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Communications Associate- Policy & Advocacy, Search for Common Ground, DC

Website https://twitter.com/SFCG_ Search For Common Ground

END VIOLENT CONFLICT. It’s our purpose — our call to action.

We are Searchers. 

We are over 600 strong worldwide. We believe in our mission to end violent conflict.  

It’s our purpose- our call to action. 

A Searcher understands our vision of a world where:
Differences stimulate social progress, rather than precipitate violence

Respect for and cooperation with those we disagree with is considered the norm

A Searcher is a dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate individual, committed to our values.
Shared Humanity. Empathy. Impartiality.  Inclusivity. Courage.  Hope. Humility. Audacity.

With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, we implement projects from 55 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. You will be joining other highly motivated Searchers with a good team spirit and through commitment and dedication, have opportunities to grow.

We are searching for…

The Communications Associate – Policy and Advocacy will support Search for Common Ground’s policy and advocacy-related communications activities, including media relations and outreach efforts as well as digital communications strategy and products, particularly in support of our efforts to shift international policies in five crisis countries. We are seeking to change the way policies around critical cases of potential or ongoing violent conflict are developed by translating peacebuilding expertise and evidence from civilian-led, prevention-focused approaches into direct foreign policy impact, highlighting emerging risks and seizing opportunities for solutions.

The position will be based in Washington, DC, report directly to the Manager – Digital Communications, Editorial, and Campaigns and work closely with the policy and advocacy team. The Associate will draft and edit print and online materials such as op-eds, website content, blogs, press releases, social media posts, newsletters, and other advocacy materials. The Communications Associate will also be involved in the development of policy communications strategies across all of Search’s communications platforms.

Please note this is a temporary position, ending September 30, 2018, with the possibility of extension based on availability of funding.

Your contribution

The roles and responsibilities include:

  • Develop content for Search media platforms, communicating key messages for digital and print, including but not limited to website, mass emails, blog posts, and social media
  • Draft and copy-edit written materials, translating technical policy and international conflict information for a variety of audiences
  • Participating in and contributing to regularly scheduled meetings related to advocacy and awareness campaigns, as well as ongoing information sharing between the Communications and Global Affairs and Partnerships teams as well as other internal departments (notably, Development, and various program offices)
  • Assisting in the development of press strategy, lists of journalists and media contacts, and media relations; write mass press releases, technical articles and commentaries, opinion editorials, and other content for external publication
  • Contribute to monitoring the media environment related to international conflict issues
  • Strengthen Search’s visibility through attendance at and communication around key events, forums, and hearings related to amplifying the voices of local African peacebuilders, including live-tweeting, taking photos, and other communications
  • Maintaining and updating media files, organizing press clippings, and organizing and managing collateral and promotional material inve

2018 Goals

  • Contribute to strategy for communicating policy and advocacy messages, specifically highlighting the voices of local peacebuilders and civilian leaders in Myanmar, Yemen, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Sudan, for multiple audiences, including policy-makers, practitioners, and the general public.
  • Deliver on daily, weekly, and monthly content for multiple platforms to ensure local voices are surfaced in media that influences policy and decision-makers as well as their constituents.
  • Support reporting to funder by capturing metrics and results of policy communications.

You are…

You meet the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in international relations, public policy, journalism, communications, or a related field
  • Preferred 2 years of professional experience or 1 year professional experience with a Master’s Degree in communications, marketing, public relations, or related field
  • Demonstrated experience translating technical information and materials (policy or international conflict-related) for general audiences
  • Knowledge and demonstrated understanding of the use of digital media for advocacy
  • Excellent written communication skills; experience writing for digital, copywriting, and editing
  • Experience writing press releases and maintaining media contact lists
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-task team environment
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a small-team based environment with minimal supervision
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office Suite and Google Apps; able to learn new technology quickly.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience in communicating for advocacy or policy change, ideally in international conflict or development
  • Experience using Salsa or similar platforms
  • Working knowledge of French

Sound good?  To apply, interested candidates should:

  1. minimum salary requirements (or current salary)
  2. projected start date,
  3. where you found this posting. Please cite PCDNetwork as the source of the posting in your application.

This position will close on January 22, 2018. We are looking to fill this position with the right candidate. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.

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