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Communications officer

Defence for Children Italy is recruiting a Communication Officer

Location: Defence for Children International Italia – Genova, Italy

Working conditions: consultancy starting with a specific project but with possible extension on other activities, with 3-month trial.

About Defence for Children International: Defence for Children International is a leading child rights-focused and membership-based grassroots movement placing all members on equal footing. Created during the International Year of the Child (1979), Defence for Children International coordinated the NGO input for the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) – the most widely-ratified human rights treaty in history. Defence for Children’s mandate is to ensure ongoing, practical, systematic and concerted action directed towards effective implementation of the human rights codified in the UNCRC, by means of its effective coordination between different levels (national, regional and international) and its active membership within key networks and fora. Defence for Children International counts with 37 grass-root organisations (National Sections and Associated Members) in five different continents, involving over 300 trained and specialized local staff and volunteers, who contribute daily to defend and protect the human rights of children. Defence for Children Italy joined the DCI movement in 2005 and has a legal office in Rome and an operative office in Genova. Since 2018 DCI is also member of the International Social Service.

Child Protection and Wellbeing Policy: Defence for Children International Italy, in line with its mission and vision, is committed to ensure that children involved in its activities not only are protected from the risk of harm, but also that their wellbeing, resources and participation is promoted at all times and stages. Therefore, Defence for Children Italy make any efforts to ensure that any employees, collaborators and volunteers have appropriate skills and competencies to work in this environment. A specific procedure for recruitment is contained in the “Child Protection and Wellbeing Policy” available at this link that each person that is cooperating with the organization have to carefully read and commit to.

Location and working environment: This position is based in Genova, Italy.

Overall responsibilities: The Communications Officer is in charge of internal and external communications of the DCI Italy mostly at national but also with activities at transnational level. Assigned duties: Specific Objective: elaborate and implement a proper, sustainable and efficient communication strategy for DCI activities including the identification of the right communications means.

Activities: 

  1. Development and implementation of a communication strategy on a specific action including main communications means to reach the objectives.
  2. Regarding the activities and events within the action: a) Drafting of Press releases, articles, news. b) Dissemination of the main news through a set-up list of journalists and key actors c) Online presence through DCI website as well as social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram) d) Maintain and commission communications materials including publications, leaflets, brochures, banners and other branded products e) Update maintenance of DCI Website
  3. Daily check of the news related with the issues of interest of the organization and report relevant ones
  4. Participation in the DCI Working Group on Communications.
  5. Production of DCI’s Annual Report: collecting, compiling and editing information on the activities undertaken. 6. Internal and external E-newsletters
  6. Development and strengthen of relations with media and other strategic partners for communication and advocacy purposes.
  7. support marketing, stakeholder communications and engagement strategies such as programme visits for staff, donors, key actors.
  8. Assistance to DCI staff in communications linked with advocacy initiatives, organization/participation in meetings and events, projects, preparation of press releases and briefing notes, among others.

 

Required qualifications and skills: • Proven experience and capacity to develop and implement effective communications strategies in non-governmental or not-for-profit membership-based organisations • Degree in communications, international relations, economics, human/child rights or related field • Proven capacity and experience in the production of media material such as website content, social media content, audiovisual, and campaign materials, ideally in an international, multicultural context • A good understanding of the functioning of the United Nations human rights mechanisms • Italian mother tongue, excellent command of both written and spoken English • Fully computer literate (windows, mac - indesign, photo shop, power point others) ; • Intercultural and interpersonal sensitivity and ability to represent DCI professionally in international fora • Proactive and can-do attitude, readiness to help out other team members as necessary • Ability to work in a team with resource constraints and work in a complex multicultural environment DCI is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff, and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of sex, age, disability, gender identity, or ethnicity.

Supervision: The Communications Officer reports to the Director and will work in close collaboration with the related Project manager and other staff organization. Terms and Conditions of Employment This position is open to EU nationals. The conditions will be defined according to the experience and availability.

How to apply Interested candidates are invited to: • Produce a letter of intent including skills and relevant experience, and explaining her/his motivation to apply for this position; • Attach a full Curriculum Vitae (maximum 3 pages) including a photo; • Provide the names and contact details of three referees including last two employers;

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you do not receive a reply within four weeks, please consider that you have not been selected for the role this time.

Closing date: 30th November 2019

2013 | ® Defence for Children International Italia

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