Note: This position is based in Doha, Qatar. Office hours of the BDC often require an evening segment for coordination with Washington, events, and other purposes. This position requires some flexibility, especially but not exclusively when dealing with breaking news and international media, to deal with urgent matters outside regular business hours.
Based in Qatar the Brookings Doha Center (BDC) is an overseas center of the Brookings Institution that advances high-quality independent policy research and analysis on major issues facing the Middle East / North Africa region. The Center enjoys an outstanding reputation for policy impact and cutting-edge, field-oriented research on socioeconomic and geopolitical issues facing the broader Middle East region. Open to a broad range of views and disciplines, the BDC is a hub for Brookings scholarship in the region.
The Communications Manager at the Brookings Doha Center (BDC) is responsible for managing a broad range of communications and programming activities for the BDC in Doha, Qatar, including media and public outreach. The Communications Manager is a key member of the operations team. Working closely with the management team, the Communications Manager will divide the time between digital communications, publications and building relationships with the media to promote the BDC outputs. The Communications Manager will help improve the external communications and relations for the BDC, working with management and research teams, to conceive ideas, build engagement plans and execute communication through various media channels.
Communications Management (70%)
Event Management (10%)
Actual percentages of time may vary.
Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s preferred) in communications, public relations, international affairs, political science, public policy or related field. Strong academic record, outstanding writing ability and people-skills required. Minimum of five years’ experience in communications work strongly desired. Comprehensive media contacts in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, the United States, and Europe strongly desired. International travel is required as part of this position.
High fluency and superior qualitative writing, editing, and translation skills in both English and Arabic language. Strong background in understanding the socio-economic and geo-political issues facing the broader Middle East and North Africa, including relations with the U.S. Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills; skilled in Internet research and use of database programs; well versed in the use of traditional and social media as a promotional tool; ability to prioritize and multi-task in a high-stress, heavy workload environment. Knowledge of Microsoft Office required. Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, premiere, and Photoshop desired.
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