Communications Project Manager


Who We Are

ARK Group is a stabilisation, development and conflict transformation consultancy that provides research-informed analysis and policy recommendations, as well as evidence-based interventions, in conflict-affected areas from the Palestinian camps of Lebanon and Yemen to Iraq and Syria on behalf of public and private sector clients.

Working with and through local communities, we seek to understand and then mitigate the negative effects of conflict and instability to enhance community safety and promote human security, development and economic opportunity. By way of example, when Syrian civilians had no emergency response services to deal with barrel bombings, we worked with local groups to set up Syria Civil Defence (the White Helmets), providing training and equipment and building the foundation for a national organisation that has to date saved over 100,000 lives.

ARK believes in enabling local communities to realise their aspirations and potential through the participatory design of projects and programmes that address the drivers and causes of conflict and instability. We don`t work in communities - our staff and partners are the community and as such ARK strives to be responsive and accountable, to both donor and local partners, thus ensuring our programming is both effective and efficient. We don`t believe that one size fits all and as such we are not prescriptive in our programming.
We value inclusive, academically-rigorous, ethically-driven research and participatory design. We are innovators and incubators, finding and nurturing solutions with those we partner with, whilst seeking to bridge the gap between our donor partners and the communities they wish to support. Our staff are passionate about what they do and go the extra mile because they care. To the traditional project management disciplines of Economy, Effectiveness and Efficiency we add Empathy.

With over a dozen nationalities in the company and a team that is one third comprised of refugees, we embrace diversity, nurture opportunity and leverage the youthful enthusiasm of our staff, whilst drawing on the experience and expertise of our more senior staff. Finally, we believe in hard work, delivering results that everyone can be proud of, and caring for each other. Our staff are our biggest asset and their welfare is our first priority.

We have a highly dynamic, capable, multinational team with offices across the MENA region with plans to establish an operational footprint in Africa in 2018. As we grow we want to attract individuals with varying levels of experience delivering projects in unstable environments; hence advertising for both the more junior Project Officer and the more senior Project Manager roles. We have listed below some of the requirements we are looking for, but if you don`t meet all of them, don`t worry - you probably have other attributes, skills and experiences you think we need. If so, send us a cover letter and CV as we want to hear from you.

Purpose of Position

Oversee the implementation of a Somalia-based communications project. Manage the news, digital and production teams to ensure programme objectives are met with deliverables of the highest quality, and within required timeframes and budget.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Provide continuous management and oversight of a strategic communications project and identify the need for adjustment and improvement of systems and processes to improve efficiency, optimise utilisation of resources and improve the quality of deliverables. Review and approve all changes in project plans.
Oversee production of a range of high quality, professional outputs for on and offline audiences that attain reach and are resonant with target audiences.
Ensure all internal and contracted periodic reports are completed on time and to a high quality, in accordance with ARK and donor requirements.
Work with the ARK`s Programme Director and other staff members to ensure commitment of adequate resources from approved budgets to support project implementation, and ensure that the project remains on budget.
Coordinate media training and communications support to team members and project partners as required.
Co-ordinate drafting and provide final review and approval of all major written project deliverables prior to dissemination or submission to the client.
Oversee project monitoring and quality control against overall KPIs and contracted deliverables.
Liaise with donors and clients to provide accurate, relevant and timely reporting on project implementation, impact and opportunities.
Ensure all staff-related issues are addressed in accordance with ARK`s and the donor`s policies and guidelines. This includes recruitment, performance management, security, staff development and training, and disciplinary action.
Liaise and coordinate across ARK project teams, headquarters and country offices to encourage sharing of knowledge and resources and effective programme synergies.
Identify and develop new project, programme, donor/client and partnership opportunities, and contribute to bid development on these potential programmes as required by ARK`s management.
Develop terms of reference for all team members and undertake quarterly individual performance assessments.
Cultivate and strengthen ARK`s strategic partnership with any relevant actors, such as consortium partners, and identify other regional actors for potential new business opportunities.
Perform other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS:
Minimum of ten (10) years` experience as lead in Strategic Communication and Public Information projects;
A Master`s degree in Strategic Communications, Journalism, or related field (or a first degree with 15 years` may substitute the Master`s degree).
Proven analytical and project management skills, including experience in planning, budgeting and assessment.
Demonstrated experience with the function and operation of press and media; digital media, print, audiovisual production, social media, motion graphics, animation, media monitoring, research and analysis or a related subject area;
Excellent language skills in English (written and verbal) to write and deliver complex and comprehensive reports, presentations and other materials for international donors.
Knowledge of Somali an advantage.
Experience working on communications projects in East Africa.
Wide professional network in the field of international media and production that can be leveraged in pursuit of project objectives.
Commitment to team-building and demonstrated experience in training, development and mentoring of other team members.
High personal adaptability, proactivity, and problem solving ability, with a proven ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines in a fluid environment.
Excellent social skills and effective inter-personal communication skills.

How to apply:
Please send your CV (no more than 3 pages) with a covering letter (one page) by email to HR@arkgroupdmcc.com quoting "ňúCommunications Project Manager - Somalia` in the subject line.