Emergency Communications Specialist

International Role - Yes
Less Than 1 Year


The purpose of this position is to strategic support for the Central and Northern Mali Emergency Response and produce a wide range of written and photographic communications resources/materials and manage platforms linked to the five focus areas of WV Communications that helps profile and market World Vision Mali’s humanitarian and emergency response work, both local and international.


Donor/Public Engagement Communications:

  • Works, partners and coordinates with leaders and communications stakeholders to identify key audiences (funding, advocacy, partnering, influence, community) and crafts a focused communications (or external engagement) strategy, objectives, activities and plans to deliver and evaluate them.

  • Delivers on a documented communications strategy and its activities / outputs.

  • Responds to fluid situations adapting the communications strategy / plans to meet the desired outcome of response / context stakeholders.

  • Effectively engages and communicates with leadership and key stakeholders instilling confidence in response communications and its strategic goals.

  • Explores communications opportunities to partner externally, and effectively collaborates to drive and support response / context objectives.

  • Provides communications support to promote grant, technical and sector function positioning and visibility.

  • Provides leaders with communications support through content creation and dissemination, ensuring information is shared among staff and key internal audiences / partners, using appropriate platforms and processes.

Advocacy Communications:

  • Collect advocacy stories, write and publish over web or blog site.

  • Develop and produce IEC Materials for different advocacy campaign undertaken by the World Vision Mali (WVM) Response.

  • Provide support to other emergency functions engaged in any form of campaign / project which promotes behavioral change.

  • Execute communications strategies for advocacy campaigns in a support or lead capacity.

Internal Communications:

  • Support in the production of SitReps for the benefit of the partnership.

  • Work with Response Director and other emergency functions to provide regular updates to partnership.

  • With the regional/National Office (NO) support and guidance, execute required Communications Policies and Communications Strategy, ensure staff understanding and monitor for compliance.

Media Communications:

  • Develop and maintain key media contacts and facilitate visits from other World Vision/external partners.

  • Promote and protect the image of WV Mali and build relationships with different media houses.

  • Facilitate local and international media visits to market & profile WVM’s response.

  • Liaise with various print and electronic media to market WVM’s response.

  • Support the handling and management of all media crisis communications within the guidelines of the NO, Regional Office (RO) and World Vision International (WVI).


  • Analyses the humanitarian, media, political, security and response landscape for positioning opportunities and risk management in order to advise leadership (WV risk specialists) and effectively position World Vision, the response and humanitarian issues.

  • Understands World Vision’s brand - ensures conformity.

  • Ensures the response effectively positions itself with a clear narrative, key messages and Q&As, in alignment with the response communications strategy.


  • Bachelor degree in Mass Communication, Journalism or related Field.

  • Excellent writing, photographic and video skills is required.

  • At least 5 years relevant working experience in related field.

  • At least 3 years working in emergency situations.

  • Hostile Environments and Awareness Trained (WV or other equilavent).

  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English and French.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills.

  • Team player with good organizational skills.

  • Due to security concerns, of black or Arabian descent.

  • An energetic, analytical and self-starting approach to projects that involve significant responsibility.

  • Demonstrated ability to think and manage strategically, plan and meet deadlines.

  • Work experience in sub-Saharan Africa.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 60% of the time.