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1-Cover Letter - Jenna Bisenius


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  • 1. To Whom It May Concern: View My Professional Profile on LinkedIn: I am finishing up my current project as a Project Manager with Shell Oil in Dubai & looking for my next professional challenge. Will consider short-term or long-term positions and willing to relocate or travel as needed. In addition to Project Management experience with Shell, I have 7+ years of experience in, Iraq implementing successful Marketing & Communications programs. 18 years of public relations experience overall, including corporate communications, community outreach, media liaison, stakeholder relations, crisis communications, branding and event management. Open to other roles as well -- For example, recent contracting work has included Business Development and Project Reporting / Program Analysis. I am a natural networker with excellent people skills, experienced in managing 35+ multinational staff, detail-oriented, a strong writer, and highly computer literate. My Iraq experience includes two-and-a-half years supporting USAID programs in Iraq, to include working with NGO’s, and two years working in Iraq's electricity sector. While in Iraq, I have had constant interaction with Iraqi ministries and Iraqi leaders at both a local and national level. U.S. Secret security clearance from Feb 2009. My subject matter expertise includes: • Marketing & Business Development (UAE, Afghanistan, Iraq) – Experienced in successfully positioning companies and increasing brand awareness & positive perception amongst their stakeholders and customers, then assisting them in winning business through my contact base. My extensive network of professional contacts throughout the MEA region is the hard-won result of several years forging essential peer-to-peer and interagency relationships, and it enables unparalleled access to key decision-makers, information and resources. This includes 2,500+ contacts in the UAE, 1,300+ contacts in Iraq and 600+ contacts in Afghanistan, both expat and local national, and it is priceless from a marketing & business development standpoint. • Strategic Communications / Public Relations / Community Outreach (7+ years in Iraq, 18 years overall) Demonstrated performance in highly-visible external communications roles aimed at facilitating positive perception and credibility amongst host country nationals, local & international media, as well as U.S. or foreign military, civilian and government entities. Published writer and photographer. • Writing / Editing / Desktop Publishing (7+ years in Iraq, 20 years overall) – Expert at creating compelling, professional-quality products geared to reach target audiences with the desired messaging. • Program Analysis / Project Reporting (7+ years in Iraq) – Technical and organizational expertise in research & reporting. Skilled at collecting and transforming large amounts of complex data from multiple sources into usable, concise reports and presentations appropriate for dissemination to diverse audiences. Experienced in working with sensitive information or intelligence requiring heightened operational security (OPSEC) awareness. • Civil Affairs (Iraq) – Frequently forge collaboration between contractors, government officials, nongovernmental organizations, U.S. and foreign military, local nationals, and other parties in order that they might work towards a common goal. Excellent social and outreach skills have enabled the successful implementation of several grassroots donation programs and charity fundraising activities to “win hearts and minds” and encourage goodwill in local communities. • Capacity Development (Iraq) – Strong familiarity with capacity development training programs for local nationals. Developed processes for documenting training activities and maintained databases used to capture and track ongoing training. On a personal level, I am known for my strong people skills and I have a natural knack for connecting those with varying interests and helping them work towards a common goal, a task I find a rewarding challenge. I am a self-starter, think quickly on my feet, am extremely adaptable, and work well with limited resources in stressful environments. I am not daunted by long hours, hard work, tight deadlines or difficult living conditions. Excellent civilian, government, and military references available upon request. Sincerely, Jenna Bisenius Email: Skype: j_bisenius Dubai Cell: (+971) 559598221 (please do not call without emailing first) View My Professional Profile on LinkedIn:
  • 2. Nationality: American (but currently based in Dubai, UAE)