Communications Officer

Spark, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th August, 2018

Job Description

SPARK is looking for a Communications Officer to support SPARK with its communication activities in general and the organisation of the annual IGNITE conference in particular.

The Communications Officer will focus on producing and editing quality content for a range of SPARK communication channels, including the SPARK website, social media presence and newsletter. Ideally, the candidate has excellent writing skills, the ability to write for different audiences and the ability to edit texts quickly and to a high standard.

In addition, the Communications Officer will assist with general HQ tasks and other requests from our 14 global offices working across 17 regions. SPARK offers the candidate the opportunity to work with young people from various countries, to challenge her/himself within the context of a vibrant and growing NGO, as well as to build personal relationships with our international staff.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

The responsibilities and tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in planning and executing communications and digital media strategies;
  • Produce and edit up-to-date written content for the SPARK website;
  • Produce and edit up-to-date content for the SPARK newsletter;
  • Assist in the management of social media channels;
  • Design promotion materials, such as posters, banners, flyers, brochures;
  • Assist in promotional video production;
  • Contribute to the enhancement of the SPARK website – update content, SEO, AdWords etc.;
  • Provide communication, PR and organisational support for the IGNITE conference and other upcoming events, conferences, seminars;
  • Assist with internal communication deliverables;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements and Skills

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree, preferably in English, Media, Communications, Journalism or a field relevant to SPARK’s work;
  • Native or bilingual proficiency in English;
  • Proficiency in Arabic and/or Dutch is desirable;
  • Proven writing skills for different audiences, in English;
  • Proven graphic design skills in Adobe Creative Suite;
  • Journalistic skills: not afraid of picking up the phone and giving someone a call;
  • Social media knowledge and experience are essential;
  • Familiarity with Google Drive/Docs/Analytics/SEO/Adwords etc.;
  • Experience with WordPress and MailChimp;
  • Good communication and social skills and the ability to work in a multicultural setting;
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to prioritise;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Eligible to work in the Netherlands.

SPARK Offers

  • International and dynamic working experience;
  • Opportunity to take initiative and realise your ideas;
  • Full-time employment contract;
  • Compensation of 1,600-2,000 Euros gross on full-time basis.


SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship to empower young, ambitious people to lead their fragile and conflict-affected societies into prosperity. SPARK is a dynamic and growing, international not-for-profit development organisation with 80+ staff members, in more than 14 offices around the world. SPARK supports refugees in the Middle-East by providing them with scholarships in universities and higher education institutions in the region. SPARK also supports young entrepreneurs in fragile states, to start or grow their own businesses.


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