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19-305: Communications Officer - Hurricane Dorian Response
Department:Humanitarian Response
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

Job Description

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in areas worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.


When catastrophe hits, International Medical Corps is often one of the first humanitarian aid organizations on the scene providing rapid and effective aid that saves lives, reduces suffering, and promotes self-reliance.

International Medical Corps: provides safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient centered care; offers needs-based response according to the context and type of Sudden Onset Disaster and/or outbreak in the affected nation: adopts a human rights-based approach to their response; ensures they are accessible to all sections of the population affected by the SOD and/or outbreak particularly the vulnerable; and treats patients in a medically ethical manner consistent with the World Medical Association Medical Ethics Manual.

International Medical Corps is accountable to: patients and communities; host government, Ministry of Health; our organization and donors. International Medical Corps commits to a coordinated response under the national health emergency management authorities. International Medical Corps collaborates with the national health system, the cluster and the humanitarian community.

Selected personnel are on standby to deploy to a crisis within 48 hours. Personnel may deploy to new areas of operation or lend support to International Medical Corps teams already on the ground. International Medical Corps maintains a roster of volunteers and staff who have completed pre-deployment paperwork, orientation and training. The roster is updated on a regular basis. Through this expression of interest, applicants maintain professional profiles with International Medical Corps so that information is complete and readily available for an emergency response deployment.

Job Purpose

International Medical Corps has been requested by PAHO, the Ministry of Health for the Bahamas and OFDA to provide support for the recovery of primary health and WASH systems for the Bahamas.

This position will support International Medical Corps' EMT as part of international emergency response delivering outpatient clinical care to disaster effected populations. The primary responsibility of the Communications Officer is to support the implementation of services in an emergency setting. The Communications Officer works to increase International Medical Corps’ visibility and raise awareness of the humanitarian issues that International Medical Corps addresses. This position is responsible for International Medical Corps’ in-country media relations and creation of content used to promote International Medical Corps’ response. The Communications Officer will contribute to these efforts by serving as the field lead with the support of International Medical Corps’ Global Communications department as needed.

Candidates applying to this position are indicating that they are interested in being considered for the International Medical Corps’ standby roster for emergency response. Roster members will be contacted only when there is an emergency-response need for which the responder is qualified. This position will not be compensated unless responders are deployed to an emergency response.

Main Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

In coordination with and oversight of the Global Communications team:

  • participate in the creation of content to be used to promote the International Medical Corps response—including stories, presentations, talking points, photos, videos and audio materials—ensuring that all content gathered during the emergency response meet the full spectrum of compliance requirements for publication and use by International Medical Corps;
  • participate in media relations, public outreach and awareness initiatives, including coordinating and responding to inquiries, acting as a spokesperson, or identifying and preparing spokespeople for local, national and international media;
  • support the development and production of International Medical Corps visibility materials for field use, working with internal teams as well as outside vendors as appropriate; and
  • add to the positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the organization’s Code of Conduct, ethics, values and standpoint with regard to internal and external actors.

Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving sexual exploitation and abuse, trafficking in persons, child safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve conflicts of interest, fraud, corruption or harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities, you have an obligation to report.


Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience


  • At least 5 to 7 years of experience in media, PR or communications


  • Solid organizational and time-management skills; ability to prioritize work, yet multitask in a fast-paced work setting
  • Familiarity with print and web design fundamentals
  • Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Knowledge of international affairs and humanitarian issues
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills; ability to communicate effectively with co-workers and manage working relationships diplomatically
  • Expertise in managing information digitally

In addition to the responsibilities referenced above, candidates can expect to be living and working in austere conditions. Lifting moderately heavy objects from the ground, carrying a backpack for extended periods of time, and walking or hiking in remote locations may be necessary to perform these functions.

International Medical Corps is a first-responder to natural and man-made disasters and has a mandate of working in remote locations.  The organization has a comprehensive security management policy and plan in place and committed to do everything possible within its remit to ensure safety and security.  Notwithstanding, the mandate and programming choices of International Medical Corps require staff with high degree of resilience, extremely decisive quality and ability to move fast.

Equal Opportunities

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.