Are you an experienced Strategic Communications Consultant with substantial experience in development communications? Do you have the ability and passion to communicate complicated stories in an approachable and engaging way? We are looking for a Strategic Communications Consultant who can deliver on key communication objectives for Uniting to Combat NTDs.

Contract type: Consultancy

Consultancy Duration: 4 month consultancy with the possibility of extension

Daily Rate: Daily rate to be agreed depending on the skills and experience of the successful consultant


Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of communicable diseases that affect over 1.7 billion people. NTDs cause immeasurable suffering. They debilitate, disfigure and can be fatal. By most commonly affecting some of the most vulnerable people in the world – who often live in remote communities – NTDs create cycles of poverty and cost developing nations billions of dollars every year. They are a consequence and cause of poverty as they thrive where access to clean water, sanitation and healthcare is limited. Their impact on individuals and communities can be devastating because they impact life expectancy, education and economic opportunities of affected individuals and the communities they live in.

In 2014, Sightsavers was awarded a grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to host the secretariat for Uniting to Combat NTDs, a coalition of invested and dedicated organisations working to support the achievement of the WHO 2030 goals in respect to 20 NTDs. The vision of Uniting to Combat NTDs is to support the WHO road map and end the epidemic of NTDs by 2030. To support this vision, the mission of Uniting to Combat NTDs is to create political will and an enabling environment for countries to achieve the 2030 road map goals. The Uniting to Combat NTDs Secretariat will work collaboratively with the WHO and partners across constituencies and sectors to identify key opportunities for action and address the global challenges of NTDs.

We are inviting Expressions of Interest from individuals with the ability to raise awareness of neglected tropical diseases and support for the Uniting partnership by leading on communications for Uniting to Combat NTDs and who can demonstrate the following:

  • Extensive and demonstrable strategic communications experience with excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills
  • Experience of management of projects and staff
  • Experience of managing and executing across several communications media
  • A strategic and results-oriented focus with the ability to effectively lead a project team as well as work as part of a management team
  • Substantial hands-on communications/marketing or journalism experience
  • Experience in development communications with a health/ science background either at university level or gained working for other NGOs
  • A skill for communicating complex, often very technical and jargon-riddled medical stories/ developments, making full and creative use of available assets
  • An understanding of the relationship between NGO, government and private sector to spot new developments, target new audiences and drive further engagement
  • Experience of working in developing countries (desirable but not essential)
  • Understanding of and commitment to equality of opportunity for disabled people
  • English fluency/proficiency (essential) French language (desirable)

This is not an exhaustive list of consultant specifications, please read the complete Terms of Reference for further details.

Target Start Date: The target start date is mid-August 2020 and it is anticipated that the project will last for a minimum of 4 months but with the possibility of extension.

To apply please submit a CV and Expression of Interest, following the details given in the TOR, describing your suitability for the role and expected daily rate for the assignment with some evidence and justification for this rate.

Expressions of Interest to be sent to by midnight on 31 July 2020.

As an equal opportunities employer, we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply.

Closing Date: 31 July, 2020

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Application is via Sightsavers