Communication Officer (Press)

Title:  Communication Officer (Press)
Level: M-11
Work location: Mekong River Commission Secretariat, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Division:   Office of Chief Executive Officer
Report to: CEO
Job Code: Job No. RP005.C/O

Job Summary / Job Statement:

The job holder is to increase the ability of the MRC to effectively communicate and consult with key stakeholders and partners (general public, media, development partners, NGOs and others). S/he maintains good internal communication on key issues, and informs the external audiences, in particular through the media, to raises awareness about the activities of the MRC in the region and internationally. S/he supports the development of MRC policies and strategies for international cooperation and public relations and ensures those policies and strategies are effectively implemented.

Main tasks and responsibilities: 

Under the management direction of the CEO and technical guidance of the Chief Strategy and Partnership Officer, the incumbent performs the following duties:

  • Work primarily on press and media relations, responding to media queries, drafting press releases, preparing FAOs and press kits, organising press conferences, arranging media interviews with the senior management and experts, monitoring and analysing media trends and opportunities, and acting as spokesperson;
  • Support public relations, assisting Communication Officer (Outreach) in responding to public queries, engaging with civil society, technical institutions and donors, organising outreach events for the public and engaging in public speaking;
  • Formulate the organisation’s communication strategy including crisis communication, develops annual work plans and implement communication campaigns in close consultation with the MRC’s leadership and the Chief Strategy & Partnership officer, in order to foster the positive image of the organisation to win the public support;
  • Provide communication support to the MRC’s substantive organs, including the Council, the Joint Committee, and the Secretariat’s divisions and teams, and closely work with the National Mekong Committees;
  • Lead the in-house communication/media activities and the production of knowledge-based information materials for public dissemination;
  • Draft texts for articles on MRC news and events, web and social media-contents and other public information materials such as brochures, infographics, and newsletters;
  • Take photos and/or video footages on MRC activities for public information and archiving;
  • Oversee the production of multimedia products, conceptualising storylines for audio-visual materials and supervising the work of photography and videography consultants;
  • Closely work with Web/Graphic Designer to ensure the MRC websites, social media platforms and publications’ graphics are well designed and user-friendly;
  • Support fund-raising and public campaigns to secure funds for the organization;
  • Lead the establishment of work relationships with the key stakeholders, including government agencies, media, NGOs, civil society, researchers and other interested members of the general public;
  • Provide strategic communication advice to the senior management as well as the member countries;
  • Lead the capacity building of the National Mekong Committees in communication work;
  • Support all divisions in copy-editing of technical reports for communication purposes;
  • Support the divisions in the preparation of communication products;
  • Support M&E Specialist in the preparation of the Mid-year and Annual Report;
  • Support the Chief strategy & partnership officer with communication with development partners and related tasks;
  • Assist in proofreading and fact-checking the organization's online newsletters;

Perform other relevant tasks as required.

Scope of Authority: 

a) Supervision requirements: The position does not require any formal supervisory responsibilities.

b) Level of autonomy: Decision making follows defined procedures. The position does not administer a budget, yet has responsibility for ensuring the financial accountability of MRC.

c) Level of problem solving required: Problem solving skill is expected and the incumbent must display sensitivity, initiative and creativity.

d) Level and type of communications required: Communications are wide, within and outside the organisation, and require considerable oral and written skills. 

Qualification requirements:


  • Master’s degree in communications/ public relations/ journalism or other related field. In lieu of the Master’s degree, a Bachelor’s degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying professional experience may be accepted.

Additional certificates

  • TOEIC certificate with 600 points and over is required. An equivalent internationally recognized certificate or a university degree from an internationally recognized academic institution whose instruction is in English may also be considered.



  • 7 years of practical working experience in communications, public relations, external relations, social sciences;
  • Work experience with international organisations and media relations;




Level (1-3)
1 = Required 2 = Desirable 3 = Optional

Public relations instruments and methods


Public communication in the field of river basin management, water resources management or sustainable development


Regional knowledge of the Mekong River Basin


Legislation of riparian countries on water and other relevant international conventions


Water resource management and development




Level (1-3)
1 = Required 2 = Desirable 3 = Optional

Excellent command of the English language


Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills


Excellent spoken and written expression and presentation


Copy editing


Use of web-based information services


Dealing with printing and production of display materials


Social media


Photography and videography


Design and familiarity with commonly used design softwares


Information technology




Level (1-3)
1 = Required 2 = Desirable 3 = Optional

Neutrality and impartiality


Good sense of initiative and sound judgment


Relation-, network building






The remuneration package, subject to change, includes (i) annual net base salary exempt from tax by Lao authorities, starting at US$ 33,440 (M-11, step I);  (ii) MRC’s contribution to staff member’s Provident Fund of 14% of basic salary upon completion of 3 years in service; (iii) Contribution of MRC to Health and Accident insurances (on shared basis with employee); (iv) other entitlements and benefits such as dependency allowance, 6 weeks’ annual vacation; sick leave, maternity leave etc. 

Non-resident staff members receive an additional (i) 7% of basic salary for Post Adjustment allowance; (ii) 7% of basic salary for Hardship allowance; (iii) Rental subsidy of 40% of the rent rate up to maximum of US$ 6,000 annual; (iv) Education Grant of 75% of max. expense of US$ 13,000; (v) Travel cost and Shipment expenses on assignment and upon separation; (vi) other entitlements and benefits such as Relocation Grant allowance, Home Leave Travel, Education Grant Travel, etc.  

The duration of the assignment of MRC Riparian Professional Staff is up to maximum 6 years according to 1995 Mekong Agreement and Procedural Rules. 



The Terms of Reference and other information can be obtained from the MRC website and MRC is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

The application should be sent to:

Mekong River Commission
Office of the Secretariat in Vientiane (OSV)
P.O. Box 6101, 184 Fa Ngoum Road
Vientiane 01000, Lao PDR

Cambodia National Mekong Committee

P.O.Box 623, 364 Monivong Blvd.,
Sangkat Phsar Doerm Thkouv, Khan Chamkar Mon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tel. (855-23) 216 514   Fax. (855-23) 218 506 or      




Lao National Mekong Committee

Khunbulom Road, Chantabouly District, Vientiane, Lao PDR.

Tel. (856-21) 260 983   Fax. (856-21) 260 984

E-mail: or



Thai National Mekong Committee

Department of Water Resources

180/3 Rama 6 Road, SoiPhibulWatanaBuilding

Phayathai, Bangkok 10400 Thailand

Tel. (66-2) 271 6165, 271 6620

Fax. (66-2) 298 6605


Viet Nam National Mekong Committee

23 Hang Tre, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Tel. (84-4) 825 4785   Fax. (84-4) 825 6929



Closing date for applications:  12 December 2017