Cowater International Inc.

Technical Communications Officer

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Last update: 2 days ago Last update: Jun 12, 2024


Deadline: Jun 24, 2024
Location: Cambodia
Job type:Contract, 12 months +
English English
Work experience:Min 2 years
Date posted: May 17, 2024


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Job Title: Technical Communications Officer
Sector: Communications
Position Type: Full-time
Duration/Level of Effort: Long-Term
Position Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Contractual arrangement: International Recruitment

The CAPRED Facility is Australia’s flagship bilateral economic development program in Cambodia, focusing on economic recovery and resilience over the next four years, with a possible three-year extension.
The Facility supports Cambodia in implementing a range of necessary economic interventions and reforms to maintain the country’s economic transition. These interventions and reforms are primarily aimed at encouraging more productive and inclusive public and private investment, which promotes a resilient, inclusive, and sustainable economy (RISE).
CAPRED interventions fall under three technical components including: Agriculture and Agro-processing; Trade, Investment and Enterprise Development and Infrastructure Development; and one Cross-Cutting component comprising: Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI), Climate Resilient initiatives, and policy support. and policy support. GEDSI is at the heart of all that CAPRED does.

Are you a Cambodia-based native English speaker looking to kickstart your career in international development? The Cambodia Australia Partnership for Resilient Economic Development (CAPRED) is seeking a highly motivated technical communications officer to support our dynamic communications across all aspects of the program.
CAPRED, Australia’s flagship economic development program, supports Cambodia’s resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth through our work in agriculture, agro-processing, trade, investment, enterprise development, water, energy, policy, climate resilience, and gender equality, disability and social inclusion.
The program is complex, creating systemic change from simultaneous, cumulative economic approaches and interventions. And this requires effective communications—that cuts through the noise to tell simple, impactful stories of change. The technical communications officer will be crucial in supporting the team to make this happen.

Our Ideal Candidate is:

  • Curious. We’re not interested in someone who has all the answers. Telling great stories requires asking great questions. Candidates should be driven by an interest in Cambodia and a commitment to supporting the team to create lasting change.
  • An excellent communicator. We need someone to help us identify and construct interesting stories across program areas. Candidates should be able synthesise and eliminate jargon to effectively communicate impact.
  • Intelligent and high functioning. At CAPRED, we have big ambitions. We’re interested in an energetic and professional candidate, who can learn quickly to absorb complex technical approaches and translate these into simple messaging.
  • Committed to quality. We are looking for someone who is discerning, with a keen eye for detail to ensure all communications meet high standards.
  • Social! CAPRED is a large, welcoming team of diverse professionals. We need someone who likes to work with people and can foster relationships easily.

At CAPRED, we are cognisant that our team members are our most valuable resource. We aim to ensure that each role improves the career trajectories of those filling it.
For the right candidate, the technical communications officer role offers an excellent springboard into a successful career in international development. It provides a deep dive into aid delivery through one of Cambodia’s largest and most comprehensive bilateral programs. The technical communications officer will gain experience in: working with the Australian government, innovative communications approaches, and system change programming across diverse sectors, including solutions to foster gender equality, inclusion, and climate resilience.
We are looking for enthusiastic candidates – not just those who tick a select number of boxes or years of experience – and we will consider applicants from a range of backgrounds. If you think you might be a good fit, please apply.

The technical communications officer will contribute to: crafting compelling communications materials, creating innovative digital content, ensuring quality, and executing campaigns and events.

  • Write and edit articles, case studies, press releases, speeches, and other materials to showcase Australia’s investment in Cambodia through CAPRED.
  • Assist in the development and dissemination of multimedia communications content for client- and program-led social media platforms.
  • Support the management of digital platforms, including CAPRED’s website, messenger applications and social media channels; evaluate performance using analytics and suggest improvements in approaches and messaging.
  • Review communications products to ensure quality and alignment with CAPRED communications objectives.
  • Contribute to the development of policy briefs and market intelligence reports.
  • Assist in the organisation, execution, and communications outputs of events.
  • Prepare reports on communications activities and outcomes, as needed.

Expected Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills; native English speaker. (The recruitment process will involve the need to clearly demonstrate these capabilities.)
  • At least two years of professional experience.
  • Experience with digital media and social media management tools.
  • Ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment and work effectively in a team.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, development, or related field.
  • Experience with graphic design.
  • Understanding of development programming or familiarity with Cambodian context.
  • Knowledge of communications ethics and best practices.

This is a full time contract position with attractive rate being commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Candidates are encouraged to apply by 9 June 2024/as soon as possible.
For your application to be considered, please upload your documents as followed: 
Candidate Last Name, First Name, date, Title of the Position.

Please send your cover letter and CV with name and contact details (phone and email) of three professional referees to mentioning the position you are applying for in the subject line “Technical Communications Officer”.
Women are highly encouraged to apply.
Cowater International is an equal opportunity employer, basing employment on merit and qualifications as they relate to professional experience and position expectations. Cowater does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender identity, disability, age, or any other basis protected by law.
We thank all applicants, however only those shortlisted will be contacted.

With more than 35 years’ experience, Cowater International is a global leader in management consulting services specializing in international development and has managed the implementation of over 800 projects in more than 80 countries around the globe. We work with governments, partner organizations, communities and civil society to design and implement sustainable solutions that generate lasting social, financial and environmental impacts. Our adaptive approach to management has led to our yearly award-winning work and recognition as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies since 2017. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, Cowater International also has corporate offices in Montreal, Quebec; London, United Kingdom; Nairobi, Kenya; and Brussels, Belgium, in addition to project offices in a wide variety of other locations across Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia.

We thank you for your interest in building a better tomorrow with Cowater International.