Vacancy Announcement – VA No. 14/2015

(Myanmar National Only)

Issued date: 21.12.2015

Job Title                              :    Communication Officer

Report to                             :    Head of Political and Economic Affairs

Location                              :    Embassy of Switzerland, Yangon

No. of Position                     :    one position

Contract Type                      :    open contract

Salary range                        :    MMK 1,200,000 ~ 1,700,000


In the wake of the political, economic and social changes in Myanmar, Switzerland opened an Embassy in Yangon late 2012. Besides the diplomatic representation, the representation of Swiss interests and the promotion of fair and inclusive economic relations, the Embassy of Switzerland in Myanmar manages two important operational programmes: 1) Through its Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Embassy supports the Myanmar Government and civil society to reduce poverty and to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, especially in rural areas. The thematic domains cover vocational skills development; agriculture and food security; health, social infrastructures and local governance as well as peace promotion, democratisation and protection. Consolidated peace is a prerequisite on which further sustainable development depends. 2) The Embassy of Switzerland in Myanmar has a Peace and Human Rights Advisor and a Human Security Program focusing on the support to peace, democratization and human rights. Switzerland is committed to making a contribution to a peaceful and prosperous future for Myanmar, by supporting the emergence of a more democratic and inclusive polity in Myanmar, as well as promoting human rights. Swiss activities for the promotion of peace and democratization aim to underpin these transitions by assisting political negotiations and the build-up of institutions through which conflicts between the communities are resolved peacefully.

We are a team of highly motivated professionals and we value accountability, transparency, an active civil society, gender equality, rule of law and democracy.  

The Embassy is now looking for a dynamic Myanmar national to implement and upscale its communication activities and to fill the position of Communication Officer (CO). We are looking for an outstanding professional, flexible, multi-task, and able to work under pressure and to manage competing demands in a complex organization. The CO will be responsible for the following tasks:

Duties and Responsibilities

  • working with the Head of Political and Economic Affairs and the management team of the Embassy, implement and further develop the communication and information strategy of the Embassy

  • develop and update the social media platforms to promote the work of the Embassy (incl. the Embassy’s Facebook page)

  • ensure that the Embassy website is up-to-date, correct, and useful

  • prepare information for the local media, organize press conferences or any relevant communication events

  • produce media content (photos, video, press release) covering events of the Embassy (e.g. National Day, inaugurations, workshops, speeches)

  • produce and update fact sheets and other publications

  • timely and quality translation for short communication material

  • provide communication and media support to cultural as well as technical events organised by the Embassy

  • actively integrate the inclusion of a gender perspective in all programming activities

  • ensure that all communications materials produced are in compliance with Embassy of Switzerland/ FDFA branding guidelines and communication protocol

  • manage an effective network for the realisation of the above tasks. 

Qualification and experiences required

  • Bachelor degree in any field from any recognized university

  • Minimum 3 to 5 years work experience in media, NGO, business, international organisation in a position relevant to the role

  • Experience in communication, including social media

  • Cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity, and able to work with a range of individuals and organizations

  • Working knowledge of information management including webpage design and social media

  • Organizational skills and stakeholder management

  • Proven record of outstanding communication skills, both written and oral (including in front of public audience) both in English and Burmese

  • Good Burmese typing skills

  • Able to plan, organize and prioritize workload and meet deadlines

  • Excellent ICT skills including Microsoft Office programmes (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

The Embassy of Switzerland in Yangon is a value based equal opportunities employer, appointing on merits by open competition. We highly encourage women and persons from diverse backgrounds to apply. Please send Curriculum Vitae (including minimum two referees, certificates and expected salary) and one page application letter/ cover letter explaining why we should consider you to be the ideal candidate for the position to: Human Resources Officer, Embassy of Switzerland, 9 (A), Kabaung Lane, 5½ mile, Pyay Road, Hlaing Township, Yangon.

You can send a copy electronically to:      

Closing date for application submission is 15 January 2016. 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview. No telephone inquiries. We do not return application files.

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