Recruitment: Communications Officer

Terms of Reference

Post title: Communications Officer
Duty station: Bangkok
Contract Duration: 1 year

The Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) advocates for the protection of the legal, social and human rights of transgender people as well as the enhancement of their social wellbeing and quality of life in the Asia-Pacific region.

Since it was founded in 2009, APTN has grown to become a credible platform and voice for transgender people in Asia and the Pacific, working to ensure that their needs and rights are represented politically, socially, culturally and economically.

Having achieved a number of impressive milestones and outcomes since inception, APTN is now turning its attention to a three-year strategic plan for the period 2017-2019. In line with this important guiding document, APTN is developing its communications strategy and a communications roadmap to support the strategic plan and other communications objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Communications Officer is primarily responsible for supporting the Executive Director in implementing the communications policy, strategy and guidelines. They will support and maintain internal and external communications with project collaborators, implementing agencies, service providers and assist to execute the communications strategy, maintain project documentation and undertake the following tasks:

  • Assist to ensure compliance of activities with project communication strategy by following donor and APTN guidelines, oversee the APTN public voice and its consistency, and coordinate with partners in the development of statements, media releases, and related actions as appropriate

  • Develop key promotional messages in consultation with the project team  

  • Participate in developing and evaluating feasibility, efficiency and quality of Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials  

  • Liaising with APTN country partners and staff to ensure effective coordination of communications and provide or direct relevant APTN personnel on technical assistance to partners on communications issues

  • Take lead in dissemination of communication materials to relevant stakeholders  

  • Draft case studies and relevant project documents and suggest recommendations on varied issues (as and when required)  
    Newsletter content and distribution

  • Provide fundraising support to the Executive Director and APTN governing bodies

  • Proposal and report writing relevant to communications or when assigned otherwise

  • Website, blog and social media management and updates
    Maintain documentation management system (hard copy and on network)

  • Respond to queries from partners, stakeholders, media and etc when assigned by the Executive Director
    Communications database updating and management


Education: University degree and/or equivalent experience in Communications, Media, Journalism, or other relevant field

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 3 years of work experience in the communications and/or media;

  • Documented experience working with transgender organizations and/or related issues on human rights

  • Proven experience in maintaining websites and developing e-newsletters;

  • Proven experience in coordinating with various stakeholders and production of communication, materials and products and their dissemination

  • Experience of working with community based organisations is highly preferred;

  • Engagement with UN, and other international rights organizations on human rights issues will be an asset

  • Proficiency in written, verbal, organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills; Excellent computer skills, including experience managing websites and use of web based content management systems;

  • Proficiency with social media and writing reports, press releases, joint statements, and speeches

  • Proven experience in producing the page layout and design of materials such as reports, posters, newsletters, etc would be considered a strong asset

  • APTN working language is English. Excellent written and spoken English is required

Please email your CV, Cover letter along with your application by 10 Feb 2017 and send it to APTN Steering Committee at with subject title "Application for Communications Officer Position".