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Communications Adviser, Education Pathways to Peace - Cotabato City
Cotabato City
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About the Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (Pathways) Program
The Pathways program is a nine-year education program that is supported by the Australian Government in partnership with the Government of the Philippines and implemented through the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) of the newly installed Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The program’s key outcomes are to reduce disparity and improve participation and education performance of boys and girls, particularly those experiencing disadvantage within the BARMM, and to support sustainable positive engagement and collaboration of key actors and stakeholders in providing and supporting conflict sensitive quality basic education services.
Pathways’ core program relates largely to K to 3 education and the key challenges that are associated with its delivery. Recently, however, Pathways supported broader transition issues that are crucial to the life and political survival of K to 3 programs. The program’s base of operations is in Cotabato City and covers five provinces of BARMM. Pathways is in its third year of implementation, working at a historic moment for the people of Mindanao as the transition to BARMM is underway and as such requires a strategic re-set of its communications function and plans, to align with its wider program strategy.

About the position  

The Communications Adviser is responsible for overseeing and advising on Pathways’ strategic communications, in a way that will pro-actively contribute to the achievement of Pathways intermediate and end-of-program outcomes.  The advice and recommendations will need to take account of a dynamic, complex and politically sensitive operating context, and be in line with Australian and Philippine government policies and protocols as they relate to communications both in general, and for the education sector. The position will report to the Team Leader and will require work closely with the Communications Manager based in Cotabato, Mindanao. The adviser will be expected to ensure communications links closely with the program MEARL and knowledge management functions and will also need to consult with the technical advisory team, and key program stakeholders. The Adviser will lead on developing Pathway’s Communications Strategy, which will articulate internal and external communications approaches and processes for the Program. S/he will advise on appropriate structures, roles and other resources needed to implement the strategy, including capacity building of the core team as needed. S/he will support the implementation of the strategy, putting systems and measures in place for progress to be regularly reviewed and for the strategy and related plans and processes to be updated to ensure they are aligned with evolving program vision, strategy and plans.

Type of engagement: Short-term Consultancy for up to 120 days over 18 months

Location: Home based (60 days) Manila/Cotabato for a further 60 days
The Communications Adviser’s work will span two phases:
•    Phase 1: Leading on development of a Communications Strategy, including recommendations for implementation.  (indicative input days – 40 over 4 months)
  • A communications strategy development methodology (5 days)
  • A draft communications strategy (30 days)
  • A final communications strategy (5 days)
•    Phase 2: Oversight and advisory support for strategy implementation, as well as support for periodic reviews and updates of the strategy in line with wider programming approaches. (indicative input days – 80 days over 14 months) 
Deliverables to be agreed

Phase 1: Strategy development:
1.    Lead on the development of a Pathways’ Communications Strategy and a practical implementation plan, which considers the program’s internal and external communications needs, and is appropriately differentiated for different stakeholders, including for DFAT, the Australian public, teachers and principals, district and provincial officials, national policy makers, teacher training institutes communities and NGOs and other donors working in the sector.  Whilst an initial deliverable will be a strategy development methodology, it is expected that the process will include the following:
  • A desk review of relevant program documentation including MEARL frameworks, program strategy and annual workplan, program reports; relevant analysis and research, specifically PEA and GEDSI;
  • a communications needs analysis and audit considering the program objectives, theory of change and results framework, and wider priorities off DFAT and partner government, as well as political economy and other analysis relevant to the wider. 
  • a communications messaging framework developed through messaging workshops held with key stakeholders and partners
  • a strategy development process that gets agreement on the following: communications objectives for Pathways, tailored for specific audiences; details on how content will be sourced; details on what products will be developed and what platforms used. 
  • recommendations on how the strategy will be measured and reviewed, linking to wider program reflection, learning and planning processes, and linking with the MEARL system.
  • Development of an implementation plan, including capacity development plans for staff and partners as needed.
2.    Make recommendations on Pathways communications function resourcing – team roles and partnerships – needed to implement the strategy and advise on recruitment and procurement processes
3.    Linked to the above, lead on the development of detailed media engagement and social media strategy for the program.

Phase 2: Strategy implementation:
4.    The exact activities of this phase will be dependent on the output from Phase 1, but the following are indicative activities to be further agreed with the Team Leader.
5.    Provide advice and support to implement the Pathways Communications Strategy and oversee regular review and updates that align with the program’s approach to adaptive management and iterative planning, including by contributing to Quarterly Strategy Review processes and annual planning.
6.    Provide support for any recruitment or capacity building of the Pathways team as a result of the recommendations from Phase 1
7.    Provide advice on the -preparation of a suite of branded, high quality communications product templates to be used for different communication goals and audiences, including information briefs, infographics, learning briefs, success stories, human interest stories, policy papers and so on. 
8.    Support the development of a communications events/editorial calendar and advise on the execution and the appropriate publicity for Pathways public events. 
9.    Other duties as may reasonably be required by the Team Leader consistent with the incumbent’s qualifications and experience.
The Communications Adviser should possess the following Skills and Experience:
  • A relevant educational qualification is desirable.
  • Extensive work experience relevant in the communications and media and /or education advocacy and promotions, and experience of working in a conflict, fragile or transition context is highly desirable;
  • Demonstrated experience of having led a development of communications strategies, with experience of doing so in an education or governance reform program context being highly desirable.
  • Track record of working on or with development programs (preferably donor funded) and understanding of donors’ communications priorities;
  • Experience establishing contacts and networks within local, national and International (Australian) media outlets;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven record of strong stakeholder relations, with ability to work in sensitive situations and challenging policy environments; 
  • Strong cross-cultural skills and an ability to provide tailored communications to different stakeholders; and
  • Excellent presentation and writing skills and evidence of products and deliverables produced will be required 
  • An understanding of the use of digital technologies, social media tools and multi—media technologies in development program communications;
  • Demonstrated project planning and organizational skills, ability to work to tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent activities;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required, knowledge of Filipino is desirable.
Thinking Style
•    Ability to take a pragmatic, politically sensitive approach , Ability to work in a dynamic context, aligning with adaptive management principles , Ability to translate complex or sensitive issues into easy to understand and compelling communications strategies and products, that meet the needs of different target audiences (taking account of culture, capacity and context)

Communication/ Interpersonal Skills
•    Strong oral and written communication skills , Good interpersonal skills, Ability to engage effectively across cultures.

Behavioural Competencies
•    Resilience , Flexibility , An ability to work under pressure, Drive and self-motivation to lead work/deliverables of the program to completion.

Important Note:
This vacancy is open for national and international applicants. 
Along with the CV (maximum 3 pages), interested applicants must submit a cover letter (maximum of 800 words or 2 pages) addressing their suitability for the role, with particular reference to how they meet the selection criteria above and in the Term of Reference here).
01 Dec 2019
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