Back MENA Communications Officer

  • Added Date: Friday, 16 August 2019
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 04 September 2019


ARTICLE 19 works to protect and defend freedom of expression and information (FoE/I), particularly individual advocates of these rights. Our goal is that those at the front line of defending freedom of expression and information are supported by effective networks of institutions and activists at the local, regional and global levels, and by strong legal frameworks and mechanisms, thus ensuring that violations are known, perpetrators held accountable, and effective relief or redress is secured.

The protection of these rights requires a holistic approach encompassing physical, digital, psychosocial and legal security. ARTICLE 19 works to improve the security conditions and protection tools and mechanisms for journalists, media workers, human rights defenders (HRDs), bloggers and others engaged in defending human rights, particularly freedom of expression and information, and exposing corruption. We work to systematize our global monitoring and reporting methodologies, linking them to international and regional mechanisms, as well as specific governments, to raise cases of violations.

ARTICLE 19 focuses in improving access of women and sexual and gender minority journalists, HRDs, media workers and other communicators to specific tools and knowledge to protect themselves online and offline from physical, digital and legal risks or threats. Protection mechanisms and support networks are nuanced to effectively mitigate risk and threats for women and sexual and gender minorities.


The post of MENA Communications Officer has the overall responsibility to lead and coordinate the Communication and Public Relations for ARTICLE 19 in the MENA region. In addition, the post has a primary role in delivering ARTICLE 19’s international communications strategy and advocacy work in the region.

Under the supervision of the Regional Director of ARTICLE 19 MENA, the MENA Communication Officer will lead on developing strategic communications for the MENA region and be responsible for the development and implementation of a new communication strategy for MENA. He/she will support the shaping and delivery of key messages particularly around the ​​ongoing programs and activities including delivery of a wide range of outputs from daily output for media, long form publications and events. The role is also responsible for proposing recommendations on how to develop and strengthen ARTICLE 19 relations with the media, official authorities, partners and donors.

The overall purpose of the role is to maximize the impact of our strategic human rights work through communications, and the visibility of the ARTICLE 19 mandate in the MENA region.


1. Strategic Communications

  • In consultation with key teams, and in line with the goals of the ARTICLE 19 International Communication Strategy develop and implement an effective, innovative, MENA communication strategy
  • With knowledge of relevant local, regional and international contexts for MENA related issues, identify opportunities for impact for MENA communications particularly in the priority target countries in line with the Expression Agenda;
  • Recommend appropriate strategies to maximize the visibility of the ARTICLE 19 and define its role with stakeholders, national and international partners and donors in the MENA region;
  • Assess opportunities for developing broader engagement with our strategic objectives through digital communications in collaboration with the International Communication team, particularly with a view to the development of an integrated MENA regional web presence.

2. Advocacy and Campaigns

  • Monitor, (using a media monitoring service), developments related to freedom of expression and access to information in the MENA region, in particular threats against journalists and human rights defenders and recommend appropriate responses;
  • Engage with colleagues as the focal point for Global (Strategic) Campaigns in ARTICLE 19 MENA and to contribute to the development of advocacy campaigns led by the MENA office;
  • Working in collaboration with the MENA team and the International Communications and Campaigns team, identify advocacy opportunities relevant to ARTICLE 19’s priorities in the region, and plan interventions with the target groups for ARTICLE 19’s projects.
  • Working with the International Communications team and the wider MENA team, develop and implement strategies and action plans to manage and grow the presence of ARTICLE 19 through social media, especially (but not exclusively) on Facebook and Twitter.

3. Media work

  • Proactively identify, establish and cultivate relationships with key local and international MENA focused media in target countries as well as other relevant external contacts.
  • Maintain an up-to-date media contacts list through our CRM.
  • Identify and propose partnerships between ARTICLE 19 and key media outlets in order to ensure the proper handling and dissemination of freedom of expression issues, ARTICLE 19's messages, and ARTICLE 19's mandate in general, in the MENA region;
  • Advise MENA Director and relevant staff on media and communication work, and assist in drafting talking points and other materials to the media;
  • Contribute to achieving quality, efficiency and impact of ARTICLE 19 communication and media efforts in MENA taking into consideration potential ARTICLE 19 brand risks;
  • Draft and distribute press releases, statements, stories, reports and other media and communication material for public use;
  • Monitor media coverage (via Meltwater) of the work of ARTICLE 19 in the MENA region, including the management and documentation coverage across editorial and broadcast media.

4. Communications, Planning and Production

  • Lead on the development, delivery and launch of the ARTICLE 19 MENA website, in coordination with the International Communication Team;
  • Develop engagement materials to inform ARTICLE 19 target audiences in MENA;
  • Lead on the development of reports, impact stories, articles, and other communications assets in target countries in close collaboration with the MENA SMT and the International Comms Team;
  • Coordinate the financial, logistical and administrative support related to communications outputs;
  • Design and implement a plan for the translation of the publications of ARTICLE 19 MENA, in particular, the coordination with translators, providing quality control of translation delivery and developing an editorial line for reports and other communications products published by ARTICLE 19 MENA;
  • Working with the Director of Communication and Information, contribute to the development of relevant information systems in order to improve institutional memory and learning in the MENA office;
  • Provide essential cover and support for related activities as required.


Technical skills, Experience and Knowledge:

  • University degree in a relevant field (media and communications, social sciences, political sciences), Master degree in a relevant field is desirable;
  • Substantial experience in a similar position preferably in related field and or for non-governmental organisations;
  • Substantial experience in drafting and implementing media and communication strategies and materials for the press;
  • Substantial experience in relation to working with local, regional and international media outlets;
  • Demonstrable understanding of the MENA region and ability to analyse trends in relation to human rights in particular freedom to expression and the right to information;
  • Good working knowledge of the operating environment in the MENA region for civil society and a general mapping of the main stakeholders;
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills, with proven ability to build relationships with a diverse range of media outlets and key stakeholders and donors in the MENA region;
  • Ability to deliver concise and clear messages to stakeholders effectively, particularly in making complex language and information accessible;
  • Demonstrable ability to work under pressure, priortise, meet deadlines and hold self and others to account;
  • Ability to work creatively and sometimes independently, to develop initiatives, find solutions and also work collaboratively with appropiate supervision;
  • Advanced fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic. French is desirable;
  • Strong communications skills, particularly writing materials suitable for a variety of audiences in Arabic and English;
  • Experience of working in multi-lingual, multi-cultural, multi-geographical matrix teams is desirable.

Other requirements:

  • Must have the right to work in Tunisia;
  • Have the will and ability to travel frequently;
  • Commit to support the work within the mission, vision and objectives of ARTICLE 19;
  • Attention to cultural sensitivity and commitment to professional responsibilities as well as equal opportunities.**

Application deadline is 1st September 2019.**

This vacancy is archived.

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