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HURIDOCS is seeking a Communications Coordinator to join our diverse global team. Candidates should be passionate about human rights, interested in information management and technology, and excited to connect HURIDOCS with the world. The person who previously held the position is transitioning into a different role at HURIDOCS, after having led a comprehensive rebranding and seen through an overhaul of the communications strategy and infrastructure. We hope that our new colleague will build on this foundation and expand it with new ideas.

Title: Communications Coordinator

Employment type: 80-100%

Location: Remote

Anticipated start date: 1 October 2021

Salary and benefits: Competitive for a human rights NGO. Annual gross salary at 100% depending on location and experience USD 40,000 - 65,000.

HURIDOCS staff have 20 days of paid vacation, in addition to year-end office closing and local bank holidays.

Supervisor: Executive Director

Supervises: External consultants such as designers, researchers, videographers, etc., as needed

Key relationships: Close working relationship with directors and managers within each HURIDOCS team: Programmes, Tech Development, Knowledge Collaboration and Operations. HURIDOCS will also be hiring a Fundraising Officer; coordination and collaboration with that role will be essential.

Website: huridocs.org

Job Purpose

  • Develop communications that support the success of HURIDOCS’s mission, vision and organisational strategy 
  • Ensure consistency of visual identity and messaging for HURIDOCS and for the organisation’s products
  • Make certain that staff are equipped to communicate effectively about HURIDOCS to the world and amongst each other

Key Responsibilities

Branding and messaging

  • Manage and maintain a library of communications materials, including branded templates, pitch decks, brochures, etc. 
  • Create and update key message formulations 
  • Provide editorial support to staff on grant reports, project proposals and other organisational documents, as needed 

Copy and content production

  • Draft, edit and/or package organisational news, project case studies, think pieces and other creative content for the HURIDOCS blog and communications channels
  • Write and update copy for the HURIDOCS website
  • Produce the HURIDOCS annual report
  • Develop press relations for earned media and opportune article contributions
  • Provide editorial support to staff in the development of resources and miscellaneous copy (e.g. tutorials, guides, Uwazi documentation), as needed

Outreach

  • Manage HURIDOCS’ social media engagement
  • Produce HURIDOCS’ newsletter and provide support to the Uwazi newsletter
  • Improve the positioning and visibility of HURIDOCS and the organisation's products in search results
  • Organise and/or support opportunities for HURIDOCS staff to speak at public and private events, when appropriate
  • Represent HURIDOCS at conferences

Strategy and internal communications

  • Develop and implement a communications strategy based on HURIDOCS’s long-term organisational strategy and shorter term priorities
  • Regularly evaluate the communications strategy, adapting it to lessons learned and emerging opportunities
  • Coordinate the fortnightly all-staff meeting
  • Conduct regular outreach with staff so they know about available communications materials and best practices
  • Contribute to other opportunities for improved communication across teams 

Skills and Competencies

The position requires strong organisational and networking skills, the ability to work on various tasks simultaneously, and the willingness to take initiative. Candidates should have:

  • Demonstrable experience coordinating communications, preferably in an international environment
  • A flair for plain, accessible language. HURIDOCS works with human rights defenders in diverse contexts who have differing skill levels with information management and technology; as such, the candidate must be able to effectively communicate with all of them in an inclusive way
  • Strong writing and speaking skills in English. Other languages, in particular French or Spanish, are desirable
  • Technological savvy. A key HURIDOCS activity is the development of our flagship tool Uwazi, and as such the candidate must be able to quickly and confidently become familiar with the software in order to effectively communicate about it
  • Excellent interpersonal and analytical skills
  • Graphic design skills are an asset
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with a remote team
  • Commitment to human rights
  • Respect for and openness to other cultures
  • Willingness to travel internationally (when it is safe again to do so)

We welcome diversity and do not discriminate on any basis, including age, gender identity, nationality or sexual orientation. Our team consists of parents and non-parents, self-taught and degree-educated. We seek to create a supportive working environment based around the following values: 

  • Be honest, transparent and dependable
  • Practice appreciation, well-being, compassion and care
  • Pursue growth and learning

About HURIDOCS

Human rights groups need evidence, law and research in order to advocate justice and accountability. HURIDOCS (Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems) is an NGO that helps these groups gather, organise and make sense of such collections of information. We partner with organisations to create solutions for their specific documentation and information management needs, and we also develop an open-source database application called Uwazi to facilitate this work. Founded in 1982, HURIDOCS is deeply rooted in the human rights movement, with decades of field experience and expertise in documentation methodologies and technology. Our team is made up of human rights practitioners, software developers and designers, united by a belief in the power of accurate, accessible information and by a respect for human dignity and freedom. We operate a small office in Geneva, Switzerland, but the majority of our team is distributed across the world in several countries.

HURIDOCS is seeking a Communications Coordinator to join our diverse global team. Candidates should be passionate about human rights, interested in information management and technology, and excited to connect HURIDOCS with the world…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    October 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    August 8, 2021

Salary

$40,000 - $65,000

Benefits

HURIDOCS provides 20 working days of annual paid vacation, in addition to complimentary days off during year-end office closure, and local bank holidays.

HURIDOCS provides 20 working days of annual paid vacation, in addition to complimentary days off during year-end office closure, and local bank holidays.

Level of Language Proficiency

Strong writing and speaking skills in English. Other languages, in particular French or Spanish, are desirable.

Strong writing and speaking skills in English. Other languages, in particular French or Spanish, are desirable.

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in the world
Associated Location
3 Rue de Varembé, Geneva, GE 1202, Switzerland

How to Apply

If you wish to apply for this position, please send your CV and a cover letter to jobs@huridocs.org by Sunday 8 August 2021. If you have any specific questions, please reach out to jobs@huridocs.org.

Applications will be reviewed from 9 August 2021.

If you wish to apply for this position, please send your CV and a cover letter to jobs@huridocs.org by Sunday 8 August 2021. If you have any specific questions, please reach out to jobs…

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