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Position Title Senior Associate, External Relations
Duration of Assignment To be negotiated
Location Singapore
Reports to Head of External Relations
Application process Please send your CV with relevant information to by 31st July 2018. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.
Program Overview

Communicable diseases present a clear and present danger to us all, a fact now widely recognized like never before.

A unique opportunity has opened up to help build the External Relations department of the Asia Pacific Leaders’ Malaria Alliance (APLMA) secretariat.


APLMA has a critical role in translating political commitments into actions; advancing the emerging regional health security agenda, and bringing together leaders from governments, the private sector and external financiers.

The External Relations department drives APLMA’s work on health financing and resource mobilization, partnerships with international organizations and corporations and communication with external stakeholders.

We demonstrate the case for malaria elimination and highlight the close links between elimination and other health and economic objectives; catalyze and incubate innovations to strengthen country and community systems; develop new health financing products in particular blended finance, and; engage new leaders from the business sector and beyond, committed to malaria elimination.


You are an innovator and thrive in an environment that is open to new ideas, and with the agility and reach to put these into practice. You have a proven ability to work across sectors, including governments and the private sector.

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 enables you to 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. You will work with senior staff of organizations like the Asian Development Bank, the Global Fund and UNITAID, and with leading corporations on the M2030 partnership (

APLMA will support your creative ideas and innovative approaches. If you want to know more about APLMA and our work, check us out at

Accountability/ Working Relationships

The position reports to the Head of External Relations. As a member of the APLMA secretariat team, you will collaborate closely with other staff members, and external partners.

Position Summary

Support the development of APLMA’s external relations strategy and its implementation.

Key Responsibilities

External Relations

  • Identify and engage with contacts across media partners, government agencies, private sector partners, civil society organizations, and other key APLMA stakeholders.
  • Maintain and nurture relationships with existing partners.
  • Support identification and development of relationships with new APLMA partners.

Resource Mobilization

  • Support the development of innovative health financing initiatives through research, analysis and engagement of key stakeholders.
  • Support the scale-up of the innovative consumer initiative M2030 (
  • Conduct market analyses, prospect identification and outreach, partnership negotiations and donor engagement and cultivation by working with dedicated consultants and partners like the Global Fund.
  • Support outreach to high-net-worth individuals and philanthropists.


  • Support the development and implementation of APLMA’s communication strategy with APLMA Communication Manager.
  • Work with APLMA Communications Manager to ensure that APLMA’s messages are consistent and clear across all our channels and platforms; and promote maximum visibility for the organization.
  • Provide briefings, communications and policy support to the Head of External Relations as a basis for effective communications with and outreach to key stakeholders and influencers.
  • Identify strategic opportunities for APLMA and create and coordinate engagement strategies and messaging in support of these opportunities. This requires event planning, coordination of external partners and service providers.
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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