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Communications Specialist

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Location: Manila, Philippines
Last Date: August 9, 2011

ADB seeks qualified professionals to fill this vacancy in its Department of External Relations (DER): 

Communications Specialist 

Job Purpose:

Support the external relations strategy of Department of External Relations (DER). Conceptualize, develop and implement communication plans and strategies for priority issues, projects, events and campaigns. Provide assigned departments in the Bank with guidance on strategic approaches to improve effectiveness and scale up communications for projects and initiatives. Oversee the preparation of key communications products and materials. Identify communications tools and opportunities to position ADB amongst key target audiences. Undertake capacity building on effective communications with stakeholders, particularly media. Work within broad policies and objectives with supervision for unfamiliar or critical tasks. 

Immediate Reporting Relationships:

The position reports to: Director, Department of External Relations

The following staff positions report to the Communications Specialist: National Staff and Administrative Staff 

Relevant Experience and Other Requirements:

Specific criteria include

•       Suitability to undertake the responsibilities mentioned above at the required level

•       At least 6 years relevant experience; international experience working in several countries.

•       Substantial experience managing a full array of communications and public affairs responsibilities, with a demonstrated understanding of communications tools and approaches, including media operations and opinion research.

•       A proven track record working with top-tier media and attaining prominent coverage for priority issues and initiatives.

•       Demonstrated ability to manage reputational risk issues.

•       Strong knowledge of the disciplines relevant to ADB's development work, particularly the core operational areas identified in Strategy 2020.

•       Proven ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and produce quality results in high-stress environments under tight deadlines.

•       Experience with new media, social media and/or development communication an advantage.

•       Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

•       Strong research, writing and analytical skills.

•       Strong interpersonal skills and recognized as a team player

•       Successful track recording working with staff from diverse backgrounds

•       Demonstrated ability to manage/mentor staff and managing complex relationships

•       Consistently applies creativity and independent judgment to work

•       Performs work independently in own field of specialization

•       Exposure to similar work in the Asia Pacific region, an added advantage. 

Education Requirements:

A university degree in Communications, Public Affairs, Advocacy, Journalism, or related fields; preferably at post-graduate level or its equivalent. 

Submission Instructions:

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Deadline for applications is on 9 August 2011. 

Women are encouraged to apply. 

The vision of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a region free of poverty. Established in 1966 and based in Manila, Philippines, ADB’s multicultural staff come from about 67 member countries. ADB’s headquarters in Manila generally recruits its national and administrative staff locally from the Philippines. ADB offers a competitive salary and benefits package to local staff. While the position advertised is for the ADB headquarters, staff must be prepared to serve in any location outside Manila, Philippines at the discretion of Management. Applicants must be nationals of one of ADB's member countries. International experience will be taken into consideration.


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