Policy & Communications Officer New York or London

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 20 August 2015
  • New York City, New York, United States
  • Closing on 18 October 2015

Job Description

Background/IRC Summary:
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and in 22 US cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

The IRC has defined a new strategic mission and vision, and is now at the initial stages of implementing the strategy across the organization. The IRC’s strategy centers on its ambition to continue to improve the scale and effectiveness of IRC programs worldwide with evidence of what works best to impact people’s lives in conflict and fragile settings. IRC’s Policy & Practice department is the technical hub and policy shop of the International Rescue Committee. Policy & Practice comprises the technical sector, research, policy and communications experts who will help bring this strategy to life in the years to come.

Job Overview/Summary:
The IRC is investing in making our work more effective through defining outcomes, examining the evidence-base, measuring our results and analyzing costs. The IRC’s Research, Evaluation & Learning Unit is leading this effort. The Communications Officer will be integrally involved in the internal and external communication of IRC’s implementation of the IRC strategy initiatives around outcomes, evidence, measurement and best use of resources, all falling under the prevue of the Policy & Practice department. The position will report to the Deputy Director for Research, Evaluation & Learning, and will be responsible for feeding into key deliverables within the work streams of the strategy initiatives.

Major Responsibilities:
* Develop strategy and lead implementation of internal communications and change management for IRC strategy initiatives around outcomes, evidence, measurement and best use of resources.
* Develop strategy and lead implementation of organizational efforts to share policy-relevant messages about IRC’s focus on outcomes and evidence to the World Humanitarian Summit as well as to wider policy audiences and targets.
* Work with strategy initiative owners to develop and implement effective dissemination and awareness raising to peer agencies and donors.
* Ensure wide internal awareness, key messaging and planning to influence behavior of specific Policy & Practice and International Programs colleagues over the next 1-3 years.
* Develop and track project management milestones related to relevant bodies of work, keeping key stakeholders abreast of progress, challenges and bottlenecks to resolve.

* Bachelor’s degree in communications, international affairs, or related field with at least 4 years of progressive experience as a project coordinator or project manager
* Experience in managing large-scale, cross-functional projects
* Excellent written and verbal communication
* Demonstrated experience in change management
* Demonstrated fluency in project management competencies
* Communications experience
* Knowledge of or experience in the international aid sector preferred

About the Organization

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world’s leading humanitarian relief and development organizations. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC today responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps uprooted people survive, recover and rebuild their lives in the aftermath of armed conflict and natural disaster. We are committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and thorough accountability to those we serve

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