Position: Communications Adviser

Type : Long Term (3.5 years)

Location: Bangkok City, Thailand

Program Background

Partnerships for Infrastructure (P4I) is Australia’s new flagship infrastructure initiative for Southeast Asia. The goal of this regional initiative is to contribute to quality infrastructure development that drives inclusive growth in Southeast Asia.

P4I has three core themes: infrastructure planning and prioritisation; procurement; and sector policy and regulation. It will also focus on the crosscutting issues of climate change, disaster risk reduction, gender equality and social inclusion. P4I will provide flexible support to Southeast Asian partner governments (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam) and ASEAN through government-to-government partnerships, high-calibre private sector advisory services, and knowledge-sharing and networking activities.

P4I commenced in December 2020 and will operate initially for three and a half years (2020-21 to 2023-24). It will be delivered collaboratively by One Team comprising DFAT and four Delivery Partner organisations (Ernst and Young, Adam Smith International, The Asia Foundation and Ninti One). Under this model, the Executive Director (a DFAT officer) and Delivery Partner personnel will function as a single team. This will include a core team located together in the P4I Hub in Bangkok, Thailand.

Job Specification

The Communications Adviser will work closely with the P4I Executive Director, Head of Program Delivery and Performance, Head of Technical Advisory, Delivery Partner organisations and other P4I Hub staff to design and deliver a high-quality Communications and Public Affairs Strategy (CPAS).

The CPAS will set out the Program’s communications strategy and may include, but not necessarily be limited to:

  • Identifying principles and objectives for stakeholder and public engagement to support DFAT’s overall objectives for the Program;
  • Identifying opportunities and activities to establish a strong identity and brand for P4I, including through targeted communications, broader engagement activities, ad hoc advisory services, and/or co-branding activities where appropriate and agreed with DFAT;
  • Specifying engagement communications protocols and parameters for undertaking CPAS activities, including with respect to co-branding;
  • Processes for identifying and assessing the performance of CPAS opportunities (noting that this may be addressed in greater detail through the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Framework); and
  • Resource planning for the delivery of CPAS activities.

The CPAS may be supplemented as needed by smaller-scale plans focused on particular countries as appropriate. It will be updated at least annually to ensure the Program’s approach to communications, including identity and branding, continues to be relevant to the evolving operating environment.

In addition to the CPAS, the Communications Adviser will:

  • Ensure high-profile, targeted launch activities in Year One are utilised to effectively build the identity and reputation of the Program.
  • Provide technical advice and support to the P4I team in planning and developing relevant information and communication products to inform and influence key stakeholders.
  • Ensure approval processes for public domain materials are obtained, and processes for engaging with the media followed.
  • Manage and support the Communications Officer and other staff, suppliers and consultants (e.g. designers, web manager, editors, writers, filmmakers and others as required from time-to-time) to deliver communications outputs.
  • Contributing to and maintaining the program website and social media (updating/generating new content; liaising with relevant service providers to ensure the website is active)
  • Provide quality assurance for articles generated by staff, and for reports to donors and partners.
  • Take the lead on ensuring that Program communications and signage align with DFAT policy, and as appropriate, to the Program goal, objective and End of Investment Outcomes.


  • Tertiary qualifications in international relations, communications, journalism or a related field (post graduate qualifications highly desirable);
  • Experience working in Southeast Asia highly desirable;
  • At least five years’ experience in marketing, advertising, journalism, corporate or government communications, civil society/NGO or other types of externally facing communications roles;
  • Demonstrated experience using cutting edge communication tools and technologies to engage and influence stakeholders;
  • Experience in social media strategy planning, content creation, and community management.
  • Proven experience crafting messages in various formats (articles, press releases, websites, photos, success stories, blog entries, tweets, etc.) targeting a variety of audiences;
  • Exceptional, proven writing and editing skills (English) and the ability to summarise and repackage technical information in clear, compelling language;
  • Ability to engage with diverse audiences. This includes donors, governments, the private sector and the diverse P4I team and partners;
  • Strong literacy in Microsoft packages with knowledge of Adobe products is a distinct advantage;
  • Experience in on-the-job mentoring;
  • Self-motivation, creativity, excellent organisational skills, proven ability to perform multiple tasks, and ability to work with both internal and external stakeholders;
  • Ability to work proactively and independently; and,
  • Demonstrated commitment to gender equality principles.

The following skills and experience are also preferred:

  • Working proficiency in one or more Southeast Asian languages.
  • Experience working on Australian development programs and/or on programs funded by other development donors.

Reporting Requirements

The Communications Adviser will report to:

  • P4I’s Head of Program Delivery and Performance on a day-to-day basis in managing the delivery of P4I’s CPAS.
  • ASI Focal Point on matters related to ASI’s project management, performance and employment.

On an annual basis, the position is required to prepare an individual Annual Work Plan and undertake an Adviser Performance Assessment.

How to apply

Interested applicants are requested to submit a CV and a short covering note in an email with to nick.martinez@adamsmithinternational.com.

Unfortunately, due to high application volume, only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Applications close 12 February 2021.