Position: Communications Adviser (Short Term)

Program: Roads for Development Program

Reporting to: Team Leader, R4D2 & Senior Partnerships Officer, PWD

Duration: 40 days


The short-term Communications Adviser will provide technical advice to the Public Works Department (PWD) in Vanuatu and The Roads for Development Phase 2 (R4D2) Team. The adviser will support the capacity building and knowledge management, particularly in the development of a strategic communications plan, development of information-education-communication (IEC) materials for different target groups, including design, graphics, layout and publication of IEC material and the use of social media to promote the work of PWD.

The adviser will work with R4D2 Team to promote the program’s message and to present the achievements of Australian Government partnership with Ni-van Government in relation to PWD support.


The Communications Adviser will undertake and deliver the following:


  • Develop a communications strategy for the Public Works Department to enhance the awareness, understanding, and knowledge of key stakeholders in the government, private sector, civil society, etc. at the national and community levels on role of PWD, its functions and processes, engage effectively with stakeholders, change behaviour and perceptions where necessary, and help achieve the department’s objectives
  • Conceptualize, design and develop IEC materials on PWD with appropriate and relevant messages tailored for key stakeholders using various formats as appropriate such as text, graphics, imageries, infographics, video, printed materials, etc.
  • Specify appropriate communication channels, dissemination methods and media such as video, print, web/online media, traditional media, and social media, among others, to effectively communicate key messages to specific stakeholders.
  • Design a standard publication layout for the PWD to use in future publications.
  • Monitor and address communications-related risk and leverage opportunities for MIPU-PWD brand

For R4D2

  • Review the R4D2 Stakeholder Engagement and Communication Plan and align it with PWD communications strategy
  • Review R4D2 report templates and work with Team Leader and ASI PM to apply DFAT branding guidelines and reporting requirement in the R4D2 reports
  • Produce, source, update and disseminate, as required, external communication products (e.g. fact sheets, social media products (facebook & twitter), radio products, thought leadership articles, case studies, photos and presentations) to highlight R4D2 work with PWD and results
  • Capture good news stories for R4D2, specify appropriate communication channels, dissemination methods and media to effectively communicate key messages to all stakeholders.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of communication materials to PWD and other stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain an updated list of donors and special interest groups. Support preparation of background presentations/briefs for both PWD, DFAT and other high-profile partners.
  •  Promoting Gender Equality and Social Inclusion within the R4D2 program and will work closely with the GESI Adviser and M&E Adviser.


General Competencies

  • Excellent command of English both written and oral
  • Ability to work with a team in multi-cultural environment
  • Strong interpersonal and organisational skills

Technical Competencies

  • Proven track record in strategic communications planning, advertising, message and IEC development
  • Good knowledge of the Pacific context, in particular infrastructure sector and management issues related to public awareness, knowledge, and understanding of stakeholders, as an advantage
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), web-applications and social networking tools
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Communication/Public Relations/Marketing or Similar related field.


Interested applicants are requested to submit their application before COB 27th November 2020 to


Applications should:

  • Be titled: Application – R4d2 Communications Adviser.
  • Include two pages cover letter addressing the selection criteria
  • Include a CV no more than four pages; and
  • Names and email addresses of three professional referees

Unfortunately, due to high application volume, only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

ASI is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continually improve the diversity of our workforce through the attraction, retention and development of a diverse range of talented people. We want people to be comfortable bringing their whole self to work and recognise that inclusion brings further opportunities for innovation and creativity.