Communication and Visibility Specialist – Gaziantep

Position: Communication and Visibility Specialist
Location: Gaziantep strongly preferred, if needed other cities including Istanbul to be negotiated, Turkey
Application deadline: 20 November 2019
Duration: 12 months with the possibility for extension
Start Date: As soon as possible

The Communication and Visibility Specialist will lead development of media and visibility actions for the SPARK activities in Turkey, with specific focus on EU funded projects. S/he will provide support to the project team in planning public events and activities related according to the communications/visibility plans of the project. S/he will be responsible for preparation of all communications/visibility contents for all projects and ensure the requirements of the donors.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

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

  • Strengthen the relationship with relevant communication staff within the EU delegation in Turkey.
  • Lead in creating communications plans and strategies for the EU funded projects.
  • Increase the visibility of the EU funded projects through written (story collection, articles and newsletters), visual content (online designs), events management and expert meetings.
  • Play a leading role in collating external reports and news articles from local media, analyse media trends and potential for social media activities.
  • Manage organisation of press conferences and/or public events to raise awareness of the positive impact of the projects.
  • In coordination with other departments, provide communication and logistical support for organisation of training events, workshops and community-based activities within the Programme events.
  • Assist with designing promotional materials.
  • Assist with promotional video production.
  • Assist the Country Manager and PMs in stakeholder representation.
  • Provides support to keep the website up-to-date.
  • Provides support to the regional communications team.
  • Other task as required.

Requirements and Skills

  • Advanced level (master’s) university degree in communications, journalism, public relations, international relations, linguistics or related discipline is preferred.
  • A first level university degree with a combination of relevant academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in communications, public relations, media or journalism on EU funded projects is required
  • Ability to facilitate/moderate workshop
  • Ability to build consensus amongst wide range of views and complex personal and inter-organisational dynamics.
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills in order to deal tactfully and effectively with internal/external contacts at all levels.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Turkish (Arabic highly desirable)
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally.
  • Turkish nationality only

SPARK Offers

  • A challenging and exciting position in an international environment;
  • Remuneration based on experience from 1600 – 1800 EUR net;
  • Full-time contract 40h/per week with possibility of extension based on performance and available budget;
  • Training opportunities.

How to apply?

If you are interested, please apply with your motivation letter and your CV (both in English) on until 20 November 2019. Please, with application send to us three references (phone number and email) which we can contact in the selection process.

All applications will be assessed on rolling basis; interviews can, therefore, take place before the application deadline. However, due to the large volume of applications we receive, we cannot respond to every applicant. There may be a delay between the deadline and the moment we contact selected applicants.

If you have not received a reply we regret to inform that we have continued with other candidates.


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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