Communications Consultant

Save the Children

Port Vila, Vanuatu

Experience: 0 to 3 Years

Skill Required: Media and Communication

AHP Vanuatu, through Save the Children, are seeking a highly qualified Communications Specialist to work with the Coordination Unit to finalise a number of deliverables over the remainder of 2023. This will be a short term consultancy of up to 4 months, focused on producing a number of Field Stories and supporting development of a 4-year AHP Communications Strategy. If this sounds like you, review the Terms of Reference below and apply with your Expression of Interest and required supporting documents by Monday 11th September.  
The purpose of this consultancy is to support the AHP Coordination Team to complete key deliverables required for submission under the Disaster READY Communications Plan 2023, while the full time Communications Coordinator role is vacant.

Scope of the Consultancy:

The consultancy is to be undertaken over a period of 4 months, between September and December 2023. The consultant will be managed and supported by the AHP National Coordinator, Jennifer Kausei. The scope of the consultancy will be limited to:

  • Development, drafting, and finalisation of a minimum of 4 x Field Stories or Case Studies that showcase the AHP Partners and Consortium, with 2-4 accompanying images
  • Development and drafting of 2-3 social media posts, with 2-4 accompanying images, covering key activities of the AHP Consortium and Coordination Team.
  • Development of a draft AHP Communications Strategy 2024-2027
  • Content gathering requirements for Field Stories and Social Media posts will be predominantly Port Vila based. In the event a provincial field visit is required, this will be undertaken in consultation and all travel and logistical costs will be covered by Save the Children or the Partners involved.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Save the Children will be responsible for the following:

  • Printing costs for project needs
  • Induction to AHP key programs
  • Travel costs and logistics for approved Project specific activities or field work if required
  • Access to documents and data
  • Coordinate and facilitate access to Partners
  • Logistics and coordination of meetings or workshops

The consultant will be responsible for:

  • Provision of own IT equipment
  • Documentation costs required for award of contract (consultant police clearance etc.)
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Appropriate work visa
  • Documentation of any additional staff included in the Consultant’s EOI


  • Field Stories or Case Studies (of 2-3 pages in length), as included in the Disaster READY Communications Plan 2023 or as otherwise identified in consultation with the Coordination Team and AHP Partners.
  • Field Stories and Case Studies must align with one or more of the three themes laid out in the Communications Plan: 1) Locally-led Humanitarian Action, 2) Climate Change, and 3) Gender and Inclusion
  • Each Field Story or Case Study to be accompanied by 2-4 images
  • Final review and approval of Field Stories/Case Studies will be undertaken by the Coordination Team and Save the Children.
  • 2-3 Social Media posts covering key activities of the AHP Consortium and Coordination Team occurring during the period.
  • Each Social Media post to be accompanied by 2-4 images
  • Final approval and posting of social media content will be undertaken by the Coordination Team Save the Children.
  • In collaboration with the National Coordinator, support the development of a light-touch AHP Vanuatu Communications Strategy for 2024-2027 by:
  • Co-developing a framework for the strategy document
  • Co-facilitating relevant content development sessions with AHP Partners
  • Compiling relevant content and producing a draft of the Strategy for review


  • Provide an indicative budget or breakdown of costs per deliverable for the life of the consultancy. This helps to ensure only suitable candidates apply. Provide any relevant information on human resources and logistics.

Confidentiality and Copyright:

  • Any data collected or materials produced during this consultancy will become the property of Save the Children and will not be shared with third parties or used by the consultant without the express permission of Save the Children.


  • Save the Children is committed to ensuring a safe environment and culture for all children with whom we come in contact during the course of our work. All external consultants involved in this evaluation exercise will be required to comply with Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy and sign the Code of Conduct. Strict confidentiality and anonymity of data should be ensured throughout the process of this evaluation. Statistical data cannot be used in any way that could be construed as harmful to any individual respondent.

Consultant Requirements:

  • Extensive experience in the production of high-quality field stories, case studies, human interest or feature-style content, with examples of published work
  • Tertiary qualifications in Communications, Media, Public Relations or similar, and/or 3-5 years’ experience in similar roles
  • Professional communications skills in English and Bislama, and exceptional written skills in English
  • Experience of working in humanitarian and / or development programming with a communications focus.
  • Experience working in the Pacific.
  • Experience working in partnerships / consortiums / coordination roles.
  • Must have the right to work in Vanuatu.