Terms of Reference Background of Project: Kabeli Corridor 132 kV Transmission Line Project is designed for evacuation of Electric Power generated by the potential hydroelectric power plants to be constructed by IPP'S in the Kabeli, Hewa and Mai river basins. The Project is funded by the World Bank/IDA. In addition to power evacuation this transmission line will also improve reliability of power and quality of supply in the eastern region of the country and provide ample transmission capacity for future generation in the vicinity of the Kabeli HEP. The project also aims to construct of electricity distribution facilities to electrify 2.5 km either side of the transmission line. The proposed project is located in the Mechi zone in the Eastern Development Region of Nepal. The proposed project will traverse four districts of Nepal namely Panchthar, Terhthum, Ilam and Jhapa of Mechi zone. The proposed transmission line alignment passes through 25 Village Development Committee (VDC). The Transmission Line is 90 km long and will be connected with 4 Substations. Communications Objective: As the Kabeli Corridor Transmission Line Project enters the construction phase, the NEA wishes to ensure that all stakeholders, especially local communities likely to be impacted by the Project, are kept informed about the Project on an on-going basis and that their concerns and inputs regarding the mitigation measures planned for any negative impacts of the Project reach the Project authorities. To this end, NEA wishes to hire a Public Relations Officer (PRO) who will have the responsibility to of handling the day-to-day public communications and media handling needs arising out of the Project. The PRO will need to devise and implement a Project Communications Strategy that will ensure that effective two-way channels of communications are set up with the primary stakeholder groups, especially the local communities. Scope of Work: The Public Relations Officer will be responsible for all public communications activities for the Project, including but not limited to: • Devising and implementing, in consultation with the Project authorities, a Communications Strategy for the Project • Acting as the Project’s interface with local communities and other stakeholder groups • Publicising and disseminating relevant initiatives of the Project through various communication channels and media • Disseminating relevant impact management/mitigation plans among local communities • Handling day-to-day media and PR requirements • Operating the Project Information Center at the NEA Regional Office at Ilam The PRO will have to coordinate and collaborate his/her activities with the Project authorities as well as with the local Environment and Social Unit based in the field. The PRO will be based in Ilam or any other location within the Project area. The assignment is for two years, with the possibility of extension. Qualifications Required: The PRO is expected to be a graduate/post-graduate with professional qualifications in the area of public relations/communications/journalism. He/she is expected to be able to show relevant professional experience of at least three to five years and to have demonstrated verbal and written fluency in Nepali and English. Working knowledge of local languages prevalent in the Project area will be an added advantage, as will a familiarity with the socio-political dynamics of the area.