Communications Manager

Palladium, Cotabato City, Philippines

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st May, 2020

Job Description

Company Overview:

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role:

The Communications Manager has primary responsibility for planning, designing, and managing implementation of the Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (Pathways) Program Communications Strategy to generate public support for long-term education reforms in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

The Communications Manager designs and manages internal and external communications, supports the development of positive stakeholder relationships, guides program branding and visibility, and showcases the achievements of Pathways and its partners consistent with Australian Government guidelines and priorities in the Philippines.

The role works in close collaboration with the Program, Opera tions and Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, Research and Learning (MEARL) teams, focal points of partner organisations, Palladium HQ, government officials, international and local media, subject matter experts, donors and civil society. S/he provides guidance and advice to the Team Leader, senior management, and program advisers on communications-related issues and approaches. In addition, s/he works closely with nominated Australian Embassy staff to provide support to program-related official visits, public diplomacy and reporting requirements, and briefings for Canberra.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Child Protection: Level 3

The responsibilities of the project employee require working with and direct contact with children or young people.


Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Team Leader, and working closely w ith the advice of the communications adviser, the Communications Manager will:

  •  Plan, design and lead implementation of the Pathways Program Communications Strategy, ensuring alignment to program outcomes, annual work plans and established guidelines and standards set by Palladium and the client;
  •  Prepare key messages and communications products and content about program outcomes that is appropriately differentiated for diverse stakeholders, including policy makers, other government officials, teachers and school heads, teacher training institutes, community and civil society, depending on the nature of the technical input;
  •  Communicate and engage effectively with internal and external stakeholders, and provide guidance and training to staff and partners to strengthen communication and engagement across the program;
  •  Manage and coordinate media relations in collaboration with the client and MBHTE;
  •  Maintain branding, templates and guidance for Pathways team members to produce high quality knowledge products to share program outcomes;
  •  Ensure that media and stakeholder communications risks and issues are effectively managed and mitigated with support from the Team Leader;
  •  In collaboration with the Team Leader, Deputies and Advisers, plan and manage stakeholder engagement activities, such as education forums, knowledge sharing events, consultations and launches;
  •  Develop and maintain communication systems and processes, and manage communication suppliers, resources and assets;
  •  Contribute to program reporting and the sharing of program results, including a periodic review and evaluation of communication efforts;
  •  Monitor media and both formal and informal communication channels for evidence of developing trends, reactions, priorities and changes in the political economy and security environment that may either present opportunities or challenges for Pathways implementation and advise the Team Leader; and
  •  Other duties as may reasonably be required by the Team Leader and the client.

Required Qualifications:

The Communications Manager will have the following qualifications and experience:

  •  Tertiary qualification in education, communications or relevant discipline; Master’s degree in journalism, development communications or its equivalent (desirable);
  •  Extensive professional experience in a strategic communications role with government or a donor organisation in the Philippines;
  •  Able to think creatively, strategically and engage effectively with a wide range of stakeholders;
  •  Ability to work productively with a diverse team to achieve outstanding results;
  •  Evidence of capability to design and produce high quality communications for a range of purposes and audiences;
  •  Capability to employ a range of media platforms including web-based and social media communications channels to maximise reach;
  •  Deep understanding of the socio/political context of the BARMM;
  •  Excellent written and verbal communication, liaison and interpersonal skills;
  •  Familiarity with Australian Government-funded programs preferred.


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