Job: Emergency Communications Officer

11/12/14 –  Emergency Communications Officer
International Medical Corp, Sierra Leone

Sarah P’s comments:  Ebola touches the library world…If you are concerned, available and brave (and I do not say this lightly) as well as have some experience with writing/media communication, here is an opportunity to step in and help and gain some crucial international experience.  International Medical Corp‘s goal is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide.  Visit their website to see other library-related positions such as IT Emergency Officer as well as non-medical volunteer and internship opportunities.

The Emergency Communications Officer (ECO) will deploy as “essential staff” with the emergency response team to the affected area, serving as the liaison and spokesperson to the media, collector of documentary content about the mission, and in-house resource for information. The ECO will be responsible for collecting, packaging and conveying information about International Medical Corps’ work and impact during the emergency response to a variety of stakeholders and audiences, including international and local media, existing and potential donors, and the general public. The ECO will serve as the primary coordinator of the media, as well as to VIPs/donors visiting the program. The ECO is responsible for gathering and disseminating content – including photos, video, and stories – to be used for promotional purposes and fundraising via printed materials, as well as online and broadcast mediums. The ECO is also responsible for generating awareness locally by increasing and managing International Medical Corps’ visibility and local branding and liaising with international and local communications counterparts.

A. Organizational relationships – The Communications Officer operates as part of the ERT, reporting to the Team Leader or his/her designee. The position requires frequent contact with other ERT staff and collaboration across IMC HQ.
B. Supervisory responsibilities – This position is assisted from time to time by temporary staff in the production and distribution of materials, etc.
C. Skill requirements – The essential requirement of this position is the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing. The ECO will take stills pictures and video footage that can be used for media purposes, the website, newsletter, brochures, etc. This position requires strong communication and organization skills and the flexibility to balance multiple tasks and changing program priorities. Familiarity with photography, video, word processing and layout is essential. Knowledge of electronic mail and list processor routines is required.
D. Problem-Solving and Decision-Making – Most problems relate to increasing International Medical Corps’ visibility when competition with other organization for media coverage is high. The ECO must be able to gather and disseminate mission-related information under pressure, tight deadlines, and under difficult and demanding circumstances. The position offers considerable opportunity to be creative through continually seeking the most effective ways to represent and promote International Medical Corps and its programs to others, influencing how issues are addressed. The ECO must have excellent judgment in terms of telling the story of International Medical Corps’ work and impact to stakeholders, as well as selecting those who represent the organization before the media and donors.
E. Authority/Independence – The ECO is a professional with wide ranging responsibilities. The position is relatively autonomous and requires working both closely with the ERT and independently. The incumbent may represent International Medical Corps and speak on behalf of the organization to the media and public at-large.