Communications Officer (Temporary) - Trócaire

Trócaire works in partnership with local and church organisations, supporting communities in over 20 developing countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East to bring about lasting change. Trócaire envisages a just and peaceful world where people’s dignity is ensured and rights are respected; basic needs are met and resources are shared equitably; people have control over their own lives; those in power act for the common good.

Company Trócaire
Location Maynooth or Cork Office
Apply by 14 April 2021
Position / Title Communications Officer
Department Public Engagement
Reporting to Head of Communications
Contract Type Full-Time Specified Purpose Contract
How To Apply

Please note the closing date for applications is Wednesday 14th April 2021 and applicants should apply through the Trocaire website;

Reporting to the Head of Communications, this is a full-time specified purpose contract and can be based in either Trócaire office in Maynooth, Co. Kildare or Cork city. Working remotely will be necessary as per government guidelines on managing the pandemic.

Safeguarding Programme Participants-Children & Adults

Trócaire is committed to Safeguarding people within our programmes from Exploitation and Abuse and has specific policies on this commitment (including a Global Code of Conduct) which outlines the expected behaviour and responsibility of all staff, consultants and other organisational representatives. Any candidate offered a job with Trócaire will be expected to sign Trócaire’s Safeguarding Policies and Global Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Plan and roll-out media engagement for a wide variety of fundraising, advocacy and humanitarian campaigns.
  • Write press releases, opinion articles, magazine features and other written materials to support Trócaire’s campaigns.
  • Proactively identify opportunities to develop Trócaire’s public profile on key issues, leading the organisation’s media engagement response to external events and political processes.
  • Arrange broadcast interviews, preparing and briefing colleagues for interviews.
  • Develop and maintain strong links with a wide range of journalists across print, broadcast and online.
  • Develop key messages on topical issues and support colleagues through the production of FAQs and briefing documents.
  • Contribute to Trócaire’s digital communications channels by writing blogs and social media content to support campaigns or initiatives.
  • Maintain excellent working relations with colleagues across the organisation, in Ireland and across the world, offering support to various teams to ensure the effective delivery of cross-organisational plans.
  • Organise and accompany media on overseas visits to Trócaire programme countries dependent on public health guidelines on international travel.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Head of Communications.

Behavioural Competencies in Line with Trócaire’s Competency Framework

  • Leading: Reflecting our values of Participation & Accountability, acts to inspire and lead others to achieve their potential, demonstrating Trócaire’s values with integrity in order to achieve our organisation’s objectives.
  • Communicating: Reflecting our value of Participation, being one organisation, communicating clearly and transparently across, teams, units, divisions, locations and other external organisations. Getting our message across with impact.
  • Collaborating: Reflecting our values of Participation & Solidarity, partnering effectively as One Trócaire organisation and, in solidarity, maintains positive relationships built on trust and respect.
  • Stewardship of Resources: Reflecting our value of Accountability and decision-making around the best use of resources. Using our resources transparently, sustainably, ethically, fairly & with integrity; acknowledging Trócaire’s reputation in the use of resources. 
  • Delivering Results: Reflecting our values of Accountability & Perseverance, getting a quality job done through effective performance, planning and decision making.
  • Continual Improvement & Learning: Reflecting our values of Participation & Courage, constantly looking to learn and develop self, employees, and partners to better fulfil Trócaire’s’ mission.
  • Flexibility & Change: Reflecting our values of Participation & Courage, adapts positively to change and to different ways of doing things; manages or takes part in change processes in a way that is appropriate to role in the organisation.

Person Specification – Essential Requirements

(E) Qualification

  • Third level qualification in a related field and / or significant journalism or PR experience.

(E) Experience   

  • Significant professional experience (2 years+) in national journalism in Ireland (print, broadcast or online) and/or PR/Communications.

(E) Skills              

  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to produce high-quality articles, statements and promotional materials to tight deadlines.
  • A strong knowledge of the Irish media environment and a proven ability to build and maintain relationships with journalists.
  • An ability to identify key opportunities and leverage them for media profile.

(E) Qualities       

  • A proven self-starter capable of developing initiatives as well as taking on assigned work.
  • A team player who can build relationships across a variety of units and stakeholders.
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically.

(E) Other             

  • A belief in the mandate of Trócaire and the ethos of the organisation.
  • A willingness to travel to the developing world, sometimes at short notice and to difficult environments.

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