Media and Communications Officer

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ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) is a network of progressive current and former lawmakers in Southeast Asia who use their unique position to promote human rights and democracy in the region.

The APHR Secretariat is looking for a talented and creative Media and Communications Officer to join its team, to be based in Bangkok or another Southeast Asian capital.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Working with the Research and Advocacy team, the Media and Communications Officer leads the development and delivery of APHR’s communications strategy and outputs (including messaging, press releases, opinion pieces and social media content) and advises parliamentarians on their own public advocacy.

The successful candidate will have a background in journalism and/or communications, have a good understanding of the media landscape in Southeast Asia, experience with managing digital platforms, and excellent writing skills.
Media Management:

  • Actively monitor human rights-related developments in Southeast Asia and suggest timely and creative media responses;

  • Generate media coverage in international, regional, and national media for APHR in order to build its profile in the region;

  • Develop a network of regional and international media contacts and strengthen distribution lists;

  • Draft, edit, and proofread press releases, op-eds, and other advocacy materials targeted at regional and international media;

  • Support the Research and Advocacy Team in developing messaging around key regional human rights issues;

  • Respond to inquiries and connect press with APHR members, arranging briefings and interview logistics; and

  • Track media coverage, producing coverage impact reports and contributing to monitoring and evaluation of APHR’s advocacy efforts.

Digital and Social Media Management:

  • Manage and develop APHR’s digital presence through its website and social media platforms;

  • Curate and expand APHR’s presence on social media and develop new and creative digital content (including infographics, videos and more); and

  • Manage the day-to-day content schedule on APHR’s social media channels, in collaboration with the Research and Advocacy team and APHR Members.

Other tasks:

  • Develop and produce content for APHR’s podcast channel;

  • Lead the development of APHR’s branding and produce promotional materials such as brochures, and flyers;

  • Manage APHR’s internal communications, including the production of a monthly email newsletter to APHR members;

  • Manage the editorial production of internal APHR documents, including donor reports; and

  • Carry out other duties as required.


The Media and Communications Officer will report directly to the Research and Advocacy Director.

Skills and experience:

  • University degree, preferably in the field of journalism, communications or a related field;

  • At least three/four years of relevant experience in journalism and/or communications in a similar role;

  • Solid understanding of political, democratic, and human rights issues in Southeast Asia;

  • Strong knowledge of international, regional and national media across traditional and digital platforms, with an established network of media contacts;

  • Excellent writing skills with a track-record of producing different types of high-quality media outputs, including press releases and op-eds under strict deadlines;

  • Experience with managing social media platforms and channels;

  • Experience in developing and implementing successful media and social media strategies and campaigns;

  • Strong communications and interpersonal skills;

  • A willingness to travel regularly throughout the Southeast Asia region;

  • Fluency in written and spoken English;

  • (Desirable) Knowledge of graphic design software and experience in developing content – including infographics and visual content – for digital channels;

  • (Desirable) Knowledge of videography and video editing, and experience in producing broadcast-quality videos for online platforms;

  • (Desirable) Experience in producing podcast content; and

  • (Desirable) Fluency in a regional Southeast Asian language.

Working Conditions / Salary and Benefits

  • The position will ideally be based in Bangkok but can be negotiated to be based in another Southeast Asian capital.

  • APHR operates on a standard five-day work week but staff may be required to work some evenings and weekends to monitor program activities and when on missions. Days in lieu will be provided for non-standard workdays.

  • The starting salary package is at USD 2,500 after local taxes with health benefits, communications, and social security allowance.

  • APHR does not cover costs associated with relocation.

  • An initial contract will be for 12-months, with a three-month probationary period.

How to apply

Deadline for applications: 31 December 2021. Send your CV/resume, cover letter and two published writing samples to [email protected] with the subject heading “Application: Media and Communications Officer Position”. Apologies in advance that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

APHR is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages qualified candidates of all genders and national, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply.

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