MENA Communications Officer

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 20

Position description

MENA Communications Officer. London. Posting Date: 11/19/2019. Deadline: 12/18/2019

Do you want to help make the world a better place with your communication skills and in-depth knowledge of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region? We're seeking a Communications Officer based in London to develop strategies, cultivate, draft and edit all forms of content from blogs to op-eds, identify and pitch stories, and quickly turn around media inquiries working closely with the Middle East and North Africa Program.

The Open Society Foundations works to build vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. We are active in more than 120 countries, making us the world's largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.

The Communications team plays a central role in the work of the Open Society Foundations by coordinating and strengthening the public presence of the global network and by helping to advance relevant issues. Communications works to raise Open Society's public profile by promoting the network's many noteworthy achievements as well as responding to attacks from opponents of open society around the world. The department employs media outreach, digital, social media, publications, and internal communications to assist dozens of Open Society foundations and programs in their communications efforts.

As a Communications Officer at Open Society you will for:

  • Develop and disseminate an overall communications strategy for the region as well as contributing to individual foundation strategies and key messages for advancing our work in priority areas;
  • Identify possible communications and media risks and develop strategies to mitigate them; handle communications crises;
  • Identify and position key Open Society Foundations messages, people, and grantees in print, online, broadcast, radio and other media;
  • Draft and edit Op-Eds, letters-to-the-editor, and press releases;
  • Manage the production and deployment of digital and print content for an Open Society issue and see it through from beginning to end;
  • Co-develop and conduct Communications trainings for program staff, leadership, and grantees.


What we are looking for:

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant field and speaks Arabic;
  • Over eight years' relevant communications experience including but not limited to journalism OR experience as a communications professional in the not-for-profit or private sector;
  • In-depth knowledge of the MENA region and open society issues;
  • Excellent English-language writing and editing ability, as well as verbal skills;
  • Proven skills in the development of communications strategies;
  • Excellent skills in writing for and pitching to media;
  • Social media and digital expertise


Desirable:

  • High level of self-motivation, initiative, and creativity
  • Willingness to travel extensively for work
  • Substantial knowledge of organizational and project management
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, and solve problems independently or collaboratively a needed
  • Diplomatic manner and ability to adapt to a range of cultures and experiences in interacting with program management, colleagues at all levels, contacts, and the public


What we offer:

  • Ample opportunities to learn and grow, from annual professional development allowances to onsite trainings and brown bag lunches with visiting experts.
  • Top-notch benefits and perksdesigned for your well-being and a healthy work-life balance. With some variability according to location, this includes generous time off, flexible work arrangements, employer-paid health insurance, generous retirement savings plan, progressive paid parental leave, reproductive and family planning support, sabbatical opportunities, and much more .
  • A commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that enables everyone to bring their full self to work and make a positive impact on the world.


See what a day in the life of a colleague at Open Society is like.

We feel our salaries are competitive for our sector. The salary for this position starts at a minimum of £57,100. Your offer will be based on your level of experience.

If this sounds like the position you have been looking for, please submit your cover letter and CV; we look forward to learning more about you.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We aim to build an inclusive workforce that is reflective of the populations we support, and actively seek applications from those who are marginalized and underrepresented. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and colleagues with disabilities.
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