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Senior Communications Officer
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  • Locally Engaged Position
  • 12 month contract, with possibility of extension
  • Based in Dili, Timor-Leste

The Program

The Australia Timor-Leste Partnership for Human Development (PHD) supports the Government of Timor-Leste’s Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030 and reflects Australia’s commitment to work in partnership with Timor-Leste to enhance human development over the next decade. PHD’s goal is to strengthen social capital in Timor-Leste through strengthening services, increasing community engagement and linking civil society to decision makers to improve access to services. PHD supports sectoral investments in health, education, sanitation and water and mainstream nutrition, gender equality, disability and social protection.

 Abt Associates Australia is the implementation partner for PHD and is contracted until 2021 with a possible five-year extension.

The Position

The Senior Communications Officer will support the Communications Adviser in implementing the PHD communications strategy and guidelines. Responsible for developing and maintaining external communication resources and channels that will help maximise impactful program communications. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Support the delivery of the PHD Communications Work Plan and ensure that regular program materials are developed for external communications (social media, blog posts, press releases, reports, and factsheets etc)
  • Generate regular photographic and written content; flexibility in supporting the program is required, subject to changing work demands
  • Assist in organising special events and generating public support for the program and Government’s strategic development goals using a range of communication methods.
  • Work alongside the Communications Adviser to support the planning and execution of communication campaigns and strategies.
  • Assist with program reporting, communications campaigns and program storytelling with dissemination to key stakeholders as required.

The ideal person will have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in communications, journalism, public relations or a related field. Master’s degree highly regarded.
  • At least 5+ years’ experience in communications, managing relevant projects and events 
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills and proficiency in Tetum are required. Knowledge of other languages/dialects is an asset.
  • Basic design and layout skills are an advantage, along with social media experience. 
  • Experience in MS Word (Advanced), Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube), basic video production 
  • Experience liaising with a diverse range of stakeholders.

Further Information and How to Apply

Full details on the Terms of Reference for this position can be found from the Careers page of Abt Associates website at

Applications can also be lodged through PHD Human Resources email  Please insert the job title in the email subject heading. All applications are to include a current CV and cover letter addressing the key selection criteria.

Closing date: Sunday 9th December 2018 (midnight AEST)

We welcome and thank all applications received, however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

About Abt Associates

Abt Associates is a recognised leader in the international development sector. Working with our many partners, Abt Associates implements bold innovative solutions to improve the lives of the community and deliver valued outcomes for our clients. We provide a comprehensive range of services from policy to service delivery in the public and private sectors contributing to long term benefits for clients and communities. Operating in remote and challenging environments, we offer innovative solutions, extensive experience in the region, strong technical capacity, and a proven project management track record. We are committed to gender equity in our employment strategies and encourage applications from capable women. Abt Associates is a child safe organisation and promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children.

Job Ref: AU0001AA000306
Country / Region: Timor-Leste
Occupational Area: Other
Job Type: Local Staff Position (Contract/Temp)
Submitted: 30-11-2018
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