BBC World Service Trust and Internews Europe Consortium recently posted their job advertisement for Head of Project, Infoasaid which may be of interest to colleagues in this list as it requires understanding of disaster and means of communications and information.
JOB: Head of Project, Infoasaid
BBC World Service Trust and Internews Europe Consortium, London
Location: London, UK
Last Date: January 30, 2011
BBC World Service Trust and Internews Europe Consortium
When crisis or disaster strikes, people need information just as much as they need shelter, food, water and safety. The fact is, communication with disaster-affected communities can increase the effectiveness of humanitarian responses and in turn, save lives. With that thinking in mind, the BBC World Service Trust and Internews have been awarded a grant to provide support to aid agencies, improving their capacity to respond to the information needs of populations affected by disaster.
As Head of Project, youâll manage the successful delivery of this high profile humanitarian media assistance initiative. Youâll need to establish excellent working relationships with a wide range of senior figures within the humanitarian relief community, as well as collate, coordinate and manage knowledge from two distinct work streams. This will mean building the capacity and preparedness of aid agencies to respond to the information and communication needs of affected populations during the important early phase of response. Alongside this, youâll work in partnership with aid agencies to inform and support their two-way communication with affected populations in the field.
A role as high profile as this demands significant experience working in the field of humanitarian relief, preferably with a deep understanding of media and how communication with affected populations has evolved. Youâll also need demonstrable partnership or stakeholder management skills, including highly developed negotiating, influencing and networking abilities. A background in project management and a track record of delivering results to agreed timetables and budgets will of course be essential.
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