Communications Officer

BACKGROUND:
 

The Philippines Partnership for Sustainable Agriculture (PPSA) brings together companies, government agencies, civil society organizations, farmer groups and financial institutions to empower and link smallholder farmers to the market with the shared goal of improving farmers’ profitability and productivity while increasing the environmental sustainability of their farms.

 

The PPSA was catalyzed by Grow Asia, and formally launched by the Department of Agriculture in 2015 following commitments made by key players in the Philippine agriculture sector at the Grow Asia Agriculture Forum the year prior. 

 

Today, the PPSA brings together more than 120 organizations, who collaborate through crop-based Working Groups (i.e., coffee, coconut, corn, fisheries, and vegetables) and cross-cutting Working Groups, (i.e., agri-finance, learning alliance, digital agriculture).

THE ROLE:

The Officer will work directly with the Partnerships Manager and closely with the Country Director and Grow Asia to develop and execute PPSA’s Communications Plan. The Communications Officer shall be prepared to manage PPSA’s communication channels and execute various information, marketing, and coordination strategies, and promote knowledge exchange among PPSA members and partners.

 

This role is an opportunity for learning and networking with national and international agribusinesses, development partners and counterpart ministries, as well as to learn from the other Grow Asia Country Partnerships across ASEAN. The Communications Officer will have the opportunity to make a tangible contribution to the sustainable development of the Philippines' agriculture sector and will gain valuable insights, networks, and experience in building an exciting member-based network.

SCOPE OF WORK:

Essential duties and responsibilities (the role may include other tasks not included below):

 

Communications

  • Develop and implement the PPSA Secretariat Communication Plan and Strategies 

  • With the Partnerships Manager, develop and package communication and marketing materials  including brochures, annual and event reports, newsletters, talk points, press kits to share information on the efforts and outcomes of PPSA’s partners. 

  • Provide communications support including maintaining a contact list of PPSA members, sending announcements and notices, responding to specific requests from PPSA members and Working Groups

  • Assist in the development of proposals as part of the Secretariat’s resource mobilization efforts

  • Prepare the draft of progress reports and updates for submission to Grow Asia

  • Manage PPSA’s online presence

  • Explore innovative channels and platforms for information dissemination and engagement

  • Coordinate with media partners for the promotions of the PPSA advocacy

  • Represent Grow Asia and PPSA in local and international fora

  • Organize and manage knowledge and learning events

 

Knowledge Management

  • Support knowledge sharing by collecting qualitative and quantitative data to chart the Working Groups’ progress on a quarterly basis. The Communications Officer will also be responsible for actively identifying and sharing Working Group developments with the PPSA network, through project profiles and case studies, among others

  • Maintain a database of PPSA’s communication materials and publications

 

Resource Mobilization

  • Work with the rest in the PPSA Secretariat in exploring resource mobilization initiatives towards financial stability and sustainability

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • University Degree in development communications, journalism, mass communication or any relevant field

  • With at least 2-3 years of work experience in communications or corporate affairs. Experience in agriculture and/or a corporate or member-based organizational setting is preferred.

  • Excellent communications skills, including fluent written and spoken Filipino and English

  • Excellent organization skills with the ability to work independently, prioritize multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines

  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary, geographically dispersed team

  • Excellent eye for details and design

  • Computer literate and familiar with Microsoft Office and social media management

  • Experience in using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro is beneficial

  • Experience in using CRM applications such as Insightly is beneficial 

  • Experience using SurveyMonkey and Mailchimp is beneficial

  • Credibility and confidence in dealing with people in senior positions

  • Ability to travel when needed

HOW TO APPLY:

 

Qualified applicants are invited to send a resume, cover letter and design and writing samples to secretariat@ppsa-ph.org by August 20, 2022. We ask that you kindly include your name and the position you are applying for in the subject line (e.g., “Application: Communications Officer – Your Name”).

 

Due to the volume of applications expected, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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As a multi-stakeholder platform we believe all voices matter, and we actively seek to bring them to the table. Aligned with this ethos, PPSA is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or gender identity.