SOS MEDITERRANEE is a civil European Search and Rescue (SAR) association founded in 2015. In the face of the humanitarian tragedy unfolding in the central Mediterranean and the lack of adequate European search and rescue services, a group of European citizens created this maritime and humanitarian association with three dedicated mandates: “Rescue” people in distress at sea; “Protect” the survivors, and “Testify” to the realities of migration in this stretch of the sea, which became the world deadliest sea migration route since 2014.
SOS MEDITERRANEE is recruiting a Communications Officer working both onboard Ocean Viking and in HQ, for the Operations department.
Onboard, the Communications Officer (CO) is part of the SOS MEDITERRANEE team aboard the rescue vessel Ocean Viking. S/he is responsible for SOS MEDITERRANEE’s operational communications. Under the supervision of the operations communications manager, the CO implements SOS MEDITERRANEE’s communications strategy and produces internal and external communications content for the Operations’ Department and for the SOS MEDITERRANEE’s national associations. Onboard, the CO also has a management role of SOS MEDITERRANEE onboard photo/videographers, and s/he is responsible of embedded journalists. The CO is also in charge of data and testimony collection.
When working on land, the CO supports the content creation onboard, coordinates the dissemination of the material with the organisation’s network, and has a coordination role of the SOS MEDITERRANEE communications’ network.
The Communications Officer will rotate missions at sea with two other communications officers. S/he will alternate missions at sea, compensation time-off and onshore work in the Operations department in HQ (in Marseille, France if possible, or through remote working).
Working language on board and within the organization is English.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the supervision of the Operations Communications Manager, and in close collaboration with all team members, the main responsibilities of the Operations Communications Officer are to:
RESPONSIBILITIES ON BOARD
- Functions as primary contact person on board the Ocean Viking for SOS MEDITERRANEE’s Communications Headquarters (represented by the Operations Communications Manager).
- Provides regular content to be used externally (social media content, photo, video, text).
- Conducts interviews with rescued individuals on board. Ensures that these interviews follow strict ethical standards (i.e., informed consent, anonymity, “do no harm” as main guiding principle).
- Provides regular and fast internal updates on the situation on board, on rescue operations and on the context of operations from the ship.
- Is the main contact on board for external media regarding SOS MEDITERRANEE’s search and rescue operations. The CO can also function as spokesperson if requested by the Operations Communications Manager.
- Collects data for advocacy purposes.
- Manages SOS MEDITERRANEE photo/videographer.
- Responsible of the embedded journalists.
- Organizes and gives media and context trainings to the team.
- Coordinates with our post-rescue care partner, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) communications focal point.
- Actively supports on-going rescue operations when needed. Acts as a “shadow” for the medical team during “Mass Casualty Plans”. Act as a SAR team support onboard rescue boats in critical rescues.
- Actively supports post-rescue care when needed. Does deck-watches when survivors are onboard (distribution of food, cleaning of the ship etc.)
- Produces and shares internal communications: drafts daily updates, weekly operations newsletter; monitors news/social media/context, communication lines.
- Produces external communications: drafts social media content, press releases, organizes interviews with spokespersons, write context updates, interviews SOS MEDITERRANEE onshore team members.
- Participates in medium and long-term projects.
- Works in collaboration with the advocacy department in the development of reports and case studies.
- Assists and guides the communication officer onboard.
- Supports the Communications manager in coordinating with the SOS MEDITERRANEE network and the IFRC.
- Develops and maintains a pool of SOS MEDITERRANEE photographers.
- Responsible of international media relations and coordinates the embarkation of journalists onboard with SOS MEDITERRANEE’s network and our partner IFRC.