Senior Communications Specialist at ADB, Manila, Philippines

Job Vacancy | Friday, April 5, 2024

Join Our Mission to Foster Prosperity in Asia
Are you ready to make a lasting impact on the future of Asia and Pacific and be a catalyst for positive change? This is a unique opportunity to become an important part of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). At ADB, our mission is simple yet powerful: to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable development in the Asia and Pacific region.

Organizational Setting and Reporting Relationship
The position is assigned to the Media and External Relations Division (DCMD) within the Department of Communications and Knowledge Management (DOCK).

DOCK is undergoing an internal reorganization. While the position is assigned to DCMD, it may be reassigned as needed.

You will be based at our Headquarters in Manila, Philippines.

You will report to the Director, DCMD and will supervise National Staff and Administrative Staff.

Your Role:
The Senior Communications Specialist will support the implementation of the communications strategy of DOCK. Key work areas will include: (i) communications advice, planning, and support to assigned departments and offices; (ii) development and implementation of communications and media strategies for selected ADB projects, programs, and sector and thematic issues; and (iii) proactive sharing of professional knowledge and expertise with internal and external audiences.

You will:
• Serve as communications focal point to assigned departments/offices.
• In collaboration with assigned departments/offices, develop targeted strategic communications plans to support the department/office and institutional objectives.
• Lead implementation of strategic communications plans, including through (i) advice and support on communication planning and execution; (ii) establishing and managing relationships with leading international, regional, and online media; and other relevant stakeholder groups; (iii) arranging interaction, including interviews, briefings, press conferences, etc., with media and other relevant stakeholder groups; (iv) producing social media and other digital content; (v) preparing external relations content for different audiences.
• Provide media and external relations advice to external relations officers at field offices.
• Provide leadership, supervision, and support to reporting staff.
• Ensure the ongoing learning and development of reporting staff.
• Perform other related tasks as may be assigned by supervisor and reflected in the incumbent’s work plan.


You will need:
• Master’s degree or equivalent in Communications, Journalism, Public Policy, International Development, or relevant fields; or University degree and at least 5 years specialized experience relevant to the position can be considered.
• At least 10 years of relevant experience in communications, development, or other relevant fields.
• Experience developing and managing programs in collaboration with governments and international organizations.
• International experience working in several countries.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
• Digital and social media savvy.
• Strong interpersonal skills and client management skills.
• Able to work collaboratively with teams as a constructive team member.
• Please refer to the link for ADB Competency Framework for International Staff level 5.

ADB offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package. The salary will be based on ADB’s standards and comparator markets, taking into account your qualifications and experience.

● Paid leave (including parental)
● Medical and health benefits
● Life and other insurance plans
● Staff development
● Retirement plan
● Housing and education allowance (if applicable)
● Expatriate benefits

About Us
Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines and is composed of 68 members, 49 of which are from the Asia and Pacific region. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. ADB combines finance, knowledge, and partnerships to fulfill its expanded vision under its Strategy 2030.

ADB only hires nationals of its 68 members.

To view ADB Organizational Chart, please click here.

ADB seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities to work in an inclusive environment. ADB encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, or disabilities. Women are highly encouraged to apply.

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