IDB2199 - External Communications Officer

Business Unit: President Complex
Division: Not Applicable
Department: Marketing and Communications Department
Contract type: Regular Staff
Country: Saudi Arabia
Location: Saudi Arabia - Jeddah
Closing date: 06-Feb-2019
Role Purpose:

Promote and protect the IsDB brand and its leadership through the delivery of its strategic PR and communications strategy.

  •  Support the delivery of the PR and communications strategy for IsDB, to raise awareness about the organisation in target markets and engage key stakeholders
  •  Create consistently high-quality content for IsDB’s external communications, such as opinion pieces, blogs, news stories and feature articles
  •  Raise awareness about IsDB’s presence in regional and membership country media 
  •  Support with press conferences as required including media management
  •  Help to build IsDB editorial relationships with media 
  •  Advise stakeholders on media handling and conduct media briefings
  •  Provide reactive support such as managing incoming enquiries and arranging interviews with IsDB spokespeople, which may include issues and crisis communications
  •  Collaborate with colleagues within IsDB to proactively identify stories to share with external audiences
  •  Secure extensive on-message coverage with support from the team, by supporting external tours, placing opinion pieces, news stories and feature articles around IsDB’s key activities
  •  Support H.E. and IsDB leadership to raise their profile externally, helping to position them as thought leaders
Academic qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or other relevant field required. 
• Professional international communications qualification 


• English (Mandatory)
• Arabic (Preferred)
• French (Preferred)


Minimum number of years and nature of experience
•  3-5 years in a global organisation or business
• Interest in and good understanding of the global communications landscape
• Good understanding of current affairs and the IsDB stakeholder community
• Strong social and digital campaign experience


Job specific competencies
• Good communications skills, particularly writing, and strong interpersonal skills
• Excellent news judgement and ability to spot a story
• Experience implementing communications campaigns
• Effective reporting and measurement of communications activity
• Global outlook on key issues
• Interest in the news agenda, particularly global development issues

Location: Jeddah, Head Office
Travel requirements: As needed.

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