour legislation (This requires an official registration in Belgium).
• The position is based in the ICRC's Brussels Delegation, with the possibly of partial homeworking (in accordance with the Flexible Working Arrangement policy of the Delegation).
• A competitive salary according to ICRC Brussels salary scale and experience, as well as an attractive pension scheme and DKV insurance.

CV and application letter must be submitted before 30 June 2022 at midnight by email to: (subject of the email: NAME + COMM)
Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Expected start date: September 2022 or earlier if possible

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