Specialist, Communications


Resource Development


Aga Khan University


Karachi, Pakistan


Every word - spoken, read or written - holds the potential to drive change. Words give life to creative ideas and we’re looking for a communication specialist with the imagination and drive to craft meaningful and memorable stories for our audience. Take up our challenge, join us.

You will be required to collaborate with other members of the University to prepare fundraising project summaries, funding proposals, stewardship reports, and other written materials for internal and external audiences.

Types of projects include formal proposals, letter of inquiry, brochures and flyers, direct mail pieces, invitations, web site content, and even scripts.


You will be responsible for:

  • managing writing projects, as assigned, from inception through delivery;
  • writing and editing additional development-oriented copy as assigned;
  • write engaging, clear and compelling content for a wide range of material including articles, news about research, profiles, social media content; blogs; and video scripts;
  • periodically providing updated content for Resource Development sections of the University website;
  • preparing fundraising campaign-related promotional materials; annual stewardship reports for selected donors; and project summaries for a diverse of fundraising goals;
  • writing engaging, clear and compelling content for a wide range of material including press releases, articles, social media content, blogs and video scripts pertaining to fundraising and donor relations;
  • managing a variety of editorial projects and publications for the University;
  • simplifying large amounts of complex information into understandable communications for all types of audiences;
  • liaising with agencies, vendors, freelancers and relevant internal stakeholders to create exceptional communications;
  • copyediting and proofreading materials on a daily or near-daily basis;
  • executing ambitious communication strategies across a range of mediums including social media, web, and print that demonstrate the role, value and impact of AKU.


You must have experience in writing stories that can effectively communicate messages, as well as:

  • a Bachelor’s degree from a reputable institution, preferably in communications, marketing or a media-related field;
  • four to five years of experience in corporate communications or not-for-profit/development communications. Experience with Academic institutions will be an added advantage; 
  • knowledge of standard concepts, practices and procedures related to the position, including: expertise in use of English grammar, punctuation, and syntax; familiarity with appropriate business software applications; use of best practices in proposal development; ability to conduct research; understanding of branding and positioning strategies for the institution and for specific projects; ability to "ghost write" for various University administrators, staff, and volunteers; 
  • ability to learn subject-specific terminology for use in developing written materials including knowledge of when and how  to use various channels of communication;
  • knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required;
  • demonstrated knowledge of business correspondence, marketing materials and reports;
  • strong writing, editing and proofreading skills. Ability to easily change writing styles to fit the audience and voice of the piece;
  • ability to meet deadlines while maintaining good relations with colleagues;
  • ability to develop, package and produce editorial content for websites;
  • commitment to the highest standards of customer service and professionalism.

To Apply

Please send your application and CV to human.resources@aku.edu  and mark the subject line with the position applied for. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

Applications should be submitted latest by January 31, 2019