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Greece: Field Editor (EU National employment contract - EU citizens)

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: International Rescue Committee
Country: Greece
Closing date: 20 Dec 2017


The International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps are the co-leads of the project and provide technological, technical and coordination oversight to the platform.

Mercy Corps:

Mercy Corps is an international relief and development organization working in over 42+ countries worldwide helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

International Rescue Committee:

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global leader in providing emergency relief, rehabilitation, post-conflict development, human rights protection, resettlement services and advocacy for refugees and others uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is committed to restoring hope, freedom, dignity and self-reliance.


Refugee.Info is an innovative project that harnesses social media and other digital tools to change the way the humanitarian community communicates with refugees and asylum-seekers. It began in 2015 in Greece in response to the Syrian refugee crisis.

Refugee.Info meets refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe where they are online to listen to their questions and concerns and to provide the information they need to make informed choices about their lives. We also provide the humanitarian community with a platform to reach refugees and asylum-seekers with accessible information in multiple languages.

The Refugee.Info editorial team is complemented by the Refugee.Info connectivity team, which installs and maintains critical Wi-Fi service in refugee camps and other sites in Greece and Serbia.


As part of the content team, the Field Editor is responsible for information collection and delivery and content creation on the Greek islands. The Field Editor’s job duties include assessing information needs in close coordination with the IRC country program, then researching, vetting and producing accurate and updated content to be published on the Refugee.Info suite of communication channels. As the information focal point for the Greek islands, s/he is also responsible for maintaining close communication and collaboration with IRC Hellas.

The Field Editor will be line-managed by the IRC Hellas Partnerships Manager and have a dotted reporting line to, and work directly with, the Refugee. Info Senior Editor, based in Belgrade. S/he is both a part of the IRC Hellas Program team and the Refugee.Info content team and works alongside the ICT (hardware/software) team. S/he works closely with the IRC Hellas Programs staff, Mercy Corps field staff, and other partners to gather and verify information to be presented on Refugee.Info.



  • Develop and maintain an in-depth, nuanced understanding of the humanitarian context in Greece through staying abreast of reports and current literature, developing a network of internal and external contacts, attending working group and other meetings, and traveling to sites and other locations.
  • Gather, vet, condense and otherwise organize content delivered from information focal points and partners in Greece for dissemination through Refugee.Info channels and to IRC Hellas programs.
  • Research and create written, photo and video content for Refugee.Info pages, blog and social media, as assigned by Senior Editor.
  • Regularly pitch ideas for new content and content updates to Senior Editor.
  • Manage and enter content for the Refugee.Info site and blog into content management systems.
  • Work with translators to ensure timely and accurate translations of content.
  • Support IRC Partnerships Officer in representing IRC Hellas/Refugee.Info in coordination and partnership meetings.
  • Monitor traffic and other feedback.
  • Help ensure accuracy of services listed on the Refugee.Info service mapping tool in Greece.
  • Represent and/or promote Refugee.Info in interactions with partners and beneficiaries in Greece.

Team Collaboration:

  • Ensure close communication and coordination among IRC Hellas program staff and between IRC Hellas and Refugee.Info.
  • Collaborate with the content team to ensure consistency in information presented across all Refugee.Info platforms.
  • Coordinate with the ICT team to ensure smooth operation of and feedback on the Refugee.Info website and other tools.
  • Work with content team to ensure that content is aligned with the content strategy and appropriate for publication.
  • Ensure all relevant IRC and Mercy Corps program staff are informed of and involved in the planning and dissemination of content.
  • Use online tools and other modes of communication to consistently share information with other members of the content team.
  • Participate in all content team meetings, workshops, strategy sessions, regular communications, etc., as established by the Senior Editor.


The successful Refugee.Info Field Editor is extremely proactive, detail-oriented and organized. S/he values accurate and error-free reporting. S/he is self-directed and reliably completes tasks. S/he is diplomatic and able to work with a range of peers to gather and verify information. S/he is tech- and social media-savvy and quick to learn new tools. S/he has a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability and regularly seeks opportunities for collaboration and thrives in evolving and ambiguous environments.


  • BA/BS or equivalent experience in journalism, communications or other relevant field
  • 2-5 years of reporting, writing and editing experience, including for online platforms and social media.
  • Video production and photo skills and advantage. Willingness to learn required.
  • Excellent oral and written English skills required; Greek strongly desired.
  • Native speakers of Arabic, Dari/Farsi, Urdu and/or Pashto encouraged to apply.
  • High level of tolerance for ambiguity.
  • Ability to learn quickly and proactively seek out information, assess trends/developments, and build relationships across diverse actors and contexts.
  • Ability to work well both within a team and independently, in a challenging, fast-paced, multicultural environment.
  • Ability to adapt journalistic ethics to a humanitarian context.
  • Familiarity with humanitarian principles; familiarity with refugee and migration issues in Europe.

Travel Requirements: The position is based in Athens and will require regular (approx. 50%) travel to the Greek Islands, Belgrade, and other locations as needed.

Eligibility: Must be eligible to work in Greece or the European Union.

Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with position.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

How to apply:

Please submit your updated CV and a Cover Letter in English at the latest by December 20, 2017. Due to the urgency of filling this position, candidate applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the recruitment process will close as soon as a suitable candidate is identified through the regular interview process. Please note that this is a national employment position based in Athens, Greece and only EU citizens are eligible for hiring.