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Appointment Brief

 

Are you a strategic and experienced Communications person? Do you have the passion for promoting human rights and bringing international attention to the situation in Syria? This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptionally smart and creative individual to work in a global organisation to support  the peace in Syria.

The Syria Campaign is a global advocacy group launched in 2014 with the mission to elevate the voices of Syrian civilians and accelerate progress towards a peaceful and democratic future for Syria.

The Communications Director is at the heart of the organisation’s work, helping shape and deliver a communications strategy which reaches millions of people with a positive, empowered story about Syria and its people.

Oxford HR has been retained as an executive search consultancy to assist The Syria Campaign in finding suitable candidates for this role.

Salary:

Competitive salary in line with well established INGOs.

Full description

The Syria Campaign is a small, fast and powerful organisation that is building new ways for digital and creative communications to have impact. They have moved beyond the approach of a traditional NGO, fusing the best elements of a think tank, creative agency and digital mobiliser to shift the narrative on Syria.
The Communications Director is at the heart of The Syria Campaign’s output and strategic thinking. She or he will be responsible for developing and driving the implementation of an effective internal and external communications strategy and leading on the tactics of The Syria Campaign. Their communications aim to:

  • Tell breakthrough stories that show Syrian civil society as a hopeful, viable and democratic counterpoint to the regime and extremist groups;
  • Highlight the worst attacks on civilians in a way that isolates and weakens those responsible;
  • Ensure that the demands of Syrian partners are clearly understood in ongoing peace talks;
  • Build human, empathetic connections between Syrians and people who share their values across the world.

Person  Specification

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to motivate, influence and negotiate both internally and externally;
  • Proven success in delivering high quality communications, products and strategies targeting a diverse range of audiences;
  • Cultural sensitivity, with highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing and negotiation;
  • A passion for promoting human rights and bringing international attention to the situation in Syria. This does not mean you need to be a Syria expert from day one;
  • Experience of building personal networks and developing strong media relationships, resulting in significant new opportunities for the campaign;
  • Experience of developing and managing communications content and tools and making best use of user-created content;
  • Excellent written communication skills in English with a proven ability to distil large amounts of information for diverse audiences; skills in Arabic would be an advantage;
  • A deep understanding of advocacy and campaigns, and the role that communications play in campaign impact;
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, with an ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple demands and competing priorities, while maintaining high quality standards;
  • An ability to work as part of a team within a networked structure, and to maintain good working relationships with colleagues across functional and geographical boundaries.

  Qualification/ Education

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant field or relevant work experience within this field.
  • Considerable experience working at a senior level in communications and media with an INGO or other related organisations.

 

Application Instructions

To apply for this post, please download and read the Appointment Brief, then complete our online application form. Please complete the form in sentence case – there is no need to use block capitals.

You will be asked to submit the following information:

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (of no more than 2-3 sides of A4)
  • A detailed statement (of no more than 2-sides of A4) explaining why you are interested in this post and giving evidence of how you meet the Person Specification criteria. (Please look at Help for Candidates for hints on how to write a successful statement).

The documents should be saved in Word in the following format:

Your First Name, Your Last Name, Document Name, and Date (yymm) e.g.:
Pat-Jones-CV-1602
Pat-Jones-Statement-1602

Applications will not be accepted without a completed application form.

The Syria Campaign

An independent advocacy group campaigning for a peaceful and democratic future for Syria.