Mekong River Commission (MRC) Vacancy: Communication Officer - Vientiane Capital, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic

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Mekong River Commission (MRC) Vacancy: Communication Officer - Vientiane Capital, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic
Mekong River Commission

The role of MRC is to promote and coordinate sustainable management and development of water and related resources for the countries’ mutual benefit and the people’s well-being

MRC Secretariat is now recruiting a highly qualified consultant for the following consultancy

Communication Officer
Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Communication Unit to develop a strategy, work plans and communication materials for the 5 bilateral projects. 
  • Collaborate with the Mekong Integrated Water Resources Management Project (M-IWRMP), other MRC Programmes and National Mekong Committee Secretariats on the development of audience-centred communication materials.
  • Work closely with the M-IWRMP and the National Mekong Committee Secretariats to define participatory communication activities, communication themes, and implementation plans for the 5 projects.
  • Refine an overall communication strategy for the Communication Outreach Component under the M-IWRMP to meet the needs of target stakeholders and detailed action plans.
  • Implement the action plans including the development of communication materials.
  • Develop key messages for the Component including themes to raise awareness amongst government agencies and communities on integrated water resource management to promote positive behaviours.
  • Engage intended targets and other stakeholders in the planning and production of communication materials that can be shared by others including government agencies at the transboundary level.
  • Write communication materials, such as booklets, leaflets, web-based contents, backgrounders, human-interest stories, press releases, Frequently Asked Questions and radio/video scripts.
  • Oversee the production of photographs and videos for the project.
  • Advise on messaging and strategies for ensuring consistent dissemination of agreed messages.
  • Act as quality control and provide technical advice on the streamlining of publication output.
  • Directly supervise and provide guidance to other communication professionals recruited to support this Component.
  • Support the Web Administrator and the Graphic Designer in matters of design and website content development.
  • Explore additional channels for disseminating information.
  • Undertake related duties as required by the Communication Unit, Chief ICCS or CEO.
Qualifications/Requirements:
  • At least a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, social/behavioural sciences, public relations or marketing; 
  • At least ten years of professional experience with a minimum of demonstrable professional experience in communications, media relations, journalism or public relations. Practical experience in the areas of communications for development, advocacy and participatory communication. A post graduate degree in communications, journalism or social sciences is an advantage;
  • Work experience with regional or international organisations or media organisations;
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills;
  • Developed understanding of the media in the region;
  • Experience in dealing with printing and production of display materials;
  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills;
  • Good sense of initiative and sound judgment;
  • Work experience within South East Asia, and/or knowledge of the region’s social, economic, cultural and political structures is highly desirable;
  • Familiarity with natural resources management/environmental awareness is desirable;
  • Working knowledge of one or more riparian languages (Khmer, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese) would be an advantage. 
The Terms of Reference and other information can be obtained from the MRC website HERE.

Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

Application procedures:
The application should include (i) a cover letter outlining clearly how the candidate meets the requirements of the position, (ii) a detailed CV, and (iii) MRC Personal History Form. The position title and section/division must be indicated in the cover letter.

The application should be sent to:
Mekong River Commission
Office of the Secretariat in Vientiane (OSV)
P.O. Box 6101, 184 Fa NgoumRoad
Vientiane 01000, Lao PDR
Email: mrcs@mrcmekong.org
Closing date for applications: 11 July 2014
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