Director of Communications

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Manila, Metropolitan Manila, Philippines
Apply by 4 August 2017
Posted on 7 February 2017

Job Description

Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is currently seeking a talented professional for a Director of Communications. Reporting to the Vice-President, Asia-Pacific, the Director of Communications, with cross-functional reporting to the HQ-based Senior Director, International Communications, is responsible for the management and creative leadership of the Habitat for Humanity brand in the Asia-Pacific region. The Director is a member of the Asia-Pacific management team responsible for the overall strategic direction and success of Habitat’s work in the region.

The Director is responsible for brand projection – developing resources and systems to spread the good news of Habitat’s work – and brand protection – counseling on and implementing strategies to preserve the integrity of the Habitat logo and name. The work of the Director and the Asia-Pacific communications teams involves addressing a range of internal and external audiences including existing and potential Habitat donors, staff and supporters as well as wider audiences. This position will be based at the HFHI Asia Pacific office located in Manila, Philippines.

Key Responsibilities:


- Counsel and support the Asia-Pacific management team as it pursues its regional goals.
- Providing advice on creating and implementing Asia-Pacific-wide communications strategies and campaigns for brand-building, media relations, special events, fund raising, housing finance, appropriate technology, volunteer mobilization, advocacy, crisis communications; and the provision of consistent communications messages and materials to support these responsibilities.
- Act as the public spokesperson for the Asia-Pacific region.


- Counsel Habitat national organizations in the Asia-Pacific region as they pursue their wider goals.
- Providing advice on creating and implementing communications and marketing-related strategies and campaigns for brand-building, fund raising, volunteer mobilization, advocacy, crisis communications; and the provision of communications messages, tools, techniques and training.


- Represent the Asia-Pacific region in the global Habitat communications team in the creation and implementation of worldwide brand building, marketing and advocacy initiatives and campaigns.
- Devising Asia-Pacific roll-out strategies; liaising and sharing with peers in other Habitat regions; and coordinating and collaborating with the HQ communications team on global strategies and initiatives.


- Create and update key information and clear and consistent messages about housing and Habitat’s work in the Asia-Pacific region for use throughout the Habitat network.
- Adapt related global systems and information for Habitat audiences in the Asia-Pacific region.

Disaster and Crisis Communications:

- Lead and counsel communications aspects of Habitat’s work following natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Devise and manage information and reporting flows during and after an event.
- Counsel and manage communications aspects of issues and crises affecting the operations of Habitat entities in the Asia-Pacific region.


- Lead and direct the compilation, writing, editing, design, production and distribution of printed, audio-visual, digital materials used by the Asia-Pacific office.
- Provide speeches and presentations and executive materials for international board members.
- Counsel and support the national organizations as they create their materials; contribute to global Habitat materials, and adapt and share global Habitat materials.


- Lead and direct communications staff attached to the Asia-Pacific office.
- Devise protocols, assign responsibilities and assess performance against agreed criteria.
- Devise and operate the team and communications needs within budgets agreed by the Area Vice President.

Key Requirements:

- Undergraduate degree in relevant field; Master’s Degree preferred.
- At least 10 years progressive experience in communications and media management, with a strong focus on brand building and resource development.
- Excellent English-language writing and editing skills.
- A strong background at a senior level as a communications professional preferably with an international business corporation, non-governmental organization or similar body.
- Solid experience in journalism and corporate communications/public relations, preferably including event management.
- Experience managing communications staff.
- Ability to plan and produce quality work to tight deadlines.
- Strong reporting and presentation skills; and an eye for design.
- Experience providing training in communications and marketing topics.
- Experience of working in a multicultural, multi-ethnic, multi-faith environment.
- Computer literate with proficiency in use of word-processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to train others in media and brand-building skills.
- Willingness to lead and affirm the Christian mission and principles of HFHI.


- Knowledge of and ability to work with national and international media.
- Knowledge of creative, design and production processes, preferably including experience in web and digital media.
- International community development experience preferable.

About the Organization

Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. The purpose and goal of Habitat for Humanity International is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses in partnership with families in need. Habitat for Humanity has an Administrative Headquarters based in Atlanta, an Operational Headquarters based in Americus, Georgia, and Area Office bases of operations in Manila, Philippines for our Asia and Pacific work, San Jose, Costa Rica for our Latin American and Caribbean work and Bratislava, Slovakia for our Europe, the Middle East and Africa work.

HFHI is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified personnel for all our positions in a manner that does not unlawfully discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran/reserve national guard status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

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