Director of Communications

Position: Director of Communications

Reports to: ARI Executive Director

Location: Beirut preferred (other European or MENA countries will be considered exceptionally)

Duration: Full time; 12 months renewable

Reference: ARI - DC

Organization Overview

The Arab Reform Initiative is a leading independent think tank that promotes a home-grown agenda for democratic change and social justice in Arab countries. ARI conducts policy analysis and innovative field research, combines scholarly work and advocacy, and acts as a policy platform for emerging voices from the region.

Since 2019, ARI has been diversifying its outputs and manner of communicating complex research to a broad range of stakeholders. ARI partners with leading local and regional research centers and media outlets, including for the development of new tools for disseminating research and recommendations (from videos to infographics), and for publication along different networks and channels. In addition, ARI uses diverse tools, venues, and strategies to reach a broad audience, built around targeted stakeholder segmentation.

Scope of Work

ARI is looking to hire a full-time Director of Communications to oversee its communications work across all areas of programming and between teams in France, Lebanon, and Tunisia.

We are looking for a seasoned communications professional to develop our overall communications strategy and accompany our team during this exciting time of organizational growth. The ideal candidate will have outstanding written and oral communication skills and be creative, self-motivated, flexible, and strategic. They will lead the development of our media strategy (traditional and online) and be in charge of its implementation. They will have a deep understanding of the regional media landscape in MENA (from traditional to more independent online platforms), significant experience working with journalists and other members of the media, and a track record of delivering measurable results (increased social media following, more engagement, etc). They will be expected to drive innovative and engaging external content and provide input on how to best communicate and disseminate key findings. They will need to manage and coordinate a small communications team and work closely with researchers to give visibility to their findings.

A commitment to ARI’s core mission of promoting a locally-driven agenda for democratic change and social justice is a must.

The Communications Director reports to ARI’s Executive Director and works closely with staff in France, Lebanon, and Tunisia as well as ARI’s non-resident fellows.

Responsibilities

More specifically, the Director of Communications will be responsible for:

Strategic Communications

  • Develop and implement ARI’s communications strategy. The strategy should take into account the organisation’s broad range of audiences: From policy stakeholders that need to be reached in a very tailored manner (via newsletters, tailored communications) to instances where we would like to engage the broader public (videos, partnerships with media outlets, press conferences)
  • Ensure that our communications are aligned with organizational goals and integrated strategically into the program work to maximize impact. This requires working closely with program staff to help them develop a communications plan for each of their projects
  • Expand the organization’s place in the policy world as a sought-after and independent voice by raising the profile of our research and advocacy
  • Track engagement across various platforms and advise on where the organization should invest its resources to reach its intended audiences

Content

  • Oversee the preparation of all communications material (including multimedia output such as videos, podcasts) and ensuring dissemination
  • Ensuring that ARI’s written output is being disseminated strategically (this includes things like overseeing selection of photos, quotes, tone of social media postings, and key messages)
  • Ensuring quality control (messaging is on-point, tone is appropriate)

Media Community Management and Visibility

  • Manage media relations and develop contacts with relevant media outlets and journalists
  • Manage ARI’s existing partnerships with media outlets and journalists
  •  Oversee media events (press conferences)

Online Communications and Multimedia

  • Strengthen ARI’s use of social media and online platforms to drive engagement

Management & Administration

  • Assembling and overseeing a diversely skilled communications team
  • Manage budget for communications team

Requirements:

  • 10+ years communications experience, ideally with experience leading communications work in the non-profit/think tank sector
  • Excellent verbal communication and presentation skills. Significant experience overseeing communication to a variety of audiences
  • A successful track record in day-to-day communications strategy and tactical implementation, as well as longer-term planning and evaluation
  • Extensive media relations in the region
  • Experience with digital content and social media platforms
  • Experience overseeing the production of multimedia content (from short videos to podcasts)
  • Fluency in English and Arabic required. French fluency a plus
  • Impeccable copywriting and copy-editing abilities
  • Experience leading teams and managing relations with a range of partners

Conditions

  • 12 months renewable contract
  • Start date: Expected by 31 October 2022
  • Competitive salary based on experience

TO APPLY

To apply, please send your CV (max. two pages) and a cover letter describing your qualifications and motivations for the position to: recruitment@arab-reform.net with the reference “ARI-Director of Communications” in the email subject.

The closing date is: 03 October 2022

Candidates must have the right to work in the country where they propose to base themselves.

Given the expected number of applications, ARI will only contact short-listed candidates.

ARI is committed to equality of opportunity and to non-discrimination for all job applicants and employees, and we seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce regardless of gender, race, religious beliefs, nationality, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.