5 Sep 2012

Full-Time COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Mass Media Department, Ministry of Information – Posted by LAO JOBS VACANCYVientiane, Vientiane Prefecture, Laos

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Job Description

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT FOR LAO NATIONAL
Communications Officer
Title : UNDP Community Participation and Communication Support Programme (CPCSP)
Position Title: Communications Officer
Duty Station: Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR with frequent and prolonged field trips to remote districts
Languages Required: English, Lao
Starting Date : Mid-September 2012
Duration of Initial Contract : One year with possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance
Background – Community Participation and Communication Support Programme
The CPCSP is a four–year programme [2011-2014] aiming to advance civil society through community media in Lao PDR. Since 2006, UNDP has been working in partnership with the Ministry of Information and Culture to pilot community radio in Khoun District, Xiengkhouang. In 2007, the first station operated by community volunteers was launched. In line with the Government’s plan to expand community radio to the 47 poorest districts of the country, UNDP will support the scaling up of community radios and help develop local capacity to sustain them in the longer term. In addition, the programme will help community radio to further develop institutionally. The programme will seek to identify lessons, take stock of best practices and contribute to an enabling environment for bottom-up communication, access to information and greater inclusiveness. Programme Communications Officer will be contracted to assist the Programme Manager, and Programme Coordinator to support the implementation of the programme. S/he is expected to work closely with the assigned UNDP staff, International consultant(s) and concerned government officials.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Communications Officer will be contracted to assist the Programme Manager and Programme Coordinator to support the implementation of the programme. S/he is expected to work closely with the assigned UNDP staff,
International consultant(s) and concerned government officials.
Specific duties include:
• Support programme coordinator for the training of trainers for community broadcasters
• Support the preparation of annual refresher training for community broadcasters across the country
• Create, facilitate and coordinate peer support systems
• Contribute to awareness-raising and advocacy events
• Contribute to programme planning and reporting
• Facilitate participation in international training and networking events
• Provide oral and written translation
• Communicate programme outcomes
• Provide other support as needed.
Qualifications and experience
• Degree in social sciences or communication or other relevant field
• Maturity, gender-sensitivity and proven ability to work productively and respectfully with local communities
• High degree of self-motivation, ability to inspire and be inspired
• Very good English and Lao language skills; translation experience is an asset
• Strong inter-personal skills
• Good didactics skills; familiarity with training methodologies
• Mastery of office computer software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Internet
• Proven track record in supporting community-driven processes, involving ethnic minorities
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of participatory approaches
• Familiarity with (community) media is an advantage

How to Apply

Please send detailed CV by 11th Sept. 2012 to: CPCSP, Mass Media Department, Ministry of Information,
Culture and Tourism, Vientiane Capital or email: cpcs.programme@gmail.com. Fax/Tel: 021 254601
Female candidates are encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

Job Categories: COMMUNICATION and OFFICER. Job Types: Full-Time.

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