Senior Public Affairs and Policy Support Manager
The Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur invites applications for the position of Senior Public Affairs and Policy Support Manager to lead the Public Diplomacy and Policy Support (PDPS) section for a start date as soon as possible.
The terms of employment will be in accordance with the Kuala Lumpur Based Terms and Conditions of Employment. Employment will be offered on on-going basis at the LE6 level with an annual salary in the range of RM115,140 to RM124,608. Continued employment is subject to successful completion of a 6 month probation period.
The Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur offers an attractive conditions package that includes recreation and medical leave, and medical benefits.
The Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur will not be responsible for any costs incurred on relocation costs, accommodation arrangements nor the return of the officer to their hometown or country of origin.
The position is a Locally Engaged Staff position within the High Commission. Reporting to the Counsellor Political/Economic, the Senior Public Affairs and Policy Support Manager would, under general direction, lead and manage the PDPS team’s work on the High Commission’s public affairs strategies, and political and economic engagement.
Tasks and Functions
- Manage and set priorities for the work of PDPS staff and interns in support of High Commission activities, in particular the work of the Political-Economic team. This includes managing and overseeing the work of PDPS section staff on public affairs and the monitoring and analysis of Malaysian political and economic developments.
- Working closely with diplomatic staff across the High Commission, lead the development, implementation and evaluation of the High Commission’s public affairs programs, ensuring the approach is strategic and aligned to Australian Government priorities. This includes providing oversight of, and guidance to, the PDPS team on:
- the development, implementation and evaluation of the High Commission’s annual public diplomacy strategy, including management of public diplomacy events and the public diplomacy budget;
- monitoring the Malaysian media and media landscape, and the maintenance of up-to-date information on key media figures and organisations;
- the identification of problems and opportunities for Australia in the Malaysian media, and preparation of strategies to deal with them;
- liaison with Malaysian media on issues of importance to Australia;
- the development and implementation of the High Commission’s online engagement strategies, including social media and website platforms;
- the development and maintenance of a network of public diplomacy and media contacts;
- the development and implementation of alumni and New Colombo Plan activities;
- organisation and management of visits and representational functions.
- Plan and manage the High Commission’s annual Australia Day function, and other high-profile public diplomacy and representational events as required;
- Build and maintain a network of internal and external public affairs stakeholders;
- Represent the Australian High Commission at external meetings and events;
- Undertake regional travel, as required; and
- Other duties as required.
- Demonstrated ability to lead a culturally diverse team to deliver results.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills, including high-level English language abilities.
- High-level liaison, representation and interpersonal skills.
- Understanding of the Malaysian political, economic, media and cultural environments, or a demonstrated ability to acquire such understanding quickly.
- Understanding of Australian Government priorities in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, or a demonstrated ability to acquire such understanding quickly.
- Professional qualifications in communications, public relations, marketing, journalism or a related degree and/or demonstrated specialist expertise, knowledge or experience in strategic communications, public relations, events management or project management.
- Eligibility to obtain an Australian Security Clearance.
- Bahasa Malaysia language abilities.
Equal Employment Opportunities
The High Commission recruitment decisions are made on the basis of merit and we do not discriminate on the grounds of gender, age, race, ethnicity, sexual preference, religion or disability. Our employees enjoy equity and fairness in the workplace, opportunities for professional development, and support to balance their work and private lives.
To work at the Australian High Commission, non-Malaysian nationals must hold a work permit/visa. Successful candidates are required to make their own visa arrangements to work legally at the High Commission. The High Commission will provide a supporting letter to facilitate the visa arrangement but will not otherwise be involved in the process of obtaining a work permit/visa. Successful candidates are responsible for their travel and accommodation arrangements.