(See detailed Term of Reference at APCOM website / "Work with Us")
APCOM works to improve the health and rights of gay men, other men who have sex with men and SOGIESC people across Asia and the Pacific.APCOM is a not-for-profit regional organisation based in Bangkok, Thailand, representing and working with a network of individuals and community-based organisations across 35 countries in Asia and the Pacific.
APCOM has a primary focus on HIV because it is a key health issue for gay men and other men who have sex with men in the region. APCOM also address other related health issues for our communities such as sexual health, mental health and drug use.
APCOM also focuses on improving relevant human and legal rights across the region as discrimination, stigma, criminalization and exclusion impact on the health outcomes of the communities we serve.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Working across APCOM’s Programmes Unit and Operations Unit, the Communications Officer will provide assistance during the planning and implementation phase of projects by tracking and updating the work plans, milestones, timely reporting, adhering compliance towards organisational policies and donor requirements, overall contributing towards strong programme management systems and documentation within the unit. The position will also work directly with APCOM’s country partners in Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal and Philippines.
Specifically, the roles and responsibilities of the Communications Officer includes, but not limited to, the following:
Manage and lead on APCOM’s Technical Assistance and Behavior Change Communications Program implemented both at the country and regional level;
Establish and maintain relationships with regional key population networks and explore opportunities in adopting the principles of Undetectable=Untransmissible (U=U) as social and behavioral change communications based on Asian contexts;
Lead and/or contribute to the development of technical assistance tools to assess the needs of the MSM and key population networks at a country level in their engagements with national discussions;
Lead and/or contribute to the development of technical assistance tools to identify needs of MSM and key population networks at country levels to effectively implement a social and behavioral change communication program;
Manage, design, implement and monitor capacity building and technical assistance provided to country partners and key population communities; Support country-level key population networks in mobilizing communities and implementing advocacy activities as part of the behavioral change communications using the principles of U=U;
Provide technical assistance to MSM and key population networks at country level to increase meaningful engagements with Country Operational Plans/Regional Operational Plans (COP/ROP) Processes;
Lead all aspects the management of complex, multi-stakeholder projects, with support from senior management, ensuring financial accountability, timeliness and quality;
Manage monitoring, evaluation and reporting for projects under their supervision, including establishing and maintaining appropriate advisory structures;
Recommend appropriate management and technical adjustments into project workplans, in consultation with senior management and key partners to ensure quality in compliance with the project or donor requirements;
Provide assistance to APCOM junior staff/s in relation to programme management, technical assistance and other activities;
Support APCOM’s organisational capacity building in social and behavioral change communications ;
Assist in fund raising activities such as mapping and building relations with potential donors and writing grant applications and/or proposals;
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIREMENT
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Development, Communications Design or similar with additional work experience;
A Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Public Health or Development would be an advantage;
At least 5 years of professional experience working in the field of development, public health or HIV/AIDS or Human Rights as well as in the capacity building of NGOs in the Asia Pacific Region;
Possessing a good understanding of programme issues, preferably in programming for men who have sex with men, transgender persons, the LGBT community, young people and/or other marginalized groups;
Proven experience in project management including establishing high quality reporting, contracting, budgeting and grants management;
Proven experience in designing monitoring and data collection tools, and implementing community-led or community-based monitoring activities related to the USAID and/or PEPFAR;
Experience in designing and/or implementing effective advocacy activities, for example to address issues around male sexual health, social rights and punitive laws;
Experience in delivering training, technical support and other capacity-building activities to related to advocacy, project management, research, communications/promotions and/or reporting;
Proven experience and understanding of the complexities in working with diverse stakeholders with including UN, Governments and Ministries of Health, civil society organisations, clinicians and academic institutions in countries in the Asia Pacific Region;
Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the political and ethical issues surrounding sexual health and HIV issues among gay men, bisexual men and other MSM in the Asia-Pacific Region;
Functional /Technical Knowledge:
Ability to concurrently manage complex projects;
Ability to work under pressure, with limited day-to-day support
Ability to work independently and as a team
Ability to analyse and consolidate information from multiple sources and prepare background papers
Ability to meet deadlines with strong attention to detail and quality
Willingness to take on different projects and tasks as need arises
Superior English writing and communication skills
Demonstrated tactfulness, personal discipline and impartiality
Sensitive and professional approach to sexuality and sexual health issues
Ability to travel at least 20% to project sites
PREPARING YOUR APPLICATION:
If you think you have the passion, skills and qualifications for this position and would like to join our team please prepare your application by addressing each point listed in section ‘Knowledge and Skill Requirements’ in the above position description/brief in your cover letter. You are required to state how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications relate to the position. It is recommended that you address each criterion separately in point form. You should use statements with examples that clearly demonstrate your competency in a particular area.
Applicants who fail to demonstrate that they meet the requirements and failure to submit the concept note will not be invited to attend an interview.
Please attach this application along with your CV, covering letter stating your proposed monthly rate and submit to the APCOM Secretariat by emailing JoinUs@apcom.org no later than (please see the closing date on APCOM’s website).
The completeness and relevance of your application will determine whether or not you are called for an interview. Where a large number of applicants meet the essential and desirable requirements, only those applicants who most strongly meet the requirements will be selected for interview.
Please ensure that you have attached and included the following information to ensure you application is complete.
☑ CV with 3 references
☑ Application addressing each point listed in Section 4 ‘Knowledge and Skill Requirements’
☑ Cover Letter (Please explain how you meet the qualifications outlined in this Terms of reference, and why you consider yourself appropriate for the role. Please include proposed monthly salary in Thai Baht)
Contact : JoinUs@apcom.org