Communications Officer

Search for Common Ground
  • Location
    Washington, DC or Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 16

Position description

The Communications Officer will work across a number of Institutional Learning Team projects, with a focus on the development and management of global communities of practice that promote learning in the peacebuilding field and connect practitioners across sectors in conflict-affected contexts. The Communications Officer will support the design and development of communities of practice, including the launch of a new platform for Covid-19 response that will bring together actors across the peacebuilding, humanitarian, and public health sectors. The Communications Officer will manage the day-to-day maintenance of the platform, lead all communication efforts tied to the platform, and produce visual summaries of key learning and resources generated through the project. Beyond this specific project, the Communications Officer will support communities of practice associated with other Search projects as well as the Institutional Learning Team’s external communications, integrating learning across a range of projects.

*This position is subject to grant award.*


Key Area 1: Support and develop Communities of Practice that promote learning in the peacebuilding field and demonstrate Search’s thought leadership. This area of work is focused on the development of the new online community of practice that connects Search’s work with partners and practitioners responding to Covid-19 in conflict-affected contexts. This area of work also will include support to other Communities of Practice associated with other projects at Search.

Key Area 2: Day-to-day maintenance of the new community of practice website and management of all communications tied to the platform. This area of work includes the development of an audience engagement strategy that connects partner organizations and solicits input from the wider field, content and communications calendars, social media management, email outreach, and identification of potential collaboration opportunities. The Communications Officer will review and respond to daily requests for membership and questions or comments from community members on the platform. The Officer will be responsible for drafting quarterly reports on the platform’s progress, platform analytics, and performance metrics.

Key Area 3: Design and produce graphic summaries, and data visualizations, of key resources and learning generated through Search for Common Ground’s projects and, specifically, the work of the Institutional Learning Team. This area of work requires the ability to take dense concepts and data, and turn it into accessible and digestible content.


Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 years of experience in communications in a non-profit, NGO setting;
  • Experience working in communications for rapid response, humanitarian, and/or public health programming;
  • Experience in developing innovative, organic communication strategies.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in communications, peacebuilding, public health, development, or related fields;
  • Experience developing and implementing successful communications campaigns;
  • Experience working in peacebuilding and conflict-transformation.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Fluent English, with French preferred;
  • Experience working with a range of web platforms including WordPress and SquareSpace;
  • Experience working with digital communities or online Communities of Practice;
  • Demonstrated skills in communication campaign design, including email outreach and social media;Experience in graphic design and familiarity with data visualization;
  • Experience with data analysisExperience working with Google Analytics;
  • Experience working with data, conducting data analysis, and turning data into easily understood concepts;
  • Knowledge of SEO;
  • Excellent writing and communications skills;
  • Ability to think outside the box, and enjoys new technology;
  • Must enjoy working independently, as well as in a team environment;
  • Detail oriented and highly organized, with a proactive approach;
  • Ability to work across teams and with colleagues in other locations;
  • Ability to multitask and work under tight deadlines.

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