Job Ad: Senior Media Relations Manager (f/m/d)
- Brussels, Belgium | as soon as possible
- Fulltime (40h) | permanent
Over the past 80 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 International Rescue Committee Deutschland is part of the IRC global network. The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. 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.
IRC Germany was established in 2016 in order to further enhance the profile of the German humanitarian and development sector and to provide further opportunities for advocacy on behalf of the people we serve. Since its establishment, IRC-DE has grown rapidly and has representations in Bonn and Berlin. It is working with major German statutory donors, like the German Federal Foreign Office, KfW, and GIZ. IRC-DE is also cooperating with German civil society organizations. The IRC in Europe also has offices in Brussels, Stockholm, Geneva, and London, and a sister organization in The Hague.
This role works directly with the office of the Senior Vice President IRC Europe and IRC’s external relations team in Brussels and the Global Public Affairs & Communications team to plan and implement executive and policy communications for IRC in Europe, in line with strategic objectives of the IRC. The role will be responsible for establishing IRC’s communications presence in France and collaborate closely with other IRC Communication teams across Europe.
- Plan and implement executive communications for SVP Europe aligned to IRC strategic objectives and building and protecting IRC’s profile and reputation.
- Works directly with the IRC Brussels Communications Team;
- Supports and provides technical direction as agreed by ED of Belgium and Senior Director Global Policy & Executive Communications
- Aligns comms agenda setting, content and messaging between the Brussels and SVP Europe offices as is required and in agreement with the SVP of Europe, ED of Belgium and Senior Director Global Policy & Executive Communications
- Responsible for identifying and proactively delivering new opportunities to promote the IRC’s impact and influence in France
- Works in close collaboration with existing IRC Europe communications leads (UK, Germany, Sweden, Greece) on executive communications of the SVP Europe.
- Seek strategic media opportunities by writing, editing, commissioning and disseminating messaging for multi-channel use, press-releases, op-eds, statements and other content to secure coverage
- Manages executive communications social media with the SVP Europe
- Build relationships with key journalists and editors to help drive media coverage.
- Work closely with EU Digital Engagement colleagues to ensure coordinated and topical messaging across our media outreach and digital channels.
- Build expertise on current and potential issues in the humanitarian NGO arena via research and monitoring of national media and competitors and in liaison with global colleagues.
- Strong potential to build extensive networks and contacts with key European media.
- Excellent writing, editing, interviewing and proofreading skills: adept at writing clean, engaging copy under deadline pressure for a range of channels.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills: ability to communicate effectively with co-workers and manage working relationships diplomatically.
- Strong interview skills to create case studies of beneficiaries and colleagues.
- Proven self-starter.
- Solid organisational and time management skills: ability to prioritise work, yet multi-task in a fast-paced work setting.
- Proactive approach to problem solving.
- Knowledge of international affairs, particularly of conflict and complex humanitarian crises, and of humanitarian issues.
- Knowledge of key debates in Europe around international development and aid.
- Flexibility as regards working hours, as the need arises.
- Willingness to travel occasionally to conflict areas.
Fluency in English and French, spoken and written
- Being part of a highly motivated, cross-cultural team in a growing organization
- Flexible working hours and possibility to work from home
- A number of employee benefits such as company pension scheme, subsidized public transportation, gym membership, snacks and drinks in the office
- 30 days of annual leave per year
- Training and development opportunities.
Candidates must have the right to work in the EU. IRC in Europe is committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination for all applicants and employees.
If you have any questions or need assistance with the online recruitment process, please contact the HR team at [email protected].
IRC will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable adjustments to participate in the job application and/or interview process, and for essential job functions if appointed to a role. Please contact us if you may need such adjustments.
IRC seeks to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce regardless of gender, race, religious belief, nationality, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. IRC welcomes applications from all candidates, including underrepresented groups and refugees who have the right to work in the EU.