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IRC - International Rescue Committee


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is one of the world’s largest international humanitarian non-governmental organizations (INGO), at work in more than 50 countries and more than 25 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. A force for humanity, IRC employees deliver lasting impact by restoring safety, dignity and hope to millions. If you’re a solutions-driven, passionate change-maker, come join us in positively impacting the lives of millions of people world-wide for a better future.

Background:


Over the past 90
years, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has developed unparalleled
expertise in responding to emergencies and helping uprooted communities to
rebuild. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC’s mission
is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and
disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. The IRC is in 50
countries, providing emergency relief and rebuilding lives after disaster.
Through 28 regional offices in cities across the United States, the IRC also
helps refugees resettle in the US and become self-sufficient. The IRC is
committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our
work, creative partnerships and, most crucially, accountability to those we serve.
The IRC is a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable.

The International Rescue Committee began
responding to the growing humanitarian crisis in Northern Central America since
2017. In the past years, IRC has reached more than 2 million persons with
humanitarian response programs, including research-driven education
interventions, gender-based violence response services, child protection
services, protection coordination, cash for families in crisis and increased
access to trustworthy information. The IRC serves individuals and families who
are internally displaced, returned asylum seekers and refugees, and survivors
of violence especially women, girls, and the LGBTQ+ population.

Job Overview:

 We are looking for
a Communications Officer who is creative, detail-oriented, passionate for
storytelling and designing impactful materials. Our Communications Officer will
support the implementation of IRC’s communications strategy across the region
(Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador) which aims to position our work and our
partners to donors, NGO partners, the communities with whom we work, and to
government agencies.

Responsibilities: 

  • Support the implementation of the communications strategy designed to effectively position the IRC and our work to donors, partner NGOs, the communities in which we work, and municipal governments.
  • Collaborate with the Senior Communications Officer developing and creating impactful content about the IRC’s work for internal channels and for external placement.
  • Collaborate with IRC project teams to develop printed materials, clients’ stories, and other communication tools to communicate with target audiences effectively.
  • Help ensure the compliance of visibility products with IRC’s and donor’s standards.
  • Collaborate with the Senior Communications Officer responding to information requests from news media; including research as necessary; arrange interviews; and assist journalists and photographers in coordinating coverage of IRC programs.
  • Catalog and classify audiovisual materials according to established systems and standards.
  • Support the organization of strategic events to cultivate local stakeholders and recognize local support.
  • Step in and support IRC operations, as needed, including willingness to respond to humanitarian crisis including natural disasters and travel within Guatemala or the region as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 5+ years’ experience in NGO communications; previous experience in marketing or public relations/journalism/graphic design is preferred.
  • Excellent writing abilities in Spanish and English.
  • Written and spoken English at an intermediate level desired.
  • Proficient in Adobe Suite – especially Illustrator, Premiere.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Able to build positive relationships and work in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment and to meet crisis communications and time limitations.
  • Experience in international humanitarian organizations desired.

Standard of Professional Conduct:The IRC and the IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – our Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability, and Equality.


Commitment to Gender, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion:
The IRC is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. The IRC expressly prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or bullying of the IRC persons in any work setting. We aim to increase the representation of women, people that are from country and communities we serve, and people who identify as races and ethnicities that are under-represented in global power structures.

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