Communications Officer


Mekong Institute


Mekong Institute (MI) is an intergovernmental organization owned and operated by the six Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) countries it serves, with a mission to provide capacity development services and products that enhance regional development, cooperation and integration. To respond to changes and evolving needs in the GMS, MI currently prioritizes the regional integration of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam workforces for more equitable and inclusive economic growth. Further, MI is expanding its traditional portfolio to position itself as a GMS-based knowledge-center of excellence with increased institutional capacity for policy research and other services related to economic integration and development disparities.


Communications Officer, Communications and Knowledge Management Department


We are seeking a Communications Officer for the Communication and Knowledge Management (CKM) Department under the general direction of Director of CKM. The position is based at Mekong Institute, located in the Khon Kaen University campus, Northeast Thailand. Khon Kaen, a growing city, is the commerce and political center of Northeastern Thailand and an important gateway to other GMS countries.


Main deliverables, responsibilities and tasks

Key deliverables

-          High quality communication and publication documents that are accurate, interesting and informative, and follow MI’s branding and graphic guidelines

-          Communication resources for all major MI events

-          Quality control of branding and creativity in communication outputs

-          Strong networks with media and external partners to support maintaining MI’s external profile


Main responsibilities and tasks

-          Write, proof-read and edit press releases, web releases, newsletters, speeches, corporate reports, and other documents for public relations

-          Provide input in the development of project/program proposals, documents and other business development materials based on the inputs from different MI departments

-          Oversee, edit and respond to web promotional sites: MI website, fan page, Mekong Forum sub-site, fan page and blog

-          Contribute to the layout design of major publications, documents, and materials

-          Manage the creative conceptualization of promotional materials such as brochures, booklets, and exhibit materials

-          Assist in implementing MI’s branding and marketing strategic plans

-          Establish and maintain media relations and contacts and regularly disseminate press releases to local and national media outlets to promote MI visibility

-          Help to organize MI’s major events such as the Steering and Council meetings, and Mekong Forums

-          Represent MI in external settings as required

-          Any other reasonable task requested by management.


Required qualifications, skills and experience


-          Bachelor degree in communications, marketing or other relevant field

-          Strong writing skills, and ability to adapt message content to multiple audiences

-          Proven ability in use of high level English language skills in written form

-          Proven knowledge in graphic design techniques and software applications

-          Strong presentation skills

-          Proven ability to work in a team and to coordinate with others

-          Proficient user of all Microsoft Office applications

-          Willingness to live and work in Khon Kaen

-          Willingness to travel within the GMS if required



-          Experience in communications, writing, journalism, marketing materials production, graphic design, behavior change communication

-          Knowledge of GMS and development issues

-          Skills in any of the GMS country languages


If you have the skills and experience to exceed in this position, and are passionate about equitable and inclusive economic growth in GMS, please send your CV and cover letter, to by 15 August 2017, titled ‘Communications Officer’.


Please note that only applications successful in progressing to the next stage will be responded to.