Medair brings life-saving relief and rehabilitation in conflict areas, disasters, and other crises by working alongside the most vulnerable.
21 Jan 2014
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Field Communication Officer - Afghanistan
Enthusiastic and creative professional wanted to support vital information processes
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Medair brings life-saving relief and recovery in disasters, conflict areas, and other crises by working alongside the most vulnerable. Its Internationally Recruited (IRS) and HQ staff are inspired by their Christian faith to care for people in need, providing practical and compassionate support, regardless of race, religion, or politics. Medair has achieved the ISO 9001:2008 certification, worldwide. This certification signifies that Medair effectively delivers goods and services with a focus on beneficiary needs. Founded in 1989, Medair’s unwavering commitment continues to bring hope to the world’s most vulnerable.
Medair is seeking a qualified professional in Communications/Fundraising/PR/Media or a related field with:
At least 2 years of professional experience in media /communications or private fundraising
Excellent writing skills with the ability to target different audiences and to tailor output accordingly
Competency with photo-editing software desirable
A Strong grasp of online social media tools and techniques
Self-starter ethos while being a team player; ability to work alone (in terms of own objectives) yet in collaboration with others who are working towards very different objectives
The ability to relate well with many kinds of people, and to establish rapport and trust with people who may be nervous or suspicious to share their story or have their photo taken
Ability to cope with basic living conditions in the field and during field trips
We are a friendly multicultural community and by joining us, you would enjoy: Comprehensive briefing at our Swiss headquarters, as well as an in-country briefing; Security training for those going to particularly insecure environments; Accommodation, food, and transportation in-country; Return flights to and from the country programme (one return flight for every year of service); Rest and recuperation (R&R) leave (including travel, accommodation, and food allowance); Annual leave; Death and disability allowance; Contribution matching programme for retirement savings; Additional contract benefit allowance for those who commit to longer contracts; Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance, with up to 60 days post- assignment coverage, including debriefing.
The key areas in this role include; Communication and Fundraising; Media and Public Relations; Digital Social Media; Institutional Donor Relations; Branding and Co-branding Coordination; Internal Communication; Donor Relations Management.
This is a field role and will be based in Kabul, with frequent field trips to Central Highlands. Medair is working to improve access to WASH services, improve food security, reduce the risk of disasters via improved natural resource management, and provide assistance when disasters occur.
Medair's Standard Working Requirements for the Field are:
Experienced professionals in a relevant field; Overseas intercultural experience
Commitment to the Medair values
Strong working knowledge of English, spoken and written
Working knowledge of French, spoken and written, for French-speaking field programmes
Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply.
Successful completion of Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC)
Reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, external contacts
Able to live and work in a multicultural team under difficult conditions
Strong character traits, including emotional stability, adaptability, ability to handle stress, cultural and gender sensitivity, honesty, and physically fit
Winter conditions in Afghanistan prevent field access for 4 months of the year, so the FCO should be prepared to use creativity and close collaboration with team members to provide resources during this time, and be willing to support training, proposal/report-writing, and other tasks during these months.
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