The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) leads and contributes to a number of projects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
IWMI launched the ReWater MENA project in October 2018. This is a four-year, multi-partner project funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) that aims to better equip key stakeholders in the MENA region for the implementation of safe and sustainable water reuse models. The project contributes to reducing water scarcity, increasing resilience to climate change, and mitigating the impacts of human displacement on health and livelihoods. It addresses the challenges that currently limit opportunities to up-scale and accelerate the expansion of wastewater reuse across the region. The project will create and support regional and national learning alliances in three countries (Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon). Drawing on experience from existing water reuse strategies in the region, the project will identify promising innovations and validated reuse models to resolve past management bottlenecks that constrain water reuse.
Additionally, IWMI is involved in other water-related projects. The goal of these projects is to empower decision-makers in the region to plan for and manage the impacts of climate change and droughts on food and water security under current and future climate conditions.
The consultant will mainly support the communication strategy of the ReWater MENA project (90% of the consultant’s time), while also contributing to other water-related projects (10% of the time) in line with IWMI’s communication strategy and with support from the communication team.
The incumbent will assume primary responsibility for implementing the ReWater MENA project communication strategy in order to promote the project’s objectives and various activities. The person will also be responsible for disseminating information and creating awareness about project activities in the MENA region, through effective communication with various partners and by supporting the communication of other water-related projects.
Duties and responsibilities
For ReWater MENA
- Oversee and advise the development of national communication plans in alignment with the ReWater MENA project communication strategy.
- Advise and assist with national-level efforts to promote project issues and activities.
- Manage the development and production of awareness materials associated with the project, e.g., brochures, displays and the project website (including the regular communication of project news).
- Support the development of effective PowerPoint presentations on the project activities for the public (non-technical audiences).
- Develop a calendar of opportunities for promoting project messages (e.g., regional and national meetings and conferences around water issues).
- Prepare and disseminate regular media releases.
- Organize and facilitate a workshop for print and broadcast media.
- Organize and facilitate a training session for partners on delivering project messages.
- Develop and maintain a list of media contacts.
- Assist to oversee and administer the project’s communications budget.
- Help ensure consistency with IWMI’s corporate branding guidelines in all materials produced for the project.
- Respond to media inquiries, arrange interviews and maintain records of media coverage.
- Any other duties as required
Other water-related projects
- Develop a quarterly newsletter for IWMI’s MENA office.
- Develop social media writing, project briefs and case study series.
- Manage the production of YouTube videos, infographics and more traditional journal articles to share the experiences and insights of the project in Arabic, French and English.
- Work with local and regional media, ensuring the challenges faced by the project are highlighted.
Position and duty station
The communications consultant will be based at IWMI’s MENA office in Cairo, Egypt. This is a full-time consultancy position.
The incumbent will be hired initially for a period of 6 months with potential for extension.
- Bachelor’s degree in business administration, marketing, communications, journalism or a related field, with knowledge of communication and marketing principles.
Experience and knowledge
- At least 3 years of professional experience in communications and marketing or public relations.
- A good knowledge of natural resource and development issues in the MENA region.
- Fluent in Arabic and advanced skills in English language writing and editing.
- Proven ability to develop promotional documents, such as brochures, briefs and reports.
- Excellent oral communication skills, including presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint.
- Knowledge of desktop publishing software (InDesign/Photoshop) and web development software (WordPress).
- Familiarity with social media platforms and social networking tools.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, content management systems and social media platforms.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
Your application must include a copy of your curriculum vitae, including previous experience and links to previous work (if any), together with a cover letter and the names and e-mail addresses of three professional referees.