Communication Officer, Odesa, Ukraine

ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross

ICRC Delegation in Odessa

Please note that the ICRC is not a UN-system organization.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.

The ICRC is mandated to work in countries affected by armed conflict or other situations of violence. The ICRC is present in over 80 countries and has some 19,000-field staff.

In 2014, the ICRC expanded its presence to Ukraine. There are more than 600 ICRC staff working in Kyiv, Dnipro, Poltava, Vinnytsia, Lviv, Donetsk, Luhansk, and Odesa.

The ICRC is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person to fill the position of Communication Officer in its sub-delegation in Odesa.


Contributes to designing and leading the planning and implementing of the communication approach, resulting projects and activities in coordination with the management of the Odesa sub-delegation and with the delegation’s communication department.

Represents the ICRC externally and building the necessary understanding and acceptance of and support for the ICRC among key stakeholders in responsibility.

Functional general responsibilities:

  • Manage a broad range of communication needs in relation to the ICRC humanitarian response conducted from the Odesa sub-delegation.
  • Develop and promote communication practices and coordination within the sub-delegation
  • Develop messaging and support content generation about humanitarian situation and ICRC response in line with the operational priorities and desired identity of the sub-delegation; formulate the sub-delegation’s messages and speaking points in line with the delegation’s overall strategy.
  • Supports the operational communication efforts and prevention programs targeting notably key audience such as URCS, UAF, Police, local authorities, etc…
  • Generate public communication content (text and images, audio-visual) on the needs in responsibility and the ICRC response to them; propose content and stories for the delegation’s social media channels; propose select content to local media/ authorities
  • Contribute to defining communication and, where relevant, prevention objectives, strategies and plans of action for the area of responsibility, in line with the sub-delegation’s priorities and/or the delegation’s communication strategy.
  • Ensure adequate field communication analysis and intervention (e.g. perception management and community engagement) in line with operational priorities
  • Ensure appropriate monitoring, evaluation reporting and documentation of communication activities
  • Coach, train and oversee quality control of communication activities by the sub-delegation
  • Develop appropriate local strategies and tools for: operational communication, community engagement, promoting international humanitarian law (IHL, cooperating with RC/RC Movement partners, public and digital communication, information analysis/scanning and public affairs
  • Supports the sub-delegation management and programs in networking with relevant stakeholders and represents the ICRC to various audiences.

  • Follows political, security, military, and humanitarian developments, as well as other issues relevant to the ICRC’s reputation/perception and capacity to operate in the geographic area covered, contributing to their analysis.
  • Coordinate joint communication and prevention activities with the communication teams of URCS branches in responsibilities to enhance URCS and Movement image and impact; ensure effective sharing of information during ad hoc crisis or major emergencies

Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • University degree or equivalent in a relevant field such as communications, social sciences, international relations, or journalism.
  • Good public speaking skills and ability to communicate to audiences in training settings.
  • Good knowledge of International Humanitarian Law is an asset.
  • Minimum 3 years’ work experience in a field relevant to public communication, community advocacy or engagement
  • Experience in publishing and engaging on social media platforms

Social package and other benefits

  • Official employment according to Ukrainian labour law
  • Annual paid 20 calendar days’ vacation
  • Medical insurance for employees and family
  • ICRC Institutional training
  • Individual development covered by ICRC
  • foreign language courses
  • Convenient office location in the city centre

Starting date: ASAP

How to apply

Please submit your CV, along with your motivation letter in English and salary expectations to the attention of the Human Resources Department.

Application deadline: 1 February 2023

Only candidates meeting the above-mentioned criteria will be considered and contacted for tests and/or interviews. No inquiries by phone, please.

ICRC is Equal Opportunity Employer giving the highest priority to staff safety and security.

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