International Rhino Foundation: Communications Officer, Indonesia

Position: Communications Officer
Location: Indonesia
Starting date: Earliest possible

About the International Rhino Foundation

The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) works to ensure the survival of the world’s rhino species through conservation and research, and sharing information across the globe. In five countries across two continents, IRF supports viable populations of the five remaining rhino species and the communities that coexist with them. Throughout its 25-year history, IRF has funded and managed rhino conservation projects in Africa and Asia, including Indonesia. IRF carries out most of its work with trusted partners in range countries, which allows it to remain lean. IRF’s core values of hard work, partnership, passion, and optimism are at the heart of everything the organization does. For more information on the International Rhino Foundation, please visit

Job Description:

The IRF Communications Officer will be responsible for developing and implementing the communications and media plan for the International Rhino Foundation in Indonesia. This position will bring about changes in awareness and attitudes and drive behavior change in key target audiences to ensure the survival of Sumatran and Javan Rhinos. Both species are highly endangered due to loss of habitat, poaching, reproductive, and geographic challenges.

The position will work to build a constituency to support rhino conservation. The position will build relationships and develop programs to educate key influential and target Indonesian audiences about the value of rhinos to their environment and economy. In turn, this will increase “ownership” of rhinos by the Indonesian people and help ensure pro-rhino policies are supported.

Responsibilities include:

  • Establish and maintain contacts with national and international media and develop champions of
    rhino issues through person-to-person advocacy, provision of media briefing kits, and other IRF
  • Monitor news relating to rhino habitat and conservation from print and broadcast media, and
    identify opportunities;
  • Write press releases, press briefings, press statements, media and campaign Q&As, as well as
    media messages, placing articles in the appropriate media;
  • Produce and compile regular activity reports and updates on the implementation of the planned
    work activities of the Program Development and Quality unit for management and communication
  • Timely and quality reporting to all stakeholder needs.
  • Build messaging documents for spokespersons, and marketing and communications material as
    and when required.
  • Support the Executive Director and in-country staff in maintaining alliances with strategic
    networks at the national and/or regional levels working on key rhino conservation issues;
  • Support the Development Officer by identifying opportunities for in-country programs that could
    be funded and potential funding sources.
  • Keep abreast with discussions / discourse on rhino conservation, threats, political debates, and
    opportunities, and related activities important to rhino conservation.
  • Actively participate in relevant organizational meetings in Indonesia, Singapore, or other
    international locations as needed.


  • A self-motivated and directed individual with a minimum of 5 – 8 years experience developing and
    implementing strategic communications and media relations with significant experience working
    with conservation NGOs or with corporates involved in conservation or related CSR.
  • Knowledge, experience, and professional relationships, especially with Indonesian media
  • Experience working in complex political and socio-economic environments and ability to develop
    strong working relationships with internal and external audiences.
  • Good understanding of social media for key Indonesian audiences and ability to strategize,
    conceptualize, design, post in, and administer the social media platform (i.e., Twitter, Instagram
    and Facebook).
  • Experience in planning and managing budgets effectively while coordinating with interns,
    volunteers, and others in executing media plans
  • A graduate degree in communications, journalism, marketing, or related field preferred.

Reporting Relationships:

Reports to: Executive Director (based in the United States)
Coordinates with: Disney Southeast Asia Communications team, IRF Communications Committee
and key Board Members; IRF Deputy Director, Asian Rhino Coordinator and Development

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