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Position: Communications Specialist

Country: MyanmarCity: Yangon
Posted Date: 9/25/2019
Number of position: 1 

Nathan is a private international economic and analytics consulting firm that works with government and commercial clients around the globe to deliver practical solutions and achieve lasting results. Whether building frameworks for economic growth or navigating regulatory hurdles, securing infrastructure financing or evaluating and assessing disputes, Nathan’s experts serve as trusted partners, offering clients the analysis, technical advice, and strategies they need for sound decision-making. Known for both technical and service excellence, Nathan has corporate offices in the US, UK, and India and more than 25 program offices around the world.

The purpose of the USAID Transparency and Inclusive Growth Activity (TIGA) is to mitigate the economic causes of conflict and inequality in Burma. This newly awarded activity will focus on the economic drivers of conflict, including the distribution of natural resource wealth and the related spatial, ethnic, and religious inequalities that reinforce long-standing political grievances and undermine inclusive economic growth in the country.

The selected candidate will begin immediately and the position is located in Yangon, Burma. 1-year initial contract renewable for up to 4 years. This position reports directly to the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP). 

Function Note:
  • The Communications Specialist will work with the technical team to develop the Communications and Media Relation Plan for the project and ensure proper implementation takes place accordingly. Draft press releases, fact sheets and/or media tool kits and liaise with local and media for press related inquires; if necessary, take a lead in organizing media briefing or press conference or pitch media stories to get coverage;
  • Develop promotional materials regarding project initiatives, progress, and success stories for various audience such as local and international stakeholders as well as the general public; Develop key messages to deliver to general and targeted audiences;
  • Draft weekly, quarterly, and annual reports for internal Nathan and USAID audience;
  • Ensure that USAID branding and marking requirements are followed; Conduct media analysis to identify appropriate media channels on which to publish and target specific audiences; Supervise a junior staff member on daily media monitoring for topics relevant to the Activity;
  • Compose project success stories and interest pieces for publication on appropriate media outlets; Monitor local, regional, and national press and events to leverage high-level visits, seminars, symposiums, and noteworthy events and act as project representation and media spokesperson; Network with journalists and media outlets by regularly seeking engagement, through visits, online social media conversations, and other outlets, as opportunities arise;
  • Oversee work by contract photographers, graphic designers, and web content developers, as required, to produce content with which to communicate TIGA’s messages.

Requirement Note:
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism or related field;
  • Minimum of 6 years of professional experience in media, communications, marketing, journalism or public relations;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Experience working with USAID and/or other donors in a communications role;
  • Demonstrated ability to target different audiences and to tailor outputs accordingly;
  • Demonstrated cutting edge knowledge of social media tools and techniques such as Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook;
  • Knowledge in the media landscape and actors in Burma or at least the ability to build and acquire such knowledge quickly;
  • Familiarity with or a strong interest in keeping updated with the ongoing socio-economic, political and international relations of Burma, and sensitivity with local context, including conflict sensitive issues; and
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly establish rapport and trust with local and international media, leaders in civil society organizations, government, business associations, private sector companies, and universities.
  • Proficiency in Burmese and other languages spoken in Burma are a plus