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Church World Service (CWS)  is a faith-based organization working to help communities around the world transform through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster.

In Asia, Church World Service (CWS) works with families, communities, governments, ecumenical and technical partners and other non-government organizations to help some of the region’s most vulnerable people. Most often we partner in support of long-term socioeconomic development and, when needed, we help people cope with the effects and aftermath of increasingly frequent natural and manmade crises across the region.

CWS works in partnership with communities and families in six Southeast Asian countries – Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam – to help them improve their lives. We do this by enhancing access to information, education and hands-on training for development and disaster preparedness. National teams and local partners follow up with individuals and communities with coaching and monitoring to help ensure quality, accountability and sustainability. In Japan, CWS supports the work of CWS Japan: its advocacy and humanitarian initiatives in Japan as well as its development outreach and emergency response in other countries. 

Position Summary:

The Reporting and Communications Specialist will report to the Country Representative to ensure the submission of high quality reports that speak to results and impact. S/he will also (1)support writing funding proposal writing and (2)work with country teams to produce high quality communications materials: successstories for and for the CWS Facebook page, Country Fact Sheets, and presentations. The successful candidate will have at documented experience in communicating about international development and humanitarian response; and superb English writing skills.

Roles and responsibilities:

Reporting (50%)

Ensure timely submission of well-written reports to donors about program successes and progress

  • Agree on schedules*, and then coordinate reporting on 8-10 projects to ensure that information and data are received from project fieldstaff for timely, iterative document editing and finalizing;
  • Edit for clarity, accuracy and creativity to ensure donor (reader) engagement;
  • *Schedule report finalization to allow for Director of Programs, Country Representative and Regional Director review;
  • Identify reporting capacity gaps and identify ways (in-person teaching-coaching, on-line courses) to help colleagues improve their reporting skills.

Communications – Internal and External (20%)

Organize and coordinate communication – primarily storytelling – to engage donors and other readers, including colleagues worldwide, about the impact of CWS work:

  • Coordinate with project colleagues to identify interesting, high impact success stories in all projects, especially those that can show progress from a “before / after” perspective for monthly Asia-wide reviews, and for the CWS Facebook page
  • Identify opportunities for CWS to be featured in external media in Indonesia and Timor Leste.

Business Development and Proposal Writing (20%)

Support the Country Representative and Director of Programs in securing new funding:

  • Identify and track new funding opportunities to allow CWS program expansion within agreed program focus: WASH, community agriculture, microfinance and DRR/DRM;
  • Review calls for proposals and organize relevant colleagues for inputs to project design and proposal development; agree timelines and content specifications for inputs, including activity, support operations and staffing budgets;
  • Draft assigned proposal sections; and, compile and edit all inputs to ensure a well-written and adequately budgeted proposal for Program Director, Country Representative and Regional Director review before submission to the donor 

Other (10%):

  • Write and update the Country Fact Sheet regularly; contribute to the Country Strategic Plans, and contribute to other internal documents as requested.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in English literature / English composition, or development studies, or another relevant field;
  • Five-plus years professional success in communications/writing/editing positions in the non-profit (NGO) sector and/or business;
  • Proven ability to write and edit clear, structured, articulate and persuasive documents: reports, stories, project descriptions, funding proposals, etc.;
  • Ability to manage multiple writing and editing projects with varying deadlines and inputs from several colleagues for each project;
  • Must take initiative, engage others positively and work collaboratively.

“Competitive compensation based on successful candidate’s expectations.” 


Applications should include a cover letter, reflecting motivation; a CV, Including three references; expected gross salary and contact number, the latest on 20 July 2018.Please send applications to


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Church World Service is an international relief, development, and refugee assistance agency. Together with local organizations, we work in urban and rural setting to provide humanitarian assistance to survivors of natural and human-made disasters, to help addressing food insecurity and the effects of poverty, and to support sustainable development. We help the most vulnerable, regardless of their religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. CWS was established in 1946 and has been operating in Indonesia for over 40 years under the MOU with the Ministry of Social Affairs.

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