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SOS Children’s Villages International sucht Advocacy Communications Advisor (f/m)

SOS Children’s Villages International 5<y Senior Level  Wien, Wien, Österreich 11 Jan 2017

Job Description

Mission and Position Purpose:
Working within the team responsible for Strategic Communications, the

Advocacy Communications Advisor

contributes to effective strategic positioning of SOS Children’s Villages International, supporting the attainment of advocacy objectives of the federation.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Developing a communications strategy that supports SOS Children’s Villages in reaching its advocacy objectives
  • Translating complex policy and advocacy messages for external audiences
  • Working with the organisation’s network of correspondents to gather compelling stories and images that contribute to advancing advocacy objectives
  • Coordinating with communications colleagues in SOS Member Associations to generate press coverage to contribute advancing advocacy objectives. Activities to include: identifying opportunities for media work and provide advice on activities achieving high impact; responding to media enquiries and other requests for information; organising interviews; producing press releases and other communications materials.
  • Assisting SOS spokespersons to prepare for interviews with the media
  • Managing @SOS_Advocates Twitter account and ensuring that SOS Children’s Villages’ website and social media channels contribute to advancing the organisation’s advocacy objectives
  • Developing ‘lines to take’ and plans for reactive communications on issues relevant to the work of SOS Children’s Villages
  • Supporting effective internal communication on advocacy issues
  • Offering counsel and training on communications for advocacy across the federation and in particular to: Member Associations and young people engaged in building their advocacy capacity; the Global Advocacy Network; and the Liaison & Advocacy Team in International Office
  • Monitoring, evaluating and making recommendations for the further development of communications for advocacy
  • Supporting fluent communication and effective coordination between Liaison & Advocacy and Communications & Brand


  • Master’s degree in journalism or communications, or an undergraduate degree with comparable experience
  • Minimum of 5 years of working experience in journalism or communications in the area of advocacy combined with experience in public affairs, media relations or marketing communications preferably in a humanitarian context
  • Experience in developing and implementing successful communication and advocacy strategies and campaigns
  • Experience working within governmental and multilateral settings (such as the UN, EU, civil society, etc) and having a good knowledge of policymaking and related work settings, including a developed understanding of and commitment to children’s rights would be helpful
  • A sound understanding of media dynamics including social media engagement
  • Excellent writing and editing skills combined with the ability to convey and adapt complex information to the need of intended audiences
  • Ability to work independently and self-motivated to deliver projects and manage tight deadlines and competing demands
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work collaboratively in a multicultural environment, involving people from different countries and professional backgrounds
  • Fluent in written and oral English. Knowledge of other languages is an asset

We offer:

Opportunity to participate in driving the communications strategy of one of the largest NGOs globally and to support our meaningful mission in providing “A loving home for every child”.

If you are interested in this position, please send your detailed e-mail application by 22 January 2017 to

SOS Children’s Villages International, Human Resources, 6020 Innsbruck/Austria,

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