Position: Communications Coordinator
Program: Strongim Bisnis
Location: Honiara, Solomon Islands with provincial travel
Duration: Full-time, fixed term
Line manager and directly report to: Communications and Engagement Director (DTL)
Works with: Business Advisers, MRM, and Operations teams

*Applicants must have the right to live and work in the Solomon Islands without an employer-sponsored visa*

Background
Solomon Islands Australia Partnership’s Strongim Bisnis is economic development initiative to increase economic opportunities and participation for people and businesses in Solomon Islands.

Recognising that Solomon Islands has a small consumer market and economy, dispersed population, and high cost of doing business, we identify and analyse specific sectors that have a high potential for growth and can consequently create new employment and income generation opportunities.

We facilitate strategic partners (including businesses, government, civil society, and associations) in those sectors to address the root constraints to growth and inclusion (Women, Youth and People living with disabilities) through innovative solutions.

Position summary and justification for the role
The Communications Coordinator supports the Communications and Engagement Director to oversee and implement the Communications Strategy, specifically focused on delivery of a high workload of communications tasks including digital and printed content, program reports and management of events including in coordination with the Australian High Commission. The position is primarily responsible for the delivery of campaigns, events, and communications activities in line with agreed timeframes, specifications, budgets, and ASI, Strongim Bisnis, and DFAT compliance requirements.

Duties and responsibilities

Compelling Storytelling:

  • Write impactful stories highlighting program successes, partner innovations, program support of shifts in the sectors we work in, and the Solomon Islands – Australia Partnership for economic growth (in particular, those stories highlighting successful youth and women entrepreneurs and businesses run by, or employing, people with disabilities) for review by the Communications and Engagement Director.
  • Draft case studies Support the Communications and Engagement Director with planning and drafting video storylines.

Content Collection and Coordination:

  •  Collect content and data from the MRM and Partnership Management teams to support various communications products including case studies and social media posts Liaise with services providers engaged to deliver print ready case studies, infographics, video content or any other communications materials.

Event Management:

  • Coordinate the planning and execution of events for promotion of partner innovations, awareness of Strongim Bisnis and stakeholder engagement.

Digital Presence Management:

  • Create targeted content that highlights achievements and advancements within the specific economic sectors supported by the program.
  • Copy edit and publish content to social media and the website with approval from the Communications and Engagement Director.
  • Create social media content using Canva or similar platform with support from the Senior Communications Officer.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Support the Communications and Engagement Director to secure approvals from donors and stakeholders for public materials, ensuring effective communication and alignment with program objectives.
  • Careful management of communications relationships, sensitive engagement with partners and stakeholders.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with media outlets, coordinate press releases, and respond to low-risk media inquiries.
  • Management of vendors and subcontractors in line with ASI and Strongim Bisnis policies and procedures.

Data Dissemination:

  • Effectively communicate economic data, research findings, and market insights generated by the program.
  • Assist in the quality assurance and presentation of Strongim Bisnis’ reports, including copy editing, covers, graphics, and layout.

Other

  • Provide support to communications team members as required.

Required qualifications, experience, and attributes
The ideal candidate will possess:

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, Business, or a related field, or equivalent experience in relevant field.

Skills and Experience:

  • Proven experience writing articles, case studies or other communications materials.
  • Proven experience in communications or media, preferably in the context of economic development, business, or related fields.
  • Demonstrated success in implementing communication strategies for programs or initiatives.

Attributes:

  • Fluency in Pijin and an excellent command of both oral and written English.
  • Ability to summarize technical information in clear, compelling language.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Proven ability to engage effectively with diverse stakeholders, including businesses, industry associations, government agencies, and local communities.
  • Project management skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks and various suppliers and contractors.
  • Content Creation: Strong skills in creating compelling and targeted content, with a focus on success stories, data dissemination, and policy communication.
  • Event Coordination: Experience in coordinating communication efforts for industry-specific events and conferences.
  • Digital Literacy: Strong familiarity with digital communication tools including social media and graphic design platforms and websites hosting platforms.
  • Sustainable Development Focus: Commitment to emphasising and communicating the program’s dedication to sustainable development practices.
  • Excellent organisational skills and competence/integrity in maintaining office records.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work collegially with partner organisations and staff from a range of backgrounds.
  • Commitment to gender equality, youth empowerment, disability inclusion, and do-no-harm principles.
  • Willingness to undertake occasional travel for field missions, including to remote areas. Strong working knowledge of MS Office programs.

The following skills/experience would be an advantage:

  • Established connections with media outlets.
  • Experience in a M4P or MSD program (ideally) or a private sector development program.
  • Experience working on Australian Aid-funded projects.
  • Experience of the public sector in Solomon Islands.
  • Experience working in businesses, government and/or donor-funded programs.
  • A Solomon Islands driving license.

How to Apply

 

Please submit your application before 21 April 2024, 11:59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to: operations@strongimbisnis.com.sb

 

Please use the following subject line in your email: ‘Application for Communications Coordinator.”

Applications should include a cover letter of no more than one page addressing the position qualifications, experience and attributes, a CV of no more than two pages and the contact details of three professional referees.

Salary level is negotiable, commensurate with experience and the Solomon Islands market. Applicable benefits and entitlements are in line with Strongim Bisnis policies and applicable Solomon Islands’ laws.

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, we encourage you to reach out to Strongim Bisnis team via operations@strongimbisnis.com.sb or call the Strongim Bisnis Office on +677 25664.

This position will be recruited through Adam Smith International (ASI). ASI is committed to continually improving the diversity of our workforce through the attraction, retention, and development of a diverse range of talented people. Women and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We want people to be comfortable bringing their whole self to work and recognise that inclusion brings further opportunities for innovation and creativity.