Senior Writer and Communications Specialist


Marketing & Communications

IT & Telecoms Confidential
1 month ago

Job Summary

The Senior Writer and Communications Specialist will be part of the ICF team that provides research, publication, communications, policy, and administrative support to Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT) at the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB). With over 25 years of experience, OCFT is a world leader in the fight to eradicate child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking

  • Minimum Qualification:Degree
  • Experience Level:Mid level
  • Experience Length:5 years

Job Description/Requirements


  • Write, edit, and oversee the production of publications, including articles, newsletters, project reports, blogs, press releases, photos, infographics, social media messaging, etc., in compliance with branding guidelines and organizational policies
  • Implement an integrated communications strategy with targeted messages for both public and private stakeholders demonstrating results, success stories, outcomes, and learning from OCFT research and program implementation
  • Coordinate with ILAB’s communications specialist and the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Public Affairs, as needed, to ensure approval of public-facing materials, to socialize the office’s communications strategy, and to identify and liaise with high-influencing foreign and domestic journalists and media representatives on topics related to child labor, forced labor and human trafficking
  • Facilitate discussions with OCFT staff to conceptualize, design and develop infographics, charts, maps and other visual content to translate technical findings into user-friendly products for non-technical audiences
  • Lead the development and dissemination of marketing materials, social media content, and other mediums to amplify content generated from OCFT research and project activities
  • Collaborate, as required, with the broader ILAB team to create a strategic communications plan that includes participation in key events, targeted communications materials development, and other strategies as defined in the plan
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in English, communications, marketing, or public relations
  • 5+ years of experience in communications, marketing, or public relations
  • 5+ years of experience in communication strategy development and implementation
  • 5+ years of experience in writing, including speechwriting, and editing with an ability to tailor the tone, content and form of written output to different audiences and to suit a variety of formats; ability to synthesize and simplify information and communicate it in a lively, accurate and understandable manner
  • 3+ years of experience developing materials on human rights-related issues in the international context
  • 5+ years of experience engaging with the government officials, the international development, and private sector communities
  • 3+ years of experience in designing, planning, and executing virtual and in-person events

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience developing communication materials related to child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking
  • Knowledge of international worker rights, including the elimination of child labor and eradication of forced labor
  • Ability to use Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, Twitter, Facebook
  • Experience using virtual platforms and development of promotional and educational videos and 3D animation.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively and to find innovative ways to respond to emerging organizational and project needs
  • Detail-oriented and deadline-driven with strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment with changing requirements and priorities
  • Strong cross-cultural, interpersonal, management, and collaboration skills in highly complex structures involving multiple teams and stakeholders
  • Advanced critical thinking, sound problem solving, and decision-making skills
  • Highly self-motivated and able to work independently as well as in team settings

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