JUNIOR COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT, Global Task Force for Cholera Control (GTFCC), Country Support Platform (CSP)

International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies


Purpose of Project and Background

In 2021, according to the Global Task Force for Cholera Control (GTFCC) around 50 countries are still affected by cholera. The number of people living in cholera hotspot is estimated to be between 40 to 80 million. The burden of diseases remains extremely high with 1.3 to 4 million cases every year, including 21 000 to 143 000 deaths globally.

The GTFCC is a partnership of more than 50 institutions, including NGOs, academic institutions, and UN agencies, with a secretariat hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO).

In 2017, the GTFCC launched the Global Roadmap to 2030 which aims to eliminate cholera in 20 countries and reduce the number of cholera deaths reported every year by 90%.

In 2019, Cholera-affected countries have called for additional technical support from the GTFCC in the development and implementation of their multisectoral National Cholera Plans for control or elimination (NCPs). In response to countries’ needs, the GTFCC has established a Country Support Platform (CSP) that will support efforts – primarily at national level – to control and eliminate cholera.

The CSP was launched in 2020 and it is hosted by the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC).

The CSP is supporting cholera-affected countries by working towards the following outcomes:

  • Cholera-affected countries have an NCP and a multisectoral coordination mechanism to align government, national actors, GTFCC partners and key stakeholders towards a shared strategy.
  • With the support of the CSP, the cholera-affected countries have mobilized resources toward the funding needs identified in their NCPs
  • The cholera-affected countries receive multisectoral technical support and capacity building for the formulation and the implementation of their NCPs.

Alignment to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) objectives and strategy

Strategic Priority 3: Growing gaps in health and well-being

IFRC’s Strategy 203: The IFRC supports National Societies to work with vulnerable communities to achieve better health and reduced vulnerabilities as well as to improve water and sanitation conditions in chronic and acute contexts during emergencies.

The IFRC was appointed in 2020 to be the operational arm of the GTFCC for the CSP project. This positions the IFRC and the network at the heart of global and regional partnerships for inter-agency coordination for eventual cholera elimination.

Global Flagship Initiatives: Reduce cholera related deaths by 50%. Cholera continues to threaten the lives of millions of people and yet with the provision of safe water and sanitation so many lives can be saved. The IFRC’s Global Water and Sanitation Initiative (including OneWASH) will be expanded to ensure equitable, sustainable and affordable access to water and sanitation to reduce cholera related deaths by 50% by 2025.

The overall objective of the consultancy:

The Junior Communications Consultant will act to support and coordinate activities in the development and implementation of an advocacy and communications strategy for the global CSP office and CSP countries, focusing on advocacy, public relations and content management. The individual will work closely with the CSP Resource Mobilization Senior Officer and relevant teams within the IFRC office as well as the GTFCC Secretariat and its core partners.

Specific outcomes:

  • Participate in developing and implementing advocacy and communications strategies (including associated workplans) in support of specific GTFCC CSP activities and outputs
  • Develop, write, edit communication materials (newsletter, fact sheets, marketing collaterals, presentations) for internal and external dissemination
    • Expertise in Adobe Creative Cloud, Canva and/or other designing tools are required
  • Create media database and support relations with relevant media/PR stakeholders
  • Support the management and digital content (video editing and graphic design) production of the GTFCC website while regularly reviewing website content, design, and functionality to ensure updates are reflected
  • Maintain a multimedia gallery for GTFCC CSP to assist in the production of show case stories with pictures, videos, or media clippings
  • Assist in managing GTFCC’s social media presence: identify content and images for postings; monitor, analyze and regularly document social media presence and refine approaches accordingly
  • Assist with special projects/annual events (WHA Cholera side-event and Annual Meetings) as assigned

Method of delivery and reasons for selecting that method

In view of our new initiatives; CSP, One WASH & the Cholera Flagship, we want to ensure that the quality and integration of Public-health cholera and other Water related diseases are maintained.

Support to be provided to the consultant

IFRC WASH team in Geneva / GTFCC / CSP team will brief and support the consultant.

Time Allocation, for budget purposes

The proposed time frame is 6 months with a maximum of 120 working days with potential for extension based on funding and candidate availability.

Starting date: 1 October 2022

Ending date: 31 March 2023

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Management of consultancy

The consultant will be technically managed by CSP Resource Mobilization and Advocacy Senior Officer. This consultancy will be conducted at IFRC Geneva Office.


  • The consultant will be contracted by the IFRC, and the standard contractual terms will apply.
  • Agreed travel expenses will be reimbursed at cost in accordance with in the IFRC’s relevant regulations.

Minimum requirements for this position :

Education required

Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, journalism, media, sustainable development, public policy, business or other relevant field is required.

Experience required

At least 2-3 years’ experience in working on communications initiatives in an international development setting.

Experience in developing communication strategies (ideally in an in a humanitarian setting).

Experience in web management, social media management and social media content creation is required (ideally in an international development setting).

Expertise in the Adobe Creative Cloud is required. Experience in multimedia and animated content development is an asset.

Experience Preferred

Experience with any outbreak preparedness, response, and prevention communication strategies both at national and international level

Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge of methodologies, tools, and platforms to create, plan, monitor, and evaluate communications and social media products and initiatives;

Ability to capture, (re)frame and communicate technical development work, methods and solutions to a global practitioners’ audiences in an appealing and engaging way;

Ability to represent and promote the GTFCC brand online/social media.

Ability to work within a multi-cultural, multilingual, multidisciplinary environment.

Good communication and writing skills: ability to effectively communicate complex scientific concepts to people with different levels of scientific background.


Fluently in written and spoken English and French is required.

How to apply

Applications should include the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A cover letter summarizing your experience, suggested an approach to the work, your daily rate, and three professional references.
  • Daily rate in CHF
  • We encourage to share examples of communication portfolio (graphic design or writing).

Interested candidates should send their CV, letter of interest, and daily consultancy rate in CHF (Swiss francs) to [email protected]. Email subject: “ GTFCC CSP JUNIOR COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT

Only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Closing date: 9/7/2022