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Communications & External Affairs Manager

  • Location:


  • Sector:

    Oil & Gas

  • Contact:

    Elaf Khoshnaw

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  • Published:

    about 1 month ago

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mselect is looking to hire a Communications & External Affairs Manager for an international oil and gas operator in Basrah, Iraq. Candidates must have at least 15 years of relevant experience. Fluency in English is a must.

Role Synopsis   
  • Working closely with company, this role is responsible for promoting and protecting companies’ reputation and creating value through strong relationships with key stakeholders, impactful social performance, and proactive community engagement
  • Reporting to the General Manager and part of the leadership team

Key Accountabilities
Stakeholder engagement:
  • Engage local government stakeholders and community leaders to identify opportunities to create value and manage reputational / non-technical risks
  • Develop and maintain accurate risk registers and stakeholder engagement plans
  • Ensure clear alignment on above

Issues management:
  • Working closely with company security, advise leadership on local/national developments and potential reputational impact
Community engagement and social welfare:
  • Work with company on the development of a multi-year, strategic social welfare plan, ensuring inclusion of local community and stakeholders, compliance with Ministry of Oil guidelines and delivery of final government approvals
  • Support the effective and timely implementation of above social welfare plan, providing monthly operational updates to company and impactful quarterly updates to key stakeholders
  • Support the development of an updated community engagement approach, building capability across community interfaces, implementing refreshed policies and procedures, and engaging with local
  • community representatives
  • Build organisational awareness to effectively manage social impacts and social responsibility issues
  • Develop and deliver integrated C&EA strategy (internal and external communications), providing quarterly performance reports
  • Prepare annual C&EA budget and provide regular financial reporting
  • Effectively manage C&EA third party contracts and contractors
  • Line management of Communications Manager and External Affairs Manager

Criteria & Qualifications                
  • Degree qualified
  • Minimum 15 years’ experience in a similar environment, with at least five years spent at a team leader / management level
  • Possess extensive knowledge and skill in all aspects of communications and external affairs
  • Highly skilled communicator with the ability to represent in the most difficult situations
  • Strong business acuity and integrity
  • Significant experience in direct community engagement for large-scale projects
  • Extensive experience working with multiple stakeholders, including governments, communities, third-party contractors/ NGOs and media
  • Demonstrated experience of effectively leading, managing and energizing local teams as well as influencing change
  • Experience of managing large multi-million contracts and sourcing of materials and services
  • Proficient English and superior communication, presentation, mentoring and coaching skills. Arabic advantageous
  • A track record of working to international standards

*Only applicants meeting the strict criteria outlined above will be contacted as part of the shortlisting process.