WFD is currently seeking a communications specialist consultant to work on its programme in Myanmar, based in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
Terms of Reference
Position Title: Communications Specialist
Contract Type: Consultancy Contract
Location: Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is a non-governmental public body dedicated to strengthening democracy around the world. WFD is an arms-length body of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Established in 1992, WFD has provided democratic assistance programmes in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean, with country-based programs in 32 countries.
WFD specialises in parliamentary strengthening, political party development, civil society strengthening, and support to electoral processes, with cross-cutting initiatives on inclusive politics, human rights, and government transparency. WFD does this by assisting in the development of parliaments, political parties, civil society organisations, and electoral bodies, as well as conducting research in collaboration with leading universities, think tanks, and independent specialists.
WFD is uniquely placed to draw directly on the expertise of the Westminster political parties, members of parliament (MPs) and devolved assemblies, and British civil society and technical experts in all its work, as well as a growing network of international and national experts. More about WFD can be found on www.wfd.org.
WFD has concluded its three-year programme (2016-2019) to strengthen parliamentary practice in the Parliaments of Myanmar and now delivering the Phase II programme for the next two years (2020-2021) in partnership with other implementing partners through different programme components with MPs, parliamentary staff, and CSOs to improve the technical capacity of the parliament, encourage MPs to engage effectively with the people they represent.
The Communications Specialist will play a critical role in assisting the WFD Myanmar team to carry out effective communication activities through social media platforms, functions, events, publications, and case studies for audiences in the UK, Myanmar and further afield. The post-holder communicates effectively externally, with media and stakeholders, as well as internally, within WFD. The post-holder also offers day-to-day communication advice and support to the WFD staff in the country team.
The Communications Specialist is expected to:
- Act as a focal point for external communications
- In consultation with WFD teams in Myanmar and London, produce audience-appropriate communication materials through multiple channels including wfd.org, WFD Myanmar social media, local and national press, broadcast and events and meetings involving programme stakeholders
- Manage media relations on behalf of WFD Myanmar, identifying opportunities in print and broadcast and managing media queries
- Develop content for WFD Myanmar Facebook page and respond to enquiries, liaising with relevant WFD team members in Myanmar
- Develop case studies/ success stories/ doner-facing programme report on a monthly basis
- Provide communication training and support to colleagues as and when required
Duration of Assignment
The duration of the assignment will be from 5th January 2021 to 30th July 2021, with an estimated total number of 140 working days (20 days on average per month), which is subject to necessary adjustment depending on the situation on the ground.
Competitive renumeration will be offered with WFD’s existing pay scheme. Additional benefits offered in lumpsum to cover living arrangements in Nay Pyi Taw for those who are not Nay Pyi Taw residents. WFD will also cover the costs related to travel to Nay Pyi Taw and quarantine requirements in line with Nay Pyi Taw council guidelines.
How to apply
Interested individuals are requested to submit their CV and Cover Letter responding to the Terms of Reference by 12 noon GMT on 20 December 2020 to Bawm.Nu@wfd.org and Cc Naw.LiZar@wfd.org. The email subject should read Application – Communications Specialist.