IDB2423 - Senior Communications Specialist

Business Unit: President Complex
Division: Not Applicable
Department: Marketing and Communications Department
Country: Saudi Arabia
Location: Saudi Arabia - Jeddah
Closing date: 11-Mar-2020

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 internal and external communications
  •  Designs and delivers all internal communications, within IsDB HQ and across all regional hubs
  •  Raise awareness about IsDB’s presence in regional and membership country media 
  •  Facilitate press conferences as required
  •  Build IsDB editorial relationships with influential global media and member country 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 the marketing division to develop fully integrated campaigns
  •  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 internally through town halls and newsletters. Ensure consistency of messaging internally and externally
  •  Develops programmes to engage and motivate staff, working in close collaboration with the HR department


Academic qualifications
• Master’s degree in journalism, communications or relevant field required. 
• Professional international communications qualification desirable.


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


Minimum number of years and nature of experience
• 7 + years in a senior communications role for a global organisation or business, with demonstrated success
• 3 years’ experience in internal communications 
• Good understanding of the global and regional communications landscape
• Experience of project management and team management 
• Extensive experience working on integrated communications campaigns, with demonstrated measurable success 
• Strong social and digital campaign experience


Job specific competencies
High-performing manager with the ability to motivate others
• Creative thinker with a flexible approach to problem solving
• Strategic planner and forward-thinker
• Outstanding communications skills and strong interpersonal skills
• Ability to influence and persuade senior stakeholders
• Take the lead on projects from start to end, ensuring the smooth running and overall satisfaction of the brief
• Excellent news judgement and ability to spot a story
• Experience devising, managing and measuring communications campaigns
• Global outlook on key issues
• Knowledge of the news agenda and interest in global development issues



Jeddah, Head Office

Travel requirements:

As needed