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— Job Vacancy: MENA Assistant
Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
4 days per week, temporary for 3 months
Salary: UK salary is from £18,500, but varies depending on location
Location: Working from home
Duration: Temporary for 3 months, able to apply for a long-term role at the end of that period
MRG’s projects in the North Africa and Middle East region (currently Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Iran) include:
- a cross-regional capacity building and awareness project with religious minorities,
- a project working with ethnic and religious minorities in Egypt to raise their issues and gain capacity,
- a project supporting women, human rights defenders and minorities in Iran and Iraq,
- a project on discrimination and hate speech on religious minorities in Iraq,
- a project in Iran on anti-discrimination for ethnic minorities, including legal advocacy.
- a project on intersectional discrimination in Tunisia.
The purpose of this role is to support that work and the MENA team. We are looking for someone with:
- Fluent written and spoken English, Arabic and French.
- At least 1 year of administrative and/or secretarial experience
- Demonstrable exceptional organisational and logistics skills.
- At least 2 years’ experience working on a project involving different countries in the MENA region.
- Experience and ability to work on own initiative and unsupervised during sustained periods where the programme coordinator is travelling/working from different location.
- Good knowledge of Word, Excel, database use, e-mail and the internet.
- Ability to manage several tasks simultaneously, organise and prioritise own work and meet deadlines.
- Good letter writing skills; and ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
- Very good numeracy skills, attention to detail.
- Experience of working in an NGO environment.
- Committed to gender equity and equal opportunities.
- Good knowledge of the countries targeted under these projects.
- Proven experience of working with people across the region.
- Good interpersonal skills and experience of long-distance teamwork.
For more information, download the job description and person specification (English).
We particularly want to encourage applications from people from minorities, especially from people of colour and people with disabilities, as these are under-represented within this team.
How to apply
Interviews will take place via phone / video in the week of 10 August. The role will start as soon as possible.