Communications consultant for a project on documenting war crimes in Ukraine (part-time)

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Part-time consultancy to support advocacy and awareness raising within the framework of the project “DOCUMENTING INTERNATIONAL CRIMES COMMITTED BY RUSSIA’S ARMED FORCES FOLLOWING THE RE-INVASION OF UKRAINE”

“Communications consultant for a project on human rights and war crimes in Ukraine (part-time)”


During the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, evidence of numerous atrocities committed by members of the armed forces of the Russian Federation, and those of entities under its control, has emerged. This includes cases of murder, torture and SGBV on the territory temporarily occupied by Russia, but also indiscriminate attacks on the civilian population and the destruction of civilian objects that continue to this day. Over the past months, non-governmental organizations, international institutions and States have stepped up in their efforts to denounce the crimes committed by Russian soldiers, and to ensure accountability. FIDH and its member and partner organisations in Ukraine have been supporting these efforts. In the coming months FIDH, in collaboration with other local NGOs, plan to continue their advocacy and awareness raising efforts, emphasising the need to ensure the respect of international humanitarian law and human rights law by all parties to the armed conflict, and to fight impunity for international crimes committed by soldiers of Russia’s Armed Forces, and those of related entities, in Ukraine.

To further its awareness raising activities, FIDH is looking to engage a part-time Communications Consultant within its Eastern Europe and Central Asia Desk. The consultant will contribute to the creation of engaging awareness raising content, act as coordinator of FIDH’s communication activities, liaise with external partners, as well as with journalists and other media representatives, and perform other ad hoc tasks.

Indicative consultancy outputs

Working in concert with the FIDH Eastern Europe and Central Asia Desk, the FIDH Communications Department, the FIDH International Justice Desk, FIDH Accounting and Finance Department, FIDH Fundraising Department, and local partners in Ukraine, the Communications Consultant will:

- Conduct a mapping of relevant social media channels, influencers and media platforms in order to facilitate the distribution of content created during the course of this project;
- Engage with relevant stakeholders, including journalists, bloggers and FIDH partner NGOs, and contribute to building partnerships with key stakeholders to help disseminate outreach materials produced as part of the project;
- Contribute to the production of outreach materials, including press releases, statements, and situation analyses notes (approximately 18 documents over the period of consultancy, one per month);
- Facilitate the production of FIDH’s videos on international law violations in Ukraine including by script writing and video editing (approximately 30-40 videos over the period of consultancy – monthly output of two videos);
- Ensure and coordinate the translation of the produced material into seven languages (English, French, Ukrainian, Russian, German, Italian and Spanish), as well as the formalization of contractual agreements with such translators and ensuring timely payments;
- Assist with the dissemination of content in social media and FIDH and its partners’ websites;
- Ensure, as a primary liaison, proper coordination and communication between the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Desk, the Communications Department, Ukrainian partner organizations and other entities, as directed by the EECA Desk;
- Ensure the proper coordination of the project’s communication activities among FIDH’s external partners;
- Track the target indicators and provide narrative reporting to the project where it concerns the communication activities.

Profile and expertise required for this assignment

- At least 2 years of professional experience in a similar position, in the field of communication, journalism, advocacy or a related field, preferably in an NGO.
- Proven interest in international human rights law and international humanitarian law, understanding of the human rights, political, social, economic and humanitarian context in Ukraine.
- Experience in working with social media, creating and disseminating outreach materials, including social media publications, press releases and other communications materials. Experience in video and photo editing is highly desirable.
- Experience in project management and coordination.
- Excellent writing skills and attention to details. Experience in conducting research and writing reports on human rights and/or international humanitarian law issues is an asset.
- Fluency in English is required. Fluency in Ukrainian or/and Russian is an asset.
- Ability to work independently, prioritize, and proactively communicate.

Duration of consultancy

18 months

Terms and conditions

This is a part-time position with the possibility to work remotely. Gross salary of 1,500 EUR per month for a duration of 18 months.

Deadline for applications

6 November 2022

FIDH reserves the right to close the recruitment process before the deadline for applications upon identification of a suitable candidate.

Do you think you match the desired profile?

Send your CV and a cover letter to: indicating the reference UKRAINE COMMUNICATION CONSULTANT in the subject line by 6 November 2022

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