Ukraine Communications Officer

  • Anywhere
Organization: War Child Holland
Closing date: 16 Jun 2022

‘‘A dedicated humanitarian, communicator, and storyteller”


While millions were forced to flee their homes, children across Ukraine remain in the midst of armed violence. Through our emergency response, War Child is supporting local partners in providing protection, psychosocial support and education to children, families and communities in Ukraine, Moldova and Romania.

War Child is offering a scientifically proven effective and cost-efficient Can’t Wait to Learn education solution. This offers children the opportunity to learn to read, write and count through a digital game, created with children to reflect their world. Can’t Wait to Learn will be added to the national Ukrainian digital school-programme for grades 1-4 in close cooperation with the Ukrainian ministry of Education and Science.

Your Challenge

You are a dedicated humanitarian, communicator, and storyteller. You will support the Ukraine emergency response team and the Can’t Wait to Learn Ukraine project team, as well as our local partners. You will be responsible for developing and implement of impactful communication plans, ensuring the delivery of quality communication content in line with brand and project requirements, and supporting communication capacity building of local partner organisations.

You will report to the Communications & Advocacy Director and the Can’t Wait to Learn Programme Manager, coordinating closely with the Communications and Advocacy team as well as the Can’t Wait to Learn project teams.

Your Responsibilities

Develop and implement communications plans

  • Support programme teams in the selection of priority communication stakeholders and the development of effective messaging.
  • Develop communication plans for the emergency response in general and the roll out of the Can’t Wait to Learn education programme in particular.
  • Implement communication plans in collaboration with the programme teams, local partners and the Communication & Advocacy team.

Production of communication content and materials

  • Plan and manage the creation of photo, video design and presentations for professional stakeholders and local partners as well as the general public.
  • Conduct and facilitate communications visit to Ukraine and countries where the Ukraine emergency response programme is implemented.
  • Support War Child’s European teams by providing content for marketing and fundraising, propositions for private as well as institutional donors.
  • Ensure War Child’s child safeguarding policies are fully adhered to and all communication materials and products are in line with War Child brand book and donor requirements.

Support of local partner organisations

  • Advise and train local partner communication staff in storytelling and content production.
  • Make partner produced content is available to War Child as well as other response partners.

Internal communications

  • Provide input for Ukraine situation reports (sitreps).
  • Provide content for Work Place and other War Child internal communication channels.
  • Coach programme and partner staff to present in TamTam and other war Child internal events and opportunities.

Your Profile

  • Degree in communications, journalism, language and literature, public relations or information management, or another relevant area of study.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience, preferably in international humanitarian or media houses, with knowledge of humanitarianism and international relations.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and intercultural skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal English language skills; some understanding of Ukrainian or Russian.
  • Capacity and experience in communication advice, news writing, designing, etc.
  • Ability to create and translate ideas and opportunities in content.
  • Strong communication skills including presentation preparation and delivery.
  • Dynamic team player and a supportive collaborator with strong organisational and negotiation skills.
  • Flexibility, hands-on mentality, and high motivation.
  • Affinity with War Child’s mandate, mission, and core values (Impact, Creativity, Inspiration and Integrity).

Our offer

Depending on the duty station, local contract with salary and secondary labour conditions based on the country’s salary scale and T&C will apply.

Location: any country where War Child Holland has its offices. The successful candidate needs to be eligible to work in that country. Preference will be given to local candidates.

Contract: War Child offers a 6-month contract with the intention to prolong after that.

Our organisation

War Child is a dynamic organization. We keep an informal ambiance within our office and in our remote work, with lots of room for creativity, inspiration and self-initiative from employees. We practice what we preach: dynamic, innovative, integrity focused, with a drive to reach the highest possible results against the lowest possible costs. War Child offers a challenging job in an inspiring work environment.

How to apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply before 16 June 2022. Make sure to upload your English CV (maximum of two pages) and cover letter by using the following hyperlink:

N.B. War Child will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and reserves the right to close the vacancy if a successful candidate is identified prior to the deadline.

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War Child is an international organisation, and we are committed to be a diverse and inclusive employer, placing human and child rights at the centre of our existence and work. We hire our new colleagues based on their talents, competences and shared values; we do not distinguish them based on their age, gender and gender identity, race, color, ethnicity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, disability etc.

The safety of children and youth is a paramount and essential to War Child’s work. War Child has a zero tolerance policy towards any form of abuse. To prevent placing children and youth at any risk this subject is addressed in our recruitment and selection procedures. Moreover, the accepted candidates will be required to state their commitment/ intent to be aware, consider and adhere to the minimum standards applicable in development and humanitarian settings, such as humanitarian values and principles, Sphere Humanitarian Charter, Standards in the Humanitarian Standards Partnership, Core Humanitarian Standard, International Humanitarian Law, Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Disaster Relief and IASC Six Core Principles Relating to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.


• Only applications received via our website are processed.

• If we appoint a suitable candidate before the given closing date, we reserve the right to remove the vacancy from our website before that date. In such a case, any responses received after that time are not processed.

• It could be that during our selection process the closing date for the vacancy is extended. If so, and you have not yet heard from us, your application will remain active.



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