Communication Officer

Women's Fund Asia
Full time Staff

Communication Officer -Women’s Fund Asia

Terms of Reference

Women’s Fund Asia (WFA) is a regional women’s fund, committed to supporting women and trans*[1] people led interventions, to enhance and strengthen their access to human rights. The Fund started in 2004 as the South Asia Women's Fund (SAWF), operating in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In 2016 the organisation undertook an intense process of review and consultations, and on 8 March 2018, it was relaunched as Women's Fund Asia, including all of Asia in its mandate, increasing its outreach from 5 to 18 countries.

From 2004-2017, it supported over 300 initiatives and 30 feminist lawyers, with grants worth over $4.6 million.

The present programme team works out of four cities in South Asia to implement the Asia-wide programme, with a diverse pool of consultants and experts rostered across the larger region. WFA’s headquarters is in Colombo, while the Executive Director works out of the Liaison Office in Lucknow, and a satellite office is located in New Delhi.

WFA seeks to recruit a Communication Officer, who will lead all the internal and external communication functions of the organisation and support the Program team in its activities. The duty station of the Communication Officer will ideally be one of the three existing offices; however, it can also be a home location anywhere in Asia mutually agreed upon with the ED.

1. About the Position

The Communication Officer will help develop, update and implement WFA’s communication strategy through a comprehensive communication plan to promote a culture of robust sharing of knowledge and learnings among the donors and grantees within the WFA ecosystem, and to external audiences as well. In order to achieve this, the ideal candidate must be able to fulfil the tasks stated below:

  • Devise a communication plan phased out over the year
  • Work closely with the Program team to identify appropriate learning and exchange platforms, including key conferences and important annual events, and build social/media strategies around these events
  • Develop appropriate messages suited to identified online and offline channels  of communication
  • Oversee and manage publication of knowledge products, including annual reports
  • Collate, organise and manage information on the WFA website
  • Capture and draft stories of change from grantee progress reports
  • undertake visits to grantee organisations to document progress and identify potential stories of influence and/or change
  • Identify and use appropriate social media channels to maintain constant engagement with donors, grantees and other target audiences, as identified
  • Identify vendors and consultants across Asia region and maintain a robust consultant roster
  • Support the WFA team in resource mobilisation events
  • Develop and disseminate newsletters - quarterly and event-related

2. Essential Skills and Qualifications


  • Passion for, commitment to, and in-depth understanding of women's and trans* rights issues, particularly in the Asia region
  • Minimum of 3 years’ relevant experience in communications, preferably in the development sector
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and good research and editing skills
  • Demonstrated capacity and experience in the use of traditional and emerging media for advocacy, dissemination and communicating results
  • Demonstrated ability to work across time zones and with consultants and vendors located in other parts of Asia
  • Experience in engaging with media personnel and ability to liaise and engage with corporate and alternative media is desirable.
  • Prior experience in organising events and managing end-to-end coordination is desirable.


  • Post graduate or graduate degree in mass communications or journalism with a degree in  English studies, social sciences or other relevant field
  • Prior experience in using or managing design softwares, video production, and photography is necessary
  • Experience managing on-line communications using content management systems is desirable
  • Understanding of website back-end management along with content creation and updating is desirable

3. Compensation

Compensation offered shall be based on the chosen candidate’s qualifications and experience.

4. How to Apply

Send an updated CV listing out experience relevant to the position advertised along with a cover letter that explains your interest in working with Women’s Fund Asia. Apply on or before 30th May 2018. Application should be emailed to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and shortlisted candidates will be intimated by 11th June 2018.

We encourage Women and Trans*persons to apply for the position. The person should be based out of any one of the following countries: Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal

[1] This document endorses use of the name Trans*, with an asterisk, denoting a placeholder for the "entire range of possible gender identities that fall under the broad definition of trans".

Closing date: 
30th May 2018