­

Southeast Asia Communications Officer 

Location: Manila, Philippines

About IDinsight

We amplify social impact by partnering with leaders to develop tailored solutions. Our mission is to use data and evidence to help leaders combat poverty worldwide.

IDinsight is a mission-driven global advisory, data analytics, and research organization that helps global development leaders maximize their social impact. We tailor a wide range of data and evidence tools, including randomized evaluations and machine learning, to help decision-makers design effective programs and rigorously test what works to support communities. We work with governments, multilateral agencies, foundations, and innovative non-profit organizations in Asia and Africa. Our work spans a wide range of sectors, including agriculture, education, health, governance, sanitation, financial inclusion, and other areas.

We have expertise in a variety of rigorous approaches and methodologies, which we tailor to each client depending on their needs and constraints. To achieve a positive social impact we:

  • Support clients’ use of data and evidence for routine and major decision-making.
  • Inform funding decisions – toward high-impact initiatives and away from less effective programs or approaches.
  • Create and share tools, knowledge, and ideas that expand the use of data and evidence for social good.

IDinsight is committed to non-discrimination in our recruitment, employment practices, and organizational culture, regardless of people’s age, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable law.

Our diverse, growing team of roughly 180 outstanding colleagues operate in nearly two dozen countries around the world.  Learn more about our mission and values at www.IDinsight.org.  

About the Southeast Asia Communications Officer role

IDinsight is seeking a mid-level communications professional with 4-7 years’ experience in strategic communications and/or policy advocacy to join our team and help amplify the impact of our work and build our influence and visibility with key audiences in Southeast Asia. The Officer will be based in Manila, Philippines and will support our teams in the region.

The Officer will work with regional project teams as well as regional leadership on strategic communications activities to amplify project impact and influence policymakers, research peers, philanthropies, NGOs and others operating in the region. The Officer will be supported by a centralized Communications team including the Designer, Digital Officer, Strategic Communications Director, as well as consultants. The Officer will report to the Strategic Communications Director with a dotted line to the Regional Lead. The Communications Officer will be part of the Communications Team, but will be the point person for communications in the region.

Responsibilities

Strategy and Execution:

  • Drive the development and implementation of IDinsight’s communications and influence strategy in Southeast Asia, identifying target audiences, key messages, tactics, approaches, and feedback mechanisms to measure progress towards goals.
  • Handle external communications implementation including content development, building and maintaining partnerships or alliances, and supporting leaders on conferences and events.

Internal team support:

  • Support regional project teams to strengthen deliverables for clients (NGO, government, and philanthropic leaders) to ensure high-quality products that clearly convey recommendations.
  • Work with Regional Lead to leverage communications to develop and strengthen existing and new partner relationships; laying the groundwork for high-impact projects.

Communications and External Relations:

  • Identify and coordinate high-impact activities to raise the organization’s visibility and influence including media outreach, supporting conferences, events, roundtables, or other initiatives as aligned with the regional strategy and goals.
  • With support from the Designer, Digital Officer, and consultants, produce high-quality, well-written, and visually appealing content to influence audiences: existing/potential clients; existing/potential employees; existing/potential funders; and peers. Content may include blogs, articles, infographics, policy briefs, videos, social media content, methodological tools, or interactive reports.
  • Support Regional Lead and other senior leaders to raise their individual profiles and influence.

Professional Development:

  • Identify areas for professional development that enable individual growth and skills expansion. Officer will work with an Advisor to develop a personalized professional development plan.
  • Actively contribute to refining the role of the communications team to optimize activities and achieve strategic objectives.

IDinsight perspective

  • Work with the Communications Director and RED Director to identify communications goals and feedback loops to measure progress.
  • Contribute to regional activities including strategy, team building, and other initiatives that create an enjoyable office and organizational culture.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience in a relevant field - including economics, econometrics, public policy, communications, or journalism. 
  • Exceptional writing and editing abilities in English with a passion for clarifying complex technical concepts.
  • 4-7 years experience working with policymakers, NGOs, think-tanks, research institutions, or strategic consulting.
  • A strong design aesthetic and ability to identify ways to clearly convey information visually.
  • Ability to both think strategically and to execute quickly with a bias towards “getting it done”. 
  • A keen attention to detail.
  • Strong storytelling skills with an ability to quickly identify a “hook” for different audiences.
  • Experience developing or executing communications strategies to achieve influence or advocacy objectives.
  • Experience working with technical experts (e.g. economists, academics, data scientists) is a plus.
  • Experience with behavior-change communications is a plus.
  • Comfortable working with a fast-paced, rapidly growing and evolving team.
  • Individuals with a policy background and work experience with actors in evidence generation are particularly encouraged to apply.

Professional development

Skill and career development are core to IDinsight's values and long-term impact strategy, and have been noted highlights of teammates’ experiences. IDinsighters receive significant mentorship from IDinsight leadership, support from talented peers, and are given considerable autonomy when ready. They maintain professional development plans and are given "stretch" opportunities designed to strengthen a variety of skills. Real-time feedback is embedded in our culture and formal structure enables maximum professional growth. Additionally, teammates have access to an annual professional development stipend that they are encouraged to utilize to explore their career interests and develop their skills.

Nuts & bolts

Location

This position will be based in IDinsight’s Manila office. Preference will be given to those with pre-existing work authorization in these countries; however, IDInsight will seek work permits where possible for exceptional candidates. 

Start date

The start date of this position is June 2022, with preference for candidates that can start immediately. We expect a two-year minimum commitment, with regular professional development conversations and potential for a long-term career at IDinsight.

Work authorization

IDinsight is able to sponsor employment visas for all nationalities in these locations; however, we will prioritize candidates who do not require IDinsight to sponsor work authorization in the aforementioned countries. All candidates who are not currently located in our country offices listed above will be expected to relocate to their office locations at the onset of their employment. 

Compensation

Compensation and benefits are commensurate with the qualifications and experiences IDinsight is hiring for, and competitive within the global development sector. We are especially proud of the people-focused benefits we offer including comprehensive international health insurance, including mental health coverage; paid vacation, sick, and parental leave; relocation benefits; a travel stipend; technology and work from home stipends; a professional development budget; and more.

Please note, as a non-profit, we are unable to provide compensation similar to leading private sector organizations. 

How to apply

Please click the "Apply for this job online" button at the top right. The application asks various questions in order for us to get to know you, and requires a CV and cover letter

Please ensure that your CV includes relevant professional and personal experience as well as details on academic qualifications. CVs can range from one to two pages. Please note, headshot photographs, parental details, birth dates, marital status and other personal information not relevant to the application do not need to be included in your CV. Additionally, we strongly encourage you to use your cover letter to highlight why you want to work for IDinsight specifically, and what has prepared you to succeed in the role you’re applying for. A customized cover letter is an important part of IDinsight’s recruiting process as it allows us to understand your motivations for the position, relevant skills, and clarity of writing.

More information, including details on IDinsight’s hiring process and frequently asked questions, can be found online at IDinsight Careers. Any questions should be directed to careers@IDinsight.org

IDinsight’s commitment to reducing power asymmetries

IDinsight is committed to reducing power asymmetries in the social sector. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion reflects our understanding of the need for the sector to abandon unhealthy practices of the past. We wish to be part of a new generation of international NGOs who are honest about this history and transparent about our role in the present. Our commitment is also aligned with the impact of our work. 

We seek a workforce that is inclusive of a variety of perspectives that will help us refine and improve our methods and relationships, and strengthen the services we provide our clients and their communities or constituencies. The following commitments represent our vision for the IDinsight team:

  1. IDinsight will have greater representation from the populations with whom we work and clients we serve.
  2. IDinsight will have greater representation from the countries in which we work.
  3. Across all countries in which we recruit, we will seek greater representation from historically excluded communities.
  4. IDinsight will foster an inclusive work culture that empowers a diverse team to do their best work.

IDinsight is an equal opportunity employer and strives to create a diverse and supportive workplace. 

Options

Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed