The position of Communications Coordinator is an important part of the Visibility Team at Front Line Defenders, and involves a considerable amount of responsibility in the daily communications work of the organisation in bringing attention to human rights defenders.
The Visibility Team at Front Line Defenders is responsible for creating and disseminating public communications of the organization; promoting HRDs in the media and on social media platforms; working with HRDs to develop and implement visibility strategies in their own countries; partnering with other organizations on campaigns and joint advocacy efforts; and maintaining the organization’s website.
The successful candidate will report to the Head of Communications & Visibility (who is based remotely), and will be part of a team including the HRD Visibility Coordinator (based remotely), the Irish Media Coordinator/Podcast Producer, and consultants with whom we work regularly to deliver projects.
The Communications Coordinator will have three main areas of responsibility:
- maintaining and updating the Front Line Defenders website (www.frontlinedefenders.org) with content created on a daily basis, including developing blogs with fellow staff members and HRDs;
- managing the Front Line Defenders social media accounts to promote FLD content, engage with other HRDs and organizations and their initiatives, and to promote FLD events; the primary platforms the organisation uses are Facebook, Twitter and Instagram;
- international media outreach and monitoring – starting with the existing FLD media contact list, the Communications Coordinator will research and seek out contact with journalists and editors as relevant to statements made by the organisation, larger projects or campaigns carried out by FLD, and in an effort to place op-eds; with major periodic events, such as the annual Award or the biennial Dublin Platform, the Communications Coordinator will work with the Irish Media Coordinator to secure media opportunities for HRDs with Irish media outlets.
The Communications Coordinator will work with a number of other staff at FLD on different elements, including the Events & Promotions Coordinator (on events), the regional protection fellows and the Frank Jennings Fellow (on daily cases), the Head of the Memorial Project, the Head of the EU Office, and occasionally with the Executive Director and Deputy Director.
In addition to the responsibilities outlined above, critical components of this position are:
- experience with website development, social media tools and trends, web analytics and Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
- familiarity with human rights media landscape globally.
- familiarity with web design and communications principles, as well as strong editorial skills and experience.
- experience working with human rights defenders, in particular with concern towards their safety and security when it comes to media and communications efforts.
- familiarity with and experience engaging journalists and editors.
- ability to track and monitor impact of media coverage and advocacy related to reports and other visibility projects.
Key skills and requirements include:
- Excellent communication skills in English with clear, concise drafting skills; ability to speak and write in French is desired.
- Interest in and knowledge of international affairs and human rights issues and sensitivity towards the situation of human rights defenders.
- Previous work experience with organisations working in the field of human rights.
- Strong editorial skills.
- Previous experience working in communications or journalism.
- Web content management experience, be familiar with sub-editing web copy and uploading content in different online platforms.
- Experience with researching and preparing a narrative for presentation to wider audience.
- Some knowledge of Photoshop, video editing, video & audio recording and photography is desirable.
- Experience in the management of social media networks.
- Experience in organising events and preparation and follow up of meetings, including related administrative tasks.
- Capacity to work on own initiative and as a member of a team in a multicultural environment, being flexible and cooperative.
- Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task and work to deadlines.
The Communications Coordinator position requires the successful applicant to be based at the organisation’s headquarters in Blackrock, Dublin.
Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Ireland at time of application. Evidence of this permission should accompany your application.
To apply, send a cover letter outlining your experience and interest in the position, along with your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org, and put in the subject line "Application for Communications Coordinator".
Applications will be accepted until midnight on 20 January 2019.