• Citi is hiring Public Affairs Officer, UAE

    Citi is hiring Public Affairs Officer, UAE

    Location: United Arab Emirates

    Job Description

    The PAO- UAE supports the CCO in preserving and enhancing the bank's image and reputation in the marketplace, and provides the businesses with strategic and focused communications counsel in support of their growth objectives. The functional areas typically covered by the PAO include:

    • Media relations

    • internal communications

    • community affairs including charitable grants

    • NGO relationship management and employee volunteering

    • branding

    • Co-ordination of corporate events and sponsorships

    The successful candidate will join a team focussed on a comprehensive communications strategy for a global organisation in one of its key franchises, the EMEA Emerging Markets division. The role covers all group businesses and bears primary responsibility to the franchise – not just for the current success of the business, but also for its future health.

    As a member of the UAE Country Coordination Committee (CCC), the PAO acts as counselor to the CCO as well as each of the business heads, supporting them to execute their duties in such a way as to maintain and strengthen the bank’s reputation amongst:

    • Employees

    • Media

    • Clients

    • Community

    • Government and regulators

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Your main responsibilities in this role include the following:

    • Provide general public affairs counsel and support to all core businesses within UAE – developing public affairs plans that reflect the business/franchise goals and ensuring that they remain consistent, coordinated and effective in conveying the group’s key messages;

    • Coordinate all media relations activities including establishment of media policies and procedures – building relationships with key target media and regularly developing storytelling opportunities for bank spokespersons;

    • Execute consistent employee communication plan together with CCO and key business leaders to ensure constant employee messaging in line with firm’s values/culture/priorities;

    • Develop and execute community relations programs in line with the priorities established by the Citi Foundation as well as the UAE franchise’s charitable contribution plans;

    • Manage senior involvement in special events – conferences/seminars corporate sponsorships, senior visits, thought leadership seminars, customer events etc;

    • Address situations and manage communication aspects of crises as and when they materialize;

    • Contribute to website content (together with the UAE GCB marketing team) and ensure the communication is coherent with Citi’s branding guidelines;

    • Coordinate efforts with EMEA Emerging Markets GPA team to maintain consistency of internal and external narrative and extract communication synergy across the EMEA EM franchise.

    Job Requirements

    • Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communications, Public Relations required or equivalent Communications educational experience preferred

    • 6-10 years of experience in a multinational corporate environment

    • Fluent in English- Demonstrated written/oral presentation skills

    • Arabic fluency highly preferred (written/oral)

    • Ability to write clearly and concisely

    • Media management and crisis communications experience

    • Social media knowledge and skills

    • Excellent planning and organisational skills

    • Experience working on tight deadlines

    • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

    • Solid record of successful communications campaigns

    • Public affairs professional with broad experience of the varying disciplines within Corporate Communications – whether gained atan agency or acting as a principal in a large organization;

    • Knowledge and understanding of financial services and banking (corporate/consumer)

    • Familiarity with US/international business culture and practice

    • Empathy with the complexities of large matrix organizations – understanding of the need to engage strongly with a wide range of internal stakeholders in varied geographic locations

    • Deep knowledge of local cultures, history, national sensitivities

    • Communicate complex concepts in a meaningful way, using accessible language

    • Excellent news judgement

    • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships at all levels of a large organisation

    • Ability to influence

    • Ability to navigate a large and complex organisation

    • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously prioritise and manage time effectively

    • Ability to convey a compelling story that speaks to Citi’s business strategy

    • Maturity and strength to manage crisis situations along with the judgment and team-sense to escalate matters where appropriate, working closely with Legal, Compliance and fellow GPA partners

    • Team-oriented with natural tendency to involve others as appropriate

    • high personal integrity

    • Ambition – for self, team and company to grow and to succeed

    Job Details

    Company: Citi

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Job Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates