Communications Officer

Job Vacancy | Monday, November 22, 2021

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Overview
Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.

ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.

The position is assigned in the Uzbekistan Resident Mission (URM) within the Central and West Asia Department (CWRD). CWRD is responsible for maintaining client relations and delivering ADB assistance to countries in the Central and West Asia region. URM is responsible for country partnership and strategy, policy dialogue and client relationship, business development, knowledge management, project quality assurance, sector analytic work, and loan and technical assistance processing and administration in Uzbekistan.

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Job Purpose
The Communications Officer will work on key areas that include: (i) support in communications planning, execution, and monitoring; (ii) monitor and report on social, economic, and political developments relevant to ADB operations in Uzbekistan; (iii) support engagement with civil society; and (iv) manage URM’s publications and knowledge resources. The incumbent will report to Country Director URM with functional oversight from the Department of Communications (DOC).


Responsibilities
• Support the development and execution of strategic communications plans, including:
o research on issues, communications needs, and audience groups;
o communications strategy development, monitoring, and revision;
o external relations outreach in Uzbekistan, including facilitation of interaction with relevant stakeholders through seminars, interviews, briefings, media tours, press conferences, etc.;
o planning and production of high-quality external relations content including social media and other digital content, key messages, talking points, blogs, opinion articles, news releases, statements, speeches, feature articles, presentations, etc.; supports production of internal communications material as needed.
• Monitor social, economic, and political developments and current events inside and outside Uzbekistan that may have potential relevance to ADB operations in the country.
• Build and maintain relationships with key regional and national media, government departments, academia, and related organizations; maintain a database of media contacts; manage budget for external relations activities; facilitate disclosure requirements under ADB’s Access to Information Policy.
• Develop, coordinate, and update content for the Uzbekistan country page on ADB.org and ADB official social media pages, in close consultation with URM management and DOC.
• Manage communications with civil society organizations (CSO) in coordination with relevant project officers; work closely with the CSO focal on sharing information with CSOs.
• Coordinate/manage the translation and dissemination of news releases and other external relations materials — English to local language, and local language to English.
• As URM’s knowledge management focal point, prepare and manage the implementation of the country knowledge plan. Promote collaboration and knowledge sharing at URM.
• Complete relevant tracking and monitoring reports on time and in full; contribute to the analysis of data on achievement of targets, usage of external relations content, and other areas.
• Perform other related duties as assigned by immediate supervisor and reflected in the incumbent’s work plan.

Qualifications

Relevant Experience & Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Policy/Relations, International Development or related field. Master’s degree in related fields and/or additional relevant professional experience will be an advantage.
• At least 8 years of relevant professional experience in a media, corporate, or development environment; experience with an international organization would be an advantage; and at least 4 years of supervisory experience.
• Sound understanding of social, economic, development, and political issues in Uzbekistan and the Central and West Asia region.
• Strong network, or demonstrated ability to establish and maintain a strong network, with traditional and new media, government officials, donors, executing agencies, civil society, and private sector.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, Uzbek and Russian are required.
• Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills are required, including the ability to handle numerous responsibilities and clients simultaneously.
• Social media and digital content/multimedia production experience will be an advantage.
• Able to work as a team member in a multicultural environment and with a wide range of staff in varied locations.
• Able to guide junior staff to facilitate work planning, delivery, and quality review.

Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for National Staff Level 2.


General Considerations
The selected candidate, if new to ADB, is appointed for an initial term of 3 years.

ADB offers competitive remuneration and a comprehensive benefits package. Actual appointment salary will be based on ADB’s standards and computation, taking into account the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.

This vacancy is a local staff position. It is open only to nationals and residents of Uzbekistan.

ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

Please note that the actual level and salary will be based on qualifications of the selected candidate.