Regional Communications Program Officer

Location: Thailand
Program area: Conflict and Fragile Conditions
Deadline: February 21, 2021

The Asia Foundation’s regional peace and transitions team seeks a skilled, confident and enthusiastic specialist to play a vital role in our regional programs for the Asia-Pacific region. The Asia Foundation is an international development organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region.

The Asia Foundation’s regional peace and transitions team supports effective programming across South and Southeast Asia. Alongside our country offices across the region, the team is addressing the root causes of instability through locally grounded and context-driven efforts to improve governance, targeted support for peacebuilding, policy analysis, and concerted efforts to reduce gender-based violence. Emphasis is placed across programs on partnering with domestic institutions and building better understanding of how violence can be addressed.

The regional peace and transitions program has a strong policy research element and places increasing emphasis on communications as a core part of its work. Priority is given to ensuring that research findings are used by policymakers and others, building networks of specialists, and ensuring that initiatives achieve a strong, positive impact. Some of its programs work directly with social media and seek to reduce online conflict risks; other work focuses on research and analysis which needs to be disseminated online.

The communications program officer will work as part of a team and interact with other organizations across the region. An initial 2-year contract will be offered. This post is expected to be based in Bangkok; applicants need Thai nationality or eligibility to work in Thailand.

Job responsibilities

  • Designing and implementing communications strategies for policy research and other initiatives, in consultation with colleagues
  • Development of presentations, documents, briefings including basic graphic design
  • Development of online media content including potentially podcasts, short videos, infographics, and other material
  • Development of accessible content such as ‘stories of impact’ from project partners
  • Commissioning and managing expert technical inputs and regional partners for online resources and documents
  • Dissemination and promotion of resources, events and publications, mainly online
  • Coordinating online events, in-person meetings (when possible), in-house specialists’ network, stakeholder lists
  • Potential involvement in programs using social media and online initiatives to reduce conflict, misinformation, and hate speech.
  • Tracking performance against project communication objectives and indicators

Qualifications

  • Fluent or near-fluent written and spoken English
  • Ability to generate and adapt documents, images and graphics, including familiarity with relevant mainstream software
  • Familiarity with popular social media platforms
  • Broad understanding of content management systems and web design (non-technical)
  • Experience of strategic approaches to communication
  • Strong communication skills including the ability to work effectively with partners and colleagues across diverse cultures and different countries.
  • Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Ideally, experience of working with international development or peacebuilding organizations
  • University degree or first degree in Communications, Journalism, Politics, Social Sciences, Humanities and any related field
  • A minimum of three years of relevant experience in Communications; background in Development, Peacebuilding, Social Research or related fields is ideal but not essential

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV by February 21, 2021 to poonsook.pantitanonta@asiafoundation.org with the position title listed in the subject line. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.

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