Communications Officer

Save the Children, Mindanao, Philippines

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th April, 2018

Job Description

Communications Officer under Integrated and Inclusive Conflict-Sensitive Protection and Education for Children in Mindanao (iCOPE) Project

The role

The Communications officer will gather all of the communication information from his/ her area. He/she will prepare, assist and or supervise communications outputs such as films, photographs, case studies, blogs and field situation reports other communication platforms as required by the project. Signed off communication products can be used by the program office externally, especially as necessary documentation for their reports to donors, partners and stakeholders. Hence, he/she shall work closely with external or internal consultants, technical advisers and project teams to ensure quality and effective key messaging of each expected output.

The post-holder will also be expected to host media and donor trips, and support the production of high quality reports to document the progress of the Marawi Response.

Qualifications and experience

  • Graduate of BA Communication/ Journalism/ Broadcasting or any related course
  • 3-5 years work experience in a communications or journalistic capacity
  • Excellent writing skills (sample works required) and interpersonal communication skills, both in Tagalog and English
  • Keen eye for good stories
  • Ability to take quality video and photographs
  • Proficiency in using MS Word, MS Excel, Photoshop, In Design and Premiere Pro
  • Excellent relationship building and coordination skills in order to effectively work with different program/ project teams
  • Excellent communications and relationship building skills with children in order to gather good case studies
  • Experience in working with the media
  • An initiative-taking, proactive, inspiring attitude with the ability to manage and prioritise an unpredictable workload and solve problems quickly with limited support
  • Ability to manage small teams and large volumes of information
  • Ability to hit deadlines and deal with a number of stakeholders with varying priorities
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children-a good understanding of the Save the Children mandate and child focus, and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support
  • Willingness to engage in heavy travels


  • Experience working in humanitarian context
  • Experience in writing press releases and pitching to the media
  • Experience working in an international NGO

The job holder should develop a strong understanding of Save the Children's vision and mission and should be committed to its principles and objectives. He/she should be willing to adopt the Save the Children methodology and framework in program implementation; and abide by and implement Save the Children's Agency Policies including the Child Safeguarding Policy.

Contract length: Fixed-Term Position for one (1) year with possibilities of extension based in Iligan City.

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.


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