Programme Communications Manager, MENA Programme 26 views

Job Description

Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is a world-renowned independent policy institute. Based in London, our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.

Our Middle East and North Africa Programme focuses on the latest political, economic and security developments in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, as well as trends in the Gulf states, Iran, and North African countries.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a passionate and creative Programme Communications Manager to join the team on a two-year fixed term contract. The successful candidate will be committed to the programmes communications as well as project-specific communication. A key focus of the role is creating and publishing posts and audiovisual content for digital and social media in Arabic and English, and managing the programme’s soon-to-be-launched bilingual microsite.

Are you passionate and knowledgeable about Middle Eastern affairs? Are you keen to engage with a broadening digital audience and want to contribute and develop a communication strategy to increase our footprint? If so, we would love to hear from you!

We are an equal opportunities employer, and value diversity at our organisation. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. If you require assistance due to a disability, please contact us on

Principal Responsibilities

  • Work alongside the programme researchers and project managers to build comprehensive digital communication activities around projects and publications. This includes engagement with the broadcast media, placing house expert comments and op-eds in external outlets to social media engagement and microsite outputs (written and audiovisual);
  • Take lead in producing and publicising the programme’s traditional outreach outputs such as programme and project newsletters;
  • Contribute creative ideas to help broaden awareness around research, events and world-class experts, encompassing a wide array of issues related to the region;
  • Creating and implementing a social media outreach plan for MENA projects;
  • Managing the programme’s bilingual microsite;
  • Work collaboratively with the Communications and Publishing department to identify gaps in our engagement with specific outlets and journalists in the Middle East and seeking to build and develop new relationships;
  • Responding to media enquiries, setting up interviews, and managing media logistics for programme events;
  • Leading the commissioning of short videos, infographics and podcasts tied to research outputs in coordination with the Chatham House central communications team;
  • Assisting with handling project tasks with direction from the project team;
  • Build relationships and engage with journalists and media outlets from around the Middle East, especially in Arabic.


Benefits include approximately 37 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays and Chatham House closure days); pension scheme; employee assistance programme; medical insurance cash plan; life assurance and other benefits designed to suit your own personal lifestyle including access to Headspace and in-house yoga. All of this, in a professional, engaging and intellectually stimulating environment.

Please note that we are able to offer visa sponsorship for the right candidate.

Closing Date: 30 November 2020 at 10:00am. You will be notified of the status of your application within four weeks of the closing date. We will continuously look at CVs and interview on an ongoing basis. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Salary: £35,000 (Depending on experience)

Contract: Full time (35 hours per week). 2 year fixed term contract.

Job Requirements


Essential Qualifications and Experience:

You will have/are:

  • Significant experience in managing digital communications including technical know how for running a microsite;
  • Skills and experience in audio-visual content design and digital editing;
  • Knowledge and experience of using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premier Pro or alternative platforms for video and image editing;
  • Fluent in English and classical Arabic;
  • Possess significant experience of developing social media content and campaigns;
  • The ability to liaise with the mainstream media;
  • Work calmly under pressure and possess excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Pride yourself on your proactivity, organizational and time management skills and keen attention to detail;
  • Willing to learn and are an enthusiastic teammate with strong interpersonal skills, a good temperament and an appetite for building relationships with journalists;
  • Able to react quickly and efficiently to fluid and moving deadlines as well as multitask.

Desirable Skills and Experience:

  • Multimedia creation skills;
  • Written editing skills;
  • Written communications and video editing skills;
  • Experience of working on events abroad.

How To Apply

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