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Job Opening – Communications Manager

Job Title: Communications Manager
Location: Phnom Penh, with some provincial travel
Job Type: Full Time
Reports to: Program Director
Closing date: May 18, 2018

WaterSHED is seeking a dynamic and talented Communications Manager to help us engage more effectively with our local and international partners. The successful candidate will help further advance WaterSHED’s market systems philosophy in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector.


WaterSHED uses a systems-approach to build the rural market for water, sanitation, and hygiene products and services across Southeast Asia. Based in Cambodia, the organization conducts in-depth research to identify strategic opportunities and gaps in the wider system, and then works to strengthen the capacity and relationships between key actors to create more dynamic and resilient markets.

By engaging key actors in the system, including small businesses, customers, and local government, WaterSHED facilitates the adoption of toilets, water filters, and handwashing stations – building a market that functions independent of traditional aid. To date, WaterSHED’s Hands-Off marketing approach has successfully enabled small businesses to sell more than 180,000 toilets, generating more than USD $9 million in revenue for rural businesses, and helping accelerate sanitation coverage from a stagnant 25% to nearly 60% in six years.

WaterSHED has been featured in Forbes, Reuters, and Huffington Post, and is a twice winner of USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures competition, a winner of Canada Grand Challenges Stars in Global Public Health, and 1st prize winner of the Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge.


The Communications Manager will build a communications strategy and oversee content creation that reflects WaterSHED’s strategic vision. The successful candidate will work closely with the Program Director and lead a small team of staff, freelancers, and contractors. He or she will have an unrivaled opportunity to help the organization grow its impact and change the landscape of development in water, sanitation, and hygiene.


Strategy Design: You will hone WaterSHED’s communications strategy, enable richer and more targeted interaction with audiences, and develop high-quality communications and creative assets.

Digital Marketing: You will play a lead role in managing all external communications with current and potential partners, donor, and thinkers in the sector. You will oversee WaterSHED’s website, newsletter, social media, blogs, video production, and contributed content.

Media Relations: You will further strengthen relationships and cultivate new contacts with local and international journalists to increase visibility of market-based approaches in WASH and WaterSHED’s activities in South and Southeast Asia.

Conference & Donor Visit Coordination: Work closely with department heads to identify speaking engagements and presentation opportunities to highlight WaterSHED’s research and findings. Aid in speech writing, presentation preparations, and development of marketing collateral for international conferences and local field visits.


  1. At least five years of experience in communications, journalism, public relations, or marketing.
  2. Exceptional writer. Candidates should enjoy writing and be capable of producing compelling, well-articulated content across a range of platforms.
  3. Experience with website management and WordPress CSM
  4. Photography, videography, and/or graphic design skills are an asset
  5. University Bachelor’s degree

We are looking for someone who appreciates the objectives and values of WaterSHED, has excellent communication skills, is entrepreneurial and creative, takes initiative, and is enthusiastic. Good problem-solving, critical-thinking skills, honesty and trustworthiness are essential.

Interested applicants please send your application including:

  1. Resume with the name and contacts of three references
  2. A cover letter, outlining your experience and skills (maximum one page)
  3. Portfolio of written work (articles and/or reports)
  4. Optional – portfolio of published photos, videos, and or design samples

Please send your application to with the subject “Communications Manager”.

Application deadline: May 18, 2018

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. For further information about the organization, visit our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter