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Position Title Communications Manager
Duration of Assignment To be negotiated
Location Singapore
Reports to Head External Relations
Application process Please send your CV with relevant information to by 20th June 2018. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.
Program Overview

The Role

APLMA and the fight against malaria in Asia and the Pacific is a success story. Malaria once posed a major threat of disease and death to billions of lives in Asia-Pacific. Through smart investments in effective malaria control tools and Leaders’ commitments to ending malaria for good, countries in the region have halved the number of malaria cases and deaths in less than 15 years.

Eliminating malaria from Asia and the Pacific by 2030 will go down in history as one of the greatest achievements of mankind.

The path to eliminating malaria is not free of significant challenges. In the Greater Mekong Subregion, antimalaria drug resistance has gained a foothold and threatens to spread. If we do not eliminate malaria it may resurge and spread out of the region and across the world with devastating impact. In Asia and the Pacific, malaria is an invisible disease, affecting the poor and disenfranchised – far removed from the thriving economic and social capitals.

How do we best communicate these masked challenges? How do we maintain commitments to malaria elimination from our leaders, communities and business partners? And how do we best articulate the role APLMA plays in achieving this goal? This is where you come in.

APLMA is seeking a Communications Manager who can ensure that malaria elimination remains a top-priority and highly visible in the region. You will work to support development and implementation of a new APLMA communications strategy while coordinating the demands of internal and external stakeholders and contractors.

Your background is less important than your attitude. We are looking for an entrepreneurial, fast-acting, responsible and passionate professional with experience in managing corporate communications. These traits and values must be evident and shine through in your approach to life and work.

Ideally, you have spent a few years out of university working for a strategy or management consultancy firm; a PR or media agency; a tech start-up, or maybe you took a year out and worked for an NGO. Whatever you did, you are proud of what you accomplished, and you can clearly articulate the role you played.

This position is made for you if you see yourself working in a senior role in third sector communications or external relations further down the road. For the right candidate, this position is a golden opportunity to learn the ropes from an intense, expandable role.

What does APLMA offer? Most importantly, APLMA provides that you will play a role in defeating malaria Asia and the Pacific, and in doing so you will be part of history in the making. At APLMA you will directly work with the best people in the business, including colleagues, stakeholders and agencies. APLMA will support your creative ideas and innovative approaches.! How’s that for a job?

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Accountability/ Working Relationships

The position reports to the Head of External Relations and will be expected to actively corral a broad palette of communications actions with partners, associates and sub-contractors.

As a member of the APLMA secretariat team, you will collaborate closely with other staff members, and external partners.

Key Responsibilities
  • Manage and coordinate development and implementation of APLMA’s communications strategy with support from external contractors.
  • Ensure that APLMA’s messages are consistent and clear across all our channels and platforms; and promote maximum visibility for the organization.
  • Identify strategic APLMA communications moments across the year and plan engagement strategies and messaging in support of these opportunities. This requires event planning, coordination of external partners and service providers, and developing and placing compelling press releases and op-eds.
  • Coordinate APLMA staff and external stakeholders on communication activities.
  • Identify and engage with contacts across media partners, government agencies, private sector partners, civil society organizations, and other partners.
  • Supported by external contractors, draft and place media outreach materials (e.g. opinion pieces, speeches, press releases and reports, as required).
  • Ensure that APLMA social media and website(s) run like a clockwork by liaising with the agency in charge
  • Manage screening, curation and sharing of media/journal/online articles relevant to APLMA’s work and goals.
Selection Criteria


  • An advanced degree from a reputable university. An MBA would be an advantage.


  • Minimum of 2-4 years work experience in management consultancy, PR and media, start-ups, or NGOs, with exposure to and experience in managing corporate communications.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in the English language, including ability to translate complex and technical issues into something that anyone can understand
  • Ability to liaise with a range of stakeholders including individuals who play a senior role within government agencies and private companies.
  • Willingness to travel.

Personal Attributes

  • Entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial – you have created things, projects, or activities in the past. And you want to do the same in the future.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, good track record to work effectively in a team with different cultures and professions to achieve expected objectives
  • Ability to communicate effectively with senior government staff and other high level official
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Personal commitment, integrity, efficiency, resilience, flexibility and motivation to achieve expected results
  • Ability to represent APLMA promote our initiative and reputation

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