DRI Communications Coordinator (m/f/d)

Form of Employment: Full-time
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Duration: Two years, with the possibility of extension
Location: Berlin, Germany

Background

As the Communications Coordinator, based in Berlin and under the supervision of the Director of Programmes, you coordinate DRI’s global communications efforts and those of headquarters-based projects, and support the communications efforts of the country offices.

Specific tasks for this position include: 

  • Design and oversee the strategic direction for DRI’s communications across the organisation;
  • Coordinate communications processes in country offices, advising and supporting the development of local communications strategies and recruitment of local staff with communications responsibilities;
  • Lead press relations for the organisation, maintaining a network of journalists, identifying and following-up on new opportunities;
  • Coordinate DRI’s global digital presence through the DRI website, social media channels and newsletter;
  • In addition to the above, you will directly support projects led by headquarters, notably in Europe. This includes:
    1. Adapting and implementing project communications strategies based on project goals and plans, including digital strategies;
    2. Leading press outreach efforts for these projects and pitching opinion pieces in close cooperation with the authors;
    3. Work in close collaboration with project teams to develop accessible and attractive content for these projects, advising and shaping content for their intended audiences;
  • Create or coordinate the production of communications products for DRI projects, including stories that highlight the impact of DRI’s work, website content, audio-visual materials, infographics and other visuals.
  • Provide communications training as needed for staff across DRI headquarters and the country offices
  • Advise on programme and project development as they relate to the organisation’s communications efforts;
  • Supervise the work of the Communications Associate and any other member of the communications team at DRI headquarters;
  • Coordinate the work of external providers (e.g. editors, designers, website maintenance).
  • Any other related tasks as assigned.

 

Your skills and experience 
  • A minimum four years of progressively responsible professional experience in communications (including media relations, social media, public relations and advocacy), preferably in an international organization, non-governmental organization (NGO) or as a journalist, combined with several years of experience with writing, editing and production of communications material;
  • University degree in communications, media studies, journalism, political or social science, international affairs, or other related fields;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in English, including proven editing and writing skills;
  • Good knowledge and understanding of political and legal developments in the EU;
  • Experience in development and implementation of communications strategies and policies for non-profit organisations is an asset;
  • Previous work experience with print and online media in the EU and very good contacts in the EU media landscape, in particular to the leading media (TV, radio, print), is an asset;
  • Proficient IT skills, experience working with a website Content Management System and understanding of online publishing;
  • Experience preparing audio-visual materials and infographics for dissemination on the web is an asset;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a multi-national and multicultural environment;
  • Professional fluency in the English language, knowledge of other European languages is an asset.

 

What we offer 

DRI offers you a job with flexible working hours, 30 days of annual leave, a contribution to public transport (company ticket with BVG), a health ticket to be applied towards health and wellness activities of your choosing, travel health insurance, vocational training for every employee, and the opportunity to work in a diverse team in the heart of Berlin, where everybody is on first name terms with each other.

Application Instructions

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application (cover letter and CV) here. This position is subject to funding.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday, 31 August. The position may be filled before the deadline has been reached, so early applications are encouraged.

DRI is committed to diversity and treats everybody equally, independent of gender identity, sex, pregnancy, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio-economic status, political opinion (as long as respectful of democratic principles), or any other status protected by the laws in the locations where we operate.

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:
                           Democracy Reporting International gGmbH
                                                    Elbestr. 28 / 29
                                           12045 Berlin, Germany
Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy .

About us

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is an international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to political participation and democratic governance around the world. DRI headquarters (HQ) is located in Berlin; DRI has country offices in Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Lebanon, and Ukraine and works with local partners in a number of other countries. The working language is English.

Facilitator for Community Consultative Sessions in Maradah, Libya (m/f/d) – Libya

Type of the contract: Short-term consultancy   

Starting date:26 July 2021 

Duration: up to 10 (ten) days The total assignment duration is spread over the period from 26 July to 30 August 

Location:Maradah 

Closing of applications: 21 July 2021 

Background:  

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organization registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide. In Libya, Democracy Reporting International (DRI) has been supporting the constitution-drafting process, community engagement in governance, civil society strengthening, the democratic transition, and women’s participation in public life.  

Under the ISAL project (Improved Service Delivery and Accountability at Local Level) which is implemented by a consortium of CILG, VNG International and DRI and funded by the European Union, DRI aims to contribute to the consolidation of the democratic transition and stabilisation process in Libya by ensuring Libyan citizens and their representative networks and organizations are more involved in local public life, municipal action, and local policymaking.  

ISAL focuses on bilateral work with municipal officials and community and civil society representatives to build trust and provide targeted capacity building on participative approaches in local governance. We engage in activities that aim to achieve a wider shift in mentality, toward municipalities, civil society and other community actors acknowledging the benefits of participative local governance and fostering sustainable cooperation. As part of ISAL, the consortium will be designing and constructing an urban park in the Eastern municipality of Maradah. Throughout the process, the consortium will work closely with the municipal council and the local CSOs, representative groups and networks to ensure a truly participatory and inclusive co-ownership process, enhancing transparency and reinforcing the trust between the council and the citizens.   

In line with the objectives of the above-mentioned project, DRI Libya is recruiting two experienced facilitators to coach and support the municipal council in Maradah in executing 3 (three) community consultative sessions. The Facilitator will also mentor and support local CSOs and citizen representative groups to facilitate a conversation with the officials at the council regarding the needs of their communities related to the urban park.   The Facilitators will work with a Senior Expert who will develop the methodology for the consultative sessions. The facilitator is expected to report back the outputs of the consultative sessions to the Senior Expert. 

The desired result of this activity is increased community engagement within the municipality and increased trust-building between the municipal council and the residents. It aims to ensure co-ownership of the process of constructing the urban park and to ensure cooperation between the council and residents/CSOs in the maintenance and sustainability of both projects 

Your tasks: 

  • Coach the targeted municipal councillors and staff on mobilising CSOs and community groups and their involvement in municipal planning  
  • Build bridges with CSOs and citizen representative groups and networks to facilitate their active engagement with the municipal council  
  • Support the municipal council in holding three consultative sessions with the targeted CSOs and citizen representative groups  
  • Conduct a pre-coaching assessment and a post-coaching assessment 
  • Write up a report which summarises the output of the three consultative meetings and forward it to the Senior Expert, which also entails concrete recommendations and next steps for the municipalities following the interaction with them 

 

Deliverables: 

  • Attend training on the methodology set up by the Senior Expert  
  • Provide short coaching sessions to the members of the council in Maradah, as provided in the methodology of the Senior Expert 
  • Provide short mentoring sessions to targeted local CSOs and representative groups, as provided in the methodology of the Senior Expert 
  • Support the council in facilitating the 3 (three) community consultative meetings  
  • Conduct a pre- and post-training assessment, analyse the results and share reflections in the final activity report 
  • Submit a final activity report including the output of the consultations, material and content used, reflections on the work conducted and observations throughout, results from the pre- and post-assessment and recommendations for the municipal councils on the next steps after the training. 

 

Activity  Working days  Due Date 
Attend Training (Online & Offline)  2  Last week  of July 
Municipal Council Coaching Sessions  3  Last week of July  
Support in facilitating the 3 (three) Community Consultative Meetings  3  First and second weeks of August  
Pre and Post Training Assessment   1  First and second weeks of August 
Submit a Final Activity Report  1  Third week of August 

Qualification  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences, Social Sciences or other relevant fields. 
  • At least five years of successive experience in the field of facilitation with at least 3 years of experience in the field of local governance or local community engagement 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Attentiveness to gender and diversity issues, including gender-sensitive communication. 
  • Must be a resident of the mentioned municipality and have excellent relations with the stakeholders in the municipality  
  • Ability to work closely with the municipal council and the stakeholders in the municipality.  
  • Excellent reporting skills.  
  • Excellent command of Arabic.

The expert must be based in Maradah.

The level of effort for this assignment is ten expert days. 

Interested candidates should send their applications, consisting of (1) a cover letter, (2) their CV (3) daily rate to [email protected].

Please include “Facilitator for Community Consultative Sessions” in the subject line and refer to the source where you have found this opportunity. Kindly note whether you are residing in Maradah.

The closing date for applications is 21 July 2021, 12:00 PM Libya time. The assignment may start before the end of the deadline so early proposals are encouraged. 

DRI is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. We strongly encourage qualified females to apply for this position. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Organisation responsible for this vacancy: 

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH 

Elbestraße 28/29 

12045 Berlin,Germany 

Tel +49 30 27877300 

Fax +49 30 27877300-10 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.