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Contract terms: Full time (though part time candidates will be considered with availability of 30+ hrs a week)

Location/Duty Station: Remote working. Must work in or between US Eastern Standard Time and Central European Time time zones.

Closes: April 30, 2020; Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and early applicants will be prioritised.

Projected start date: June 1, 2020

Reports to: Senior Communications Manager

About HOT

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) is a Washington, D.C.- based NGO and global community of thousands of volunteers working together to use maps and open data for humanitarian response and the Sustainable Development Goals. As the world’s preeminent participatory mapping NGO, HOT has fostered a global mapping community composed of more than 200,000 people with ground operations in six countries. When major disaster strikes anywhere in the world, HOT rallies this global network to create the maps and data that enable responders to reach those in need, serving humanitarian partners such as UNHCR, American Red Cross, and Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

About the position

The Communications Associate will work closely with HOT’s Senior Communications Manager, the Partnerships and Community team, the Programs team and field offices to support and execute HOT’s external communications. As HOT expands to a greater number of countries and increasingly diverse projects, there is considerable need to keep HOT’s community (donors, partners, volunteers) updated while also raising the profile of HOT. This role will involve increasing the standard and reach of all HOT communications across all channels; social media, television, radio/podcast, print and online media.

About you

We’re looking for an individual passionate about, and experienced in, international development and humanitarian action. You should be able to work within a fast-paced, international organization responding to urgent crises and persistent development issues. You should have three or more years working in a communications role in a humanitarian or development organization. You should thrive in a fast paced, startup-like environment with a highly motivated and unconventional team. You can choose your own office location and should love working with remote teams as you’ll spend significant time on Slack and Skype.


  • Focal point for HOT’s social media activities, including on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and other platforms.

  • Monitor and analyze social media and website performance

  • Evaluate and refine our audience segments and approach for engaging each segment

  • Capacity building with field teams and provide support to their communications activities

  • Write, edit and publish blogs and a monthly newsletter

  • Support media outreach and write press releases

  • Attend meetings and engage volunteers in communications activities as part of a public Communications Working Group

  • Support the creation of HOT’s Annual Report, including engaging volunteers, soliciting materials from project staff and editing content and images

  • Assist with the development of marketing/communications materials and other information resources

Required skills and qualifications

  • 2+ years in similar communications, social media or public relations role with desire to use digital skills for development/humanitarian relief and improving the lives of others

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Marketing, or Communications, Emergency/Disaster Management, International Affairs, Public or Business Administration, Nonprofit Management or similar

  • Fluency in English, with clear, concise, and compelling writing skills

  • Ability to use graphic design tools (such as Canva, Adobe suite, basic photo editing)

  • Excellent organization skills, and attentive to detail

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Previous journalism experience

  • Experience with third-party social media software such as Buffer or Hootsuite

  • Experience with photo editing software and/or graphic design

  • Prior experience in nonprofit or startup environments

  • Media contacts in the humanitarian and development space

Compensation & Benefits:

  • All HOT salaries globally are set according to a framework detailed on our website:

  • All staff working for HOT > 0.5 FTE are eligible for stipend or support for health insurance.

  • Completely remote team enabling flexible work schedules.

  • Generous vacation for employees.

To apply please complete the online application by April 30 2020. Please note that early applicants will be prioritised. Please FOLLOW LINK after form submission TO UPLOAD CV and cover letter.