Position: Communication Officer for Outreach (Mekong River Commission)__Deadline:31-March

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) is the only inter-governmental agency that works directly with the governments of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam on their common specific interests, joint management of shared water resources, and sustainable development of the Mekong River.

As a regional facilitating and advisory body governed by water and environment ministers of the four countries, the MRC aims to ensure that (a) the Mekong water is managed and developed in the most efficient and sustainable manner that mutually benefits all Member Countries and (b) minimize harmful effects on people and the environment in the Lower Mekong River Basin.

Besides the competitive salary and benefits package, the MRC offers a challenging and rewarding international working environment where staff members have opportunities to be exposed to multi-dimensional development disciplines, interact with regional and international colleagues and partners, as well as receive capacity and professional development in regional and international meetings, forums and conferences. Many professionals have secured excellent employment positions after their service with the MRC.

The MRC Secretariat is now recruiting a highly qualified candidate for the position of: Communication Officer for Outreach

Division/Office:    Office of Chief Executive Officer
Salary Level:    M-11,    Step    1    (USD    33,440    base    salary    per
annum) plus other benefits as mentioned in the Job Description
Work Location:    Mekong    River    Commission    Secretariat,
Vientiane, Lao PDR
Contract    Type/ Duration: Fixed-term Appointment/One-year contract with annual renewal for a maximum of six years
Closing date:    31 March 2024

Job Summary:
The job holder is to increase the ability of the MRC to effectively communicate and consult with key stakeholders and partners (general public, media, development partners, NGOs, and others). S/he maintains good internal communication on key issues, and informs the external audiences, in particular through the media, to raise awareness about the activities of the MRC in the region and internationally. S/he supports the development of MRC policies and strategies for international cooperation and public relations and ensures those policies and strategies are effectively implemented.

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the management direction of the CEO and technical guidance of the Chief Strategy and Partnership Officer, the incumbent performs the following duties:

  • Work primarily on outreach activities and public relations, responding to public queries, engaging with civil society, technical institutions and donors, organising outreach events for the public in collaboration with the Stakeholder specialist of the Planning Division;
  • Support media relations, assisting the Communication Officer for Press in responding to media queries, drafting press releases, preparing FAOs and press kits, organising press conferences, arranging media interviews with the senior management and experts, monitoring and analysing media trends and opportunities, and, when authorised, acting as spokesperson;
  • Formulate the organisation’s communication strategy including crisis communication, develop annual work plans and implement communication campaigns in close consultation with the MRC’s leadership and the Chief Strategy & Partnership Officer, in order to foster the positive image of the organisation to win the public support;
  • Assist and work in partnership with the Stakeholder Engagement Specialist to implement the MRC’s effort in widening its engagement with civil society organizations, the private sector and the academia;
  • Provide communication support to the MRC’s substantive organs, including the Council, the Joint Committee, and the Secretariat’s divisions and teams, and closely work with the National Mekong Committees;
  • Support the in-house communication/media activities and the production of knowledge-based information materials for public dissemination;
  • Draft texts for articles on MRC news and events, web- and social media- contents and other public information materials such as brochures, infographics, and newsletters;
  • Take photos and video footages on MRC activities for public information and archiving;
  • Oversee the production of multimedia products, conceptualising storylines for audio-visual materials and supervising the work of photography and videography consultants;
  • Closely work with Web/Graphic Designer to ensure the MRC websites, social media platforms and publications’ graphics are well designed and user-friendly;
  • Support fund-raising and public campaigns to secure funds for the organization;
  • Lead the establishment of work relationships with the key stakeholders, including government agencies, media, NGOs, civil society, researchers and other interested members of the general public;
  • Provide communication advice to the senior management as well as the member countries;
  • Lead the capacity building of the National Mekong Committees in communication work;
  • Support all divisions in copy-editing of technical reports for communication purposes;
  • Support the divisions in the preparation of communication products;
  • Support M&E Specialist in the preparation of the Mid-year and Annual Report;
  • Support the Chief Strategy & Partnership Officer with communication with development partners and related tasks;
  • Assist in proofreading and fact-checking the organization's online newsletters;
  • Perform other relevant tasks as required.

Job Requirements:
Certificate: Master’s degree in communications/ public relations/ journalism or other related field. In lieu of the Master’s degree, a Bachelor’s degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying professional experience may be accepted.

Additional certificates: TOEIC certificate with 600 points and over is required. An equivalent internationally recognized certificate or a university degree from an internationally recognized academic institution whose instruction is in English may also be considered.

Experience:

  • 7 years of practical working experience in communications, public relations, external relations, social sciences;
  • Work    experience    with    international    organisations    and media relations;


The MRC is an equal-opportunity employer. The organization welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Besides required qualifications, immediate availability will be considered as an advantage to the selection process. Interested applicants may find more information about each position through the Job Description, which is located at the bottom of this page. Due to the high number of applications that we receive, we regret that only short-listed candidates will be notified and invited for an interview.

Application Procedures:

The application, in a single PDF file, must include:
a)    Cover letter (NOT longer than 1.5 pages) that outlines clearly how the candidate meets the requirements of the position. The position title and Division must also be indicated.
b)    CV that must NOT be longer than five pages.
c)    Application Form for Cambodian National

The candidate must send his/her application via e-mail to the National Mekong Committee Secretariat in the candidate’s home country, not to the MRC Secretariat directly, using the contact below:
Cambodia National Mekong Committee Secretariat
Address: No. 576, National Road No. 2, Sangkat Chak Angre Krom, Khan Mean Chey, Phnom Penh 12353, Cambodia  Tel. +855-23-216514    Fax. +855-23-218506
E-mail: sinsamnang9@gmail.com u_sophanna@yahoo.com

Moreinfo: https://www.mrcmekong.org/about/working-with-mrc/employment

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