Senior National Communication Officer

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE – Myanmar

Vacancy Announcement

 

Background

The IRC has been working in Myanmar since May 2008. Initially IRC responded to the Cyclone Nargis emergency, then supported early recovery interventions for Nargis affected communities. Since then IRC has broadened its portfolio to include health, water and sanitation, livelihoods, women’s protection & empowerment, and social development programs, as well as maintaining its commitment to respond to emergencies.  The IRC is committed to a long-term presence in Myanmar with the aim of improving the well-being of vulnerable, marginalised populations living in hard-to-reach areas of the country, including Rakhine, Chin, Kayah, Kachin, Shan Kayin and Mon States.

The Tat Lan Programme, is a complex, $22 million donor-funded multi-year food security and livelihoods project implemented by a consortium of three International NGOs, one national NGO and several sub-grantees. Led by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the consortium is contributing to the recovery of livelihood and food security in communities severely affected by cyclone Giri. Working in the townships of Myebon, Pauktaw, Kyaukpyu and Minbya, the Tat Lan programme strives to sustainably improve livelihoods and food security in these communities by implementing a package of interventions that support each other. In support of its ongoing program activities the IRC Myanmar is seeking qualified and motivated staff for the following positions:

Position:  Senior National Communication Officer

Location: Yangon, with frequent trips to Sittwe Township, Rakhine State

Vacancy: 1 Position

Reports to: International Communication Manager Tat Lan Programme

Scope of Work

The Tat Lan programme needs a professional Myanmar journalist, conversant with the Rakhine language, to work with Field staff and Rakhine authorities in Sittwe, and village communities in Myebon, Minbya, Pauktaw, and Kyaukpyu townships.  

The Senior National Communications Officer will also be required to translate orally from English to Rakhine, and in written from Myanmar to English and English to Myanmar. 

REPORTING AND SUPERVISION

It is expected that the Senior National Communications Officer will be based in Yangon and will report to the International Communications Manager.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability. 

 

 

The CARE Monitoring and Evaluation team collects and compiles all monitoring data and maintains the Tat Lan website. The Senior National Communications Officer will work closely with the CARE M&E team as they are the source of data that (s)he will need to write stories and develop communication materials. The officer will also develop some of the electronic communication materials that will be published on the Tat Lan website, the Tat Lan Facebook website, donor LIFT website, and the websites of Oxfam and Save the children, Tat Lan implementing partners.

The Governance team is maintaining the relationship with appropriate (semi-) Government institutions (VDSC, TDSC, Township administration and technical departments, State departments. The Communications Officer will also be expected to work closely with this team in developing the resources for these programme stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Working with field staff and the International Communications Manager, the Senior National Communications Officer will gather stories revealing the growing knowledge, increased livelihood opportunities and increased food security in the Tat Lan villages in Myebon, Minyba, Pautaw and Kyaukphyu townships.
  • To tell human interest stories, and write articles revealing the principles and challenges of rural development, as experienced by the villagers in the Tat Lan agricultural and fishing communities. 
  • Assisting in the development of communications products such as brochures, fact sheets, presentations, and stories about programme impacts.
  • Drafting weekly updates on major events or achievements.
  • Translating Opinion Editorials and caption stories to be printed in local media.
  • Together with the Governance team monitor the Myanmar media on stories about the Tat Lan programme and political developments that might impact the programme’s work.
  • Supporting outreach and media relations for events and other significant programme activities, including development of media advisories and dissemination of Myanmar press releases.
  • Maintaining a library of photos and graphics.
  • Supporting CARE in maintaining the Tat Lan website by contributing to content.
  • Maintaining and, together with CARE, contributing to the Tat Lan programme social media presence, including the Tat Lan Facebook webpage.
  • Supporting training events by translating orally at presentations.
  • Contributing photographs and videos for use in communications products such as brochures, fact sheets, presentations, web-stories, photo essays, and community vinyls presenting the impacts of the Tat Lan programme. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 2 years of professional experience in communications, with Myanmar media and international media.
  • Degree in communications, public relations, or a related field.
  • Ability to demonstrate outstanding written and oral communications skills in Myanmar and English.
  • Must demonstrate strong capabilities in working, and cooperating with field staff, professionals from partner organisations.
  • Experience in Myanmar media and international media.
  • Experience in rural development communications.
  • Experience in the use of social media such as Facebook.
  • Subject matter expertise in food security and or livelihood development, would be an added strength.
  • Good command of Rakhine language would be an advantage.
  • Expertise and good skills in the use of relevant professional software for desktop publishing and lay-out.
  • Enjoys working as a team, highly motivated and takes responsibility for personal learning.
  • Consults easily with supervisor and works with enthusiasm.
  • Demonstrates trustworthiness and upholds the highest ethical standards.
  • Works with commitment and generates enthusiasm for reaching shared goals.

 

Interested and qualified candidates are to submit a Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae to the Human Resources Department no later than 5p.m., Monday, 13 July 2015.  

Applications will be accepted by e-mail at: WaiMar.Naing@rescue.org or by delivery to the IRC office at the following address:

  1. International Rescue Committee (IRC)

      No.33/A,Natmauk Lane Thwe (1), Bocho (2) Quarter,

      Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar

 

Due to the urgency of the role, IRC reserves the right to interview candidates before the closing date:

Note:  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

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