28 February 2020 extended deadline for
Terms of Reference (ToR): Communications Officer
Contract period March 02, 2020 (or as soon as possible) through June 30, 2021, half time (50%) for 16 months
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Communications Offer, employed by Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation (SNF), will be leading the communications related activities of the European Union-funded consortium project “Southeast Asia: Advancing Inter-Religious Dialogue and Freedom of Religion or Belief” (SEA-AIR). The 30-month project began in January 2019 and is being implemented in consortium with Finn Church Aid (FCA), Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation (SNF), World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), and World Conference of Religions for Peace (RfP).
The project aims to contribute to an improved consensus and a conducive environment for the protection of freedom of religion and belief and for peaceful coexistence of groups and individuals with different religious affiliation in Southeast Asia. Specifically, the project aims to enhance local capacities to prevent and combat discrimination on grounds of religion or belief through interfaith understanding and mainstreaming at country and regional level in Myanmar, Bangladesh and other South and Southeast Asian countries. The proposed action—composed of strategic interlinked and inclusive activities in support of FoRB and against discrimination based on the ground of religion—builds on on-going and/or anticipated actions by the Peacemakers Network and other actors within Myanmar, Bangladesh and the broader Southeast and South Asia.
The project’s key target groups include religious clergy and traditional actors, women, youth and minority change makers, NGOs and civil society groups, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat, relevant South and Southeast Asian States, and UN missions/agencies. Final beneficiaries will include women, youth, minority groups and other individuals marginalized or discriminated on the basis of religion, local communities impacted by escalating challenges to FoRB, by related human rights violations and escalating violence in target countries.
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: As part of the SEA-AIR project, the Communications Officer will take the lead role in completing the following activities in collaboration with project consortium staff:
- Implementing the SEA-AIR project’s communications strategy, which promotes FoRB and social cohesion. This strategy was designed collaboratively with partner staff and actors from mainstream and alternative media organizations, social media platforms and technology advisers, religious actors, and civil society and university organizations.
- The concrete communications tool to advance the strategy will be a social media platform that will be based on an electronic English newsletter and an interactive online forum.
- Participate in SEA-AIR related conferences, trainings, and other events for purposes of media engagement and disseminating information.
- Implementing the project’s communications and visibility plan, including strategy
- Completing a social media platform highlighting the voices of influential key stakeholders
Competence and Personal Requirements:
- At least 3- 5 years related professional experience in media communications and public relations
- Fluent in English language – reading, writing and speaking
- Excellent communication and inter-personal skills, especially dealing with sensitive subjects
- Sound organizational skills and initiative to proactively manage work
- Ability to meet deadlines under pressure
- A functional, effective, accessible and interactive social media platform
- Articles, blog posts, and other materials related to SEA-AIR activities for online publication
Main Activities and Time-Frames
Description of Activity
Continuous implementation of communication strategy throughout the SEA-AIR project period
Ongoing until June 30, 2021
Completion of social media platform as indicated in the communication strategy
Social and mainstream media engagement in relation to SEA-AIR partner organization and stakeholder activities
Ongoing until June 30, 2021
This position is planned to be based in Bangkok, Thailand where the project is located.
Application Deadline Extended to 28 February 2020.
Applications will be reviewed immediately upon arrival. Candidates will be approached for an interview on a progressive basis.
The fixed term, half-time contract for this position will be made until June 30, 2021, starting 02 March or as soon as possible.
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