UN Commissions

Communications Officer

UN Commissions

Job Description

 

Every year, millions of people around the world go missing as a result of conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration, and other causes. This is a complex global challenge that can be tackled effectively through cross-cutting programs that address a variety of difficult, interconnected issues.

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is the only international organization tasked exclusively to work on the issue of missing persons. It works with governments and other stakeholders, including families of the missing, to help them develop and maintain successful missing persons processes. To learn more about ICMP click here.

ICMP’s Colombia Program

In the aftermath of half a century of conflict, Colombia faces a legacy of more than 85,000 cases of missing and disappeared persons. The inclusion of this issue in the Final Peace Agreement signed in November 2016, provides an exceptional opportunity to advance efforts to account for missing persons and to secure the rights of victims.

ICMP is mandated under the Peace Agreement to assist this process. It has identified the most important challenges and is supporting the Search Unit, families of the missing, civil society organizations and parties to the Peace Agreement in their efforts to secure long-term peace and reconciliation. ICMP is working closely with its international and Colombian partners to make a positive and practical contribution to this process.

Position Background

Under the overall supervision of the Head of Program, and technical guidance of the Communication Manager in Headquarters, the Communications Officer’s main duties and responsibilities will include the following:**

  • Creating program-specific publications, contributing to the development of innovative public outreach campaigns and supporting events in line with the global ICMP Communications Strategy and work plan;

  • Contributing to the production of a range of program specific materials, including web articles, social media posts, press releases, media advisories, brochures, and other outreach material;

  • Contributing to daily media monitoring on missing persons issues in the Spanish-speaking world;

  • Contributing to general writing, editing, copyediting in both English and Spanish;

  • Other related duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Education in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, or related field

  • At least 6 years of of related experience working on communications at an international organization, or similar

  • Experience in running press and social media campaigns in Colombia

  • Experience in strategic design and implementation of advocacy and outreach campaigns

  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills in English as well as Spanish

  • Excellent knowledge of media monitoring/media database management tools (e.g. Meltwater)

  • Excellent skills in social media management tools such as Hootsuite, Buffer

  • Skill in Adobe Creative Cloud is an asset

  • Skills in graphics and design are highly desirable

  • Proven experience in writing and proofreading documents such as press releases, promotional materials, proposals and reports

  • Atention to detail, with the ability to meet deadlines and produce positive results.

Mandatory requirements

  • Legally entitled to work in Colombia;

  • Professional fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish;

  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel and Power Point;

  • Proven ability to interact positively with colleagues regardless of culture, nationality or gender;

  • Ability to travel at short notice and to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings.

Benefits

In addition to an attractive base salary, this position is eligible for up to 8 weeks of paid time-off each year and generous social security insurance. This position is at the LES 6 level on the ICMP Colombia salary scale.

This position is not eligible for relocation or expatriate allowances. For more details, please see the ICMP website.

This is part-time position with work from 8am - 12pm (Monday-Friday). For the right candidate, an alternative work schedule can be considered.

Review of applications will begin on 01 June; however, the position will remain open until filled.

ICMP is committed to maintaining an environment of mutual respect, where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. ICMP believes that diversity and inclusion among our staff are critical to our success as a global organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented individuals from a thoroughly diverse range of candidates. ICMP is proud to be part of the International Gender Champions network.

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