In support of Vietnam’s efforts to address environmental pollution challenges, the five-year USAID Reducing Pollution Activity fosters locally-driven initiatives and facilitates capacity for local actors/networks to address environmental pollution challenges using a collective impact approach. Collective impact addresses complex challenges by mobilizing diverse actors to collaborate, identify ways to solve a shared problem, and take action based on their roles and comparative advantages. The Activity demonstrates clear connections between environmental benefits and other social benefits, including public health, employment, and sustainable economic growth. Through this Activity, USAID expects to attain the following results:
- Strengthened networks of local organizations, government, private sector, and academic institutions working together to prevent, mitigate, and/or reduce environmental pollution;
- Increased capacity of stakeholders to generate, share, and use pollution data to support policy/implementation solutions for locally-determined environmental pollution challenges.
2. POSITION DESCRIPTION
Communications and outreach are a central theme of the Reducing Pollution Activity, with the project’s collective impact initiatives aiming to increase awareness of environmental pollution issues and ultimately to generate action to reduce environmental pollution in Vietnam. The Communications Officer will coordinate overall communications and outreach efforts from the Hanoi office. This will include developing success stories, promotional materials, and social media content highlighting project successes. Communications will focus both on external (public) audiences, and also between key stakeholders and partners of the different collective impact initiatives. S/he will be based in Hanoi, with periodic travel to the project’s target sites as required for project activities.
- Support the Team Leader: Learning and Innovation to develop and implement a strategy to integrate communication across Reducing Pollution activities
- Using examples from Winrock and other relevant projects as a guide, develop a comprehensive communications strategy for the Reducing Pollution Activity.
- Work with technical staff to develop content, oversee design and layout, work with national and provincial partners for media channel selection and field placement.
- Work with the technical staff to develop and design appropriate communications material for conference, workshop and training purposes.
- Produce high quality communications materials, including press releases, news and magazine articles, newsletters, technical reports, updated website information, brochures, etc.
- Build and maintain relationships with national, regional, and international media agencies and independent journalists to ensure quality media coverage of key Reducing Pollution Activity, in alignment with USAID policies and procedures.
- Ensure compliance with USAID Branding and Marking Plan, and other relevant communications requirements.
- Coordinate with USAID and relevant communications outlets to develop effective social media content, in compliance with USAID and Winrock policies.
- Assist in editing and proofreading of project communication products.
- Work with Reducing Pollution sub-grantees to identify effective communications outlets and materials
- Work with sub-grantees to facilitate collaboration, knowledge activities, learning and sharing of experiences among local partners.
- Collaborate with sub-grantees to implement communication systems to support and/or create an enabling environment for collective impact among and between partners.
- Develop communications materials and publications to highlight success stories identified by sub-grantees.
- Establish appropriate information-sharing relationships community groups and/or local NGOs, government agencies and academic institutions in Vietnam.
- Support overall project implementation and reporting
- Contribute to quarterly reporting, annual reports and to the annual work planning process and final documents.
- Other: Travel domestically to support project sub-grantees; Participate in period calls and meetings with Winrock’s internal communication Community of Practice.
4. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor/University degree in marketing, communications, public affairs, development, or related field. Postgraduate degree is an advantage.
- Experience working on donor-funded projects in the area of communications and/or advocacy.
- Experience developing campaigns using a variety of methods such as social media, publications, community meetings, etc.
- Understanding of environmental issues, and experience working on environment projects is an advantage.
- Familiarity with the USAID Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) framework, tools and approaches is an advantage.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well in a team setting.
- Creativity and enthusiasm to tackle new challenges.
- Able and willing to undertake periodic field travel.
- Strong experience working with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required, experience working with Abode Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) is preferred.
- Strong English speaking and writing skills are required.
The Communications Officer reports to the Team Leader: Learning and Innovation.
6. HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates with the right qualifications and motivation are invited to send letter of interest, a full CV in English to the following email address: email@example.com with subject line of “Your full name – Communication Officer” no later than October 29th, 2021.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.
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