Communications Assistant

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is a specialized agency of the United Nations. IFAD's goal is to empower poor rural women and men in developing countries to achieve
higher incomes and improved food security. The IFAD Country Office in Vietnam is in the process of recruiting the following position:
Post Title : Communications Assistant
Closing Date : 15 March 2010
Level : National consultant
Duty Station : Hanoi
Duration : One year initially

- Develop and implement communications strategies focusing on IFAD priorities in Vietnam;
- Co-ordinate and oversee enhanced production and dissemination of communication and advocacy materials, including brochures, posters, pamphlets, and press releases;
- Organize events and help raise national awareness on the issues that IFAD advocates (including photo exhibitions, song/poetry competitions, concerts, etc.);
- Network with national and international media, the IFAD Project Knowledge Management Officers (KMOs), Communication Officers of the Government Agencies, UN and donors agencies, and NGOs; management materials in English and Vietnamese together with CPO and CPM and others;
- Organize and undertake field trips for donors and international and/or national media to IFAD programme sites and report on the events and progress;
- Develop press and communication materials for media events such as World Poverty Day, United Nations Day, International Women’s Day, etc. and key national events such as launches of new projects and dissemination of key findings of study/research/assessments and evaluations;
- Make media arrangements for IFAD staffs at events and during the missions (involving local and national radio, television and news papers);
- Develop and produce a regular IFAD bulletin on a quarterly basis;
- Organize events for public stakeholders, implementing partners and journalists to sensitize and create awareness on IFAD mandates and work in Vietnam;
- Develop strategic partnerships with key media organizations to assist in resources mobilization and public communications;
- Edit reports/studies/press releases from IFAD Project KMOs to ensure quality and integration with the IFAD public communication strategy;
- Lead design, maintain and update of IFAD Vietnam Programme Website and ensure web applications are user friendly and visible; write and edit web-based information materials;
- Prepare response to the queries of the media; and
- Any other tasks given by the CPM and CPO.

The applicants should have university degree, (preferably advanced degree) in social sciences, journalism, communications; good knowledge of media and public relations; strong advocacy
skills; at least five years of increasingly responsible experience in public relations, communications, web based content creation and presentation; excellent oral and written communications and edition skills in English is an asset; ability to establish effective working relationship in the multicultural team environment; ability to work independently as well as a good team worker; networking, interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills; familiarity with communications approaches for planning, executing, and monitoring communications strategies; computer/information systems skills; resourcefulness, initiative and maturity of judgment; and demonstrated willingness to work as part of a team.

Interested candidates should submit their applications together with updated “IFAD Personal History Form” available at, full address and contact details and of at least three
referees. The application should be sent to the following address: [email protected]
Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Job Details
Organisation Name: 
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Ha Noi
Application Deadline: 
Mon, 2010-03-15