Australian High Commission

Job Advert - Public Diplomacy Manager

Public Diplomacy Manager

The Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur invites applications for the position of Public Diplomacy Manager 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 an on-going basis at the LE5 level with an annual salary in the range of RM97,596 to RM105,648. 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.

Job Description

The position is a Locally Engaged Staff position within the High Commission.  Reporting to the Senior Public Affairs and Policy Support Manager, the Public Diplomacy Manager would, under general direction, plan and implement the High Commission’s public diplomacy program.

Tasks and Functions

  • Develop and implement the High Commission’s annual public diplomacy strategy. As part of this work:
    • Generate ideas and opportunities for the High Commission’s public diplomacy program
    • Manage projects, visits and events linked to the High Commission’s public diplomacy program
    • Manage, monitor and report on the public diplomacy budget
    • Evaluate and report on public diplomacy activities
    • Build and maintain a network of internal and external public diplomacy stakeholders
    • Research and prepare a range of public diplomacy materials including publications, briefs, summaries, public diplomacy visit programs
    • Draft speeches, talking points, articles and letters relating to public diplomacy activities
  • Provide support for high-level visits;
  • Represent the Australian High Commission at external meetings and events;
  • Undertake regional travel, as required; and
  • Other duties as required.

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and events, including problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including high-level English language abilities
  • Demonstrated drive, initiative and creativity.
  • High-level stakeholder management, 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.

Highly Desirable

  • Professional qualifications in events management, project management, communications, public relations, marketing, journalism or a related degree; and/or
  • Demonstrated expertise, knowledge or experience in events management or project management.
  • Bahasa Malaysia language abilities.


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.

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