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Communications Officer

Location: Lebanon (candidate must be a Lebanese national or already hold residency in Lebanon). Other locations might be considered on an exceptional basis.

Duration: 1-year contract (subject to renewal upon funding & successful performance)

Starting date: December 2022 / January 2023

Deadline: 1 November 2022

About MENA Rights Group

MENA Rights Group is a Geneva-based legal advocacy NGO, focusing on the protection and promotion of fundamental rights and freedoms in the Middle East and North Africa. Adopting a holistic approach, we work at both the individual and structural level. We provide legal counselling to victims of human rights violations through recourse to international law mechanisms. In addition, we assess the human rights situation on the ground and bring key issues to the attention of relevant stakeholders to call for legal and policy reform. We are a small and dynamic group of human rights practitioners sharing a passion for the MENA region.

Core responsibilities

We are looking for a proactive and passionate Communications Officer to develop and implement our communication strategy and help us achieve our objectives.

  • Oversee and implement our communications strategy, plan processes, create a communications calendar and identify moments of opportunity.

  • Manage and update our website, including by preparing, reviewing and posting content.

  • Manage and develop our presence on social media; promote and disseminate MRG’s outputs on social media platforms by preparing and posting engaging content; establish targets for growth and analyse and monitor progress.

  • Carry out media outreach by identifying and developing relationships with journalists and news outlets relevant to MRG’s work; pitching stories and managing media enquiries.

  • Develop appropriate communication and campaigning tools, including newsletter, press releases, visuals etc.

  • Support the organisation of events and their promotion (send invitations, prepare flyers, and disseminate them on social media etc.).

  • Coordinate and manage preparation of key reports (annual report; public report), handing out responsibility where needed (e.g., drafting by legal team, translation, outsourcing design etc.).

Required skills and qualities

  • Demonstrated interest in advancing human rights in the MENA region.

  • University degree or diploma in communications, public relations, journalism or a related field.

  • Relevant professional experience; experience in working in an NGO and/or on human rights issues a plus.

  • Excellent English drafting and editing skills, and full oral and written Arabic proficiency; working knowledge of French being an asset.

  • Graphic design and basic video editing skills.

  • Ability to take ownership, self-organise and lead work on communications.

  • Being proactive and a self-starter: seek initiative and propose ideas.

  • Be able to work in a fast-paced environment, i.e., be organised and able to work effectively and independently.

  • Share our values and vision;

  • Enjoy working in a small and multicultural team.

How to apply

Send an email to jobs-at-menarights.org with the subject line “Communications Officer – YOUR NAME”.

The application should be in English and contain, in PDF documents:

  • A curriculum vitae;

  • A motivation letter in the form of an essay explaining your motivation for working with MENA Rights Group and how would you would like to contribute to MRG’s work. We read these letters with great attention.

The deadline is 1 November 2022. All applications are treated in confidentiality. We will only get in touch with candidates who have been shortlisted.


Legal intern (paid)

Deadline: 1 October 2022

Starting date: Early November 2022

Location: Geneva

About MENA Rights Group

MENA Rights Group is a Geneva-based legal advocacy NGO, focusing on the protection and promotion of fundamental rights and freedoms in the Middle East and North Africa. Adopting a holistic approach, we work at both the individual and structural level. We provide legal counselling to victims of human rights violations through recourse to international law mechanisms. In addition, we assess the human rights situation on the ground and bring key issues to the attention of relevant stakeholders to call for legal and policy reform. We are a small and dynamic group of human rights practitioners sharing a passion for the MENA region.

What you will do:

The intern will mostly be working on litigation cases: this involves documenting cases of individuals who have been victims of human rights violations and undertaking appropriate legal action on their behalf. The intern will also be supporting other advocacy actions undertaken by MENA Rights Group.

What we are looking for:

If you want to join our team, you must:

  • Be a Swiss/EU citizen or hold a valid work permit for Switzerland;

  • Be enrolled in university throughout the duration of the internship, and be able to enter a three-way agreement between you, MENA Rights Group, and your university.

We will not be able to consider candidates who do not meet these two criteria established by the State of Geneva.

And:

  • Have a background in law (international law, human rights law) or social sciences with a strong international law component;

  • Be passionate about human rights;

  • Have demonstrated interest and knowledge of the MENA region;

  • Speak and write English fluently; working knowledge of French or Arabic being additional assets;

  • Have solid analytical and writing skills;

  • Be able to work in a fast-paced environment, i.e., be organised and able to work effectively and independently;

  • Ideally, be familiar with social media;

  • Share our values and vision;

  • Enjoy working in a small and multicultural team.

The internship is for a duration of six months (with a trial period of one month), starting early November 2022. We provide our interns with a monthly stipend.

This is normally a full-time position. However, working hours can be adjusted to accommodate the intern if they have classes. The position is based in Geneva.

What you need to do to apply:

Send an email to jobs-at-menarights.org with the subject line “Legal Internship – YOUR NAME”.

The application should be in English and contain, in PDF documents:

  • A curriculum vitae;

  • A motivation letter in the form of an essay explaining your motivation for working with MENA Rights Group and how would you would like to contribute to MRG's work. We read these letters with great attention. Please specify your earliest starting date and whether you are able to work full time.

If you wish, you can add a maximum of two supporting documents, such as writing samples.

The deadline is 1 October 2022. All applications are treated in confidentiality. We will only get in touch with candidates who have been shortlisted.