Jobs at APWLD

Vacancy Call for Information and Communications Officer

Deadline of Applications: Monday, 24 May 2021, 6:00pm (GMT +7)

Join our dynamic and powerful team! 

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) is the leading network of feminist organisations and individual activists in Asia and the Pacific. It has a membership of over 250 members representing groups of diverse women from 27 countries across the region. Over the past 34 years, APWLD has actively worked towards advancing women’s human rights and Feminist Development Justice. It is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organisation and holds consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

APWLD is currently inviting WOMEN’ in all their diversities, including those belonging to minority and marginalised groups from Asia and the Pacific countries (specifically from the following sub-regions of East, Southeast, South and Central Asia and the Pacific) with relevant experience and skills to apply for the Information and Communications Officer position. 

If you are committed to supporting feminist, progressive movements through strengthening knowledge, capacity, and advocacy power to challenging structural inequalities; advance women’s human rights and advocate for feminist Development Justice; and working with a diverse and grounded membership; please apply to join our powerful and dynamic team!

Information and Communications Officer (ICO)

Information and Communications work plays a crucial role in APWLD with its commitment to strengthening feminist movements in the region and build cross regional solidarity support to advance women’s human rights and feminist Development Justice. The role of the Information and Communications Officer (ICO) is to help strengthen the use of development and movement communications within the organisation and the broader membership to amplify the issues, visions, and aspirations of feminist movements in the region and globally. Using a range of traditional and new media, the ICO takes a lead in creating appropriate and strategic messaging and communication as well as  dissemination of information for wider public consumption to challenge dominant traditional narratives of patriarchy, neoliberal globalisation, fundamentalism, militarism, and authoritarianism and how it undermines women’s human rights and Development Justice.  

Selection Criteria 

  1. Demonstrated commitment to the promotion of women’s human rights and Development Justice in Asia and the Pacific.  
  2. Experience in  communications work to support  membership and/or movement-based organisations in amplifying its issues, analysis, and aspiration at national, regional or international levels.
  3. Minimum of five (5) years’ experience working in a communications role for non-government organisations or equivalent.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge and experience of using or  developing movement communications as a framework and tool for capacity building, advocacy and feminist movement building in the region. 
  5. Demonstrated experience of media and digital advocacy, including media outreach, developing press releases and statements, experience in developing digital campaigns using digital media tools for content creation and dissemination.
  6. Demonstrated knowledge and experience to lead communications planning and strategising for a feminist, membership-based organisation. 
  7. A degree in mass communications, development communications, alternative media or journalism or similar relevant educational experience. 
  8. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  9. Excellent administrative skills, including the budget management and ability to prioritise tasks, have strong problem-solving and decision making attitude, work under pressure and meet tight deadlines. 
  10. Proficient in ICT skills and tools– familiarity in using Content Management System (CMS), online shared platforms such as Google Suite, meeting tools like ZOOM, GoToMeeting, Miro, design tools like Canva and Adobe, analytical tools like Hootsuite or Buffer and newsletter tools like Mailchimp.
  11. Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse, membership-driven network and its allies.
  12. Excellent command of English language, both oral and written. 
  13. Must be able to travel overseas as/when required.


  1. Experience in journalism 
  2. Knowledge of digital rights and security issues in the region

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Develop and implement APWLD’s communications strategies and tools.
  2. Lead and coordinate media advocacy including writing and disseminating press statements and releases as well as building a relationship with media outlets in the region.
  3.  Production, compilation, editing, design, publication, and distribution of collateral like  quarterly newsletters, audio, video and graphic content as well as website content. 
  4. Manages and updates APWLD Website and social media channels.
  5. Handles and responds to urgent action alerts and advocacy requirements and responding to media requests.
  6. Coordination of advocacy, campaigns, actions and events in collaboration with respective programmes.
  7. Leads APWLD’s strategic communications work at regional and global advocacy spaces through APWLD’s various networks in collaboration with relevant programmes.
  8. Write, edit, and distribute content, including publications, website content, annual reports, speeches, and other materials that communicates the activities of the organisation as well as to develop narrative and financial reports specific to the Information and Communications work. 
  9. Coordinates the production of communications advocacy and training resource materials as required in collaboration with relevant programmes.
  10. Conducts monitoring, evaluation and learning of APWLD’s communications and media outreach.
  11. Supervise interns, volunteers or other programme staff where agreed. 
  12. May represent APWLD in regional / international fora as approved by the Regional Coordinator. 

Remuneration and Compensation

Salary range commences at USD 1,500 per month. Other benefits include health allowance and insurance; contributions to social security and to the employee provident fund; and 13th month salary. This is a full-time position with a two-year (renewable) contract; and a probationary period of four months applies. Staff will be based and work from her home country.

How to apply?

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • Completed Online Application Form (preferred); or downloadable form
  • Updated Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter addressing the selection criteria for the position applied for
  • Specific Requirements: Two samples of written work in English, which demonstrates the applicant’s knowledge and capacity for the position, for the ICO position the following may be submitted: communications plan, statements, reports, articles, or other publications.

Online application is preferred but should email submission be easier, please send the documents via email with the subject line: “Application for Information and Communications Officer (ICO)” at no later than 24 May 2021, 6pm (GMT +7)

Only complete applications (with completed application form and all requirements submitted) will be considered and only short-listed applicants will be contacted.