International Journal of First Aid Education Communications manager (volunteer)

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Recruiting Organization: Global First Aid Reference Centre - French Red Cross

Are you looking for an opportunity to apply your skills in communication and contribute to international research? This role is for you!


Millions of people are hurt or die each year due to illness or injury and an inadequate response or lack of timely assistance. First aid is a vital step in providing effective and swift action that can help reduce the effects of serious injury or illness and improve the chances of survival. Taking immediate action and applying the appropriate techniques, while accessing professional help, can considerably reduce both harm and deaths. That’s why high quality first aid education contributes to the resilience of communities in the world.

Established in 2017, the International Journal of First Aid Education, one of the main Global First Aid Reference Partner, publishes peer-reviewed articles to advance the knowledge and practices of those involved in first aid education (educators, trainers, instructors, researchers and curriculum designers). The journal aims to increase the helping behaviors of first aid responders (from lay responders to health care professionals) during health emergencies, and strengthen community resilience.

The journal is managed by an editorial board, drawing on volunteers from across the globe. Editors form two departments with one focused on scientific publication of the journal and the other on communications, working to increase the visibility and impact of the journal. The Editorial Board meets online regularly to further the aims of the journal. One senior editor is based in Ohio, USA (Eastern time) and two senior editors are based in the UK (GMT).

Purpose of the role

The purpose of this role is to manage the development of the journal with the intention of increasing the number of journal article submissions. This will be achieved in a variety of ways which can be shaped by the candidate. It is expected to include a programme of university outreach which raises awareness of the International Journal of First Aid Education as a publication option for PhD students and research fellows. The role will also include increasing our social media engagement, particularly Twitter, using rich content.

Commitment required

This is a voluntary position (unpaid). We expect a minimum commitment of 2 - 8 hours per week. The successful candidate will work with the senior editors, managing their own time and the tasks required.

Key responsibilities

  • Play a leading role in creating a strategy for university outreach which will increase awareness of the journal and increase the number of article submissions.
  • Draw on the global network of journal editors and first aid organisations to implement the university outreach strategy, which may include things such as building relationships, social media activity, or online presentations to universities faculty and/or students.
  • Support the editorial board with developing and maintaining the journal website.
  • Use the communications database to invite known research authors to make new submissions.
  • Use social media channel/s to increase engagement and reach of the journal.

Skills and experience

  • Ability to communicate effectively in English.
  • Experience in using clear and concise writing in English to persuade, influence, and inform.
  • Experience or interest in academic research, journal publishing, and/or first aid research.
  • Experience in, or willingness to learn, using communications systems such as a website content management system and social media (Twitter and LinkedIn) .
  • Ability to speak confidently and communicate effectively by email to a variety of audiences (e.g. academics, first aid organisations).
  • Ability to form strong working relationships with people virtually.
  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Experience in training, especially first aid, is a plus.
  • Additional languages like French, Spanish or Arabic is a plus.


  • Gain valuable experience of working with an international, peer reviewed journal.
  • Contribute to building community resilience to first aid emergencies and disasters.
  • Build your network of academics and practitioners in first aid and emergency response.
  • Develop your CV to demonstrate experience in first aid education, academic research, communications, programme management, etc.
  • Potential to be invited to join the editorial board.
  • A letter of appreciation can be issued if the mission is successful.

Contract: Six months volunteer role with possibility of extending

Estimated time per week: 4 hours on average, plus online meetings

Location: Flexible, remote

Language: English

Closing date: 15 December 2021

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