Media Associate
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) seeks to enable sustainable and resilient mountain development for improved and equitable livelihoods through knowledge generation and regional cooperation. 

ICIMOD is a regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge-sharing centre serving the eight regional member countries of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Working in partnership with regional and international organizations, ICIMOD aims to influence policy and practices to meet environmental and livelihood challenges emerging in the HKH. ICIMOD provides a platform for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from the region and around the globe to generate and share knowledge, support evidence-based decision making, and encourage regional cooperation. 

ICIMOD works through its six Regional Programmes: 1) Adaptation and Resilience Building, 2) Transboundary Landscapes, 3) River Basins and Cryosphere, 4) Atmosphere, 5) Mountain Environment Regional Information System, and 6) Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks. These regional programmes are supported by four Thematic Areas – Livelihoods, Ecosystem Services, Water and Air, and Geospatial Solutions – and underpinned by the Knowledge Management and Communication (KMC) Unit. ICIMOD seeks to contribute to reducing poverty and vulnerability and improving the lives and livelihoods of mountain women, men and children, now and in the future.

The thematic areas, regional programmes, and initiatives are supported by programme associates, who provide overall administrative and logistic support to ensure the smooth functioning of the unit. 

Media Associate

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Division: Knowledge Management and Communication (KMC)

Duration: One year, with a probation period of three months, with possibility of extension, subject to performance and ICIMOD’s future funding levels

Duty station: The duty station is Kathmandu

Remuneration: Salaries and benefits of ICIMOD are competitive compared with other regional organizations; remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications

Responsibilities and tasks:

The Media Associate will work closely with colleagues in the Media Unit and under the direct supervision of the Media Officer in all day-to-day functions relating to media and outreach activities. The Associate should be aware of basic communications and public relations practices.

Specifically, the Media Associate will:

  • Hold primary responsibility for social media management across all ICIMOD social media channels (primarily Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram but also LinkedIn) 
  • Assist in all media-related activities (staff articles, press releases, press meets, interviews, media events)
  • Assist in all outreach activities (exhibitions, book fairs, film festivals, international day events, open houses)
  • Identify – in coordination with colleagues – news content from print, online news portals, google alerts, and other sources
  • Compile and share weekly media coverage and generate other related reports on-demand
  • Track and update media coverage on the website
  • Update and maintain ICIMOD’s media contact database and generate users’ profiles and lists upon request
  • Assist in follow-up for news items for the ICIMOD News Digest, e-circulars, and announcements
  • Maintain and update information on display boards at the front office
  • Respond to general queries for information, visits, and related matter
  • Perform any other related duties

Minimum qualifications and requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in media studies, communications, journalism, or other relevant fields
  • A minimum of two years of work experience in a field related to communications, journalism, media, or research
  • Excellent communications skills and knowledge of information technology; sound knowledge of communication strategies and social media management tools and platforms
  • Experience in science, environment, marketing, public relations, or digital engagement is preferred 

Skills and competencies:

  • Teamwork and cooperation: Works collaboratively in a team, seeking opinions and feedback to find solutions and meet team objectives 
  • Result orientation: Takes responsibility for fulfilling challenging goals set in line with organizational processes
  • Cross-cultural impact:  Adjusts to cultural differences to ensure broad participation
  • Analytical thinking: Seeks out information and does research to understand problems
  • Continuous improvement and innovation:  Seeks to improve work processes by implementing new practices and technologies 
  • Self-development: Positive attitude towards learning and professional development

Gender and equity policy:

Qualified eligible female candidates and those from disadvantaged backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. ICIMOD upholds a gender equity policy and is supportive to women professionals. It operates a day- care centre on the campus and is committed to the integration of gender equity at the organizational and programmatic levels.

Applying Procedure

Applicants are requested to apply online before September 09, 2019 through ICIMOD's Online Application System.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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