The Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Centre (JLAC), is leading a consortium of 4 Jerusalemite human rights and legal aid organizations dubbed as the Jerusalem Human Rights Consortium (JHRC). The JHRC has received a three-year grant from the EU East Jerusalem Programme (2020 – 2022) pending extension.
We are looking for an enthusiastic communications professional, committed to Human Rights, and preferably with expertise in the realms of journalism and/or political communications to join our team as the JHRC Communications Coordinator. You will be working closely with the Consortium Director and the Consortium Senior Advocacy and Programme Support Coordinator, acting as the focal point for carrying out the Consortium external communications activities, and a major contributor to the implementation of its advocacy strategy and activities. In addition, you will analyse and present information for the Consortium team, and will oversee the proper and timely implementation of the Consortium activities, whether implemented by the Consortium team or through the Consortium partner organizations. You will contribute to increasing the efficiency of the consortium’s capacity to communicate its messages and disseminate its news and achievements to various stakeholders. To be the ideal candidate you will possess outstanding writing and presentation skills, some relevant experience in Human Rights or politics or international law, but most importantly a proactive approach to strengthening the effectiveness of Consortium Programmes to support the vulnerable Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem.
The Consortium Communications Coordinator is the primary focal point for partner programme teams for issues related to media and communications. You ensure communication plans; deadlines, internal policies and regulations are well understood and applied by partner organizations. Through your support, capacity of Consortium programme teams is strengthened. You ensure the timely and appropriate reporting of Consortium and partners’ activities to your counterparts in the Consortium team and for regular internal and donor reporting.
- Main Responsibilities
In close cooperation with the Consortium Director and the Senior Advocacy & Programme Support Coordinator you will be responsible for
§ Communications (25%)
· Act as the focal point for Consortium communications,
· Produce all (internally produced) communications material, including, but not limited to: press releases, public letters, statements and communiques,
· Review and lead the production of (externally produced) communications material,
· Advise on the design of the consortium communications plans and activities,
· Lead the implementation of the consortium communications plans and activities
§ Media Relations (25%)
· Lead the consortium’s efforts to create and maintain positive and effective relations with media outlets and professionals based in Palestine and abroad,
· Manage, maintain and update the consortium media list,
· Generate continuous presence of the consortium, its organizations and the right holders that the consortium serves in local and international media,
· Ensure sufficient media coverage to consortium activities and positions,
· Create media packages and draft reports and disseminate to media outlets
§ Events & Campaigns (20%)
· contribute to the design of all consortium public events, advocacy and outreach campaigns and events
· play a leading role in the implementation of the consortium events and campaigns
· support the member organizations in their events and campaigns
§ Advocacy (15%)
· support, when needed, in the implementation of advocacy activities, especially locally
· contribute to the design of advocacy interventions
· play an active role in the consortium advocacy committee
§ Monitoring, Evaluation and Capacity building (10%)
· provide media analysis, with special reports on the media coverage of the consortium, its member organizations, right holders and stakeholders
· assess the gaps and capacity building needs of consortium members’ staff, and develop a capacity building plan
· participate to periodic field visits organized by the consortium and its member organizations
· lead the monitoring and evaluation of the communications activities of the consortium and its member organizations.
§ Project Cycle Management (10%)
· You will be contributing to the development of the consortium operational plan, and partners’ action plans
· You will be leading the implementation of several consortium communications activities, making sure that the activities are implemented according to the action plan, budget and regulations
· You will be contributing to the internal reporting, including data collection from consortium partners
- Reporting and Communications
As the Consortium Communications Coordinator, you will report directly to the Consortium Director. You will also work closely with the Consortium Senior Advocacy and Programme Support Coordinator and the Consortium Finance Officer. Moreover, you will coordinate with the partners’ programme, communications and advocacy teams in relation to Consortium activities.
- About you
You are an enthusiastic, highly committed communications professional, with a critical open mind, agile, receptive for change and hungry for development and leaving your mark.
Openminded, able to hit the ground running, and capable of meeting challenging requirements, deadlines and timetables.
Y**ou are a resident of Palestine**
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
- Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in Communications in a local or international NGO.
- Proven experience in producing communications material (written & audio-visual)
- Master’s Degree in a relevant field;
- Experience in EU Funded programmes and/or in human rights or legal aid or international law;
Skills and experience:
o Knowledge of the Human Rights context in East Jerusalem and Palestine in general
o Knowledge of principles of Human Rights and international law
o Knowledge of the civil society and the NGO scene in Jerusalem and Palestine in general, is a plus
o Experience in local and international advocacy and lobbying is preferred,
o Experience in database management is a plus
o Strong narrative reporting and drafting skills
o Well-organized, attentive to detail, and able to work autonomously and handle multiple tasks simultaneously, prioritize, and meet deadlines
o Strong administrative and communication skills
o Excellent interpersonal skills including cross-cultural experience
o Good leadership skills and strategic orientation
o Excellent verbal, analytical, organizational and written skills
o Excellent management skills and ability to work in a team environment
o Excellent verbal and written command of English is a must
o Excellent verbal and written command of Arabic is highly desired
o Excellent verbal and written command of French is a plus
o Excellent knowledge of Excel, Word, Outlook & PowerPoint is required
o Mastery of social media applications is required
o Good command of publishing and/or design software is desired
o Valid drivers’ licence is a plus
Location: you will be based at JLAC’s Ramallah headquarters with frequent travel to Jerusalem.
Duration: Fixed-term, from April 2022 anticipated to Jan 2023 (extension dependant on funding)
You’ll be working with the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Centre and its partners within the Jerusalem Human Rights Consortium. JLAC is a high impact human rights organization that works hard to protect the basic human rights of Palestinians in the West Bank including Jerusalem through legal representation, legal services and advocacy. Since our creation in 1974 we have worked across the West Bank including Jerusalem to improve protect the livelihoods of vulnerable communities and individuals and helping them in attaining their rights to housing, preventing home demolitions, residency rights, public services and social and economic rights.
How to apply
What’s on offer
The JHRC offers a competitive package and an attractive working environment, as an equal opportunity employer, welcomes applications from all Palestinian nationals and residents.
To be considered, applicants are requested to send an up-to-date CV, a motivation letter highlighting your suitability for the position, and when can you assume your new position, along with some previous work samples (including written material) to the following email address:
Please make sure to include the job title (Consortium Communications Coordinator) in the subject line.
Deadline for applications:(15/03/2020 23:59 Jerusalem local time), applications beyond this deadline will not be considered. Due to the urgency of filling this post, applications will be processed on a rolling basis, and the position may be filled prior to the deadline, thus candidates are encouraged to apply early.
Applications that do not meet the minimum requirements listed above will not be considered.
Please ensure that all necessary documents are attached, as incomplete applications and/or corrupt files may delay processing of your application or remove you from consideration.
For inquiries, you are invited to submit your questions to the email above. No phone calls will be accepted.
Due to the high number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to sit for a written test, successful candidates will be invited for a personal interview.
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