IDB2927 - Communication Specialist

Business Unit: ISFD - Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development
Division: Not Applicable
Department: Not Applicable
Country: Saudi Arabia
Location: Saudi Arabia - Jeddah
Closing date: 24-Nov-2022

Job Purpose:

To act as the focal point spearheading, conducting, and coordinating ISFD visibility and communication activities

Key Accountabilities & Activities:

Operational Planning, Implementation, and follow-up: 

  • Managing and updating the ISFD social media channels (twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook and Instagram to be added) accounts ensuring a steady flow of materials. This also includes strategically engaging with other users and organizations (e.g., retweets, following, tagging, etc.) which ensures maximal reach of ISFD messaging and visibility in the beneficiary countries and among the development community.
  • Updating content on the ISFD website to keep it current (as a Content management System user).
  • Developing and executing monthly, and quarterly communication plans and activities (social media calendars, ISFD website, press releases, etc.,).
  • Developing communication plans, as and when needed, for other visibility opportunities e.g., donor visits to the field, IsDB Annual Meetings, and relevant global events with ISFD presence.
  • Routinely identify and develop a variety of content for

o Social media posts

o Press releases

o Newsletters

o Annual Reports

o Newspaper articles, op-eds, blogs

o Event briefing notes

o Other dissemination opportunities e.g., IsDB Annual Meetings and other events


Coordination & Follow-Up:

  • Regular interaction with ISFD Donor Communication Focal points to ensure their engagement, ownership, and satisfaction with the ISFD communication activities.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with communication focal points at the ISFD project Management Units (PMU) levels to ensure routine updates on communicable activities are received, as well as PMU support is sourced as and when needed for communication activities or materials.
  • Routine engagement with the communication personnel from the ISFD Results Based Management (RBM) contractor to ensure RBM products are integrated into routine ISFD communication and visibility activities and planning.
  • Support integration of ISFD communication and visibility requirements in the appraisal and negotiations prior to Board of Executive Directors (BED) approval.
  • Manage the clearances, no-objections, approvals linked with the communication materials development and launching with internal Bank teams (e.g., Marketing and Communication Department(MCD), Executive Office of the President(EOP), etc.) as per agreed processes.
  • Developing access to media networks through the Communication & Outreach Department, donor partners, and any other channels for launching and coverage of press releases, and newspaper articles.

Reporting & archiving:

  • Reporting on communication activities occurrence, performance and impact, for the monthly operations reports as well as in meetings with Donors.
  • Archiving, and record keeping of all ISFD-Communication materials and related documentation. This also includes creating a repository of the ISFD design visuals, themes, brand & campaign assets, etc.

Administrative Support:

  • Managing procurement and activities of communication related ISFD contractors e.g., graphic design consultants, RBM and results linked communications, website hosting service providers, local agents (e.g., photographers, videographers) during field visits, report writing and translating contractors, etc.

Education Certification & Experience::

  • Academic and Experience Qualification

    •  Bachelor's degree in communications or marketing related field.
    • At least 5 years of experience in a similar role(s).
    • Proven ability to develop impactful communication materials (esp. social media posts, articles, blogs, success stories)
    • Social Media Management qualification, and proven success (followers, engagements, interactions, etc.) are an advantage.
    • Technical, business, writing experience will be an advantage.
    • Experience in social development communications is an advantage



    • English - Mandatory 
    • Arabic -Mandatory 
    • French - Preferred 

​Skills & Necessary Knowledge:

  • Advanced MS Office-Word, Excel & PowerPoint Skills
  • Excellent drafting and report writing skills.
  • Social media proficiency
  • Creative and business writing
  • Experience with creating basic digital content, and film editing
  • Acquaintance with digital content production processes and software
  • Excellent organising skills.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Multi-tasking skills
  • Diplomacy and Tact.
  • High level of confidentiality.
  • Able to work under pressure.
  • High level of dedication, willing to work long hours.


Jeddah, KSA