Digital Workforce Communications Officer

Spark, Erbil, Iraq

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th February, 2018

Job Description

Boosting Your Beliefs (BYB) is a pilot programme supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs which is implemented by SPARK in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I). BYB will build a digital workforce (DW) in Erbil consisting of 20 team members. This workforce will provide a safe environment engaging people of different backgrounds, languages, and cultures. Once in place, trained and equipped, the workforce aims to provide alternative narratives and messages by enabling them to be creative and innovative, run campaigns and find alternatives. In doing so, BYB aims to contribute to a more stimulating and positive environment for young men and women, in which the risk to radicalization is diminished The workforce offers its team members new skills, experience and work opportunities, which they can use in future start-ups or careers (local development and future workforce).

SPARK is looking for an enthusiastic, flexible and skilled Communication Officer who is responsible for all communications concerning the Digital Workforce. The Communications Officer will be reporting to the country manager KR-I and the programme manager in SPARK’s head office in Amsterdam. Tasks include, but are not limited to, setting up the digital workforce with the programme coordinator, internal communications of the DW, social media, assistance in designing and implementing online campaigns and provide assistance to the training programme.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

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

  • Internal communication of DW
  • External communication of DW (including offline media)
  • Social media
  • Assist on designing and implementing campaigns of DW
  • Assist on training programme of DW
  • Monitoring and evaluation of communications, including DW campaigns
  • Other tasks as required.

Requirements and Skills

  • Educational background or relevant experience in communication (2 – 4 years minimum);
  • Knowledge and experience in communication and campaigning;
  • Tech savvy: knowledge about latest’s trends in IT and communication;
  • Proven working experience in KR-I in similar field of work;
  • Good communication and social skills and the ability to work in a multicultural setting;
  • Team player, team builder;
  • Accurate, structured and precise;
  • Multitasking;
  • Flexible and responsible;
  • Fluent in Kurdish and English is necessary;
  • Fluent in Arabic is an advantage;
  • Knowledge of EU or Dutch project reporting is an advantage;
  • Iraq/KRD nationality or in possession of work permit.

SPARK Offers

  • Remuneration according to relevant work experience between 1200 – 1600 USD gross per month;
  • International and dynamic working environment;
  • Full-time contract for 7 months, with the possibility of extension.


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