Regional Media Manager – Asia

Save the Children’s vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Save the Children started our work in Vietnam in 1990, and implements programs in the key thematic areas: Education, Health and Nutrition, Child Protection, Child Rights and Governance, Child Poverty, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Emergency Response. At present, Vietnam Country Office has programs in 20 out of 63 provinces in Vietnam.

Save the Children in Vietnam continues to develop innovative programming that reflects the overall strategic goal of measurably improving the survival, health, protection and development of Vietnam’s poorest children by strengthening the capacity of women and children, caring adults, communities and partner organizations.

Save the Children is committed to ensuring that all our personnel and programmes are absolutely safe for children.

Child Safeguarding positioning statement:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

We are looking for:

  • Vacancy: Regional Media Manager – Asia
  • Based in: Asia based roles

Main Responsibilities:

The Regional Media Manager – Asia (RMM) is a key position within the regional Advocacy, Campaigns and Communications team, with a dotted line report to the Global Media Unit in London, helping to ensure Save the Children is a credible and powerful voice for the most vulnerable and marginalised children.

The successful candidate will lead Save the Children’s media work on high profile issues and crises across Asia, harnessing the power of national and international media to help us achieve our advocacy, campaign, brand, programmatic and fundraising goals.

The RMM will work closely with Country Offices who are carrying out their own national media outreach, including providing training and mentoring, editing media materials and supporting the development of national media strategies.

The post-holder will also work closely with advocacy, communications and campaigns colleagues around the world to ensure media outreach is strategic, impactful and targeted. They will identify, develop and maintain strong relationships with influential media, find and generate story ideas, develop crisp, newsworthy media materials in quick time, train and support spokespeople, and at times act as a spokesperson themselves.

The RMM will be required to travel regularly at short notice, including deploying to humanitarian crises at short notice. They will work in accordance with the news agenda, including reacting to breaking news, particularly in regard to child rights violations. They will be required to support on crisis communications and reputational issues when they arise, providing critical strategic media advice.

The successful candidate will lead in the development of media strategies that are ambitious and creative, delivering these strategies in a collaborative manner across Asia.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

Key Competencies:


  • University degree in a relevant subject or equivalent field experience
  • At least five years' experience as a journalist in a credible news organisation OR equivalent experience as a Media & Communications Manager in an international humanitarian or development agency, and experience of dealing in the international media environment
  • Significant experience of working overseas in humanitarian programmes
  • Experience of leading media activities in a challenging environment
  • Fluent in at least English
  • Evidence of excellent verbal and written communication skills producing materials for a wide range of different audiences including donors, journalists and the 'general public'
  • Experience of effective spokes-personing across a range of media
  • Excellent writing skills, and the ability to produce compelling media products such as press releases, key messages/speaking points and Q&As
  • The ability to digest complex information, quickly, and express this crisply and clearly
  • Excellent relationship building skills in order to work for limited periods within programmes under pressure of running emergency responses
  • An initiative-taking, proactive, inspiring attitude with the ability to manage and prioritise an unpredictable workload and solve problems quickly with limited support
  • Experience of delivering training, presentations and other capacity building activities to varied audiences, ideally within a country programme.
  • Excellent IT skills, especially in Microsoft Word
  • Excellent understanding of media and campaigning activities
  • Strong influencing skills
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children.
  • In particular, a good understanding of the Save the Children mandate and child focus, and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support


  • Photography and multimedia skills
  • Asian language skills an advantage

Candidates may apply at :

The Job Description is attached.

The closing date for application is 5pm on 21st November 2018. Applications will be treated in confidence. Due to the volume of applications we receive, only short-listed candidates will be contacted and CVs cannot be returned.

Save the Children is an equal opportunities employer. Our selection processes reflect our commitment to the protection of children from abuse, and our people are as diverse as the challenge we face.  We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of age, disability, HIV/AIDS status, race, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation.

Job Details
Organisation Name: 
Save the Children
Application Deadline: 
Wed, 2018-11-21