Senior Communications Strategist – LAC Hub – REMOTE

  • Remote
  • TBD USD / Year

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

Overview

Work Location: Remote, within Latin America and the Caribbean region

Application Close Date: 3 September 2023

Estimated Start date: 16 October 2023

Department: LAC Hub

Reports to: LAC Hub Regional Director

Terms: Full-time, one year initial contract. (with the possibility of renewal)

Travel: 20% of travel expected.

Level: 6

About HOT

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) sits at the nexus of participatory mapping, community-led development, humanitarian response, open data and tech. With a talented and diverse team spread around the globe, HOT is an NGO which supports a dynamic global community of thousands of dedicated volunteers using maps and open data for humanitarian response and the Sustainable Development Goals. Working with humanitarian and development partners like the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières, UN agencies, governments and others, the HOT community maps in solidarity with those affected by or at risk of disaster, contributing the maps and data aid workers need to do their lifesaving work.
In 2020, the work of the HOT community was recognized by TED’s Audacious Project, a collaborative philanthropic initiative that serves as a springboard for social impact on a grand scale, leading to an exciting new phase of growth. HOT is expanding its activities: opening four regional hubs and scaling up its support to local mapping communities with the audacious goal of mapping an area home to one billion people in 94 countries at high risk of disasters or experiencing poverty – mapping with communities before they are in crisis.

About the Open Mapping Hub – LAC

The Hub is focused on empowering community action through community building and training, leadership development, access to resources, and formalization of communities, with a particular emphasis on youth and underrepresented groups at the local level. Strengthening the OpenStreetMap (OSM) community on a regional scale through a community-first approach, peer exchange, and support will ensure sustainability and enable governments, institutions, stakeholders, social and civil society actors to use open data (especially OSM) and open source tools to improve lives and livelihoods, through humanitarian and development work.
The Hub is currently active in Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico and the Caribbean islands and will expand into other countries in the region.

About You

Are you passionate about making a positive impact on the world through communication and technology? HOT (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team) is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Senior Communications Strategist to join our Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Hub. As a Senior Communications Strategist, you will play a crucial role in driving communication strategies and amplifying our humanitarian efforts across the region.

About the Role

As a Senior Communications Strategist for the LAC Hub, you will play a crucial role in a fast-paced, international organization. This role is multifaceted, encompassing strategic planning, team leadership, key messaging & brand awareness, media relations, fundraising campaigns, and stakeholder engagement. The position is instrumental in shaping and maintaining HOT’s reputation, growth, and visibility as the leader in open mapping with communities, while ensuring communication remains effective, efficient and consistent across all channels.
As a member of this fast-paced international organization, you will collaborate with colleagues across different time zones, ensuring the effective implementation of HOT’s community-centric strategy and activities in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Join us in this exciting role as we work together to make a positive impact on global goals and the five impact areas of HOT.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute comprehensive communication strategies to raise awareness of HOT’s initiatives in the LAC region with high level partners and funders and communities;
  • Create engaging content for various platforms, including websites, social media, newsletters, press releases, and other communication channels;
  • Collaborate with internal teams to gather information and stories that showcase the impact of our projects and campaigns;
    Collaborate with Hot central and the other regional hubs to align pertinent communication strategies and actions (e.g. campaigns, disaster activations);
  • Identify networks, associations, events where Hot’s participation will foster our visibility in LAC;
  • Advise the team and support to create community and public activations around open mapping and citizen science for high impact;
  • Manage media relations, build relationships with journalists, institutional partners, and handle press inquiries;
  • Monitor and analyze communication efforts, measure the effectiveness of campaigns, and make data-driven recommendations for improvement;
  • Organize and participate in events, webinars, and workshops to promote HOT’s mission and strengthen partnerships.

Qualifications

Essential

  • At least 8 years of experience in organizational communications, social media organizations, journalism or similar areas;
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, or a related field;
  • Proven work experience as a communications strategist or similar role, preferably in the the non profit sector, humanitarian sector, international organizations or multilateral organizations or community sectors;
  • Proven work addressing and understanding different publics, cultures, ages, genders and communities;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English and Spanish;
  • Excellent multimedia storytelling abilities and the capability to present complex information in a compelling and accessible manner;
  • Proficiency in using various communication tools, social media platforms, and content management systems;
  • Proficiency in basic editing and design tools (video and graphic material);
  • Familiarity with humanitarian issues and open mapping technology is desirable.

Desirable

  • A Master Degree in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, or a related field;
  • Working knowledge of Portuguese or French;

Compensation and Benefits

HOT values transparency and equity. All HOT compensation globally is set according to a framework detailed on our website.

Equal Opportunity

We seek to recruit persons that reflect the diversity of the communities we work with. HOT does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender identity and expression, national origin, race and ethnicity, physical ability, religious or belief systems, political convictions, or sexual orientation. Further, HOT seeks to support the development and advancement of staff within the organization. Our staff includes people who are parents and nonparents, the self-taught and university educated, and from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds, lived experiences, and perspectives on the world. HOT is an equal opportunity employer. We seek to live our values and promote inclusivity in all locations. All of our staff work collectively and individually to promote a constructive and sensitive approach to others from a variety of backgrounds, where the work of all is valued and respected.

HOT is committed to diversity within our team, and recognizes our role in closing the digital divide, including identifying obstacles that certain groups face in developing skills needed for roles in the humanitarian & technology sectors. Women, nationals of developing countries, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Please, apply HERE.

Please complete the application by September 3, 2023. Your CV/resume should not exceed 2 pages.

Please note that we reserve the right to close the job advert before the advertised deadline once we have received a maximum of 75 applications.

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