Vacancy: Development and Communication Officer (Centre for Economic and Social Development)

Centre for Economic and Social Development

No. (27), Pyay Road, 6 ½ Mile, Hlaing Township, Yangon, Myanmar.

Tel: +95 1 654770, Fax: +95 1 65477


“Development and Communication Officer”

(Application deadline: Thursday 15 September 2016)

The Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) is a leading think tank in Myanmar supporting evidence‐based policy making while dedicating to result‐based knowledge sharing and people‐centred public advocacy. The Centre undertakes participatory research studies related to economic reforms, sustainable development, and good governance in Myanmar. It also provides training and education services for key stakeholders, public institutions and private sector organizations contributing to economic transformation of Myanmar. The Centre implements special projects and provides technical assistance and support services to various government agencies and local institutions while actively engaging in public advocacy and dissemination. CESD is an independent, non‐political and registered organization, and is seeking applications for the following vacancy from dynamic Myanmar nationals or expatriate foreigners who are motivated to support CESD’s mission on transforming Myanmar through peaceful, sustainable and inclusive development. CESD team members will have the opportunity to be deeply involved in Myanmar’s social and economic development activities during this historic period of transformation.

Job Title: Development and Communications Officer
Location: Yangon, with potential travel to Nay Pyi Taw and field research areas
Duration of Contract: One year (with the possibility of extension)


CESD’s development and communication functions require a broad and comprehensive knowledge of research uptake as well as the context of policy formulation and implementation. It is vital that CESD’s capability and experience, research findings and policy recommendations, are known and readily accessible. This will enable the Centre to promote its work as a leading research institute, support effective use of institutional memory and organizational knowledge and its ongoing donor reporting processes, whilst also identifying new organizations and donor agencies for fund raising.
The aims of CESD’s information and communication management are to:

  • Increase internal and external awareness of CESD’s key programmes and projects, including activities, research undertaken and policy recommendations made.
  • Communicate CESD’s work, CESD uses publications, policy briefs, presentations, round‐table discussions, events, press releases, and a website (
  • Maintain and develop partnerships, design prospectus of new initiatives and support strategic planning of existing and potential projects.

The role

The Development and Communications Officer will be responsible to deploy a structured, coordinated, efficient and effective approach to sharing information with internal and external stakeholders, including policy makers, donor organizations, fellow researchers and the general public. At the same time, the Officer will be expected to play a leading role in researching, identifying, developing and implementing processes to acquire new partnership and prospective clients with an eye to engage in fundraising activities. The Officer will report to the executive director.
The roles and responsibilities for the Development and Communications Officer are:

1. Communication

  • Maintain and update the CESD website and social media outlets (currently only in English), proactively working with project teams and individual staff to identify and write up news stories and staff biographies, publish research findings and update existing content while monitoring updates relevant to CESD programs.
  • Attend program activities and events and publicize them and work with project teams to develop public relations materials, resulting in media coverage and reputational gains.
  • Maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders: civil society, private sector associations, development partners and government by attending external meetings and workshops and report weekly updates to the Executive Director.
  • Develop links with other think‐tanks and academic institutions working on the same mission on policy research, knowledge sharing and capacity building.
  • Provide copy editing and proof reading support for project teams and colleagues, acting as a peer reviewer for quality control of the CESD publications.

2. Development

  • Maintain and develop working relationships with existing partner organizations; explore opportunities to bring new potential partners into collaborative initiatives.
  • Strategically manage and collaborate with existing and new partners to identify projects for support and work with them to deliver, monitor and evaluate the outcomes.
  • Plan and develop proposals for new projects, and oversee efficient allocation and effective use of resources to ensure quality delivery of outputs and activities.

3. Management

  • Provide program management support, including regular and robust monitoring of projects to ensure quality delivery of outputs and activities; ensure effective reporting of the outcomes and impact of projects.
  • Undertake other duties as well as represent the Centre, commensurate with the drive for partnership management and development, as required by the Executive Director.

This job description is not exhaustive, it merely outlines the key duties and responsibilities of the post. Any changes to this job description will be made in consultation with the post holder.

Qualifications and attributes:

  • A master degree (preferably in development, business development, marketing, English, journalism, IT or related communication fields) is desirable. A bachelor degree with minimum 3+ years work experience in communications, public relations, private sector or development issues is essential.
  • Understanding of the development issues, particularly on organizational processes linking research to policy‐making.
  • Experience of managing partnerships and relationships with key stakeholders, and the ability to analyse and present information clearly and to formulate project proposals
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate at a high level, both verbally and in writing.
  • Proven excellent written and spoken English language as a native speaker or as a resident scholar or student in overseas where English is the medium of official language.
  • Self‐starter (ability to take initiative, be creative, work with minimum supervision, and prioritise competing tasks), strong interpersonal skills, including the capacity to maintain open and constructive communications with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Proven computer literacy in office programs, client management and database skills and additional skill of website maintenance, desktop publishing and other media softwares will be a plus.
  • Affinity with and commitment to CESD’s vision and values, equal opportunity, and privacy principles.

Interested applicants should apply by sending a cover letter, English proficiency certificates (for nonnative speakers), writing samples (a short essay/op‐ed article and a project report) and resume to (or) HR Manager, Centre for Economic and Social Development, No. 27, Pyay Road, Hlaing Township, Yangon (behind the 6½ mile bus stop and opposite the Daewoo Posco project) by September 15, 2016. CESD will contact only shortlisted candidates for an interview.
CESD is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from minority and under‐represented groups. Learn more about CESD at

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