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Communication Officer (National Position)


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Country: Tunisia
Organization: Hivos
Closing date: 15 Sep 2021

Do you have knowledge on and experience in the field of communication? Are you driven by a desire to contribute to private sector development in North Africa? Do you have good writing skills? Then Hivos is looking for you!

Region: North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia)

Office: Tunis, Tunisia

Hours: 36 hours per week

Apply by: 15 Sept 2021

Job context

With its relatively young population, more and more young people each year need to find a sustainable living in North Africa. As a response to this, the Green Works programme aims to contribute to the creation of more economic opportunities for young women and men between the ages of 15 and 35 years in North Africa within the Green Economy.

Our vision is to empower young men and women to find a decent job in the Green Economy which Hivos defines as future proof. Such economies are anticipated to continue growing and will require young people to have a new skill set that is not tackled within the traditional education systems. In order to ensure that these economies are expanding in North Africa and that there is an adequate value chain supporting their growth, Hivos also aims to stimulate the formation of innovation clusters that are feeding these economies with viable business solutions.

To this end, the objectives of the programme are fourfold: (1) Innovation clusters are formed that enable businesses operating in the green and digital economies to scale (2) Business Development Support Organisations and employability hubs increase their capacities to implement job creation and private sector development activities beyond the programme support (3) Youth trained in 21st-century skills find jobs in future-proof employment economies and (4) Social enterprises operating in future-proof employment economies scale their businesses thereby creating new jobs.

Green Works is a continuation of previous programmes Hivos has been implementing in North Africa over the past five years: Mideast Creatives from 2014 to 2016, Co-Working for Sustainable Employment from 2016 to 2018 and Boosting Bottom-Up Societal Transformation (BOOST) in 2019. This collective endeavour has successfully supported more than 25 collaborative spaces in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia, and has helped to create more than 200 new businesses, scale more than 100 others and create more than 3,000 new job opportunities.

Your responsibilities

The core responsibility of the Communication Officer is to write and distribute relevant content to promote Green Work’s brand, release newsletters, write internal and external reports and administrate our social media presence. Another part of the postholder’s responsibility is to provide support to the Regional Director and other MENA staff in developing MENA communications and visibility materials and products.

· Help define and manage the internal and external communication strategy.

· Develop an annual communication plan for the programme.

· Develop written and visual content to promote and communicate our program's activities.

· Contribute to the dissemination of news of our community members (beneficiaries, partners and donor).

· Support the operational team managing the internal and external communication plan.

· Support and monitor the communication of key information, including the design of call for applications, flyers, forms and reports.

· Administrate/manage Hivos’ presence on social media.

· Work closely with project staff on communication matters related to program implementation.

· Work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer to make use of valuable qualitative and quantitative data in a reader-friendly manner.

· Assist the Programme Manager writing reports for donors.

· Actively contribute to Hivos’ profiling and liaising with the global communications team in The Hague and MENA hub in Beirut.

· Support or lead in drafting press releases and statements for the MENA hub.

· Develop communications/visibility products and materials for the MENA hub.

· Carry out translations as required.

· Other tasks as requested by line manager and Regional Director.

Your profile

· You have at least a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g.: Communications, Journalism, and Media).

· You have at least 3 years of relevant work experience (as per responsibilities laid out above).

· You have a demonstrated track record of successfully developing and producing materials, and disseminating information to a variety of target audiences.

· You have excellent English and Arabic oral and written communications skills, with French a strong advantage.

· You have experience working in project implementation and working in teams.

· Work experience in an international environment (prior experience in a non-governmental organization is a plus).

· You possess excellent knowledge of Social Media platforms.

· You have sound knowledge of content management software.

· You have the ability and desire to work well with diverse employees and partners in a cooperative and friendly manner.

· You have good time management and organizational skills, and are able to multi-task.

· You are able to travel as requested.

What we offer

We offer a stimulating work environment in a professional international organization with very dedicated staff. Employment is offered as soon as possible for the period of one year with possible extension for a longer period. Depending on your experience and skills your salary will be in accordance with the salary scale applicable to the office where you will be based.

For more information you can contact Mr. Ahmed Sameh, Programme Manager Green Works, asameh@hivos.org

Specific Employment Conditions for this vacancy

Until the conclusion of Hivos’ registration as a foreign NGO in Tunisia, this position will be hosted at Al Bawsala, a Tunisian non-profit association. A one-year local contract will be offered to the employee under Al Bawsala and accordingly, employment conditions of Al Bawsala will apply for this vacancy.

Upon the conclusion of Hivos’ registration in Tunis (and based on the employee’s performance) Hivos intends to transfer the employee’s contract under Hivos’ umbrella where Hivos’ Tunis Office employment conditions will apply.

How to apply:

Please apply by 15 Sept 2021. Both a letter of motivation and resume/CV needs to be submitted in English. Please fill in our digital form and add both a letter of motivation and resume/CV (in English). You can find our form by clicking on this link and then on the red button in the top right corner.

Hivos reserves the right to close the position before the application deadline if a suitable candidate is identified. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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