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Thank you for being as enthusiastic about social democracy as we are. Join one of our offices across Asia and get engaged in the work of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES). Please find our current job vacancies and information on the application process below.

Social Media and Community Manager, FES Connect

Period: one year, starting 1 May 2019 (or sooner)
Type: part-time consultancy (75 hours a month)
Location: Bangkok (Thailand) or Singapore
Deadline for application: 6 March 2019

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is the oldest political foundation in Germany with a rich tradition in social democracy dating back to its foundation in 1925. Our work focuses on the core ideas and values of social democracy, freedom, justice and solidarity.

With more than 100 offices worldwide, FES has built a vast network of international partners, contacts and friends. In 2015 FES decided to intensify its online-based communication with partners and contacts. FES Connect is a digital offer in English for partner engagement by the Division for International Cooperation comprised of a monthly newsletter, a web portal and a Twitter account. It brings the latest news and updates from the work by the international FES community, partners and friends.

Through the use of digital communication tools, the digital offer aims for a dynamic exchange between partners of FES across national borders and areas of work. The objective is to strengthen and grow the international network of organizations and individuals whose political work commits to the values of social democracy and globalization on the basis of solidarity.

This vacant consultancy is a great opportunity for a Social Media and Community Manager to work with the partner engagement programme team based in Bangkok and Berlin to co-design, adapt, and implement the social media communications strategy of FES Connect.

What will you be doing

  • Review the social media work to develop a social media plan of FES Connect for existing channels and expand the presence of FES Connect to up to two new social media channels
  • Maintain and update the general and social media calendar.
  • Research and create social media content for FES Connect on a daily basis and distribute in a way that drives high engagement;
  • Create monthly topic strategies to reach targeted audiences
  • Develop a strong relationship with influencers (from among the network of FES partners and organizations) to promote closer and stronger online engagement of partners (political parties, trade unions, NGOs) via social media channels; propose and implement different formats
  • Set up and co-manage one partner-oriented community group online and create online engagement among members
  • Follow original publication by FES and partners on all relevant social networks on a daily basis
  • Suggest improvements in follow up to monthly briefings with the FES team and a data analyst
  • Assist with content planning and production for the monthly newsletters
  • Perform other duties as overall editorial assistant as assigned 


What you need for this job

  • Be based in Bangkok or Singapore
  • Ability to work well independently, self-motivated and self-starter
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, including for web copy, and one more international language (French, Spanish, German).
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • First level university education in social sciences, humanities, arts, communications or journalism. Advanced degrees and additional certificates relevant to the job call will be considered an asset
  • Proven 1-2 years work experience as a Social Media and Content Manager for online platforms, at an organization or movement whose activities are aligned with the commitment to uphold the values of solidarity, justice and freedom.
  • Strong understanding and ability to synthesize current debates on globalization and international cooperation
  • Familiarity with website management, photo and video editing.
  • Design skills with Photoshop, Canva etc. a plus
  • Experience with online collaboration tools (O365 and similar)

Additional

  • Work from Singapore/Bangkok with weekly skype and/or monthly meetings in person
  • Flexible hours, you can manage your time
  • Possibility to extend contract

If you believe in the positive role social media can have for social change to strengthen solidarity, freedom and justice for a democratic society, the Social Media and Community Manager is the role for you.

How to apply

Submit a resumé (max two pages) with one name for reference, one page cover letter with expected monthly fee and a writing sample (facebook post/design or blog maximum 1000 words, inclusive of the hyperlink) from a platform you had contributed or managed in English.

Email the documents to thamonpat.cooperider(at)fes.asia with Name_Last Name and the title of the position in Subject line by 06 March 2019.

Only successful candidates will be notified and invited for an interview (via skype or in person) as soon as possible.

No relocation costs are applicable for this job. 

Roster – Editor for English

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Asia is updating its roster of qualified editors who may be involved in its projects, publications and activities in Asia. The eligible applicant will be a native speaker of English with at least five years of editorial experience residing and working in any of the following countries: Germany, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand or Vietnam.

Deadline for expression of interest is 15 February 2019.

Main Responsibilities

  • Under the overall supervision of the Regional Communication Coordinator based in Thailand, the duties and responsibilities of the editor would be:
  • Based on the quality of the document, undertake substantive, line, copy-edit or proofreading of country studies, policy papers and reports on social, political and economic issues in countries in Asia for content and flow
  • Edit short stories for web-publishing and occasionally brochures and flyers
  • Edit with a view to ensure clarity of structure and internal consistency, both analytical and stylistic
  • Ensure that the statistical data used and referenced in the text are consistent with the data in the tables, figures, charts and maps
  • Ensure the house style is maintained for all segments of the document, including noted and bibliography.
  • Occasionally, professional copywriting.

Person Specification

  • Advanced university degree in Communication, Journalism, English, Social Sciences or related fields
  • Minimum of five years’ experience as professional editor in Asia with non-profit organizations, international organizations, universities or media outlets editing academic papers, policy reports and exposure stories dealing with development cooperation on gender equality, decent work, international trade, good governance and conflict resolution.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, strong fact checking, meticulous proofreading
  • Proven track-record of successful long-distance work
  • Reading knowledge of German is considered an asset
  • Native English speaker located in Germany or countries in Asia where FES has offices (see a full list).

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit a short CV, sample of latest work and daily service fee for editing and professional copywriting in English to Thamonpat.cooperider(at)fes.asia by 15 February 2019. For editing, please include a charge per page (where page is considered 500 words) to reflect price difference for type of editing (substantive, line, copy-edit or proofreading). For professional copywriting include price per word.

Applicants will be notified by 1 March 2019. 

Internship

Thank you for your interest in an internship with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Asia. For internships in the Singapore-based FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia see for more information below. For internship opportunities in any of our 13 other offices in Asia, get information on our About page and contact the respective country offices.

More information

An internship at the Singapore-based FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia offers the possibility to experience and support the work of a political foundation at the regional level in Asia.

Who can apply

You may apply for an internship if you are an advanced student (minimum final year of B.A. studies) of Political Science, Social Sciences, Economics or related studies and display strong interest in international cooperation. FES scholarship recipients and applicants with a keen interest and preliminary experiences in the field of labour and trade issues, trade unions, feminism and social protection are particularly welcomed to apply. English proficiency is a must for our work. German and/or other Asian languages are beneficial.

Duration of internship and what to expect

During an FES Singapore internship, you will experience the working environment of a German political foundation and its cooperation activities in the field of social justice. Interns are required to support the FES team in its daily work, including organizing and implementing workshops and conferences, doing desk research, writing reports and assisting in office administration. The maximum internship duration is 3 months.

Upon request, FES can provide you with more detailed information on living and working in Singapore. Please be informed that standards of living in Singapore are very high which translates into high living expenses while living here. Due to internal regulations, FES can only offer a minor contribution to your internship-related expenses. In total FES will support you with 450 €uro/month. Additional expenses like flight ticket, visa fees, health insurance, etc., are not covered by FES.

How to apply

Applications (to be written in English) should be submitted at least 3 months in advance of your preferred starting date of the internship. You are requested to include the following documents in your application:

  • Motivation letter (1-1.5 page): What motivated you to apply for an internship with FES? Why did you choose the FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia based in Singapore? What do you expect from the internship? How can you contribute to our work? Please state your preferred time window for the internship. You may indicate two time windows in case your availability is flexible;
  • Curriculum Vitae (please also state your date of birth);
  • Recent overview of grades and study credits issued by your university;
  • Other relevant documents, e.g., reference letters from previous internships.

Once you are shortlisted you will be invited for a brief skype interview. Upon a successful application, you will need to apply for a visa and work permit under the Singapore Work Holiday Programme which permits you to enter Singapore for the purpose of your internship only. Singapore has specific and strict regulations for internship applicants based on age and university affiliation.

For details on visa matters please refer to the website of the Ministry of Manpower of Singapore.

Please send your application by email to FES Office Administrator Ms. Patricia D'Cotta at info[at]fes.asia.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia

7500A Beach Road
#12-320/321/322
The Plaza
Singapore 199591

+65 6297 6760
info(at)fes.asia

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