Communications Officer - Dublin

Country: Ireland
Organization: GOAL
Closing date: 4 Jun 2021

General Description of the Programme/GOAL

Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian aid agency, with a team of more than 2,400 people dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable communities in our world. Currently operating in 14 countries in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development programmes covering nutrition, health, livelihoods and emergency response. GOAL works to support communities to build greater resilience.

GOAL has an annual budget of more than €100 million and is supported by a range of donors including the Governments of Ireland, UK, USA, the European Union, individuals, Trusts and Foundations as well as the Irish public. GOAL values the power of partnership and works with local and international partners to achieve its mission.

Job Purpose

This is a fast-paced role within GOAL’s busy communications department based in GOAL headquarters in Dublin. The Communications Officer will play a key part in telling GOAL’s story and providing communications support to all GOAL’s programme work, fund-raising and public engagement activities. The successful candidate will be in a unique position to highlight crises in the developing world and the role that GOAL plays.

Injecting energy and creativity, the role will focus on promoting GOAL’s work through print, broadcast, and online media in Ireland and abroad.

This role requires an individual who is passionate about making a difference.

Duties and responsibilities

Media Relations and PR:

  • Pitching news stories and features on GOAL’s programmes, public engagement and fundraising activities to media (national, local and International) in print, radio, TV and online.
  • Writing impactful, clear, press releases.
  • Fielding media queries.
  • Working with teams to organise events, photoshoots and public engagement programmes.
  • Organising, and on occasion taking part, in media visits to Goal’s countries of operation.
  • Putting together monthly media reports and analysis
  • Developing a network of media contacts at home and abroad

Fundraising support:

  • Support the GOAL Fundraising Team on campaigns and events, including the GOAL Mile, Jersey Day, the GOAL Ball and Emergency Appeals.
  • Being the GOAL communications contact for outside agencies working on GOAL fundraising events.
  • Be the main Communications team point of contact to the fundraising team, overseeing photography and videography, social media, content and media engagement.
  • Input into fundraising campaign and events planning and strategy in order to provide maximum PR support.
  • Support the Fundraising Team on content and developing marketing materials, ensuring consistency of messaging with all of GOAL’s work

Public Engagement support:

  • Support the GOAL's Global Citizenship Team on its Development Education Programme, campaigns and events, including Changemakers and the Youth Development Programme
  • Be the main point of contact to the Global Citizenship Team for communications activities, such as photography and videography, social media, content and media engagement.
  • Provide comms support for GOAL position papers developed by Global Citizen team.
  • Input into Global Citizenship Team campaigns and events strategy and planning to ensure complimentary and effective approaches and activities.

Content creation:

  • Work with GOAL comms officers, comms focal points and overseas programme staff in GOAL’s 14 countries of operation to generate engaging content packages for various platforms, including the GOAL website, social media and traditional media, sector journals.
  • Mentor and build the capacity of GOAL comms officers and comms focal points to ensure generation of high quality content.
  • Liase with GOAL HQ staff, including desk officers, to develop content.
  • Assist in editing and proof-reading communications products, including promotional materials, impact stories, photographs, video and social media content

Internal Comms:

  • Be responsible for the weekly internal Staff Content Digest.
  • Support HR on internal messaging.
  • Help communicate our work and messaging to our staff across the world through regular email updates.


  • Minimum of 3-4 years’ experience in PR and communications.
  • Track record in content development.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft including Power Point and Excel.
  • Proven ability to multitask and prioritise work schedules.
  • Ability to work solo or in a team.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and respond to new opportunities and out of office work hour demands.
  • Thorough and precise in all aspects of work with a good attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of Irish media landscape.
  • Be a self-starter.
  • Good networker.


  • Previous experience working with a humanitarian / international development agency
  • Digital skills

Our package includes a competitive salary, 22 days annual leave and the possibility to join our Health care scheme. Additional benefits are available after 12 months of service. Candidates must be entitled to work in Ireland at the time of application. Please note that this role is based in Dublin. Once Covid restrictions have been lifted the successful candidate will be required to attend the office.

GOAL has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Child Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants and children from exploitation. GOAL also has a confidentiality policy ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of GOAL, acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organisation without authority, except in the normal execution of duty. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies any job offer made is also subject to police clearance. GOAL is an equal opportunities employer.

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document. Any published closing dates are estimated. Due to the nature of GOAL’s work we aim to fill vacancies as quickly as possible. This means that we will close adverts as soon as we have found the right candidate and this may be before the published closing date. We would therefore advise interested applicants to submit an application as early as possible.

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