Communications Manager - Australia Pacific Climate Partnership Support Unit
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Project Overview and Role

Australia is supporting Pacific governments, businesses and communities to strengthen climate change and disaster resilience. At the 2019 Pacific Islands Forum, Australia pledged to spend $500 million over five years to strengthen resilience in the Pacific from 2020. This builds on the commitment to spend $300 million over four years from 2016. Our support includes dedicated aid investments aimed at strengthening resilience, as well as a comprehensive effort to integrate climate change and disaster resilience into all areas of the aid program in the Pacific.

The Australia Pacific Climate Partnership (the Climate Partnership) is a $75 million investment over four years (2018-2022), funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). It aims to increase the effectiveness of Australia's support for climate change action and disaster resilience in the Pacific and has three key objectives:
  • Australian aid investments in the Pacific are climate change and disaster risk informed;
  • Australian supported climate change information is relevant and influential;
  • Australia is valued as a partner in climate change action in the Pacific.
The Climate Partnership Support Unit plays a key role in meeting the Program's objectives. It has a staff of technical experts based in Canberra and the Pacific who work with DFAT aid investment program managers to integrate climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR), broker knowledge between Climate Partnership components, Pacific partners and other actors, and undertake Program-wide monitoring, evaluation and learning. The Support Unit also manages an Expert Panel to provide specialist skills in priority sectors.

Purpose of the Position
The Communications Manager will update and implement the Australia Pacific Climate Partnership Support Unit communication strategy, designed to enhance the reach of DFAT's communications to Pacific audiences. The position will focus on supporting DFAT's climate change and disaster communications and public diplomacy.


The Communications Manager will be responsible for implementing and managing the delivery of the Support Unit communications strategy to increase awareness and understanding of the program, its services and results among relevant stakeholders. The Communications Manager will work closely with the Support Unit team and DFAT to produce relevant, accurate and creative materials to showcase the project. Tasks will include maintaining the Support Unit website, story identification and writing, video and copy editing, and producing communications products such as factsheets, newsletters, webinars, technical case studies and social media content for DFAT.


The ideal candidate will have relevant tertiary qualifications or extensive experience in communications, and a contemporary knowledge of international development, particularly relating to climate change resilience and disaster risk reduction and the Pacific. Knowledge of DFAT, the Australian aid program, and relevant Australian Government policies and strategies will be an advantage. Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills are essential, as is experience in writing and content production for a range of stakeholder groups. The full list of desired qualifications and experience is listed in the terms of reference.

Interested applicants must submit a CV (maximum 3 pages), and a cover letter (maximum 2 pages), addressing their suitability for the role, in specific reference to the selection requirements listed in the full terms of reference.

Both nationals and internationals are encouraged to apply, but applicants must have the right to work in Australia. This position may come in contact with children and applicants will be screened for their suitability to work with children. For more information please contact Rachel Richardson on

Closing date:
27 January 2020