Job opportunity: IDEA MENA seeks Temporary Project Coordinator – Tunis, Tunisia

Job opportunity: IDEA MENA seeks Temporary Project Coordinator – Tunis, Tunisia

Deadline: September 23, 2014

The International Debate Education Association (IDEA) MENA is looking to appoint a Temporary Project Coordinator for the MENA Regional Youth Forum. IDEA is a network of non-profit education organisations who believe that debate is a way to give young people a voice.

The Project Coordinator is responsible for coordinating a 2-phase regional youth program aiming to cover 16 MENA countries, including a 6-day event involving 100 participants. Reporting to the Regional Programs Manager, IDEA MENA (based in Tunis), the Project Coordinator will ensure the effective implementation of the program and timely execution of project tasks by providing excellent project management skills.

The role includes:

  • Planning and executing all phases of the Regional Youth Forum, guiding and performing strategic analysis for the project including financial duties.
  • Communicating with program participants and stakeholders and working closely with the Communications Manager to develop communications materials.
  • Collecting data, keeping records up to date and drafting reports for the Programs Manager.

Job Details

Post: Project Coordinator
Contract: Temporary (4 months)
Working hours: Full-time, 38 per week, Monday to Friday. There will be occasional out of hours working to support events and travel.
Reporting to: Regional Programs Manager, IDEA MENA
Location: Tunis, Tunisia
Salary: 1,100 TND
Expected start date: 1 October 2014

The successful applicant will already have the right to work in the European Union.

Areas of responsibility

  • Management of a large scale regional project
  • Developing schedules and methods for measuring results
  • Guiding and performing strategic analysis for the project
  • Planning and execution of all phases of the project and ensuring on-time completion
  • Building relationships and partnerships with local NGOs, debate communities and other partners
  • Managing all delegated budgets and processes accurately and ensuring resources of right quality and nature are assigned to deliver the event activity
  • Carrying out financial duties in accordance with IDEA MENA finance guidance
  • Working closely with the communications manager to develop the communication materials
  • Other tasks as requested by the Regional Programs Manager

Event management

  • Ensure program-related tasks are scheduled and executed in a timely manner and update the Programs Manager on critical progress of plan;
  • Communicate with program participants and stakeholders including updating them on processes and responding to inquiries and requests;
  • Assist the Communications Manager in ensuring all program-related communications are in line with the program and global communications strategy;
  • Under the supervision of the Programs Manager, administer the budget on a day to day basis;
  • Ensure arrival, departure and everyday logistics and an overall positive experience for all participants;
  • Contact and coordinate with service providers to ensure the effective operation of events;


  • Collect data, keep records up to date and draft final report to the Programs Manager;
  • Other tasks as requested by the Regional Programs Manager


  • University degree in communications, public relations, management or a related field;
  • Proven experience in project management;
  • Experience of managing budgets effectively;
  • Excellent Arabic; excellent English;
  • Self-motivated with the ability to generate ideas and and react rapidly to evolving situations;
  • Excellent organization, planning and problem-solving skills with the ability to work flexibly to meet the requirements of the role;
  • Diplomacy and people management skills;
  • Ability to cultivate contacts and develop networks;
  • Strong team player; collaborative approach with proven ability to work in a diverse team; able to work independently;
  • The ability to directly communicate and coordinate with a large, international group of participants and partners;

How to Apply

Candidates should email the following documents in the English language to Khouloud Soula, IDEA MENA Regional Programs Manager at [email protected]:

  • Comprehensive covering letter explaining why you feel you are qualified, plus
  • Detailed resume

Please note that application deadline is 23rd September 2014 and only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

For more information, visit IDEA MENA or Official Call for Project Coordinator.