JUNIOR COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT, Global Task Force for Cholera Control (GTFCC), Country Support Platform (CSP) – Switzerland | Panda Anku


Project purpose and background

According to the Global Task Force for Cholera Control (GTFCC), around 50 countries will still be affected by cholera in 2021. The number of people living in the cholera hotspot is estimated at 40 to 80 million. The burden of disease remains extremely high, with 1.3 to 4 million cases per year, including 21,000 to 143,000 deaths worldwide.

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 annually by 90%.

In 2019, cholera-affected countries requested additional technical assistance from the GTFCC in developing and implementing their cross-sectoral National Cholera Control or Elimination Plans (NCPs). In response to country needs, the GTFCC has established a Country Support Platform (CSP) that will support efforts – primarily at the national level – to control and eradicate cholera.

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

The CSP supports 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 common strategy.
  • With the support of the CSP, cholera-affected countries have mobilized resources to address funding needs identified in their national contact points
  • Cholera-affected countries receive cross-sectoral technical assistance and capacity-building for the formulation and implementation of their NCPs.

Alignment with the goals and strategy of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

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

IFRC Strategy 203: The IFRC supports National Societies to work with vulnerable communities to achieve better health, reduced vulnerability, and improved water and sanitation in chronic and acute situations during emergencies.

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

Global flagship initiatives: Reduction of cholera-related deaths by 50%. Cholera continues to threaten the lives of millions of people, yet so many lives can be saved with the provision of clean water and sanitation. 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 overarching goal of the consultation:

The Junior Communications Consultant supports and coordinates activities in the development and implementation of an advocacy and communications strategy for the global CSP office and CSP countries, with a focus 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 results:

  • Participate in the development and implementation of advocacy and communication strategies (including related work plans) in support of specific GTFCC-CSP activities and outcomes
  • Develop, write and edit communication materials (newsletters, factsheets, marketing materials, presentations) for internal and external distribution
    • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud, Canva and/or other design tools is required
  • Build a media database and support relationships with relevant media/PR stakeholders
  • Assist in the management and digital content production (video editing and graphic design) of the GTFCC website, while regularly reviewing the site’s content, design and functionality to ensure updates are incorporated
  • Maintain a multimedia gallery for GTFCC CSP to assist in the production of showcase stories with images, videos or media snippets
  • Assisting in the management of GTFCC’s social media presence: identifying content and images for postings; Monitor, analyze and regularly document social media presence and refine approaches accordingly
  • Assistance with special projects/annual events (WHA Cholera Side Event and Annual Meetings) as assigned

Type of delivery and reasons for choosing this method

Given our new initiatives; CSP, One WASH & the Cholera Flagship, we want to ensure that the quality and integration of cholera in public health and other water-related diseases is maintained.

Advisor support

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

Time allocation for budget purposes

The proposed timeframe is 6 months with a maximum of 120 working days with the possibility of extension depending on funding and candidate availability.

Start date: October 1, 2022

End date: March 31, 2023

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

management of the consultation

The Advisor is technically managed by CSP Resource Mobilization and Advocacy Senior Officer. This consultation is conducted at the IFRC Geneva office.


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

Minimum requirements for this position:

training required

A bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, journalism, media, sustainable development, public policy, economics or another relevant field is required.

experience required

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

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

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

Knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud is required. Experience in developing multimedia and animated content is an advantage.

experience preferred

Experience with communication strategies for preparing, responding and preventing outbreaks at national and international level

knowledge and skills

Knowledge of methods, tools and platforms for creating, planning, monitoring and evaluating communication and social media products and initiatives;

Ability to capture, (re)design and communicate technical development work, methods and solutions to a global audience of practitioners in an engaging and engaging manner;

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

Ability to work in a multicultural, multilingual and multidisciplinary environment.

Good communication and writing skills: Ability to communicate complex scientific concepts effectively to people from diverse scientific backgrounds.


Fluency in spoken and written English and French is required.

How to apply

Applications should contain the following documents:

  • CV
  • A cover letter summarizing your experience, a suggested course of action, your daily rate and three professional references.
  • Daily rate in CHF
  • We encourage sharing examples of communication portfolios (graphic design or writing).

Interested candidates please send their CV, expression of interest and the consultation daily rate in CHF (Swiss francs) to health.department@ifrc.org. E-mail subject: ” GTFCC CSP JUNIOR COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT

Only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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