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Advocacy and Communication Manager

Education Above All
Location: Qatar
Last Date: September 15, 2010
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Position Profile and Selection Criteria
Advocacy and Communication Manager


Education Above All is a Qatar-based international policy research and advocacy organization focused on the protection of education in armed conflict and insecurity.


Education Above All envisions a world where all who wish to learn, teach and research, at all levels of education systems, can do so in safety, security and dignity.


Education Above All aims at protecting, supporting and promoting the right to education in areas affected or threatened by crisis, conflicts and war. Its purpose is to serve as a catalyst for concerted action among many partners to prevent attacks on education, to respond more effectively to those attacks that do occur, to strengthen accountability and diminish impunity for attacks.

Program and staffing structure

EAA's work is led on a daily basis by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Supported by three program managers:

1. Legal Accountability Program
2. Education Program
3. Advocacy and Communication Program

Each programmatic area will be supported by one or two technical specialist functions, which will be supervised by the respective Manager. The staff of the three programs work together as a single tight-knit team, sharing knowledge and experience and contributing to joint outputs and outcomes.


The Advocacy and Communication Manager is responsible for the design, implementation, monitoring and formative evaluation of EAA's Advocacy and Communication Program. In coordination with the EAA team, the position holder will:

1. Design and implement a global advocacy strategy, aimed to promote the protection of education, targeting a range of policy-makers, including UN, NGO, regional, and national policymakers of the social and political advantages of protecting education from attack;

2. Design and implement an effective communication strategy for EAA with consistent, focused, targeted messaging developed in consultation with the EAA team. This strategy should cover press relations, global and regional media, public events, the internet, publications and professional networking;

3. Coordinate with identified partners and other appropriate institutions to ensure harmonized advocacy and communications approaches 

4. Manage all EAA's communication tools, including, as appropriate, press releases, website issues briefing packages relevant to the activities' of EAA, and the development of regular electronic communications approaches that ensure EAA's messages, activities and products are quickly communicated to a range of stakeholders;

5. Contribute to EAA's internal knowledge management on protection of education in times of conflict and insecurity;

6. Other relevant duties at the request of the CEO.

An initial one to three-year appointment is envisaged, with possibility of renewal.


The Advocacy and Communication Manager will be a university graduate in Journalism, Communications, Media or another relevant discipline, preferably at Masters level or above, with specialization in external facing communications and opinion change. The successful candidate will have substantial experience in national, regional or international advocacy, communication and networking, relating to social policy and behavior change. A high standard of drafting, editing and presentation skills is expected. The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker and able to take initiative. Discretion, personal integrity, strong inter-personal communication skills and teamwork are essential.


o An advanced university degree (Masters or above), in Journalism, Communications, Media or another relevant discipline, at Masters level or above, or minimum 15 years senior industry experience in government or public issues based communications, with specialization in national regional or international communication (Essential)
o Understanding and significant experience in public policy focused advocacy, communication and networking, (Essential)
o Strong experience with the print and electronic media, including press relations, press conferences and interviews (Essential)
o Strong experience in managing multi-lingual, multi-cultural communications approaches (Essential)
o Excellent inter-personal skills and proven ability to inspire, develop and manage a small team (Essential)
o Willingness to work within the ethos and values of EAA (Essential)
o Proven verbal and written communication skills, including drafting and editing for publication in English (Essential)
o Fluency in English (Essential).
o Previous experience living or working in the Middle East (Desirable)
o Working knowledge of Arabic and/or French (Desirable)


A competitive compensation package will be provided, including salary, housing allowance, transport allowance within Qatar, relocation allowance, return trip to home country per year, health care and end-of-service benefits.


Applications should be sent by email to no later than on 15 September 2010. Applications should include a current curriculum vitae including the names and contact details of two professional referees and should address the key selection criteria outlined above. The email message should be clearly titled with the candidate's name followed by EAA Advocacy and Communication Manager application. Late applications will not be considered.


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