IDB3317 - Senior Communications Specialist

Business Unit: Director General Corporate Services
Division: Outreach Communication
Department: Communication & Outreach
Country: Saudi Arabia
Location: Saudi Arabia - Jeddah
Closing date: 03-Jun-2024

Job Purpose:

To provide advanced level professional and technical expertise in promoting and protecting the IsDB brand through the delivery of an effective PR and communications strategy, both internally and externally.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Support the Manager, Outreach Communications in preparing the PR and communications strategy for IsDB, to raise awareness about the organisation, internally and externally, and engage key stakeholders.

  • Support the creation of consistently high-quality content for IsDB’s communications programs, both internal and external, adapting, and localising central messaging.

  • Liaise closely with IsDB’s Internal Communications Division to conceptualise and tailor communication contents appropriate to the specific region.

  • As an expert, collaborate with colleagues within IsDB to proactively identify stories to share with the internal and external audiences.

  • Raise awareness about IsDB’s presence in Regional and Member Countries media.

  • Provide support with press conferences and other on-the-ground activity as required, for example around visits by the President and IsDB leadership.

  • Help to build IsDB editorial relationships with influential regional and international media.

  • Provide reactive support such as managing incoming enquiries and arranging interviews with IsDB spokespeople in regional markets, which may include issues and crisis communications.

  • Securing extensive on-message coverage, by supporting external tours, placing opinion pieces, news stories and feature articles around IsDB’s key activities in regional markets.

  • Share knowledge on the latest trends in PR and Communications management with colleagues in the Outreach Communications Division, IsDB and wider community.

  • Keep abreast with the latest and best practices in the areas of PR and Communications management and implement the same in IsDB.

  • Support the Manager, Outreach Communications in leading the newly formed marketing team, fostering a high-performing team culture to enable achieving the Division's objectives.

  • Design and implement robust social media campaigns to increase the visibility of IsDB projects.

  • Write stories about success stories and edit content for IsDB website.

  • Generate content from the operations and regional hubs on IsDB interventions for dissemination on IsDB channels and on digital and traditional media platforms.

  • Represent the department and handle relevant assignments assigned by the Division Manager.

Academic and professional qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s in Journalism, Communications, or any relevant field.

  • Minimum 8 years of experience in communications role within a global organization, with demonstrated success.

  • Extensive experience of working on communications campaigns, with demonstrated measurable success.

  • Experience of working in multiple regions on communications campaigns, including development of regional toolkits and templates.

Skills & Necessary Knowledge:

  • Good understanding of communications landscape, locally and internationally.

  • Ability to work remotely to manage and co-ordinate regional activities.

  • Outstanding communications skills and interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent writing and editorial skills, with an ability to put messages clearly and effectively.

  • Awareness of the regional landscapes and news agenda including issues and sensitivities in various territories.

  • Ability to measure and track performance based on agreed metrices.

  • Advanced MS Office skills.


  • English - Mandatory

  • Arabic - Preferred

  • French - Preferred