Communications and Digital Officer

International Rescue Committee


What Works to Prevent Violence – Impact at Scale (What Works II / WW2)

Programme Scope: IRC is seeking an experienced and ambitious communications and Digital Officerto support The What Works 2 Impact at scale Programme- (WW2) a global flagship seven-year Programme funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) to improve prevention and response to violence against women and girls. The WW2 Programme is located within the Violence Prevention and Response Unit (VPRU) at International Rescue Committee works to reduce people’s vulnerability to and support their recovery from violence and promote transformative work for a future free from violence. The unit houses expertise in the fields of Child Protection, Protection and Rule of Law, and Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE). WPE supports programs to adhere to minimum standards and principles of good practice in the prevention of and response to gender-based violence and to meet the safety, health, psycho-social, and justice needs of women, girls, and survivors of gender-based violence. The consortium delivering the WW2 Programme includes five partners IRC, Raising Voices, CARE, SD Direct and SAMYA/ Breakthrough. The ‘programme will build on the success of its predecessor (‘What Works I’) to prevent and contribute to eliminating violence against women and girls (VAWG) by producing and using evidence of what prevents violence and then communicating it to decision-makers and a range of different audiences to influence a more effective, scaled-up global response to end VAWG

Job Summary:

The position will support the communication, media and digital components of this exciting global flagship programme and work with the External Engagement and Influencing pillar to increase the capacity of the programme in both its external and internal communications in Sub-Saharan Africa, MENA and Asia regions. Working closely with the WW2 External Engagement and Influencing pillar and the Program team, the position will provide communications support to the EEI pillar in their advocacy and influencing work to advance strategic change through engaging key stakeholders and building solidarity and shared agendas with the wider VAWG prevention field. The position will feed knowledge and learning from What Works II funded projects into research and policy work, communications, and campaigns. The person will also be responsible for tracking programme wide campaign analytics and maintaining digital media archives. Twenty percent of the time will be spent supporting some logistical coordination aspects of the programme such as organizing donor visits to partners, supporting the WW2 Director in communicating to our global expert board through events and meetings.


  • Communication for advocacy and influencing

    • Work with the EEI, research consortium and fund management team to deliver the communication strategy including translating evidence emerging from the grants and studies into easily accessible and user-friendly forms for dissemination to various users e.g., to the consortium, the VAWG prevention stakeholders, and donors.
    • Present the information in an attractive and engaging format that can be shared with the public, media, WW2 consortium partners, project stakeholders, donors and to maintain a record of content produced.
    • Work closely with the technical advisors, grant managers and program teams to visit field sites to identify, collect, capture, and document project activities in the form of case studies, including the collection of photos.
    • Gather information to support advocacy initiatives such as related case studies and evidence from the field as requested.
    • Support the EEI team compile and finalize regular reports for various audiences and identifying trends or highlights to include.
    • Produce staff spotlights and other internal communications outputs as required
    • Provide visibility and briefing material packages for all high-level/external visits, including WW2 donors, other delegations, as needed
  • Producing and managing multimedia and communications content

    • Provide multimedia and communications content for the What Works II programme, including development of a programme branding guide and popularizing materials for activist communities.
    • Identify photography opportunities as well as support the hiring of freelance photographers and videographers and orienting them with the principle of informed consent. Manage content collection shoots as needed.
    • Ensure that all materials adhere to the WW2 Programmes branding requirements and are in line with donor requirements where applicable
    • Consult closely with the EEI team, grant managers and technical advisors to support information requests and collect material and draft stories required for donor visibility requirements.
    • Maintain a dynamic ‘story list’ to showcase WW2 Program impact
    • Work with other WW2 pillars on internal communications priorities such as newsletters as requested
  • Produce or project manage deliver of graphic design – provide graphic design and formatting support to ad hoc donor- and external/public- facing programme documents (e.g., reports, briefs, templates)
  • Social media management

    • Manage social media accounts for the programme (Twitter) and lead on maintaining a social media brand for the What Works II programme across several platforms throughout the programme lifetime, including communicating and social grant funding windows and webinars, maximizing mainstream media from results of the grantee projects and wider programme in years 4-7 and using social media to engage WW2 project stakeholders.
    • Create communications content, write press releases, develop blog content, and create social media content and posts e.g., development of communications plan for second round of grant funding window.
  • Website management

    • proactively manage the WW2 programme web portal,
    • Collect information and authentic content suitable for What Works 2 Programme communications, including media, social media, stories, and updates for the website,
    • Lead on managing the What Works II website, updating, and editing and uploading key programme documents to the Knowledge Hub (newsletter; reports; briefs) as required.
  • Email management

    • Monitor and manage the What Works II email account, including responding to emails and seeking input as appropriate, and monitoring newsletter sign-ups.

Events, Logistics and Communications admin to What Works II programme and team

  • Event coordination and planning

    • Provide support to planning, coordination and delivery of What Works II events and external events that the programme will have a presence at (virtual and in person). Where required, organize travel and logistics arrangements (including booking flights, venue hire, visa, and accommodation support).
    • Support the admin and logistics for communication-focused visits, including donor visits
  • Workshop and meeting coordination

    • Actively participate in relevant programme, team and partner meetings and where relevant coordinate meetings, agreeing agenda items with team members, taking minutes, following up on actions, and preparing any presentations or related documentation as required. Provide ad hoc administrative support to the organization and logistics of workshops/ webinars/ training – lead on hosting and provide support to coordination and delivery of workshops.
  • Capturing comms impact for donor reporting

    • Provide support to the Programme Coordinator on quarterly donor reporting (e.g., compiling digital media metrics, editing, and writing relevant sections of the report, leading on elements of the report).
    • Provide support during FCDO Annual Review process and meetings, including case studies, highlighting ‘good news’ stories; and responding to ad-hoc queries from FCDO programme and press teams.


The Communications and Digital Officer will report directly to the WW2 Director with technical supervision for the role coming from EEI co leads.


  • A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English, public relations or another related field from an accredited university.
  • Experience in, or familiarity with development and humanitarian assistance programming and operating in an emergency context
  • Willingness and ability to travel to visit field-sites and document findings
  • Knowledge of/experience with graphic design and social media photography, videography,
  • Fluent written and spoken English required. Knowledge of French or Arabic an added advantage


  • A Minimum of 3-6 years of professional experience in a similar role
  • Excellent IT skills, including Advanced Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and SharePoint. Strong Excel skills a particular advantage
  • Experience working with quantitative and digital metrics data (desirable)
  • Good analytical skills
  • Experience in a communications role and demonstrated experience of developing public/audience facing documents/ content
  • Experience of using social media for communications and advocacy
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Proven ability to manage a heavy and fluctuating workload
  • Proven ability to manage conflicting demands of a large team
  • Proven ability to prioritize own workload
  • Proven experience in administrative role
  • Proven experience in organization of events/workshops
  • Results orientated

Working Environment:

Standard office work environment with trips to the field to visit program activities.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Equality, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, l’égalité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles.

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