Preemptive Love

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Communication Officer (Northern Iraq)

Job Overview

The Organization

Preemptive Love is a global community of peacemakers working to end war and stop the spread of violence. We do this by living and working in polarizing conflict zones, providing emergency relief to families persecuted by terrorism and violence, jobs for displaced families, and community building.

About the team

Content is the rocket fuel to Preemptive Love’s growth. Our global Communications team produces world-class digital and print content telling unforgettable stories of the people we serve, highlighting urgent needs around the world and the fearless work we do to meet them, and equipping our community of donors to be peacemakers right where they live. We are fast, nimble, willing to take risks and say hard things, and—above all—always inviting people to join us in the way of preemptive love. We are generalists united by our shared belief in the power of storytelling to change lives, and specialists highly skilled in written, video, and audio content production.

Location: Northern Iraq (Sinjar preferred, Mosul or Duhok possible)

Manager: Iraq Office Field Manager, with assignments from Editor-in-Chief

Hours: 9:00am to 5:00 pm

Working Days: Sunday to Thursday

Duration of the contract: 6 months initially, extendable to 1 year.

About the Role

Overview

The Field Communications Officer plays a vital role developing content that represents Preemptive Love’s humanitarian work in Iraq, builds trust and credibility with the general public, and increases donors’ capacity for empathy and understanding.

Job Duties

  • Cover our programming in person, capturing as much raw media as possible—video, photography, and audio. When possible, the content you gather should include interviews with those we serve and those who implement in our programming, selfie-style videos addressing our donors and followers directly, enough b-roll footage to help editors create compelling stories from the materials you gather, and extensive notes documenting your observations on field visits, personal stories, and other relevant information.
  • Upload raw media in compliance with internal protocols and procedures.
  • Work under the direction of the Global Editor-in-Chief to determine content assignments, photo/video shot lists, etc.
  • Pitch story ideas utilizing the raw content gathered on all field visits.
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards of content development, ensuring the people we serve are represented with dignity, that they have agency over whether and how they are represented in our content, and that we obtain adequate consent before recording them in any format (photo, video, audio).
  • Participate in bi-weekly Communication team meetings, debrief meetings after field visits, and other meetings as required.
    • Travel regularly within Iraq (especially the regions around Sinjar, Mosul, and Duhok) for field program visits.
  • Photography: photos are an essential part of our media strategy. The Comms Officer is expected to uphold our photo standards, both compositionally and ethically, and would need to have a good command of photography. A good-quality camera is necessary, and files of adequate size and quality will be required.
  • Videography: Capture a variety of footage on all field visits, including interviews with people we serve (with adequate consent) and b-roll footage to allow video editors to create a compelling story from the material.
  • Audio: clean audio (or as clean as possible in the circumstances) is important for a range of purposes, from capturing accurate interviews, to creating moving videos. The use of lav mics and the audio recorder on your phone are important tools.

Required Qualifications

  • Good verbal communication skills in English is essential. Fluency in Arabic and Kurdish (Kurmanji) is preferred.
  • Excellent video and photography skills, with a proven understanding of how to compose a good image. (Please provide a sample of your work—for example, a portfolio, Instagram profile, links to published content, etc.
  • Access to a good-quality camera.
  • Ability to work in a team environment, work collaboratively, provide and receive critique.
  • A working understanding of image-making, consent, and honoring people through media.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with the ability to represent PLC to multiple constituents, from diverse backgrounds, in multiple contexts.
  • Experience sharing video stories and the ability to share samples (online outward-facing stories in a blog or social media channel preferred.)
  • Flexible media gathering style. Content should be tailored to fit the PLC voice, our target audiences, and variety of platforms. The key skill for you is a keen understanding of technique and willingness to flex and grow depending on the medium.
  • Proven track record working with little oversight, is highly self-motivated and maintains a positive attitude.
  • Strong work-ethic, with the ability to work and be managed remotely.
  • Have a good understanding of photography, video filming, gear and sound.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against candidates on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, or veteran status. We strongly encourage and seek applications from people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, women, men, bilingual and bicultural individuals, veterans, and members of other minority or marginalized groups. Please see Equal Employment Opportunity for more information.

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