Communications Support Officer

IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together. Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 Member organisations and some 10,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards. IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development. Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.
The communications officer is expected to implement a wide range of communication activities under the leadership of the Country Director in liaison with the TRAFFIC staff in Viet Nam and Cambridge, UK. Expertise in communicating to a diverse audiences and in a variety of forms, including digital and print media, is required. The main tasks of the Communication Officer include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Liaise with TRAFFIC in Viet Nam’s Office Director and TRAFFIC in Viet Nam’s Head of Communications to continual update and improve TRAFFIC in Viet Nam’s communications plan;
  • Liaise with TRAFFIC’s Head of Communications to develop cohesive, impactful communications plans for all new projects;
  • Strengthen relationships with media representatives to acquire more exposure for projects and alert media about project activities;
  • Design/develop high-quality communication materials (press releases, briefing papers, brochures, fact sheets, presentations, etc.) to distribute to external audiences;
  • Administer TRAFFIC’s Facebook, YouTube accounts, and other social media tools;
  • Manage and archive all communication items and links;
  • Provide writing and editing support to technical reports to donors;
  • Support video production;
  • Ensure effective communications at multiple levels:
    • Within the Vietnam and global TRAFFIC/ WWF network, TRAFFIC GLO
    • With principal partners in non-governmental organisations, government agencies, academics, industry, donor communities, and other stakeholders
    • With society at large including the private sector, project target audiences, and the general public
  • Stay informed of NGO communications trends, particularly with regard to conservation and wildlife trade;
  • Identify and engage influential communications agents of change;
  • Contribute creative idea to meet and report project objectives;
  • Undertake other tasks relevant to projects as assigned.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in communications, social science, psychology, (social)marketing, project management, conservation/environment or other related related fields;
  • Minimum 3 years’ working experience preferably in communications, marketing, or social science;
  • Experience working with an international organisation is desirable;
  • Demonstrated project management skills;
  • Sound understanding of Vietnamese culture;
  • Excellent negotiation and communication skills;
  • Excellent command of English language; • Eligible to live and work in Vietnam;
  • Creative, flexible, and able to work under pressure;
  • The ability to travel to project locations in Vietnam or internationally when required;
  • A passion for the natural world and/or an understanding of conservation and environmental issues;
  • Committed to not using threatened species wildlife products and willing to be an ambassador for this cause even outside office hours;
  • Other necessary traits: lateral and creative thinker, of high integrity and supportive, flexible, team worker, accountable.
Deadline: 4/1/2021

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