Position:Communications coordinator MENA region
Location:Lebanon (Beirut) or Turkey (Gaziantep) [ Negotiable ]
Deadline application:2 October 2016 (23:59 hrs)
Start Date:October-November 2016
SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship to empower young, ambitious people to lead their fragile and conflict-affected societies into prosperity. SPARK is a dynamic and growing, international not-for-profit development organisation with 80 staff members, in more than 15 offices around the world. SPARK supports refugees in the Middle-East by providing them with scholarships in universities and higher education institutions in the region. SPARK also supports young entrepreneurs in fragile states, to start or grow their own businesses. SPARK is currently looking for an:
Communications Coordinator in the MENA region
SPARK is responding to the dire higher education crisis both in Syria and the surrounding host countries (Turkey, Gaziantep; Jordan; Lebanon, Beirut; Iraq/KRD, Erbil) by offering supplemented short courses and scholarships to address the different needs of Syrian refugees.
We are looking for a communications coordinator who can manage all communications of the projects which involve providing higher education for refugees. And as such work closely with the local SPARK offices in the region.
This means that you are the first contact person for our donors and our offices in the MENA region. Together with our donors you will develop a communication strategy and plan, and implement this in collaboration with SPARK staff in the field offices – and in close contact with headquarters in Amsterdam. It will be your goal to set up both internal and external communications in this region, in order meet the demands of our donors, to increase visibility of SPARK – and to tell the stories of the refugees in this part of the world.
We expect our communications coordinator to be knowledgeable and experienced in communication strategies, event organising, public relations and online media (social and website). Your writing skills in English and Arab need to be excellent. And we expect you to be flexible and a team worker.
SPARK offers the coordinator the opportunity to work with young and inspiring people from various countries, and to challenge him/herself within the context of a vibrant and growing NGO.
Main tasks and Responsibilities:
-Develop and implement communication plan
-Coordinate and manage communication in MENA region
-Social media (promotion, increase interactivity, storytelling)
-Website (edit, increase traffic, support registration)
-Collection of stories (in order to use them for communication)
-Provide communications about events, conference and other SPARK activities
-Develop network of journalists
-Contact with donors
-Contact with SPARK staff
Requirements and skills:
-BA or MA degree (or other relevant education)
-Excellent English and Arab language skills
-Proven editing and writing skills
-Journalistic skills: not afraid of picking up the phone and giving someone a call
-Social media knowledge and experience are essential; in particular, digital advocacy
-Familiarity with Google Drive/Docs/Analytics/SEO/Adwords etc.
-Experienced with WordPress and MailChimp (basic knowledge of html preferred)
-Experience with graphic design preferred
-Good communication and social skills and the ability to work in a multicultural setting
-Proven organisational skills and the ability to work independently
-Preferably available from October 2016
-International working experience;
-Dynamic and inspiring environment;
-Opportunity to take initiative and realise your ideas and plans;
How to apply?
To apply, email your CV and letter of motivation in English with Reference: Communications coordinator MENA region to
Deadline: 2 October 2016 (23.59 hrs)
Due to a large volume of applicants, we cannot respond to every applicant. After the deadline for application we will screen all applications invite selected applicants for the first round of interviews. There may be a delay between the deadline and the moment we contact selected applicants.