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 Communications Officer - India
 International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, India Office

 Location: Delhi
 Last Date: July 4, 2011
 Email: (Reference:


Communications Officer - India

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, India Office

PURPOSE: The Communications officer will promote the work and profile of the Federation and support the communications needs of the IRCS.


Specific duties and responsibilities:
Based on an assessment of needs, prepare a comprehensive and realistic plan of action for the information function in the assigned area.

  1. Meet and liaise with the international media, inform them of the activities of the Federation and National Societies, and any related developments
  2. Actively contact (in cooperation with the Media Service) international media to arrange interviews for Red Cross spokespersons in the country
  3. Maintain and update a list of relevant journalists and media contacts in country.
  4. Issue media advisory and press releases as necessary
  5. Publicize the Federation's World Disasters Report and other relevant publications
  6. Travel to the field as necessary, and offer advice on communication issues to  programme managers/ Head of India Office
  7. Regularly write articles for Federation publications.
  8. Set up practical electronic communication links with the outside world
  9. Identify story ideas and news opportunities and market them to the local  and international media in cooperation with the media service.
  10. Provide regular written updates to the Federation and produce background material for the media, visitors and other interested parties; promote the Federation through written publications in consultation with the Publications Service and operational departments
  11. Work closely with the information and other staff of the National Society, to facilitate their access to the media, develop their press and information systems and to train, develop and support their staff
  12. Provide information to media visitors and representatives of the Federation and other National Societies, and accompany them on field visits as appropriate
  13. Liaise with international, government and non-government agencies, share information and collaborate with them as appropriate
  14. Brief new staff and delegates on their role in media relations, and advise the delegation on its relations with the media
  15. Produce timely, accurate and regular financial and narrative reports on information activities for the Federation and for donors
  16. Promote and improve knowledge of the Principles and Mandate of the Red Cross
  17. Promote where appropriate the visibility of the Federation, its emblem and its operations


Qualifications and experience required:
Good mental and physical health

  • Five years experience working in journalism or in communications.
  • Experience of working for a humanitarian aid organisation in a developing country.


The following skills would be an asset:
Self-supporting in computers (Windows, spreadsheets, word processing)

The last date to apply for the position is 4th July 2011.ยท All applicants should apply by emailing a cover letter explaining in detail why they think they are suitable for this post, together with a full curriculum vitae, two names or letters of reference and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) and email these at  (Reference:



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